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Continental CEO apologizes for 'ugly girl' comment

(AP) - It was the most-quotoble moment of the news conference for the United Airlines and Continental Airlines merger agreement.

And now the CEO of Continental is apologizing. On Monday Continental CEO Jeffery Smisek seemed to be referring to US Airways as "the ugly girl'' of the airline industry. Smisek said Continental would make a better merger partner for United, and said, "I'm much prettier.''

Doug Parker, CEO of US Airways Group Inc. says Smisek apologized Tuesday. In a letter to employees, Parker says Smisek told him he got carried away in the moment and "had no good excuse.'' Parker says he accepted the apology and he's ready to move on.

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