Contents:

Long Term Incentive and RSU Program

First Amendment to Program

Incentive Plan 2000

Amendment to Plan

 

 

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.

LONG TERM INCENTIVE AND RSU PROGRAM

 

I. PURPOSE OF PROGRAM

This Continental Airlines, Inc. Long Term Incentive and RSU Program (the "Program") has been adopted by the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Directors of Continental Airlines, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), to implement in part the Performance Award provisions of the Continental Airlines, Inc. Incentive Plan 2000 (as amended from time to time, the "Incentive Plan 2000") adopted by the Board of Directors of the Company, and is intended to provide a method for attracting, motivating, and retaining key employees to assist in the development and growth of the Company and its Subsidiaries. The Program and Awards hereunder shall be subject to the terms of the Incentive Plan 2000, including (a) with respect to RSU Awards, the limitations on the maximum number of shares of stock that may be subject to awards granted under the Incentive Plan 2000 to any one individual during any calendar year, and (b) with respect to NLTIP Awards, the limitations on the maximum value of Awards contained in Section 5(a)(iii) of the Incentive Plan 2000.

II. DEFINITIONS AND CONSTRUCTION

1.      Definitions. Where the following words and phrases are used in the Program, they shall have the respective meanings set forth below, unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary:

(a) "Administrator" means (i) in the context of Awards made to, or the administration (or interpretation of any provision) of the Program as it relates to, any person who is subject to Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (including any successor section to the same or similar effect, "Section 16"), the Committee, or (ii) in the context of Awards made to, or the administration (or interpretation of any provision) of the Program as it relates to, any person who is not subject to Section 16, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (or, if the Chief Executive Officer is not a director of the Company, the Committee), unless the Program specifies that the Committee shall take specific action (in which case such action may only be taken by the Committee) or the Committee (as to any Award described in this clause (ii) or the administration or interpretation of any specific provision of the Program) specifies that it shall serve as Administrator.

(b) "Annual Executive Bonus Program" means the Continental Airlines, Inc. Annual Executive Bonus Program, or any successor to such program.

(c) "Award" means, with respect to each Participant for a Performance Period, such Participant's opportunity to earn a Payment Amount for such Performance Period, upon the satisfaction of the terms and conditions of the Program. Awards shall relate to an NLTIP Performance Target ("NLTIP Awards") or an RSU Performance Target ("RSU Awards"). Awards hereunder constitute Performance Awards (as such term is defined in the Incentive Plan 2000) under the Incentive Plan 2000.

(d) "Award Notice" means a written notice issued by the Company to a Participant evidencing such Participant's receipt of an Award with respect to a Performance Period.

a.       "Base Amount" means the sum of (i) the annual base rate of pay paid or payable in cash by the Company and the Subsidiaries to or for the benefit of a Participant for services rendered or labor performed, plus (ii) an additional amount equal to (1) for all Participants other than those described in Section 2.1(bb)(vi), 2.1(bb)(vii) or 2.1(bb)(viii) below, 125% of the amount described in clause (i), and (2) for all Participants described in Section 2.1(bb)(vi), 2.1(bb)(vii) or 2.1(bb)(viii) below, 37.5% of the amount described in clause (i). Base Amount shall be determined without reduction for amounts a Participant could have received in cash in lieu of (A) elective deferrals under any deferred compensation plan of the Company or (B) elective contributions made on such Participant's behalf by the Company or a Subsidiary pursuant to a qualified cash or deferred arrangement (as defined in section 401(k) of the Code) or pursuant to a plan maintained under section 125 of the Code.

    1. "Basis Point" means one one-hundredth of one percent (0.01%).
    2. "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Company
    3. "Cash Hurdle" means, with respect to an NLTIP Performance Period, the dollar amount specified by the Committee as the Cash Hurdle with respect to such Performance Period as provided in Section 3.1, and achievement of the Cash Hurdle means that the Company's cash flow over such Performance Period is such that the Company's cash, cash equivalents and short term investments (excluding restricted cash, cash equivalents and short term investments) at the end of such Performance Period, as reflected on the regularly prepared and publicly available balance sheet of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries prepared in accordance with GAAP, is equal to or greater than that dollar amount so specified by the Committee as the Cash Hurdle.
    4. "Cause" means (i) in the case of a Participant with an employment agreement with the Company or a Subsidiary, the involuntary termination of such Participant's employment by the Company (or, if applicable, a Subsidiary) under circumstances that do not require the Company (or such Subsidiary) to pay to such Participant a "Termination Payment" or "Monthly Severance Amount," as such terms are defined in such Participant's employment agreement, and (ii) in the case of a Participant who does not have an employment agreement with the Company or a Subsidiary, the involuntary termination of such Participant's employment by the Company (or, if applicable, a Subsidiary) based upon a determination by the Administrator or an authorized officer of the Company (or such Subsidiary) that such Participant has engaged in gross negligence or willful misconduct in the performance of, or such Participant has abused alcohol or drugs rendering him or her unable to perform, the material duties and services required of him or her in his or her employment.
    5. "Change in Control" shall have the same meaning as is assigned to such term under the Incentive Plan 2000, as in effect on March 12, 2004, taking into account amendments effected on that date.
    6. "Change Year" means the calendar year during which a Change in Control occurs.
    7. "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
    8. "Committee" means a committee of the Board comprised solely of two or more outside directors (within the meaning of the term "outside directors" as used in section 162(m) of the Code). Such committee shall be the Human Resources Committee of the Board unless and until the Board designates another committee of the Board to serve as the Committee.
    9. "Company" means Continental Airlines, Inc., a Delaware corporation.
    10. "Company Stock" means the Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company.
    11. "Disability" or "Disabled" means, with respect to a Participant, such Participant's disability entitling him or her to benefits under the Company's group long-term disability plan; provided, however, that if such Participant is not eligible to participate in such plan, then such Participant shall be considered to have incurred a "Disability" if and when the Administrator determines in its discretion that such Participant has become incapacitated for a period of at least 180 days by accident, sickness, or other circumstance which renders such Participant mentally or physically incapable of performing the material duties and services required of him or her in his or her employment on a full-time basis during such period.
    12. "EBITDAR" means, with respect to the Company and each company in the Industry Group and each NLTIP Performance Period, the aggregate earnings of the Company or such company and its consolidated subsidiaries during the Performance Period, determined prior to the charges, costs, and expenses associated with interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, and aircraft rent. EBITDAR shall be determined based on the regularly prepared and publicly available statements of operations of the Company and each company in the Industry Group prepared in accordance with GAAP (and if necessary to determine certain items, based on Form 41 data filed by the Company or such company with the Department of Transportation); provided, however, that EBITDAR shall be adjusted to exclude (i) non-operating income or expense, (ii) write-offs of assets (including aircraft and associated parts), (iii) one-time gains or losses from the disposal of assets, and (iv) any other item of gain, loss, or expense determined to be extraordinary or unusual in nature or infrequent in occurrence, in each case under clauses (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) as determined by the Committee in accordance with GAAP. If the fiscal year of a company in the Industry Group is not the calendar year, then such company's EBITDAR for an NLTIP Performance Period shall be determined based upon the fiscal quarters of such company that coincide with the fiscal quarters contained in such Performance Period. Further, if a company in the Industry Group provides publicly available statements of operations with respect to its airline business that are separate from the statements of operations provided with respect to its other businesses, then such company's EBITDAR shall be determined based solely upon the separately provided statements of operations pertaining to its airline business.

f.        "EBITDAR Margin" means, with respect to the Company and each company in the Industry Group and each NLTIP Performance Period, the cumulative EBITDAR for the Company or such company for such Performance Period divided by the Company's or such company's cumulative revenues (determined on a consolidated basis based on the regularly prepared and publicly available statements of operations of the Company or such company prepared in accordance with GAAP) over such Performance Period. If the fiscal year of a company in the Industry Group is not the calendar year, then such company's EBITDAR Margin for an NLTIP Performance Period shall be determined based upon the fiscal quarters of such company that coincide with the fiscal quarters contained in such Performance Period. Further, if a company in the Industry Group provides publicly available statements of operations with respect to its airline business that are separate from the statements of operations provided with respect to its other businesses, then such company's EBITDAR Margin shall be determined based solely upon the separately provided statements of operations pertaining to its airline business.

  1. "Eligible Employee" means any individual who is a staff vice president or more senior officer of the Company or a Subsidiary.
  2. "Entry EBITDAR Margin" means, with respect to each NLTIP Performance Period, the percentage determined by calculating the simple average of the EBITDAR Margins of the companies in the Industry Group with respect to such Performance Period.
  3. "GAAP" means United States generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied.
  4. "Incentive Plan 2000" means the Continental Airlines, Inc. Incentive Plan 2000, as amended from time to time.
  5. "Industry Group" means, with respect to each NLTIP Performance Period, the companies determined in accordance with the provisions of Article V for such Performance Period.
  6. "Market Value per Share" means, as of any specified date, the simple average of the closing sales prices of Company Stock in the principal securities market in which the Company Stock is then traded over the 20 most recent consecutive Trading Days ending on the last Trading Day preceding the specified date, adjusted appropriately by the Committee for any stock splits, stock dividends, reverse stock splits, special dividends or other similar matters occurring during or with respect to any relevant measurement period.
  7. "NLTIP Performance Period" means: (i) as to the first NLTIP Performance Period under the Program, the period commencing on April 1, 2004 and ending on December 31, 2006, and (ii) each three-year period commencing on the first day of a calendar year that begins on or after January 1, 2005. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no new NLTIP Performance Period shall commence on or after the date upon which a Change in Control occurs, unless otherwise determined by the Committee.
  8. "Participant" means an Eligible Employee who has received an Award under the Program with respect to a Performance Period pursuant to Section 4.1.
  9. "Payment Amount" (A) with respect to RSU Awards means, with respect to each Participant and each RSU Performance Period with respect to which the RSU Performance Target is satisfied, an amount equal to 100% of the RSU Value, determined as of the last day of the relevant RSU Performance Period (or, in the event of a Change in Control, as of the date of the Change in Control, or in the event of death, Disability or Retirement of a Participant, as of the date of such death, Disability or Retirement), and (B) with respect to NLTIP Awards means, with respect to each Participant and each NLTIP Performance Period for which the NLTIP Performance Target is satisfied, an amount equal to (i) such Participant's Base Amount in effect as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such NLTIP Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, multiplied by (ii) the Payout Percentage applicable to such Participant for such NLTIP Performance Period. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Payment Amount may be pro-rated as provided in the Program.
  10. "Payout Percentage" means, with respect to each NLTIP Performance Period for which the NLTIP Performance Target is satisfied:

(i) In the case of a Participant who is the Company's Chief Executive Officer as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, 75% plus (A) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 25 divided by (y) the difference between the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, and (B) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 50 divided by (y) the difference between the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period;

(ii) In the case of a Participant who is the Company's President as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, 70% plus (A) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 20 divided by (y) the difference between the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, and (B) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 45 divided by (y) the difference between the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period;

