Significant improvement in operational performance and a 64.5% narrowing of the first-quarter loss to $66 million ($46 million excluding special items) from $186 million in the year-ago quarter left Continental Airlines executives in a confident mood yesterday. "Our plan is working," Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner said during a conference call with analysts and media. "It's a great time to grow our network," President Jeff Smisek said, adding, "Our customers clearly prefer us over the ...

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