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Continental Airlines is based in Houston, Texas with secondary hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport and Clevelandís Hopkins International Airport. Continentalís extensive network includes services to domestic and international destinations in the USCanada, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central and South America. Formerly in the SkyTeam alliance, Continental became a member of the Star Alliance in late 2009 and is merging with United Airlines.  By Capa Aviation.

Continental Airlines Elevates Customer Service With Voxify's(R) Automated Agents(TM)

Automated Agents Serving Thousands of Customer Calls Daily for Flight Reconfirmation Deployed in Less Than 3 Months

ALAMEDA, Calif. Voxify, the first company to create Automated Agents(TM) for call centers with the conversational skills to handle advanced customer service calls, today announced that Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) is successfully using Voxify's Automated Agents to manage flight reconfirmation calls and deliver excellent customer service. A leader in customer service, Continental chose Voxify for their breakthrough technology and ability to deliver automated systems with superior customer experience, rapidly and cost-effectively. Continental estimates that approximately 10% of incoming customer calls involve flight reconfirmation.

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Continental Airlines Reports Operational Performance

HOUSTON: Continental Airlines today reported an all-time record systemwide mainline load factor of 84.5 percent for July 2003, 5.0 points above last year's July load factor and 3.5 points above the previous record set in June 2003. In July 2003, the airline had an all-time record domestic mainline load factor of 85.7 percent, 6.5 points above July 2002 and 3.9 points above the previous record set in June 2003, and an international mainline load factor of 82.5 percent, 2.6 points above July 2002.

During the month, Continental recorded a U.S. Department of Transportation on-time arrival rate of 80.4 percent and a systemwide completion factor of 99.8 percent for its mainline operations. In the final five days of the month, Continental maintained an on-time arrival rate of 90.3 percent with an average load factor of 85.5 percent and no flight cancellations. In total, the airline operated 13 days without a single flight cancellation, including the day when hurricane Claudette passed within 90 miles of Continental's Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

In July 2003, Continental flew 6.0 billion mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 7.1 billion mainline available seat miles (ASMs) systemwide, resulting in a traffic increase of 5.6 percent and a capacity decrease of 0.7 percent as compared to July 2002. Domestic mainline traffic was 3.7 billion RPMs in July 2003, up 9.3 percent from July 2002, and July 2003 domestic mainline capacity was 4.3 billion ASMs, up 1.0 percent from July 2002.

Systemwide July 2003 mainline passenger revenue per available seat mile (RASM) is estimated to have increased between 4 and 6 percent compared to July 2002. For June 2003, RASM increased 0.4 percent as compared to June 2002.

Continental's regional operations (Continental Express) set an all time load factor record of 74.4 percent in July 2003, 7.0 points above last year's July load factor and 0.9 points above the previous record set last month. Regional RPMs were 585.5 million and regional ASMs were 787.2 million in July 2003, resulting in a traffic increase of 61.4 percent and a capacity increase of 46.2 percent versus July 2002.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not limited to historical facts, but reflect the company's current beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding future events. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. For examples of such risks and uncertainties, please see the risk factors set forth in the company's 2002 10-K and its other securities filings, which identify important matters such as terrorist attacks, domestic and international economic conditions, the significant cost of aircraft fuel, labor costs, competition, regulatory matters and industry conditions, including the demand for air travel, the airline pricing environment and industry capacity decisions. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward- looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

 

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With Voxify's Automated Agents successfully handling these calls,

Continental's live agents can take thousands of calls every day for sales and

other customer services. Automated Agents will also help in reducing overall

hold times and increasing Continental's customer service capacity. Customer

satisfaction with Voxify's Automated Agents is already high, with over 70% of

customers using the system to complete their reconfirmation.

"Not only have we seen high completion rates within the first few weeks of

deployment, Continental has already achieved a 100% ROI in the three months,"

said Martin Hand, Staff Vice President Reservations and City Ticket Offices at

Continental. "Continental's call centers handle over 40 million calls a year.

As a recognized leader in customer service, it's imperative to handle each

call with the greatest care. With Voxify, we have been able to deliver that

high quality of service, while realizing significant savings through

automation. Voxify is an important part of our plan to deliver a consistent

and excellent customer experience."

 

Breakthrough Conversation Engine(TM) Technology

Voxify Automated Agents are built for advanced customer service calls,

such as fare finder and reservations, and can accommodate customers with

varying amounts of information. For example, Voxify's Reconfirmation

Automated Agents respond to customer inquires about their existing

reservations and provide them an ability to reconfirm their flights,

regardless of how much information the traveler has on hand.