(iii) In the case of a Participant who is an Executive Vice President of the Company as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, 50% plus (A) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 25 divided by (y) the difference between the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, and (B) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 25 divided by (y) the difference between the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period;

(iv) In the case of a Participant who is a Senior Vice President of the Company (or the President of a Subsidiary) as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, 30% plus (A) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 20 divided by (y) the difference between the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, and (B) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 20 divided by (y) the difference between the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period;

(v) In the case of a Participant (other than a Participant described in any of clauses (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) above) who is a participant in the Annual Executive Bonus Program as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, 25% plus (A) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 15 divided by (y) the difference between the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, and (B) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 15 divided by (y) the difference between the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period;

                                                                                 i.            In the case of a Participant who is designated as a Category 1 officer by the Administrator and is not described in any of clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v) above as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, 40% plus (A) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 15 divided by (y) the difference between the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, and (B) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 30 divided by (y) the difference between the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period;

                                                                               ii.            In the case of a Participant who is designated as a Category 2 officer by the Administrator and is not described in any of clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi) above as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, 30% plus (A) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 10 divided by (y) the difference between the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, and (B) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 25 divided by (y) the difference between the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period; and

                                                                              iii.            In the case of a Participant who is designated as a Category 3 officer by the Administrator and is not described in any of clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi) or (vii) above as of the earlier of (1) the last day of such Performance Period, (2) the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) the day immediately preceding the date upon which such Participant suffers a Qualifying Event in connection with, after, or in contemplation of a Change in Control, 15% plus (A) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 5 divided by (y) the difference between the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, and (B) if the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, an additional percentage equal to (x) 10 divided by (y) the difference between the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period and the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (expressed in Basis Points), for each Basis Point that the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period exceeds the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period, up to and including the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period.

a.       "Performance Period" means an NLTIP Performance Period or an RSU Performance Period, as applicable or as the context requires.

    1. "Performance Target" means (A) with respect to an NLTIP Performance Period, that (1) the Cash Hurdle with respect to such Performance Period has been achieved, and (2) the Company's EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period equals or exceeds the Entry EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period (clauses (A)(1) and (2) together, the "NLTIP Performance Target"), or (B) with respect to an RSU Performance Period, that the Market Value per Share at any date during the Performance Period has been equal to or greater than the Target Price with respect to such Performance Period (clause (B), the "RSU Performance Target").
    2. "Program" means this Continental Airlines, Inc. Long Term Incentive and RSU Program, as amended from time to time.
    3. "Qualifying Event" means, with respect to a Participant, (i) the termination of such Participant's employment with the Company, (ii) the assignment to such Participant by the Board or the Administrator or other officers or representatives of the Company (or, if applicable, a Subsidiary) of duties materially inconsistent with the duties associated with his or her position as such duties are constituted as of the first day of the Change Year, (iii) a material diminution in the nature or scope of such Participant's authority, responsibilities, or title from those applicable to him or her as of the first day of the Change Year, (iv) the occurrence of material acts or conduct on the part of the Company (or, if applicable, a Subsidiary) or its officers or representatives which prevent such Participant from performing his or her duties and responsibilities as they existed on the first day of the Change Year, (v) the Company (or, if applicable, a Subsidiary) requiring such Participant to be permanently based anywhere outside a major urban center in the state (or, if applicable, foreign country, U.S. territory or other applicable sovereign entity) in which he or she was based as of the first day of the Change Year, or (vi) the taking of any action by the Company (or, if applicable, a Subsidiary) that would materially adversely affect the corporate amenities enjoyed by such Participant on the first day of the Change Year, except in each case if such Participant's employment with the Company is terminated (1) for Cause, (2) upon such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement, or (3) upon the voluntary resignation of such Participant (other than in connection with circumstances which would permit such Participant to receive severance benefits (including a "Termination Payment" or "Monthly Severance Amount," as such terms are defined in such Participant's employment agreement) pursuant to any contract of employment between such Participant and the Company or any Subsidiary).
    4. "Retirement," "Retires" or "Retired" means retirement of a Participant from employment with the Company pursuant to the provisions of the Continental Retirement Plan, as amended from time to time.
    5. "RSUs" means the method of denominating RSU Awards, which shall be granted in whole numbers. The number of RSUs subject to an outstanding RSU Award shall be subject to appropriate adjustment by the Committee for any stock splits, stock dividends, reverse stock splits, special dividends or other similar matters relating to Company Stock occurring after the date of grant of such Award and during or with respect to the applicable Performance Period.
    6. "RSU Value" of an RSU Award, as of a specified date, means the dollar amount calculated by multiplying the number of RSUs subject to the RSU Award as of the specified date times the Market Value per Share as of the specified date.
    7. "RSU Performance Period" means: (i) as to the first RSU Performance Period under the Program, the period commencing on April 1, 2004 and ending on June 30, 2005, (ii) as to the second RSU Performance Period under the Program, the period commencing on April 1, 2004 and ending on March 31, 2006, (iii) as to the third RSU Performance Period under the Program, the period commencing on April 1, 2004 and ending on December 31, 2007, and (iv) each four-year period commencing on the first day of a calendar year that begins on or after January 1, 2005. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no new RSU Performance Period shall commence on or after the date upon which a Change in Control occurs, unless otherwise determined by the Committee.
    8. "Stretch EBITDAR Margin" means, with respect to an NLTIP Performance Period, the percentage determined by the Committee to be the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period as provided in Section 3.1 hereof, which shall be expressed as the Target EBITDAR Margin plus that number of Basis Points determined by the Committee as provided in Section 3.1.
    9. "Subsidiary" for purposes of participation in this Program means any entity (other than the Company) with respect to which the Company, directly or indirectly through one or more other entities, owns equity interests possessing 50 percent or more of the total combined voting power of all equity interests of such entity (excluding voting power that arises only upon the occurrence of one or more specified events).
    10. "Target EBITDAR Margin" means, with respect to an NLTIP Performance Period, the percentage determined by the Committee to be the Target EBITDAR Margin with respect to such Performance Period as provided in Section 3.1 hereof, which shall be expressed as the Entry EBITDAR Margin plus that number of Basis Points determined by the Committee as provided in Section 3.1.
    11. "Target Price" with respect to an RSU Performance Period means the dollar value per share of Company Stock specified by the Committee as the Target Price for such RSU Performance Period as provided in Section 3.1, which Target Price shall be appropriately adjusted by the Committee for any stock splits, stock dividends, reverse splits, special dividends or other similar events occurring during or with respect to the RSU Performance Period.
    12. "Trading Day" means a day during which trading in securities generally occurs in the principal securities market in which Company Stock is traded.

2.2 Number, Gender, Headings, and Periods of Time. Wherever appropriate herein, words used in the singular shall be considered to include the plural, and words used in the plural shall be considered to include the singular. The masculine gender, where appearing in the Program, shall be deemed to include the feminine gender. The headings of Articles, Sections, and Paragraphs herein are included solely for convenience. If there is any conflict between such headings and the text of the Program, the text shall control. All references to Articles, Sections, and Paragraphs are to this Program unless otherwise indicated. Any reference in the Program to a period or number of days, weeks, months, or years shall mean, respectively, calendar days, calendar weeks, calendar months, or calendar years unless expressly provided otherwise.

 

III. ADMINISTRATION

3.1 Administration by the Administrator. The Program shall be administered by the Administrator, so that (i) Awards made to, and the administration (or interpretation of any provision) of the Program as it relates to, any person who is subject to Section 16, shall be made or effected by the Committee, and (ii) Awards made to, and the administration (or interpretation of any provision) of the Program as it relates to, any person who is not subject to Section 16, shall be made or effected by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (or, if the Chief Executive Officer is not a director of the Company, the Committee), unless the Program specifies that the Committee shall take specific action (in which case such action may only be taken by the Committee) or the Committee (as to any Award described in this clause (ii) or the administration or interpretation of any specific provision of the Program) specifies that it shall serve as Administrator. The action of a majority of the members of the Committee will be the act of the Committee.

The Committee shall, promptly upon adoption of the Program in the case of all Performance Periods commencing on April 1, 2004, and prior to the commencement of each Performance Period beginning on or after January 1, 2005, establish in writing (for NLTIP Awards) the applicable Target EBITDAR Margin and Stretch EBITDAR Margin (such that at all times the Stretch EBITDAR Margin shall be higher than the Target EBITDAR Margin, which in turn shall be higher than the Entry EBITDAR Margin) and the Cash Hurdle for each such Performance Period, and (for RSU Awards) the applicable Target Price for each such Performance Period, in each case for purposes of this Program.

3.2 Powers of the Administrator. The Administrator shall supervise the administration and enforcement of the Program according to the terms and provisions hereof and shall have the sole discretionary authority and all of the powers necessary to accomplish these purposes. The Administrator (which shall be limited solely to the Committee with respect to clauses (e), (f), (g), and (h) below and as described in clause (c) below) shall have all of the powers specified for it under the Program, including, without limitation, the power, right, or authority: (a) to designate an Eligible Employee as a Participant with respect to a Performance Period at any time prior to the last day of such period, (b) from time to time to establish rules and procedures for the administration of the Program, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of the Program or the Incentive Plan 2000, and any such rules and procedures shall be effective as if included in the Program, (c) to construe in its discretion all terms, provisions, conditions and limitations of the Program and any Award, and to determine the number of RSUs subject to an RSU Award to a Participant (which determination with respect to any person who is subject to Section 16 shall be made only by the Committee), (d) to correct any defect or to supply any omission or to reconcile any inconsistency that may appear in the Program in such manner and to such extent as the Administrator shall deem appropriate, (e) to determine the Target Price, the Target EBITDAR Margin and the Stretch EBITDAR Margin with respect to each relevant Performance Period, (f) to determine the Cash Hurdle for each relevant Performance Period, (g) to make determinations as to whether the Performance Targets for the various Performance Periods were satisfied, (h) to certify in writing, prior to the payment of any amount under the Program with respect to a Performance Period, whether the Performance Targets relating to such Performance Period and any other material terms of the Program have in fact been satisfied, and (i) to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for the administration of the Program. The Administrator may correct any defect or supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Program or in any Award or Award Notice in the manner and to the extent it shall deem expedient to carry it into effect.

