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CONTINENTAL TO BECOME FIRST COMMERCIAL CARRIER TO UTILIZE SATELLITE-BASED LANDING AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM

 DENVER, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Airlines today announced that it will become the first commercial carrier to operate a satellite- based Global Positioning System (GPS) in aircraft landing and navigation. With the support of Honeywell and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), this state-of-the-art system will initially be used on-board five Aerospatiale Aeritalia ATR-42s, five deHavilland Dash-7s, and one McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft.
 The Global Positioning System will consist of a constellation of 24 satellites, owned by the U.S. government and operated by the Department of Defense, which circle 11,000 nautical miles above the earth, and send precise positioning information via radio waves to, in this case, a Continental aircraft.
 Initially, Continental's satellite-based system will allow the FAA and the satellite program office to collect data for use in certification of approaches for other air carriers, as well as general aviation.
 "GPS represents the greatest technological advance to aviation in the past 50 years, and we are excited about leading the industry in this significant program," said Dennis Crabtree, President of Continental's Commuter Division, Continental Express.
 Continental has selected a Global Positioning System manufactured by Honeywell's Business and Commuter Aviation Division which consists of a Flight Management System (FMS), a Control Display Unit (CDU) mounted in the aircraft cockpit, and dual GPS sensors. The airline's cockpit crew will interact with the automated system through the CDU which displays all flight plan and positioning information from take-off to landing.
 "Continental and the local communities of Aspen and Steamboat Springs will reap immediate benefits from the system through the replacement of some aging ground based landing systems," said Captain Jeff Ariens, Director of Flight Operations and GPS Program Leader for Continental Airlines. "Eventually, the Houston Intercontinental Airport will also be equipped with the ground system needed for satellite-based landings."
 "As the program is expanded to aircraft flying to other domestic and even international locations, long-term benefits will include improved on-time performance, increased savings in fuel expenses, reduction in pilot work load, and more direct flight routing," Ariens continued.
 "We look forward to working closely with Continental, and assisting them in deriving the most from this exciting technology," said Steve Silverstein, Vice President, Marketing for Honeywell's Business and Commuter Aviation System Division.
 Honeywell is a global control company that provides products, systems and services for homes and buildings, industry, and aviation and space. The company employs 55,000 people in 95 countries and had 1992 sales of $6.2 billion.
 Continental and Continental Express operate 420 aircraft, including 325 jets and 95 turboprops, and serve more than 194 airports worldwide. The airline has recently ordered 92 Boeing aircraft and received options for an additional 98 as part of an extensive fleet modernization program.
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 /CONTACT: Continental Corporate Communications, 713-834-5080; or Kimberly Iverson of Honeywell, 602-436-5312/


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