CHICAGO, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FORTUNE magazine rated United Airlines the most admired airline on its annual airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired Companies. In addition, the magazine ranked United No. 1 for global competitiveness and long-term investment among 12 global carriers. "I want to thank my co-workers for working together to achieve the prestigious No. 1 World's Most Admired Airline ranking from FORTUNE magazine," said Jeff Smisek, United Continental Holdings, president and chief executive officer. A survey of corporate executives, airline executives, boards of directors and industry analysts determined the rankings. Survey respondents evaluated companies according to the following criteria: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products/services, and global competitiveness. The results are in the magazine's March 19 issue and online at: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/most-admired/2012/industries/2.html. About United Continental Holdings, Inc. United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Together with United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection, these airlines operate an average of 5,656 flights a day to 376 airports on six continents from their hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United and Continental are members of Star Alliance, which offers more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,290 airports in 189 countries. United and Continental's more than 80,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. For more information about United Continental Holdings, Inc., go to UnitedContinentalHoldings.com. For more information about the airlines, see united.com and continental.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.