EDS and Continental Airlines Launch Next Generation Flight Operations Program



    PLANO, Texas, March 13 /CNW/ -- EDS and Continental Airlines today
announced they will be working together to transform Continental's current
mainframe environment and develop a new, next generation flight operations
program -- an application modernization strategy involving aircraft movement,
load planning and air-to-ground communications flight operations services.
Financial details were not disclosed.
    The next generation flight operations suite of services will leverage
EDS' Airline Service Oriented Architecture and allow Continental and airlines
around the world to adjust to changing business conditions through the use of
sophisticated business process modeling tools. Airlines will be able to
integrate disparate systems through a standard interface and implement new
technologies with seamless sharing and access of real-time data across the
enterprise, which drives decision making and automation of business processes
that occur during scheduled and off-scheduled operations.
    "With the fast-paced environment of the airline industry, it is important
for Continental to have state of the art flexible tools to enable us to adjust
to changing business conditions to maximize performance and deliver the best
quality we can for our customers," said Ron Anderson-Lehman, CIO of
Continental Airlines.
    "Continental chose this modernization approach with EDS because there is
no other provider in this space capable of delivering fully integrated
modernized technology solutions that Continental requires to better manage
their business," said Eric Harte, vice president and leader of EDS' Global Air
Services industry group. "Continental also chose EDS because there is no other
application service provider in the industry that brings the industry
knowledge, tools, methodologies and best shore delivery capabilities to
reliably and cost effectively undertake this modernization journey."
    As a result of this joint agreement, EDS will be launching an industry
leading, fully integrated suite of flight operations services to the global
air services market. Timing of the suite of applications is still being
finalized.
    As the leading global airline IT services provider, EDS brings
world-class technology solutions and infrastructure to help airlines and
transportation customers sustain competitive advantage in a highly dynamic
global market.
    
    About Continental Airlines
    
    Continental Airlines is the world's fifth largest airline.  Continental,
together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than
2,900 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 144
domestic and 139 international destinations. More than 550 additional points
are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines.  With more than 45,000 employees,
Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and
together with Continental Express, carries approximately 69 million passengers
per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both
its operation and its corporate culture.
    For the fourth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the
No. 1 World's Most Admired Airline on its 2007 list of World's Most Admired
Companies. Continental was also named the No. 1 airline on the publication's
2007 America's Most Admired airline industry list.  Additionally, Continental
again won major awards at the OAG Airline of the Year Awards including "Best
Airline Based in North America" for the fourth year in a row, and "Best
Executive/Business Class" for the fifth consecutive year. For more company
information, visit continental.com.
    
    About EDS
    
    EDS (NYSE:   EDS) is a leading global technology services company
delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information
technology outsourcing industry 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad
portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services
to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare,
communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and
to governments around the world. Learn more at eds.com.

    
     CONTACTS:
     Blake Hull - EDS
     972 605 5063
     blake.hull@eds.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Blake Hull of EDS, +1-972-605-5063, 
blake.hull@eds.com Web Site: http://www.eds.com                 
http://www.continental.com

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