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Continental's Third Quarter Loss $37 Million  
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3170 posts, RR: 11
Posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2014 times:
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PRNewswire is reporting this morning:

HOUSTON, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines
(NYSE: CAL) today reported a third quarter net loss of $37 million
($0.58 diluted loss per share), which compares favorably to the First Call
estimate of $0.74 loss per share, while generating operating income of
$46 million for the quarter.
"Winning is defined as outperforming your competition and we clearly
have," said Gordon Bethune, Continental Airlines' chairman and chief executive
officer. "Continental Airlines has led all major hub and spoke airlines in
every respect. Although our industry's future remains uncertain, our team is
best positioned for success."
Continental would have made a profit in the third quarter but for
burdensome security costs, taxes and revenue opportunity restrictions imposed
by the federal government since Sept. 11, which reduced operating income by
approximately $65 million in the quarter. In addition, war risk and other
insurance costs increased $20 million over third quarter 2001.

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Interesting that Continental's losses are so much lower than American's or Delta's. It doesn't seem like it would take too much for them to be back in black. I'd guess that further cuts at Continental will be much more modest than those at its competitors.

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User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

Yeah, Delta reported $330 million in losses. That's a lot of money gone.

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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

A $37 million dollar loss is really nothing much this day in age. Nice job Gordon. He really knows his stuff, except for the fact that his 777s are the most uncomfortable planes in the sky!

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineSQ325 From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 1473 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

Maybe the smaller majors like CO and NW will ´become winners out of this crisis! Especially CO seems to have an excellent crisis managment!
I still see DLs situation not that bad. DL is a huge Airline that earned mrd of dolars in the last years!
Anyhow great news for CO!

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

Good for Continental. Hardly a loss at all.

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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Continental actually had a pre-tax profit this quarter, what forced them into the loss was the extra government security taxes they were burdened with. Before security taxes and burdens, Continental reported a profit of 5 cents per share, or 46 million.

While all RASMS, CASMS and the like were down for Domestic, Transatlantic was up 12.9%

Well done CO

Ps, Southwests profit was down 50% this quarter, but well done to them too for still remaining in the black

User currently offlineMatt777 From Cayman Islands, joined Oct 2001, 503 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

Hi, I think this is mainly due to the fact that they only have 3 types of airplanes (737s, 757-767 and 777s) They are very common between them, leading to lower operating costs.
Good news from Continental, this is hardly a loss. This third quarter can be looked as a break-even one...IMHO.

Regards from Argentina
Matt Vivaldi.  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineSWALUVFA From United States of America, joined May 2002, 277 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

Don't they have the MD80 also? Or have they gotten rid of that one. Anyway, GREAT JOB CONTINENTAL!!  Smile

User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1795 times:

Gordon got his bonus from the looks of it...

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