Washington, D.C.  20549

                            FORM 8-K

                         CURRENT REPORT
             Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the 
                 Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  
                       September 24, 1998

                   CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.
     (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Delaware                0-09781                 74-2099724
(State or other          (Commission             (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of          File Number)          Identification No.)

2929 Allen Parkway, Suite 2010, Houston, Texas            77019
  (Address of principal executive offices)             (Zip Code)

                         (713) 834-2950
      (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
Item 5.Other Events.

On September 24, 1998, Continental Airlines, Inc. issued a press
release, which is filed herewith as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated
herein by reference.

Item 7.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

         (c)  Exhibits

              99.1  Press Release.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, Continental Airlines, Inc. has duly caused this report to be
signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                   CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC.

                                   By /s/ Jeffery A. Smisek       
                                      Jeffery A. Smisek
                                      Executive Vice President 
                                      and General Counsel

September 24, 1998
                        EXHIBIT INDEX

99.1  Press release, dated September 24, 1998.

                                                    Exhibit 99.1


      HOUSTON, September 24, 1998 -- Continental Airlines (NYSE:
CAI.B and CAI.A) announced today that its Board of Directors has
authorized a further $100 million increase in the size of the
company's stock repurchase program, from $200 million to $300
million.  The company's repurchase program authorizes the
repurchase of the company's common stock and convertible
securities. The company has expended approximately $185 million
repurchasing its stock since the program began in March 1998.

      In announcing the latest increase in the size of the program,
Larry Kellner, Continental Airlines' Chief Financial Officer, said
"At recent stock prices, increasing the size of our repurchase
program is the right move.  We continue to have great confidence in
the fundamentals of our business, both financially and
operationally. With this increase in our repurchase program, we are
no longer targeting the maintenance of a specific number of shares
for our diluted earnings per share calculation."

      Continental Airlines currently has outstanding approximately
48.3 million Class B shares and 11.4 million Class A shares, and
convertible securities (8.5% Convertible Trust Originated Preferred
Securities and 6 3/4% Convertible Subordinated Notes) convertible
into approximately 17.9 million Class B shares.

      The repurchases may be effected from time to time in
accordance with applicable securities laws, through solicited or
unsolicited transactions in the market or in privately negotiated
transactions.  No time limit was placed on the duration of the
repurchase program.  Subject to applicable securities laws, such
repurchases will be at times and in amounts as the company deems