Continental Airlines Reports Increase in Load Factors for November

Continental Airlinesreported a November consolidated (mainline plus regional) load factor of 78.7 percent, 1.7 points above last year’s November consolidated load factor. The carrier reported a mainline load factor of 79.0 percent, 1.4 points above last year’s November mainline load factor, and a domestic mainline load factor of 81.2 percent, 3.7 points above November 2004. All three were operational records for November. In addition, the airline had an international mainline November load factor of 76.3 percent, 1.4 points below November 2004. During the month, Continental recorded a U.S. Department of Transportation on-time arrival rate of 79.3 percent and a systemwide mainline completion factor of 99.8 percent.

In November 2005, Continental flew 6.4 billion consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 8.1 billion consolidated available seat miles (ASMs), resulting in a traffic increase of 9.2 percent and a capacity increase of 6.9 percent as compared to November 2004. In November 2005, Continental flew 5.6 billion mainline RPMs and 7.1 billion mainline ASMs, resulting in a mainline traffic increase of 8.0 percent and a mainline capacity increase of 6.0 percent as compared to November 2004. Domestic mainline traffic was 3.3 billion RPMs in November 2005, up 5.7 percent from November 2004, and domestic mainline capacity was 4.0 billion ASMs, up 1.0 percent from November 2004.

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