3.3 Administrator Decisions Conclusive; Standard of Care. The Administrator shall, in its sole discretion exercised in good faith (which, for purposes of this Section 3.3, shall mean the application of reasonable business judgment), make all decisions and determinations and take all actions necessary in connection with the administration of the Program. All such decisions, determinations, and actions by the Administrator shall be final, binding, and conclusive upon all persons. However, in the event of any conflict in any such determination as between the Committee and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, each acting in its or his capacity as Administrator of the Plan, the determination of the Committee shall be conclusive. The Administrator shall not be liable for any action or determination taken or made in good faith or upon reliance in good faith on the records of the Company or information presented to the Administrator by the Company's officers, employees, or other persons (including the Company's outside auditors) as to matters the Administrator reasonably believes are within such other person's professional or expert competence. If a Participant disagrees with any decision, determination, or action made or taken by the Administrator, then the dispute will be limited to whether the Administrator has satisfied its duty to make such decision or determination or take such action in good faith. No liability whatsoever shall attach to or be incurred by any past, present or future stockholders, officers or directors, as such, of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, under or by reason of the Program or the administration thereof, and each Participant, in consideration of receiving benefits and participating hereunder, expressly waives and releases any and all claims relating to any such liability.

 

IV. PARTICIPATION AND AWARD NOTICES

4.1 Participation. Each individual who is an Eligible Employee on the first day of a Performance Period shall automatically be a Participant and receive an Award with respect to such Performance Period, unless otherwise determined by the Administrator prior to the first day of the relevant Performance Period. NLTIP Awards shall be made with respect to NLTIP Performance Periods, and RSU Awards shall be made with respect to RSU Performance Periods. Each individual who becomes an Eligible Employee after the first day of a Performance Period shall become a Participant and receive an Award with respect to such Performance Period only if such individual is selected prior to the last day of such Performance Period by the Administrator in its sole discretion for participation in the Program with respect to such Performance Period. Payment Amounts with respect to an individual who becomes a Participant with respect to a Performance Period after the first day of such Performance Period shall be pro-rated based on a fraction, the numerator of which is (except as otherwise provided in Section 6.3 or Section 6.4) the number of days during the period beginning on the date of such Participant's commencement of participation in the Program for such Performance Period and ending on the last day of such Performance Period, and the denominator of which is the total number of days in such Performance Period.

4.2 Award Notices. The Company shall provide an Award Notice to each Eligible Employee who becomes a Participant with respect to a Performance Period within 30 days after such Eligible Employee becomes such a Participant; provided, however, that Award Notices for the Performance Periods that begin on April 1, 2004 shall be provided on or before May 15, 2004. With respect to RSU Awards to a Participant, the Administrator shall determine in each case the number of RSUs subject to the RSU Award as of the date of grant of the RSU Award. Each Award Notice with respect to an RSU Award shall specify (a) the Performance Period to which the Award relates, (b) the applicable Target Price, and (c) the number of RSUs subject to the Award as of the date of grant of the Award. Each Award Notice with respect to an NLTIP Award shall specify (a) the Performance Period to which the Award relates, (b) the applicable Cash Hurdle, Target EBITDAR Margin and Stretch EBITDAR Margin, and (c) the applicable Payout Percentages set forth in Section 2.1(bb) hereof with respect to the Participant applicable upon the date of grant of the Award.

V. INDUSTRY GROUP

5.1 Initial Designation. The Industry Group shall consist of Alaska Air Group, Inc., America West Holdings Corporation, AMR Corporation, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Northwest Airlines Corporation, Southwest Airlines Co., UAL Corporation, and US Airways Group, Inc.; provided, however, that (a) within 90 days after the first day of each NLTIP Performance Period that begins on or after January 1, 2005, the Committee may in its discretion add any United States certificated scheduled mainline air carrier to, or remove any such company from, the Industry Group for such Performance Period and (b) the Industry Group for each NLTIP Performance Period shall be subject to adjustment as provided in Section 5.2.

5.2 Adjustments to the Industry Group During an NLTIP Performance Period. Except as provided in clause (a) of the proviso to Section 5.1, no company shall be added to, or removed from, the Industry Group for an NLTIP Performance Period during such period; provided, however, that a company shall be removed from the Industry Group for an NLTIP Performance Period if (a) during such period, (i) such company ceases to maintain publicly available statements of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP, (ii) such company is not the surviving entity in any merger, consolidation, or other non-bankruptcy reorganization (or survives only as a subsidiary of an entity other than a previously wholly owned subsidiary of such company), (iii) such company sells, leases, or exchanges all or substantially all of its assets to any other person or entity (other than a previously wholly owned subsidiary of such company), or (iv) such company is dissolved and liquidated, or (b) more than 20% of such company's revenues (determined on a consolidated basis based on the regularly prepared and publicly available statements of operations of such company prepared in accordance with GAAP) for any fiscal year of such company that ends during such Performance Period are attributable to the operation of businesses other than such company's airline business and such company does not provide publicly available statements of operations with respect to its airline business that are separate from the statements of operations provided with respect to its other businesses.

VI. AWARD PAYMENTS

6.1 Determinations and Certification by the Committee. As soon as administratively feasible after the end of each NLTIP Performance Period and RSU Performance Period, as the case may be, the Committee shall determine whether the applicable Performance Target for such Performance Period has been met and whether any other material terms relating to the payment of the related Awards have been satisfied. The Committee's determination as to whether the applicable Performance Target for a Performance Period and any other material terms relating to the payment of the related Awards have been satisfied shall be certified by the Committee in writing and delivered to the Secretary of the Company. For purposes of the preceding sentence, approved minutes of the Committee meeting in which the certification is made shall be treated as a written certification.

6.2 Eligibility for Payment of Awards. Upon the Committee's written certification in accordance with Section 6.1 that the applicable NLTIP Performance Target for an NLTIP Performance Period or the applicable RSU Performance Target for an RSU Performance Period and any other material terms relating to the payment of the related Awards have been satisfied, each Participant who has received an Award with respect to the relevant Performance Period for which the related Performance Target and other material terms have been satisfied and who has remained continuously employed by the Company from the date he or she received such Award until the last day of such Performance Period shall be entitled to the Payment Amount applicable to such Participant's Award for such Performance Period. Except as provided in Section 6.3 and Section 6.4, if a Participant's employment with the Company terminates for any reason whatsoever prior to the last day of a Performance Period, then such Participant shall not be entitled to receive any payment under the Program with respect to his or her Award for such Performance Period, unless otherwise determined by the Administrator or otherwise provided in the Participant's employment agreement with the Company. Payment of the amount to which a Participant becomes entitled pursuant to this Section 6.2 shall be made by the Company within five business days after the Committee's written certification of the satisfaction of the applicable Performance Target.

6.3 Death, Disability or Retirement. Except as provided in Section 6.4 and except as specifically provided in a Participant's employment agreement or retirement agreement with the Company, if during a Performance Period with respect to which a Participant has received an Award, such Participant dies or becomes Disabled or Retires, then as to such Participant only (a) the Administrator, with respect to each RSU Performance Period that began prior to the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement and which has not ended as of such date, shall as promptly as practicable determine whether the Market Value per Share at any date during such Performance Period that is on or before the date of such death, Disability or Retirement has been equal to or greater than the Target Price with respect to such Performance Period (in which case the RSU Performance Target shall be deemed to have been met, as to such Participant only), (b) the Administrator, with respect to each NLTIP Performance Period that began prior to the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement and which has not ended as of such date, shall as promptly as practicable determine (based on publicly available data with respect to each NLTIP Performance Period that began prior to the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement and which has not ended as of such date) the Company's EBITDAR Margin and the Entry EBITDAR Margin through the most recent practicable date and the Company's cash flow through the most recent practicable date, and the Company's resulting cash, cash equivalents and short term investments, excluding restricted cash, cash equivalents and short term investments at the most recent practicable date, and shall determine, based on such data and publicly available data with respect to the companies contained in the Industry Group (and, if deemed appropriate by the Administrator, annualizing or otherwise making assumptions with respect to any relevant data), whether the Company has achieved the relevant NLTIP Performance Target through such most recent practicable date (and if so, the NLTIP Performance Target shall be deemed to have been met, as to such Participant only), and (c) the provisions of Sections 6.1 and 6.2 shall cease to apply with respect to each such Performance Period. Except as provided in Section 6.4 and except as specifically provided in a Participant's employment agreement or retirement agreement with the Company, with respect to each such RSU Performance Period that began prior to the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement and which has not ended as of such date that the Market Value per Share has been equal to or greater than the Target Price with respect to such Performance Period as described in clause (a) of the preceding sentence, such Participant (or, in the case of death, such Participant's estate) shall (i) receive a payment from the Company, within five business days after the determination by the Administrator referred to in clause (a) of the foregoing sentence, equal to the relevant Payment Amount applicable to such Participant's RSU Award for such RSU Performance Period, and (ii) not be entitled to any additional payment under the program with respect to such RSU Performance Period, and with respect to each NLTIP Performance Period that began prior to the date of such Participant's death, Disability or Retirement and which has not ended as of such date with respect to which the NLTIP Performance Target has been satisfied in the manner described in clause (b) of the preceding sentence, such Participant (or, in the case of death, such Participant's estate) shall (i) receive a payment from the Company, within five business days after the determination by the Administrator referred to in clause (b) of the foregoing sentence, equal to the relevant Payment Amount applicable to such Participant's NLTIP Award for such NLTIP Performance Period multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days during the period beginning on the date of such Participant's commencement of participation in the Program for such NLTIP Performance Period and ending on the date such Participant died, became Disabled or Retired, and the denominator of which is the number of days in the entire NLTIP Performance Period, and (ii) not be entitled to any additional payment under the Program with respect to such NLTIP Performance Period.

6.4 Change in Control. Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control, with respect to each Participant who is employed by the Company on the day immediately preceding the date of such Change in Control (or whose employment is terminated in connection therewith or in contemplation thereof), (a) the Performance Targets, including achievement of the Stretch EBITDAR Margin, for each Performance Period that began prior to the date of such Change in Control and which has not ended as of such date shall be deemed to have been satisfied, and (b) the provisions of Sections 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 shall cease to apply with respect to each such Performance Period.

If a Change in Control occurs and thereafter (or in connection therewith or in contemplation thereof) during an RSU Performance Period described in the first paragraph of this Section 6.4 a Participant who has received an RSU Award with respect to such RSU Performance Period suffers a Qualifying Event or subsequent to the Change in Control dies, becomes Disabled, or Retires, then, with respect to each such RSU Performance Period, such Participant (or, in the case of death, such Participant's estate) shall (i) within five business days after the occurrence of the Qualifying Event, death, Disability or Retirement, receive a payment from the Company equal to the Payment Amount applicable to such Participant's RSU Award for such RSU Performance Period, and (ii) not be entitled to any additional payment under the Program with respect to such RSU Performance Period.

If a Change in Control occurs and thereafter (or in connection therewith or in contemplation thereof) during an NLTIP Performance Period described in the first paragraph of this Section 6.4 a Participant who has received an NLTIP Award with respect to such NLTIP Performance Period suffers a Qualifying Event or subsequent to the Change in Control dies, becomes Disabled, or Retires, then, with respect to each such NLTIP Performance Period, such Participant (or, in the case of death, such Participant's estate) shall (i) within five business days after the occurrence of the Qualifying Event, death, Disability or Retirement, receive a payment from the Company equal to the Payment Amount applicable to such Participant's NLTIP Award for such NLTIP Performance Period multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days during the period beginning on the date of such Participant's commencement of participation in the Program for such NLTIP Performance Period and ending on the date such Participant died, became Disabled, Retired or suffered the Qualifying Event, and the denominator of which is the number of days in the entire NLTIP Performance Period, and (ii) not be entitled to any additional payment under the Program with respect to such NLTIP Performance Period.