High conversational usability requires complex call path maps to handle

the many variant call paths that a customer service call can take. Voxify has

solved this challenge with its patented Conversation Engine(TM) technology, a

breakthrough for automating the development and maintenance of highly usable

speech applications. The Conversation Engine imbues the Automated Agents with

advanced conversational skills, enabling them to engage callers in

sophisticated dialogue, and understanding multiple pieces of information in a

single response or adjusting to unexpected information provided by the caller.

As a result, callers experience an Automated Agent who understands how to give

them what they need quickly and easily, closely approximating the

effectiveness of a human being.

"Traditional approaches to speech applications required hard-coding for

each transaction and could only handle the simplest interactions, while still

requiring significant upfront investment, multiple deployment cycles, and high

ongoing maintenance costs," said Adeeb Shanaa, Voxify's CEO. "Our

Conversation Engine is unique in codifying the elements of complex customer

service conversations, enabling the automation of the more sophisticated

customer service functions. Our Automated Agents have been pre-trained in the

industries they serve, and can be deployed in weeks rather than months. They

can also be tuned, optimized and modified with minimal maintenance effort,

delivering immediate value and cost-savings to our clients."

"We did not want to engage in a long development cycle that would require

a large number of resources," says Hand of Continental. "In less than

3 months, Voxify has delivered a sophisticated speech application that meets

our high standards of customer service. We are impressed with Voxify's

technology and are very pleased with the initial results."

 

Built-in Reporting Capabilities

Continental deployed its first speech automation over two years ago and

has been using third-party software to analyze calls. Voxify's Conversation

Engine contains built-in performance tracking and detailed analytics on call

paths, including decision-making, drop-off points, and likelihood ratios,

helping Automated Agents continuously improve call handling and conversion

rates. Voxify's real-time reporting provides Continental immediate enhanced

visibility and understanding in this customer service area, allowing

Continental to leverage this business intelligence for ongoing training and

system development purposes.

"The history of the travel industry shows that the best customer

experiences come from agents who deliver personalized service. Customers

expect the personal touch in every interaction -- even if the voice on the

other end isn't a human being. We've endeavored to this standard by

delivering a personal touch with every customer interaction. By using Voxify,

we're taking a giant leap forward in this, which will pay significant

dividends for our valued customers," said Continental's Hand.

"Voxify's technology takes customer service to new heights. Automated

Agents are best utilized as part of a unified pool of agents -- human and

automated -- that are totally dedicated to customer service and nothing less,"

summarized Voxify's Shanaa. "By using Voxify's Automated Agents, Continental

continues to deliver on its brand promise of excellent service."

 

About Voxify

Voxify(R) is the first company to create automated call center agents with

the conversational skills to handle advanced customer service calls. Powered

by the company's patented Conversation Engine(TM), Voxify Automated Agents(TM)

model the intelligence and personality of a trained live agent, allowing them

to engage callers in sophisticated dialogue to perform advanced customer

service functions, like reservations, sales, and account requests. Voxify

Automated Agents are helping call centers deliver new services, close more

sales, and handle unplanned call volumes without hiring additional staff.

Voxify was founded by MIT technologists and enterprise software veterans.

Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company has a growing list of

skilled partners around the globe. For more information, visit

www.voxify.com.

 

PRELIMINARY TRAFFIC RESULTS

 

JULY 2003 2002 Change

 

REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)

Domestic 3,725,041 3,407,722 9.3 Percent

 

International 2,296,999 2,295,698 0.1 Percent

Transatlantic 1,099,947 1,079,408 1.9 Percent

Latin America 789,479 725,160 8.9 Percent

Pacific 407,573 491,131 (17.0)Percent

 

Mainline Jet 6,022,040 5,703,420 5.6 Percent

 

Regional Jet 585,500 362,654 61.4 Percent

 

AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)

Domestic 4,345,772 4,304,401 1.0 Percent

 

International 2,782,874 2,872,976 (3.1)Percent

Transatlantic 1,301,973 1,300,251 0.1 Percent

Latin America 922,966 925,469 (0.3)Percent

Pacific 557,935 647,257 (13.8)Percent

 

Mainline Jet 7,128,647 7,177,377 (0.7)Percent

 

Regional Jet 787,167 538,380 46.2 Percent

 

PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR

Domestic 85.7 Percent 79.2 Percent 6.5 Points

 

