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Originally published October 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM | Page modified October 5, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Ex-Continental CEO Kellner joins Boeing's board

Boeing announced Tuesday that former Continental Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Larry Kellner has joined its board. The jet-maker always had...

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Boeing announced Tuesday that former Continental Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Larry Kellner has joined its board.

The jet-maker always had a tight relationship with the airline. Kellner's predecessor as head of Continental, Gordon Bethune, was a former Boeing executive and the airline flew an all-Boeing fleet.

The airline merged with United — when the two still-separate operations are combined it will become the world's largest airline — and is headed by Kellner's successor at Continental, Jeff Smisek.

Boeing and Airbus are currently in discussions with the enlarged United, vying for a huge order for up to 200 single-aisle jets expected to be announced by early next year.

Kellner, 52, is currently president of Emerald Creek Group, a private equity firm based in Houston. He headed Continental from 2004 through 2009.

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