If a Change in Control occurs and a Participant who has received an Award with respect to a Performance Period described in the first paragraph of this Section 6.4 did not die, become Disabled, Retire or suffer a Qualifying Event during such Performance Period and such Participant remained continuously employed by the Company from the date he or she received such Award until the last day of such Performance Period, then, with respect to each such Performance Period, such Participant shall receive a payment from the Company within five business days after the last day of such Performance Period in an amount equal to the Payment Amount applicable to such Participant's Award for such Performance Period.

6.5 Form of Payment of Awards. All payments to be made under the Program to a Participant with respect to an Award shall be paid in a single lump sum payment in cash. If at a future date the Company's stockholders approve the use of shares of Company Stock for payment of RSU Awards, then from and after the date of such stockholder approval, the Committee may, in its sole discretion, direct that payment of RSU Awards be made either (a) in shares of Company Stock (subject to any limitations contained in the stockholder approved plan or program authorizing such payment), but if and only if at the time of payment the Company has an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, covering the issuance of Company Stock under the Program, or (b) in a combination of cash and/or shares of Company Stock. If the Committee elects to direct the Company to pay all or a portion of a payment due for RSU Awards in shares of Company Stock, then the number of shares of Company Stock shall be determined by dividing the amount of such payment to be paid in shares of Company Stock by the Market Value per Share as of the date used to determine the Payment Amount with respect to such payment, and rounding such number down to the nearest whole share.

VII. TERMINATIONAND AMENDMENT OF PROGRAM

 

7.1 Termination and Amendment. Subject to the terms of this Section 7.1, the Committee may amend the Program at any time and from time to time, and the Committee may at any time terminate the Program (in its entirety or as it applies to one or more specified Subsidiaries) with respect to Performance Periods that have not commenced as of the date of such Committee action; provided, however, that the Program may not be amended in a manner that would impair the rights of any Participant with respect to any outstanding Award without the consent of such Participant. No Participant's participation herein may be terminated in contemplation of or in connection with a Change in Control. This Program may not be amended or terminated in contemplation of or in connection with a Change in Control unless adequate and effective provision for the making of all payments otherwise payable pursuant to Section 6.4 of this Program (as in effect on the date of initial adoption of the Program by the Committee) with respect to such Change in Control shall be made in connection with any such amendment or termination. The Committee shall remain in existence after the termination of the Program for the period determined necessary by the Committee to facilitate the termination of the Program and the payment of any outstanding Awards hereunder, and all provisions of the Program that are necessary, in the opinion of the Committee, for equitable operation of the Program during such period shall remain in force.

 

VIII. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

8.1 No Effect on Employment Relationship. Except as expressly provided otherwise herein, for all purposes of the Program, a Participant shall be considered to be in the employment of the Company as long as he or she remains employed on a full-time basis by the Company or any Subsidiary. Nothing in the adoption of the Program, the grant of Awards, or the payment of amounts under the Program shall confer on any person the right to continued employment by the Company or any Subsidiary or affect in any way the right of the Company (or a Subsidiary, if applicable) to terminate such employment at any time. Unless otherwise provided in a written employment agreement, the employment of each Participant shall be on an at-will basis, and the employment relationship may be terminated at any time by either the Participant or the Participant's employer for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause. Any question as to whether and when there has been a termination of a Participant's employment for purposes of the Program, and the reason for such termination, shall be determined solely by and in the discretion of the Administrator, and its determination shall be final, binding, and conclusive on all parties.

8.2 Prohibition Against Assignment or Encumbrance. No Award or other right, title, interest, or benefit hereunder shall ever be assignable or transferable, or liable for, or charged with any of the torts or obligations of a Participant or any person claiming under a Participant, or be subject to seizure by any creditor of a Participant or any person claiming under a Participant. No Participant or any person claiming under a Participant shall have the power to anticipate or dispose of any Award or other right, title, interest, or benefit hereunder in any manner until the same shall have actually been distributed free and clear of the terms of the Program. Payments with respect to an Award shall be payable only to the Participant (or (a) in the event of a Disability that renders such Participant incapable of conducting his or her own affairs, any payment due under the Program to such Participant shall be made to his or her duly appointed legal representative and (b) in the event of the death of a Participant, any payment due under the Program to such Participant shall be made to his or her estate). Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this paragraph, the Administrator shall comply with the terms of any qualified domestic relations order (as defined in the Incentive Plan 2000) providing for the transfer or assignment of all or any portion of a Participant's interest under the Program. The provisions of the Program shall be binding on all successors and permitted assigns of a Participant, including without limitation the estate of such Participant and the executor, administrator or trustee of such estate, or any receiver or trustee in bankruptcy or representative of the Participant's creditors.

8.3 Unfunded, Unsecured Program. The Program shall constitute an unfunded, unsecured obligation of the Company to make payments of incentive compensation to certain individuals from its general assets in accordance with the Program. Each Award granted under the Program merely constitutes a mechanism for measuring such incentive compensation and does not constitute a property right or interest in the Company, any Subsidiary, or any of their assets. Neither the establishment of the Program, the granting of Awards, nor any other action taken in connection with the Program shall be deemed to create an escrow or trust fund of any kind.

8.4 No Rights of Participant. No Participant shall have any security or other interest in any assets of the Company or any Subsidiary or in Company Stock as a result of participation in the Program (except after payment thereof to the Participant). Participants and all persons claiming under Participants shall rely solely on the unsecured promise of the Company set forth herein, and nothing in the Program, an Award or an Award Notice shall be construed to give a Participant or anyone claiming under a Participant any right, title, interest, or claim in or to any specific asset, fund, entity, reserve, account, or property of any kind whatsoever owned by the Company or any Subsidiary or in which the Company or any Subsidiary may have an interest now or in the future; but each Participant shall have the right to enforce any claim hereunder in the same manner as a general creditor. Neither the establishment of the Program nor participation hereunder shall create any right in any Participant to make any decision, or provide input with respect to any decision, relating to the business of the Company or any Subsidiary.

8.5 Tax Withholding. The Company and the Subsidiaries shall deduct and withhold, or cause to be withheld, from a Participant's payment, including the delivery of Company Stock, made under the Program, or from any other payment to such Participant, an amount necessary to satisfy any and all tax withholding obligations arising under applicable local, state, federal, or foreign laws associated with such payment. The Company and the Subsidiaries may take any other action as may in their opinion be necessary to satisfy all obligations for the payment and withholding of such taxes.

8.6 No Effect on Other Compensation Arrangements. Nothing contained in the Program or any Participant's Award or Award Notice shall prevent the Company or any Subsidiary from adopting or continuing in effect other or additional compensation arrangements affecting any Participant. Nothing in the Program shall be construed to affect the provisions of any other compensation plan or program maintained by the Company or any Subsidiary.

8.7 Subsidiaries. The Company may require any Subsidiary employing a Participant to assume and guarantee the Company's obligations hereunder to such Participant, either at all times or solely in the event that such Subsidiary ceases to be a Subsidiary.

8.8 Governing Law. The Program shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned officer of the Company acting pursuant to authority granted to him by the Committee has executed this instrument effective as of April 9, 2004.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.

 

By: /s/ Jeffery A. Smisek

Jeffery A. Smisek

Executive Vice President

 

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FIRST AMENDMENT TO
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.
LONG TERM INCENTIVE AND RSU PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the Continental Airlines, Inc. Long Term Incentive and RSU Program (the "Program") has heretofore been adopted by the Human Resources Committee (the "Committee") of the Board of Directors of Continental Airlines, Inc. (the "Company") to implement in part the Performance Award provisions of the Continental Airlines, Inc. Incentive Plan 2000; and

WHEREAS, the Committee is authorized to amend the Program; and

WHEREAS, the Committee desires to amend the Program in certain respects;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Program shall be amended as follows, effective as of November 30, 2004:

1. The second paragraph of Section 3.1 of the Program shall be deleted and the following shall be substituted therefor:

"The Committee shall, promptly upon adoption of the Program in the case of all Performance Periods commencing on April 1, 2004, and within 90 days after the first day of each Performance Period commencing on or after January 1, 2005, establish in writing (for NLTIP Awards) the applicable Target EBITDAR Margin and Stretch EBITDAR Margin (such that at all times the Stretch EBITDAR Margin shall be higher than the Target EBITDAR Margin, which in turn shall be higher than the Entry EBITDAR Margin) and the Cash Hurdle for each such Performance Period, and (for RSU Awards) the applicable Target Price for each such Performance Period, in each case for purposes of this Program."

2. The first sentence of Section 4.2 of the Program shall be deleted and the following shall be substituted therefor:

"The Company shall provide an Award Notice to each Eligible Employee who becomes a Participant with respect to a Performance Period within 90 days after such Eligible Employee becomes such a Participant; provided, however, that Award Notices for the Performance Periods that begin on April 1, 2004 shall be provided on or before May 15, 2004."

3. The first sentence of Section 7.1 of the Program shall be deleted and the following shall be substituted therefor:

"Subject to the terms of this Section 7.1, the Committee may amend the Program at any time and from time to time, and the Committee may at any time terminate the Program (in its entirety or as it applies to one or more specified Subsidiaries) with respect to Performance Periods that have not commenced as of the date of such Committee action; provided, however, that, except as provided in the following sentence, the Program may not be amended in a manner that would impair the rights of any Participant with respect to any outstanding Award without the consent of such Participant. Notwithstanding anything in the Program or an Award Notice to the contrary, if the Committee determines that the provisions of new Section 409A of the Code apply to the Program and that the terms of the Program and/or any Award Notice do not, in whole or in part, satisfy the requirements of such section, then the Committee, in its sole discretion, may unilaterally modify the Program and any such Award Notice with respect to Awards for Performance Periods beginning on or after January 1, 2005, in such manner as it deems appropriate to comply with such section and any regulations or guidance issued thereunder."

4. As amended hereby, the Program is specifically ratified and reaffirmed.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned officer of the Company acting pursuant to authority granted to him by the Committee has executed this instrument on this 30th day of November 2004.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.

 

By: /s/ Jeffery A. Smisek

Jeffery A. Smisek

Executive Vice President

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CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.