International 82.5 Percent 79.9 Percent 2.6 Points

Transatlantic 84.5 Percent 83.0 Percent 1.5 Points

Latin America 85.5 Percent 78.4 Percent 7.1 Points

Pacific 73.1 Percent 75.9 Percent (2.8)Points

 

Mainline Jet 84.5 Percent 79.5 Percent 5.0 Points

 

Regional Jet 74.4 Percent 67.4 Percent 7.0 Points

 

CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)

Total 75,405 78,645 (4.1) Percent

 

 

YEAR-TO-DATE 2003 2002 Change

 

REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)

Domestic 21,013,187 21,424,945 (1.9)Percent

 

International 12,955,507 13,796,642 (6.1)Percent

Transatlantic 5,796,103 6,026,733 (3.8)Percent

Latin America 4,685,161 4,641,353 0.9 Percent

Pacific 2,474,243 3,128,556 (20.9)Percent

 

Mainline Jet 33,968,694 35,221,587 (3.6)Percent

 

Regional Jet 3,119,688 2,200,652 41.8 Percent

 

AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)

Domestic 27,475,778 28,604,134 (3.9)Percent

 

International 17,896,956 18,098,067 (1.1)Percent

Transatlantic 7,800,612 7,685,140 1.5 Percent

Latin America 6,316,695 6,304,952 0.2 Percent

Pacific 3,779,649 4,107,975 (8.0)Percent

 

Mainline Jet 45,372,734 46,702,201 (2.8)Percent

 

Regional Jet 4,627,257 3,494,782 32.4 Percent

 

PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR

Domestic 76.5 Percent 74.9 Percent 1.6 Points

 

International 72.4 Percent 76.2 Percent (3.8)Points

Transatlantic 74.3 Percent 78.4 Percent (4.1)Points

Latin America 74.2 Percent 73.6 Percent 0.6 Points

Pacific 65.5 Percent 76.2 Percent (10.7)Points

 

Mainline Jet 74.9 Percent 75.4 Percent (0.5)Points

 

Regional Jet 67.4 Percent 63.0 Percent 4.4 Points

 

CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)

Total 533,963 511,103 4.5 Percent

 

 

PRELIMINARY OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

JULY 2003 2002 Change

On-Time Performance (A) 80.4% 82.8% (2.4)Points

Completion Factor (B) 99.8% 99.5% 0.3 Points

 

YEAR-TO-DATE 2003 2002 Change

On-Time Performance (A) 83.3% 84.8% (1.5)Points

Completion Factor (B) 99.4% 99.8% (0.4)Points

 

 

June 2003 consolidated breakeven load factor (C), (D) 76.6 Percent

July 2003 estimated year-over-year

RASM change 4-6 Percent

July 2003 estimated average price per

gallon of fuel, excluding fuel taxes 77.0 Cents

July 2003 estimated consolidated

breakeven load factor (C) 77 Percent

July 2003 actual consolidated load factor (E) 83.5 Percent

August 2003 estimated consolidated

breakeven load factor (C) 76 Percent

 

 

YEAR-OVER-YEAR RASM (F)

 

2002 vs 2001 2002 vs 2000

May (6.3) Percent (15.1) Percent

June (5.5) Percent (15.5) Percent

July (4.0) Percent (13.5) Percent

August (2.7) Percent (15.2) Percent

September 10.8 Percent (17.6) Percent

October 9.3 Percent (15.7) Percent

November (1.7) Percent (18.4) Percent

December 10.1 Percent (5.7) Percent

 

2003 vs 2002 2003 vs 2001

January 3.6 Percent (10.9) Percent

February (0.4) Percent (11.3) Percent

March (11.8) Percent (17.4) Percent

April (1.1) Percent (11.3) Percent

May 2.0 Percent (4.4) Percent

June 0.4 Percent (5.1) Percent

July (estimated) 4-6 Percent (1)-1 Percent

 

(A) Department of Transportation Arrivals within 14 minutes

(B) System Mileage Completion Percentage

(C) Consolidated load factor (including Continental Airlines and

Continental Express) needed to break even on a consolidated net income

basis. Actual consolidated breakeven load factor may vary

significantly from estimates depending on actual passenger revenue

yields, fuel price and other factors. Month-to-date consolidated loadfactor information can be found on Continental's website atcontinental.com in the Investor Relations-Financial/Traffic Releases

(D) Charge of $14 million related to aircraft deferrals accounts for

1.8 percentage points

(E) Includes Continental Airlines and Continental Express

(F) CAL has been releasing RASM data since May 2001

SOURCE Continental Airlines