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Continental Airlines applies to fly nonstop between New York and Shanghai

Continental Airlines today submitted its application to the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide the first nonstop U.S. carrier service between the financial and commercial centers of the U.S. and China, New York/Newark…

Continental Airlines today submitted its application to the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide the first nonstop U.S. carrier service between the financial and commercial centers of the U.S. and China, New York/Newark and Shanghai. Continental will also provide through flight service between Cleveland and Shanghai.



Continental seeks the route award as part of a new landmark aviation agreement officially signed July 9, 2007, which provides extensive additional air service opportunities between the U.S. and China over the next six years.



Continental again congratulates the DOT on securing the multiple rights for additional competitive U.S. airline service to China which Continental intends to utilize in 2009, by offering daily nonstop service in the most significant U.S.-China market that lacks daily nonstop U.S. carrier service, said Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner.



The proposed route from Continental`s New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport will provide additional customer choices for air service to Shanghai from the New York/New Jersey region and the entire northeastern region of the U.S. The new route will serve the large Asian and Chinese American population residing in the New York City/Newark area and the largest population base in the U.S. in which passengers have been forced to use connecting flights or less-than-daily foreign carrier service for their travel needs between the U.S. financial capital and the rapidly expanding Chinese financial capital of Shanghai. Continental`s New York/Newark-Shanghai service, with through-flight service between Cleveland and Shanghai, will also provide convenient connecting service to destinations through its New York hub at Newark Liberty.



Continental is pleased to continue working with the federal, state and locally elected officials from our Cleveland and northern Ohio hub market to bring additional international air service opportunities to the region, said Kellner. Businesses in northern Ohio, just like those in New York and New Jersey that compete in today`s global marketplace, stand to gain from the benefits that international air service provides, Kellner added.



Ohio is home to 60 Fortune 1000 companies and the Cleveland area is home to vital Fortune 100 companies including Goodyear Tire and Rubber, International Steel Group and Sherwin Williams.

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