INCENTIVE PLAN 2000

(as amended and restated through February 20, 2002)

 

1. PURPOSE

The purpose of the Continental Airlines, Inc. Incentive Plan 2000 is to provide a means through which Continental Airlines, Inc. and its subsidiaries may attract able persons to serve as directors, or to enter or remain in the employ of the Company (as defined below) or its subsidiaries, and to provide a means whereby those individuals upon whom the responsibilities of the successful administration and management of the Company and its subsidiaries rest, and whose present and potential contributions to the welfare of the Company and its subsidiaries are of importance, can acquire and maintain stock ownership, thereby strengthening their concern for the welfare of the Company and its subsidiaries. A further purpose of the Plan is to provide such individuals with additional incentive and reward opportunities designed to enhance the profitable growth of the Company and its subsidiaries. So that the maximum incentive can be provided, the Plan provides for granting Incentive Stock Options, Non-Qualified Options, Restricted Stock Awards, Performance Awards, Incentive Awards, and Retention Awards, or any combination of the foregoing, as is best suited to the circumstances of the particular person.

2. DEFINITIONS

The following definitions (including any plural thereof) shall be applicable throughout the Plan unless specifically modified by any Section:

(a) "Administrator" means (i) in the context of Awards made to, or the administration (or interpretation of any provision) of the Plan as it relates to, any person who is subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act (including any successor section to the same or similar effect, "Section 16"), the Committee, or (ii) in the context of Awards made to, or the administration (or interpretation of any provision) of the Plan as it relates to, any person who is not subject to Section 16, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (or, if the Chief Executive Officer is not a Director of the Company, the Committee), unless the Plan specifies that the Committee shall take specific action (in which case such action may only be taken by the Committee) or the Committee (as to any Award described in this clause (ii) or the administration or interpretation of any specific provision of the Plan) specifies that it shall serve as Administrator.

(b) "Award" means, individually or collectively, any Option, Restricted Stock Award, Performance Award, Incentive Award, or Retention Award.

(c) "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Company.

(d) "Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time. Reference in the Plan to any section of the Code shall be deemed to include any amendments or successor provisions to such section and any regulations promulgated under such section.

(e) "Committee" means a committee of the Board comprised solely of two or more outside Directors (within the meaning of the term "outside directors" as used in section 162(m) of the Code and applicable interpretive authority thereunder and within the meaning of "Non-Employee Director" as defined in Rule 16b-3). Such committee shall be the Human Resources Committee of the Board unless and until the Board designates another committee of the Board to serve as the Committee.

(f) "Common Stock" means the Class B common stock, $.01 par value, of the Company, or any security into which such Common Stock may be changed by reason of any transaction or event of the type described in Section 12(b).

(g) "Company" shall mean Continental Airlines, Inc., a Delaware corporation, or any successor thereto.

(h) "Director" means an individual elected to the Board by the stockholders of the Company or by the Board under applicable corporate law who is serving on the Board on the date the Plan is adopted by the Board or is elected to the Board after such date.

(i) "Disability" means, with respect to a Participant, such Participant's disability entitling him or her to benefits under the Company's group long-term disability plan; provided, however, that if such Participant is not eligible to participate in such plan, then such Participant shall be considered to have incurred a "Disability" if and when the Administrator determines in its discretion that such Participant has become incapacitated for a period of at least 180 days by accident, sickness, or other circumstance which renders such Participant mentally or physically incapable of performing the material duties and services required of him or her in his or her employment on a full-time basis during such period.

(j) "employee" means any person (which may include a Director) in an employment relationship with the Company or any parent or subsidiary corporation (as defined in section 424 of the Code).

(k) "Exchange Act" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

(l) "Grant Document" means the document or documents evidencing an Award under the Plan, which may be either an agreement between the Company and the Holder as to the Award (with any amendments thereto) or a notice of grant of the Award from the Company to the Holder (including any attached statement of the terms and conditions of the Award and any modifications thereto made in accordance with the Plan).

(m) ''Holder'' means an employee or a non-employee Director who has been granted an Option, a Restricted Stock Award, a Performance Award, an Incentive Award, or a Retention Award.

(n) ''Incentive Award'' means an Award granted under Section 10 of the Plan.

(o) "Incentive Stock Option" means an incentive stock option within the meaning of section 422 of the Code.

(p) "Market Value per Share" means, as of any specified date, the closing sale price of the Common Stock on that date (or, if there are no sales on that date, the last preceding date on which there was a sale) in the principal securities market in which the Common Stock is then traded. If the Common Stock is not publicly traded at the time a determination of "Market Value per Share" is required to be made hereunder, the determination of such amount shall be made by the Administrator in such manner as it deems appropriate.

(q) ''Non-Qualified Option'' means an Option that is not an Incentive Stock Option.

(r) "Option" means an Award under Section 7 of the Plan and includes both Non-Qualified Options and Incentive Stock Options to purchase Common Stock.

(s) ''Performance Award'' means an Award granted under Section 9 of the Plan.

(t) ''Personal Representative'' means the person who upon the death, disability, or incompetency of a Holder shall have acquired, by will or by the laws of descent and distribution or by other legal proceedings, the right to exercise an Option or the right to any Restricted Stock Award, Performance Award, Incentive Award, or Retention Award theretofore granted or made to such Holder.

(u) "Plan" means the Continental Airlines, Inc. Incentive Plan 2000, as amended from time to time.

(v) "Restricted Stock" means shares of Common Stock granted pursuant to a Restricted Stock Award as to which neither the substantial risk of forfeiture nor the restriction on transfer referred to in Section 8 of the Plan has expired.

(w) "Restricted Stock Award" means an Award granted under Section 8 of the Plan.

(x) "Retention Award" means an Award granted under Section 11 of the Plan.

(y) "Rule 16b-3" means Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, as such rule may be amended from time to time, and any successor rule, regulation or statute fulfilling the same or similar function.

(z) "SAR" means a stock appreciation right granted in connection with an Option under Section 7 of the Plan.

(aa) "subsidiary" means any entity (other than the Company) with respect to which the Company, directly or indirectly through one or more other entities, owns equity interests possessing 50 percent or more of the total combined voting power of all equity interests of such entity (excluding voting power that arises only upon the occurrence of one or more specified events).

3. EFFECTIVE DATE AND DURATION OF THE PLAN

The Plan originally became effective on October 4, 1999. The Plan as set forth herein constitutes an amendment and restatement of the Plan as previously adopted and amended by the Board, and shall supersede and replace in its entirety such previously adopted and amended plan. This amendment and restatement of the Plan shall be effective as of February 20, 2002. No further Awards may be granted under the Plan after October 3, 2009. The Plan shall remain in effect (at least for the purpose of governing outstanding Awards) until all Option Awards granted under the Plan have been exercised or expired, all restrictions imposed upon Restricted Stock Awards granted under the Plan have been eliminated or the Restricted Stock Awards have been forfeited, and all Performance Awards, Incentive Awards and Retention Awards granted under the Plan have been satisfied or have terminated.

4. ADMINISTRATION

(a) Administrator. The Plan shall be administered by the Administrator, so that (i) Awards made to, and the administration (or interpretation of any provision) of the Plan as it relates to, any person who is subject to Section 16, shall be made or effected by the Committee, and (ii) Awards made to, and the administration (or interpretation of any provision) of the Plan as it relates to, any person who is not subject to Section 16, shall be made or effected by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company (or, if the Chief Executive Officer is not a Director of the Company, the Committee), unless the Plan specifies that the Committee shall take specific action (in which case such action may only be taken by the Committee) or the Committee (as to any Award described in this clause (ii) or the administration or interpretation of any specific provision of the Plan) specifies that it shall serve as Administrator.

(b) Powers. Subject to the express provisions of the Plan, the Administrator shall have authority, in its discretion, to determine which employees or Directors shall receive an Award, the time or times when such Award shall be granted, whether an Incentive Stock Option or Non-Qualified Option shall be granted, the number of shares to be subject to each Option and Restricted Stock Award, and the value of each Performance Award, Incentive Award and Retention Award. In making such determinations, the Administrator shall take into account the nature of the services rendered by the respective employees or Directors, their present and potential contribution to the Company's success and such other factors as the Administrator in its discretion shall deem relevant. Subject to the express provisions of the Plan, the Administrator shall also have the power to construe the Plan and the respective agreements executed hereunder, to prescribe rules and regulations relating to the Plan, and to determine the terms, restrictions and provisions of the Grant Documents, including such terms, restrictions and provisions as shall be requisite in the judgment of the Administrator to cause designated Options to qualify as Incentive Stock Options, and to make all other determinations necessary or advisable for administering the Plan. The Administrator may correct any defect or supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan or in any Grant Document relating to an Award in the manner and to the extent it shall deem expedient to carry it into effect. The determination of the Administrator on the matters referred to in this Section 4 shall be conclusive; provided, however, that in the event of any conflict in any such determination as between the Committee and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, each acting in capacity as Administrator of the Plan, the determination of the Committee shall be conclusive.

5. SHARES SUBJECT TO THE PLAN, AWARD LIMITATIONS,

AND GRANT OF AWARDS

(a) Shares Subject to the Plan; Award Limitations. The Administrator may from time to time grant Awards to one or more employees or Directors determined by it to be eligible for participation in the Plan in accordance with the provisions of Section 6 hereof. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 12(b) hereof, the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock that may be issued under the Plan shall not exceed 3,000,000 shares. Shares shall be deemed to have been issued under the Plan only to the extent actually issued and delivered pursuant to an Award. To the extent that an Award lapses, the rights of its Holder terminate, or an Award is paid in cash or is settled in a manner such that all or some of the shares of Common Stock covered by the Award are not issued to the Holder, any shares of Common Stock then subject to such Award shall again be available for the grant of an Award under the Plan. Notwithstanding any provision in the Plan to the contrary, (i) the maximum number of shares of Common Stock that may be subject to Awards granted to any one individual during any calendar year may not exceed 750,000 shares (subject to adjustment as provided in Section 12(b)), (ii) the maximum number of shares of Common Stock that may be granted as Restricted Stock Awards may not exceed 250,000 shares (subject to adjustment as provided in Section 12(b)), (iii) the maximum amount of compensation that may be paid under all Performance Awards denominated in cash (including the fair market value (priced at the Market Value per Share) of any shares of Common Stock paid in satisfaction of such Performance Awards) granted to any one individual during any calendar year may not exceed $10 million, and any payment due with respect to a Performance Award shall be paid no later than 10 years after the date of grant of such Performance Award, and (iv) the maximum amount of compensation that may be paid under all Retention Awards granted to any one individual during any calendar year may not exceed 1% of the aggregate gross revenues of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries for the fiscal year of the Company that ends on December 31, 2000 (determined based on the regularly prepared and publicly available statements of operations of the Company prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied), and any payment due with respect to a Retention Award shall be paid no later than 11 years after the date of grant of such Retention Award. The limitations set forth in clauses (i), (iii), and (iv) of the preceding sentence shall be applied in a manner which will permit compensation generated under the Plan which is intended to constitute "performance-based" compensation for purposes of section 162(m) of the Code to be treated as such "performance-based" compensation.

(b) Grant of Awards. The Administrator may from time to time grant Awards to one or more employees or Directors determined by it to be eligible for participation in the Plan in accordance with the terms of this Plan.

