HOUSTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) announced that its stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the merger of a wholly-owned subsidiary of UAL Corporation (Nasdaq: UAUA) with and into Continental at a special meeting held today in Houston, Texas. UAL Corporation's primary subsidiary is United Airlines. More than 98 percent of the votes cast and 75 percent of shares outstanding were voted in favor of the transaction.
"We are grateful for our stockholders' strong vote of confidence in this merger," said Jeff Smisek, Continental's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "In approving the transaction, our stockholders recognized the value of bringing together Continental and United to create a platform for increased profitability and sustainable long-term value."
Stockholders of UAL Corporation also voted to approve the merger today at a meeting held in Chicago, Illinois.
Continental and United announced an all-stock merger of equals on May 3, 2010. The companies have received clearance on the airlines' proposed merger from the United States Department of Justice and the European Commission. The merger is currently expected to close by Oct. 1, 2010.About Continental Airlines Continental Airlines is the world's fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 2,700 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 132 domestic and 137 international destinations. Continental is a member of Star Alliance, which overall offers more than 21,200 daily flights to 1,172 airports in 181 countries through its 28 member airlines. With more than 40,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with its regional partners, carries approximately 63 million passengers per year. For more company information, go to continental.com. Important Information For Investors And Stockholders In connection with the proposed merger of equals transaction between UAL Corporation ("UAL") and Continental Airlines, Inc. ("Continental"), UAL filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and the SEC declared effective on August 18, 2010, a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a joint proxy statement of Continental and UAL that also constitutes a prospectus of UAL. UAL AND CONTINENTAL URGE INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY, AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents containing important information about UAL and Continental through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by UAL are available free of charge on UAL's website at www.united.com under the tab "Investor Relations" or by contacting UAL's Investor Relations Department at (312) 997-8610. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Continental are available free of charge on Continental's website at www.continental.com under the tab "About Continental" and then under the tab "Investor Relations" or by contacting Continental's Investor Relations Department at (713) 324-5152. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are not limited to historical facts, but reflect Continental's and UAL's current beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding future events. Words such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "expect," "plan," "project," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "pursue," "target," "continue," and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, Continental's and UAL's expectations with respect to the synergies, costs and other anticipated financial impacts of the proposed transaction; future financial and operating results of the combined company; the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations and services; approval of the proposed transaction by stockholders and by governmental regulatory authorities; the satisfaction of the closing conditions to the proposed transaction; and the timing of the completion of the proposed transaction.