(c) Stock Offered. Subject to the limitations set forth in Section 5(a) above, the stock to be offered pursuant to an Award may be authorized but unissued Common Stock or Common Stock previously issued and outstanding and reacquired by the Company. Any of such shares which remain unissued and which are not subject to outstanding Awards at the termination of the Plan shall cease to be subject to the Plan but, until termination of the Plan, the Company shall at all times make available a sufficient number of shares to meet the requirements of the Plan.

6. ELIGIBILITY

Awards may be granted only to persons who, at the time of grant, are employees or Directors. An Award may be granted on more than one occasion to the same person and, subject to the limitations set forth in the Plan, Awards may include an Incentive Stock Option, a Non-Qualified Option, a Restricted Stock Award, a Performance Award, an Incentive Award, a Retention Award or any combination thereof.

7. STOCK OPTIONS

(a) Option Period. The term of each Option shall be as specified by the Administrator at the date of grant.

(b) Limitations on Exercise of Option. An Option shall be exercisable in whole or in such installments and at such times as determined by the Administrator.

(c) Special Limitations on Incentive Stock Options. An Incentive Stock Option may be granted only to an individual who is an employee at the time the Option is granted. To the extent that the aggregate Market Value per Share (determined at the time the respective Incentive Stock Option is granted) of Common Stock with respect to which Incentive Stock Options granted after 1986 are exercisable for the first time by an individual during any calendar year under all incentive stock option plans of the Company and its parent and subsidiary corporations exceeds $100,000, such Incentive Stock Options shall be treated as Non-Qualified Options. The Administrator shall determine, in accordance with applicable provisions of the Code, Treasury Regulations and other administrative pronouncements, which of a Holder's Incentive Stock Options will not constitute Incentive Stock Options because of such limitation and shall notify the Holder of such determination as soon as practicable after such determination. No Incentive Stock Option shall be granted to an individual if, at the time the Option is granted, such individual owns stock possessing more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of the Company or of its parent or subsidiary corporation, within the meaning of section 422(b)(6) of the Code, unless (i) at the time such Option is granted the option price is at least 110% of the Market Value per Share of the Common Stock subject to the Option and (ii) such Option by its terms is not exercisable after the expiration of five years from the date of grant. An Incentive Stock Option shall not be transferable otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and shall be exercisable during the Holder's lifetime only by such Holder or the Holder's guardian or Personal Representative.

(d) Option Grant Document. Each Option shall be evidenced by an Option Grant Document in such form and containing such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan as the Administrator from time to time shall approve, including, without limitation, provisions to qualify an Incentive Stock Option under section 422 of the Code. An Option Grant Document may provide for the payment of the option price, in whole or in part, by delivery of a number of shares of Common Stock (plus cash if necessary) having a Market Value per Share equal to such option price. Moreover, an Option Grant Document may provide for a "cashless exercise" of the Option by establishing procedures satisfactory to the Administrator with respect thereto. The terms and conditions of the respective Option Grant Documents need not be identical.

(e) Option Price and Payment. The price at which a share of Common Stock may be purchased upon exercise of an Option shall be set forth in the Option Grant Document and shall be determined by the Administrator but, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 12(b), such purchase price shall not be less than the Market Value per Share of a share of Common Stock on the date such Option is granted. The Option or portion thereof may be exercised by delivery of an irrevocable notice of exercise to the Company. The purchase price of the Option or portion thereof shall be paid in full in the manner specified by the Administrator. Separate stock certificates shall be issued by the Company for those shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of an Incentive Stock Option and for those shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of any Non-Qualified Option.

(f) Stockholder Rights and Privileges. The Holder of an Option shall be entitled to all the privileges and rights of a stockholder only with respect to such shares of Common Stock as have been purchased under the Option and for which certificates representing such Common Stock have been registered in the Holder's name.

(g) Stock Appreciation Rights. The Administrator (concurrently with the grant of an Option or subsequent to such grant) may, in its sole discretion, grant stock appreciation rights ("SARs") to any Holder of an Option. SARs may give the Holder of an Option the right, upon written request, to surrender any exercisable Option or portion thereof in exchange for cash, whole shares of Common Stock, or a combination thereof, as determined by the Committee, with a value equal to the excess of the Market Value per Share, as of the date of such request, of one share of Common Stock over the Option price for such share multiplied by the number of shares covered by the Option or portion thereof to be surrendered. In the case of any SAR which is granted in connection with an Incentive Stock Option, such SAR shall be exercisable only when the Market Value per Share of the Common Stock exceeds the price specified therefor in the Option or portion thereof to be surrendered. In the event of the exercise of any SAR granted hereunder, the number of shares reserved for issuance under the Plan shall be reduced only to the extent that shares of Common Stock are actually issued in connection with the exercise of such SAR. Additional terms and conditions governing any such SARs may from time to time be prescribed by the Administrator in its sole discretion.

(h) Options and SARs in Substitution for Stock Options Granted by Other Corporations. Options and SARs may be granted under the Plan from time to time in substitution for stock options held by individuals employed by corporations who become employees as a result of a merger or consolidation or other business combination of the employing corporation with the Company or any subsidiary.

8. RESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS

(a) Ownership of Restricted Stock. Each grant of Restricted Stock pursuant to a Restricted Stock Award will constitute an immediate transfer of record and beneficial ownership of the shares of Restricted Stock to the recipient of the grant in consideration of the performance of services by such recipient (or other consideration determined by the Administrator), entitling the recipient to all voting and other ownership rights, but subject to the restrictions hereinafter referred to or contained in the related Grant Document. Each grant may, in the discretion of the Administrator, limit the recipient's dividend rights during the period in which the shares of Restricted Stock are subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture and restrictions on transfer.

(b) Substantial Risk of Forfeiture and Restrictions on Transfer. Each grant of Restricted Stock will provide that (i) the shares covered thereby will be subject, for a period or periods determined by the Administrator at the date of grant, to one or more restrictions, including, without limitation, a restriction that constitutes a "substantial risk of forfeiture" within the meaning of section 83 of the Code and applicable interpretive authority thereunder, and (ii) during such period or periods during which such restrictions are to continue, the transferability of the Restricted Stock subject to such restrictions will be prohibited or restricted in a manner and to the extent prescribed by the Administrator at the date of grant.

(c) Restricted Stock Held in Trust. Shares of Common Stock awarded pursuant to each Restricted Stock Award will be held in trust by the Company for the benefit of the recipient until such time as the applicable restriction on transfer thereon shall have expired or otherwise lapsed, at which time certificates representing such Common Stock will be delivered to the recipient.

(d) Restricted Stock Grant Document; Consideration. Each grant of Restricted Stock shall be evidenced by a Grant Document in such form and containing such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan as the Administrator from time to time shall approve. The terms and conditions of the respective Restricted Stock Grant Documents need not be identical. Each grant of Restricted Stock may be made without additional consideration or in consideration of a payment by the recipient that is less than the Market Value per Share on the date of grant, as determined by the Administrator.

9. PERFORMANCE AWARDS

(a) Performance Period. The Administrator shall establish, with respect to and at the time of each Performance Award, a performance period over which the performance applicable to the Performance Award shall be measured.

(b) Performance Measures. A Performance Award shall be awarded to a Holder contingent upon future performance of the Company or any subsidiary, division, or department thereof. The Administrator shall establish the performance measures applicable to such performance within the applicable time period permitted by section 162(m) of the Code, with such adjustments thereto as may be determined by the Administrator. The performance measures may be absolute, relative to one or more other companies, relative to one or more indexes, or measured by reference to the Company alone or the Company together with its consolidated subsidiaries. The performance measures established by the Administrator may be based upon (i) the price of a share of Common Stock, (ii) operating income or operating income margin, (iii) earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rent ("EBITDAR") or EBITDAR margin, (iv) net income or net income margin, (v) cash flow, (vi) total shareholder return, or (vii) a combination of any of the foregoing, including any average, weighted average, minimum, hurdle, rate of increase or other measure of any or any combination thereof. The Administrator, in its sole discretion, may provide for an adjustable Performance Award value based upon the level of achievement of performance measures.

(c) Awards Criteria. In determining the value of Performance Awards, the Administrator shall take into account a Holder's responsibility level, performance, potential, other Awards, and such other considerations as it deems appropriate. The Administrator, in its sole discretion, may provide for a reduction in the value of a Holder's Performance Award during the performance period, if permitted by the applicable Grant Document.

(d) Payment. Following the end of the performance period, the Holder of a Performance Award shall be entitled to receive payment of an amount not exceeding the maximum value of the Performance Award, based on the achievement of the performance measures for such performance period, as determined by the Administrator and certified by the Committee as required by section 162(m) of the Code. Payment of a Performance Award may be made in cash, Common Stock (valued at the Market Value per Share), or a combination thereof, as determined by the Administrator. Payment shall be made in a lump sum, except as otherwise set forth in the applicable Grant Document.

(e) Termination of Employment. A Performance Award shall terminate if the Holder does not remain continuously in the employ (or in service as a Director) of the Company or a subsidiary at all times during the applicable performance period, except as otherwise set forth in the applicable Grant Document.

10. INCENTIVE AWARDS

(a) Incentive Awards. Incentive Awards are rights to receive shares of Common Stock (or the Market Value per Share thereof), or rights to receive an amount equal to any appreciation or increase in the Market Value per Share of Common Stock over a specified period of time, which vest over a period of time as established by the Administrator, without satisfaction of any performance criteria or objectives. The Administrator may, in its discretion, require payment or other conditions of the Holder respecting any Incentive Award.

(b) Award Period. The Administrator shall establish, with respect to and at the time of each Incentive Award, a period over which the Award shall vest with respect to the Holder.

(c) Awards Criteria. In determining the value of Incentive Awards, the Committee shall take into account a Holder's responsibility level, performance, potential, other Awards, and such other considerations as it deems appropriate.

(d) Payment. Following the end of the vesting period for an Incentive Award (or at such other time as the applicable Grant Document may provide), the Holder of an Incentive Award shall be entitled to receive payment of an amount, not exceeding the maximum value of the Incentive Award, based on the then vested value of the Award. Payment of an Incentive Award may be made in cash, Common Stock (valued at the Market Value per Share), or a combination thereof as determined by the Administrator. Payment shall be made in a lump sum, except as otherwise set forth in the applicable Grant Document. Cash dividend equivalents may be paid during or after the vesting period with respect to an Incentive Award, as determined by the Administrator.

(e) Termination of Employment. An Incentive Award shall terminate if the Holder does not remain continuously in the employ (or in service as a Director) of the Company or a subsidiary at all times during the applicable vesting period, except as otherwise set forth in the applicable Grant Document.

11. RETENTION AWARDS

(a) Retention Awards. A Retention Award is a right, which vests over a period of time as established by the Committee, to receive a cash payment measured by a portion (not exceeding 3.75% for any individual Holder nor 25% in the aggregate for all Holders) of the gain and profits (measured to the date such Award (or portion thereof, as applicable) is deemed surrendered for payment in accordance with its terms) associated with an equity holding of the Company or a subsidiary in an e-commerce or internet-based business. The Committee shall designate each such equity holding, a portion of the gain and profits with respect to which shall determine the relevant cash payment that is the subject of a Retention Award, and the Committee shall establish, with respect to each Retention Award and within the applicable time period permitted by Section 162(m) of the Code, the portion of the gain and profits in such equity holding used to measure cash payments to the Holder of such Retention Award.

(b) Awards Criteria. In determining the Retention Awards to be granted under the Plan, the Committee shall take into account a Holder's responsibility level, performance, potential, other Awards, and such other considerations as it deems appropriate. The Committee, in its sole discretion, may provide for a reduction in the value of a Holder's Retention Award during the period such Award is outstanding, if permitted by the applicable Grant Document.

(c) Payment. Following the vesting of a Retention Award in whole or in part (or at such other times and subject to such other restrictions as the applicable Grant Document may provide), the Holder of such Retention Award shall be entitled to receive payment of an amount, not exceeding the maximum value of the Retention Award, based on such Holder's vested interest in such Retention Award and the gain and profit in the underlying equity holding, as certified by the Committee as required by section 162(m) of the Code. Payment shall be made in cash and in a lump sum, except as otherwise set forth in the applicable Grant Document. In no event shall a Retention Award grant a Holder an interest in the equity holding, the gain and profit in which is used to measure cash payments under such Award.

(d) Retention Award Grant Document. Each grant of a Retention Award shall be evidenced by a Grant Document in such form and containing such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan as the Committee from time to time shall approve. The terms and conditions of the respective Retention Award Grant Documents need not be identical. A Retention Award shall terminate if the Holder does not remain continuously in the employ (or in service as a Director) of the Company or a subsidiary at all times during the applicable vesting period, except as otherwise set forth in the applicable Grant Document.

12. RECAPITALIZATION, REORGANIZATION AND CHANGE IN CONTROL

(a) No Effect on Right or Power. The existence of the Plan and the Awards granted hereunder shall not affect in any way the right or power of the Board or the stockholders of the Company or any subsidiary to make or authorize any adjustment, recapitalization, reorganization or other change in the Company's or any subsidiary's capital structure or its business, any merger or consolidation of the Company or any subsidiary, any issue of debt or equity securities ahead of or affecting Common Stock or the rights thereof, the dissolution or liquidation of the Company or any subsidiary or any sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of all or any part of its assets or business or any other corporate act or proceeding.

(b) Changes in Common Stock. The provisions of Section 5(a) imposing limits on the numbers of shares of Common Stock covered by Awards granted under the Plan, as well as the number or type of shares or other property subject to outstanding Awards and the applicable option or purchase prices per share, shall be adjusted appropriately by the Committee in the event of stock dividends, spin offs of assets or other extraordinary dividends, stock splits, combinations of shares, recapitalizations, mergers, consolidations, reorganizations, liquidations, issuances of rights or warrants and similar transactions or events.

(c) Change in Control. As used in the Plan (except as otherwise provided in an applicable Grant Document), the term "Change in Control" shall mean:

(aa) any person (within the meaning of Section 13(d) or 14(d) under the Exchange Act, including any group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) under the Exchange Act), a "Person") is or becomes the "beneficial owner" (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company (such Person being referred to as an "Acquiring Person") representing 25% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's outstanding securities; other than beneficial ownership by (i) the Company or any subsidiary of the Company, (ii) any employee benefit plan of the Company or any Person organized, appointed or established pursuant to the terms of any such employee benefit plan (unless such plan or Person is a party to or is utilized in connection with a transaction led by Outside Persons), (iii) a Person who has a Schedule 13G on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the requirements of Rule 13d-1 under the Exchange Act, with respect to its holdings of the Company's voting securities ("Schedule 13G"), so long as (1) such Person is principally engaged in the business of managing investment funds for unaffiliated securities investors and, as part of such Person's duties as agent for fully managed accounts, holds or exercises voting or dispositive power over voting securities of the Company, (2) such Person acquires beneficial ownership of voting securities of the Company pursuant to trading activities undertaken in the ordinary course of such Person's business and not with the purpose nor the effect, either alone or in concert with any Person, of exercising the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the Company or of otherwise changing or influencing the control of the Company, nor in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having such purpose or effect, including any transaction subject to Rule 13d-3(b) of the Exchange Act and (3) if such Person is a Person included in Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii) of the Exchange Act, such Person is not obligated to, and does not, file a Schedule 13D with respect to the securities of the Company, or (iv) (I) 1992 Air, Inc., (II) any Person who controlled 1992 Air, Inc. as of February 26, 1998, including David Bonderman and James Coulter, or (III) any Person controlled by any such Person (Persons referred to in clauses (i) through (iv) hereof are hereinafter referred to as "Excluded Persons"); or

(bb) individuals who constituted the Board as of May 15, 2001 (the "Incumbent Board") cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board, provided that any individual becoming a director subsequent to May 15, 2001 whose appointment to fill a vacancy or to fill a new Board position or whose nomination for election by the Company's shareholders was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board or who was nominated for election by Excluded Persons shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board; or

(cc) the Company merges with or consolidates into or engages in a reorganization or similar transaction with another entity pursuant to a transaction in which the Company is not the "Controlling Corporation"; or

(dd) the Company sells or otherwise disposes of all or substantially all of its assets, other than to Excluded Persons.

For purposes of clause (aa) above, if at any time there exist securities of different classes entitled to vote separately in the election of directors, the calculation of the proportion of the voting power held by a beneficial owner of the Company's securities shall be determined as follows: first, the proportion of the voting power represented by securities held by such beneficial owner of each separate class or group of classes voting separately in the election of directors shall be determined, provided that securities representing more than 50% of the voting power of securities of any such class or group of classes shall be deemed to represent 100% of such voting power; second, such proportion shall then be multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of directors which such class or classes is entitled to elect and the denominator of which is the total number of directors elected to membership on the Board at the time; and third, the product obtained for each such separate class or group of classes shall be added together, which sum shall be the proportion of the combined voting power of the Company's outstanding securities held by such beneficial owner.

For purposes of clause (aa) above, the term "Outside Persons" means any Persons other than (I) Persons described in clauses (aa)(i) or (iii) or (iv) above (as to Persons described in clause (aa)(iii) or (iv) above, while they are Excluded Persons) and (II) members of senior management of the Company in office immediately prior to the time the Acquiring Person acquires the beneficial ownership described in clause (aa).

For purposes of clause (cc) above, the Company shall be considered to be the Controlling Corporation in any merger, consolidation, reorganization or similar transaction unless either (1) the shareholders of the Company immediately prior to the consummation of the transaction (the "Old Shareholders") would not, immediately after such consummation, beneficially own, directly or indirectly, securities of the resulting entity entitled to elect a majority of the members of the Board of Directors or other governing body of the resulting entity or (2) those persons who were directors of the Company immediately prior to the consummation of the proposed transaction would not, immediately after such consummation, constitute a majority of the directors of the resulting entity, provided that (I) there shall be excluded from the determination of the voting power of the Old Shareholders securities in the resulting entity beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by the other party to the transaction and any such securities beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by any Person acting in concert with the other party to the transaction, (II) there shall be excluded from the determination of the voting power of the Old Shareholders securities in the resulting entity acquired in any such transaction other than as a result of the beneficial ownership of Company securities prior to the transaction and (III) persons who are directors of the resulting entity shall be deemed not to have been directors of the Company immediately prior to the consummation of the transaction if they were elected as directors of the Company within 90 days prior to the consummation of the transaction.

The exclusion described in clause (aa)(iii) above shall cease to have any force or effect (and the Person described therein shall cease to be an Excluded Person) if that Person becomes an "Acquiring Person" within the meaning of the Amended and Restated Rights Agreement dated as of November 15, 2000 between the Company and Mellon Investor Services LLC, as amended from time to time. The exclusion described in clause (aa)(iv) above shall cease to have any force or effect (and the Persons described therein shall cease to be Excluded Persons) if (A) the Person acquiring beneficial ownership is not controlled by David Bonderman or James Coulter, or (B) the Person acquiring beneficial ownership (together with any Person controlling, controlled by or under common control with such Person) ceases to be after such acquisition, for a period of thirty consecutive calendar days, the beneficial owner, directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company representing at least 25% of the combined voting power of the Company's outstanding securities.

Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control, with respect to each recipient of an Award hereunder, (AA) all Options granted to such recipient and outstanding at such time shall immediately vest and become exercisable in full (but subject, however, in the case of Incentive Stock Options, to the aggregate fair market value, determined as of the date the Incentive Stock Options are granted, of the stock with respect to which Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by such recipient during any calendar year not exceeding $100,000) and, except as required by law, all restrictions on the transfer of shares acquired pursuant to such Options shall terminate, (BB) all restrictions applicable to such recipient's Restricted Stock and Incentive Awards that are outstanding at such time shall be deemed to have been satisfied and such Restricted Stock and Incentive Awards shall immediately vest in full, and (CC) all Retention Awards granted to such recipient and outstanding at such time shall immediately vest in full.

In addition, except as otherwise provided in the applicable Grant Document, if a recipient of an Award hereunder becomes entitled to one or more payments (with a "payment" including, without limitation, the vesting of an Award) pursuant to the terms of the Plan (the "Total Payments"), which are or become subject to the tax imposed by section 4999 of the Code (or any similar tax that may hereafter be imposed) (the "Excise Tax"), the Company or subsidiary for whom the recipient is then performing services shall pay to the recipient an additional amount (the "Gross-Up Payment") such that the net amount retained by the recipient, after reduction for any Excise Tax on the Total Payments and any federal, state and local income or employment tax and Excise Tax on the Gross-Up Payment, shall equal the Total Payments. For purposes of determining the amount of the Gross-Up Payment, the recipient shall be deemed (aa) to pay federal income taxes at the highest stated rate of federal income taxation (including surtaxes, if any) for the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made; and (bb) to pay any applicable state and local income taxes at the highest stated rate of taxation (including surtaxes, if any) for the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made. Any Gross-Up Payment required hereunder shall be made to the recipient at the same time any Total Payment subject to the Excise Tax is paid or deemed received by the recipient.

 

13. AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF THE PLAN

Subject to the last sentence of Section 3 hereof, the Board in its discretion may terminate the Plan at any time. The Board shall have the right to amend the Plan or any part thereof from time to time, and the Administrator may amend any Award (and its related Grant Document) at any time, except as otherwise specifically provided in such Grant Document; provided that no change in any Award theretofore granted may be made which would impair the rights of the Holder thereof without the consent of such Holder, and provided further that the Board may not, without approval of the stockholders of the Company, amend the Plan to (a) increase the maximum aggregate number of shares that may be issued under the Plan or (b) change the class of individuals eligible to receive Awards under the Plan.

14. MISCELLANEOUS

(a) No Right to an Award. Neither the adoption of the Plan nor any action of the Board or the Administrator shall be deemed to give an employee or Director any right to be granted an Award except as may be evidenced by a Grant Document from the Company reflecting a grant by the Company of an Award to such person and setting forth the terms and conditions thereof. The Plan shall be unfunded. The Company shall not be required to establish any special or separate fund or to make any other segregation of funds or assets to assure the performance of its obligations under any Award.

(b) No Employment or Membership Rights Conferred. Nothing contained in the Plan shall (i) confer upon any employee any right with respect to continuation of employment with the Company or any subsidiary or (ii) interfere in any way with the right of the Company or any subsidiary to terminate his or her employment at any time. Nothing contained in the Plan shall confer upon any Director any right with respect to continuation of membership on the Board.

(c) Other Laws; Withholding. The Company shall not be obligated to issue any Common Stock pursuant to any Award granted under the Plan until there has been compliance with applicable laws and regulations with respect thereto. No fractional shares of Common Stock shall be delivered, nor shall any cash in lieu of fractional shares be paid. The Company shall have the right to (i) make deductions from any settlement or exercise of an Award made under the Plan, including the delivery of shares, or require shares or cash or both be withheld from any Award, in each case in an amount sufficient to satisfy withholding of any taxes required by law, or (ii) take such other action as may be necessary or appropriate to satisfy any such tax withholding obligations. The Administrator may determine the manner in which such tax withholding may be satisfied, and may permit shares of Common Stock (together with cash, as appropriate) to be used to satisfy required tax withholding based on the Market Value per Share of any such shares of Common Stock.

(d) No Restriction on Corporate Action. Subject to the restrictions contained in Section 13, nothing contained in the Plan shall be construed to prevent the Company or any subsidiary from taking any corporate action, whether or not such action would have an adverse effect on the Plan or any Award granted hereunder. No employee, Director, beneficiary or other person shall have any claim against the Company or any subsidiary as a result of any such action.

(e) Restrictions on Transfer. An Award (other than an Incentive Stock Option, which shall be subject to the transfer restrictions set forth in Section 7(c)) shall not be transferable otherwise than (i) by will or the laws of descent and distribution, (ii) pursuant to a qualified domestic relations order as defined by the Code or Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, or the rules thereunder, or (iii) with respect to Awards of Non-Qualified Options, with the consent of the Administrator. In the discretion of the Administrator, a percentage (determined by the Administrator and set forth in the applicable Grant Document) of the aggregate shares of Common Stock obtained from exercises of an Option (which percentage may be satisfied out of particular exercises as determined by the Administrator and set forth in the applicable Grant Document) shall not be transferable prior to the earliest to occur of (x) the termination of the relevant Option term (or such shorter period as may be determined by the Administrator and set forth in the Grant Document), (y) the Holder's retirement, death or Disability, or (z) termination of the Holder's employment with the Company and its subsidiaries.

(f) Governing Law. The Plan shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas.

 

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Amendment to

Continental Airlines, Inc. Incentive Plan 2000

(as amended and restated through February 20, 2002)

This Amendment (this "Amendment") to the Continental Airlines, Inc. Incentive Plan 2000 (as amended and restated through February 20, 2002) (the "Plan") is dated as of March 12, 2004 and has been adopted by the Board of Directors of Continental Airlines, Inc., a Delaware corporation, on March 12, 2004.

Pursuant to Section 13 of the Plan, the Plan is hereby amended as follows:

Section 12(c) of the Plan is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows:

"(c) Change in Control. As used in the Plan (except as otherwise provided in an applicable Grant Document), the term "Change in Control" shall mean:

(aa) any person (within the meaning of Section 13(d) or 14(d) under the Exchange Act, including any group (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) under the Exchange Act), a "Person") is or becomes the "beneficial owner" (as such term is defined in Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company (such Person being referred to as an "Acquiring Person") representing 25% or more of the combined voting power of the Company's outstanding securities; other than beneficial ownership by (i) the Company or any subsidiary of the Company, (ii) any employee benefit plan of the Company or any Person organized, appointed or established pursuant to the terms of any such employee benefit plan (unless such plan or Person is a party to or is utilized in connection with a transaction led by Outside Persons), or (iii) a Person who has a Schedule 13G on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the requirements of Rule 13d-1 under the Exchange Act, with respect to its holdings of the Company's voting securities ("Schedule 13G"), so long as (1) such Person is principally engaged in the business of managing investment funds for unaffiliated securities investors and, as part of such Person's duties as agent for fully managed accounts, holds or exercises voting or dispositive power over voting securities of the Company, (2) such Person acquires beneficial ownership of voting securities of the Company pursuant to trading activities undertaken in the ordinary course of such Person's business and not with the purpose nor the effect, either alone or in concert with any Person, of exercising the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of the Company or of otherwise changing or influencing the control of the Company, nor in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having such purpose or effect, including any transaction subject to Rule 13d-3(b) of the Exchange Act and (3) if such Person is a Person included in Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii) of the Exchange Act, such Person is not obligated to, and does not, file a Schedule 13D with respect to the securities of the Company (Persons referred to in clauses (i) through (iii) hereof are hereinafter referred to as "Excluded Persons"); or

(bb) individuals who constituted the Board as of March 12, 2004 after giving effect to changes in the composition of the Board as of that date (the "Incumbent Board") cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board, provided that any individual becoming a director on or after March 12, 2004 whose appointment to fill a vacancy or to fill a new Board position or whose nomination for election by the Company's shareholders was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board or who was nominated for election by Excluded Persons shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board; or

(cc) the Company merges with or consolidates into or engages in a reorganization or similar transaction with another entity pursuant to a transaction in which the Company is not the "Controlling Corporation"; or

(dd) the Company sells or otherwise disposes of all or substantially all of its assets, other than to Excluded Persons.

For purposes of clause (aa) above, if at any time there exist securities of different classes entitled to vote separately in the election of directors, the calculation of the proportion of the voting power held by a beneficial owner of the Company's securities shall be determined as follows: first, the proportion of the voting power represented by securities held by such beneficial owner of each separate class or group of classes voting separately in the election of directors shall be determined, provided that securities representing more than 50% of the voting power of securities of any such class or group of classes shall be deemed to represent 100% of such voting power; second, such proportion shall then be multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of directors which such class or classes is entitled to elect and the denominator of which is the total number of directors elected to membership on the Board at the time; and third, the product obtained for each such separate class or group of classes shall be added together, which sum shall be the proportion of the combined voting power of the Company's outstanding securities held by such beneficial owner.

For purposes of clause (aa) above, the term "Outside Persons" means any Persons other than (I) Persons described in clauses (aa)(i) or (iii) above (as to Persons described in clause (aa)(iii) above, while they are Excluded Persons) and (II) members of senior management of the Company in office immediately prior to the time the Acquiring Person acquires the beneficial ownership described in clause (aa).

For purposes of clause (cc) above, the Company shall be considered to be the Controlling Corporation in any merger, consolidation, reorganization or similar transaction unless either (1) the shareholders of the Company immediately prior to the consummation of the transaction (the "Old Shareholders") would not, immediately after such consummation, beneficially own, directly or indirectly, securities of the resulting entity entitled to elect a majority of the members of the Board of Directors or other governing body of the resulting entity or (2) those persons who were directors of the Company immediately prior to the consummation of the proposed transaction would not, immediately after such consummation, constitute a majority of the directors of the resulting entity, provided that (I) there shall be excluded from the determination of the voting power of the Old Shareholders securities in the resulting entity beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by the other party to the transaction and any such securities beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by any Person acting in concert with the other party to the transaction, (II) there shall be excluded from the determination of the voting power of the Old Shareholders securities in the resulting entity acquired in any such transaction other than as a result of the beneficial ownership of Company securities prior to the transaction and (III) persons who are directors of the resulting entity shall be deemed not to have been directors of the Company immediately prior to the consummation of the transaction if they were elected as directors of the Company within 90 days prior to the consummation of the transaction.

The exclusion described in clause (aa)(iii) above shall cease to have any force or effect (and the Person described therein shall cease to be an Excluded Person) if that Person becomes an "Acquiring Person" within the meaning of the Amended and Restated Rights Agreement dated as of November 15, 2000 between the Company and Mellon Investor Services LLC, as amended from time to time.

Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control, with respect to each recipient of an Award hereunder, (AA) all Options granted to such recipient and outstanding at such time shall immediately vest and become exercisable in full (but subject, however, in the case of Incentive Stock Options, to the aggregate fair market value, determined as of the date the Incentive Stock Options are granted, of the stock with respect to which Incentive Stock Options are exercisable for the first time by such recipient during any calendar year not exceeding $100,000) and, except as required by law, all restrictions on the transfer of shares acquired pursuant to such Options shall terminate, (BB) all restrictions applicable to such recipient's Restricted Stock and Incentive Awards that are outstanding at such time shall be deemed to have been satisfied and such Restricted Stock and Incentive Awards shall immediately vest in full, and (CC) all Retention Awards granted to such recipient and outstanding at such time shall immediately vest in full.

In addition, except as otherwise provided in the applicable Grant Document, if a recipient of an Award hereunder becomes entitled to one or more payments (with a "payment" including, without limitation, the vesting of an Award) pursuant to the terms of the Plan (the "Total Payments"), which are or become subject to the tax imposed by section 4999 of the Code (or any similar tax that may hereafter be imposed) (the "Excise Tax"), the Company or subsidiary for whom the recipient is then performing services shall pay to the recipient an additional amount (the "Gross-Up Payment") such that the net amount retained by the recipient, after reduction for any Excise Tax on the Total Payments and any federal, state and local income or employment tax and Excise Tax on the Gross-Up Payment, shall equal the Total Payments. For purposes of determining the amount of the Gross-Up Payment, the recipient shall be deemed (aa) to pay federal income taxes at the highest stated rate of federal income taxation (including surtaxes, if any) for the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made; and (bb) to pay any applicable state and local income taxes at the highest stated rate of taxation (including surtaxes, if any) for the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made. Any Gross-Up Payment required hereunder shall be made to the recipient at the same time any Total Payment subject to the Excise Tax is paid or deemed received by the recipient."

2. The Plan, as amended by this Amendment, shall apply to all Awards made under the Plan or under any programs adopted by the Human Resources Committee or the Board thereunder, on or after the date hereof and also to all outstanding Awards made under the Plan or under any such programs prior to the date hereof, inasmuch as the changes to the Plan effected hereby do not impair the rights of any Holder. In all other respects, the Plan shall continue in full force and effect with respect to all Awards made thereunder or under any such programs.

3. Capitalized terms used in this Amendment without definition are defined in the Plan and are used in this Amendment with the same meanings as in the Plan.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this Amendment on behalf of the Company as of March 12, 2004.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.

 

By:_/s/ Jeffery A. Smisek_____________

Jeffery A. Smisek

Executive Vice President

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