United Airlines and Winter Just Got a Lot Cooler

United Airlines and Winter Just Got a Lot Cooler

September 26, 2018

CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it is offering customers more than 100 flights and more than 10,000 seats daily to conveniently get to 12 of the country's top ski destinations during the 2018/2019 ski season.

United and United Express offer service to more ski destinations in the United States than any other airline including new flights this year between Denver and Mammoth Lakes, California and between Los Angeles and Eagle/Vail, Colorado; Sun Valley, Idaho; and Mammoth Lakes, California. Tickets are available to purchase today. https://flights.united.com/en-us/flights-to-ski-destinations.

"We are excited to offer our customers more options to enjoy skiing and other winter sports this season," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning and Scheduling. "Our schedule is designed to help customers get to new or favorite ski resorts conveniently."

Booking travel to ski destinations is also an opportunity for United MileagePlus members to enjoy the benefits and perks of their membership. Whether it's a weekend away with friends or a family vacation, MileagePlus Premier and eligible United MileagePlus Chase cardmembers can book Everyday Awards on flights operated by United and United Express. If a seat is available, eligible members have unrestricted access to book an Everyday Award, even if it is the last seat on the plane. Tickets are available to purchase on united.com.

In addition to new service from Denver and Los Angeles, United is offering customers increased daily service between San Francisco and Eagle/Vail, Colorado; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming throughout the winter season. United will also offer a second daily flight from Chicago to Eagle/Vail and between San Francisco and Bozeman, Montana around the holidays.

More runs more routes

United Airlines offers more flights to more U.S. ski destinations than any other carrier

10,000
Seats daily to the best skiing in the U.S.

100
Daily flights to the best ski destinations in the U.S.

12
U.S. world-class ski destinations

2018/2019 Ski destinations

In addition to serving the most ski destinations west of the Rockies, United Airlines also offers daily service to dozens of other winter destinations across the United States and around the world.

DEN Denver to

ASE

Aspen

9 Daily

BZN

Bozeman/Big Sky

5 Daily

MMH

Mammoth Yosemite

NEW
1 Daily

EGE

Eagle/Vail

3 Daily

FCA

Glacier/Whitefish

4 Daily

GUC

Gunnison/Crested Butte

2 Daily

HDN

Steamboat Springs

3 Daily

JAC

Jackson Hole

3 Daily

MTJ

Montrose/Telluride

4 Daily

RNO

Reno/Lake Tahoe

3 Daily

SLC

Salt Lake City

7 Daily

SUN

Sun Valley

1 Daily

ORD Chicago to

ASE

Aspen

5 Daily

BZN

Bozeman/Big Sky

3 Daily

EGE

Eagle/Vail

2 Daily

FCA

Glacier/Whitefish

1 Daily

HDN

Steamboat Springs

1 Daily

JAC

Jackson Hole

1 Daily

MTJ

Montrose/Telluride

1 Daily

RNO

Reno/Lake Tahoe

2 Weekly

SLC

Salt Lake City

3 Daily

SUN

Sun Valley

Most Saturdays

LAX Los Angeles to

ASE

Aspen

4 Daily

BZN

Bozeman/Big Sky

1 Daily

MMH

Mammoth Yosemite

NEW
1 Daily

EGE

Eagle/Vail

NEW
Saturdays

HDN

Steamboat Springs

Saturdays

JAC

Jackson Hole

1 Daily

MTJ

Montrose/Telluride

2 Weekly

RNO

Reno/Lake Tahoe

3 Daily

SLC

Salt Lake City

2 Daily

SUN

Sun Valley

NEW
1 Daily
SFO San Francisco to

ASE

Aspen

3 Daily

BZN

Bozeman/Big Sky

2 Daily

MMH

Mammoth Yosemite

1 Daily

EGE

Eagle/Vail

1 Daily

HDN

Steamboat Springs

Saturdays

JAC

Jackson Hole

2 Daily

MTJ

Montrose/Telluride

1 Daily

RNO

Reno/Lake Tahoe

1 Daily

SLC

Salt Lake City

5 Daily

SUN

Sun Valley

1 Daily

IAH Houston to

ASE

Aspen

4 Daily

BZN

Bozeman/Big Sky

1 Daily

EGE

Eagle/Vail

1 Daily

GUC

Gunnison/Crested Butte

1 Daily

HDN

Steamboat Springs

1 Daily

JAC

Jackson Hole

1 Daily

MTJ

Montrose/Telluride

1 Daily

RNO

Reno/Lake Tahoe

5 Weekly

SLC

Salt Lake City

5 Daily

EWR Newark to

BZN

Bozeman/Big Sky

1 Daily

EGE

Eagle/Vail

1 Daily

JAC

Jackson Hole

1 Daily

HDN

Steamboat Springs

2 Weekly

MTJ

Montrose/Telluride

1 Daily

SLC

Salt Lake City

2 Daily

IAD Washington D.C. to

EGE

Eagle/Vail

1 Daily

HDN

Steamboat Springs

1 Weekly

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 357 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 757 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 551 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

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Giving Tuesday: United to Donate up to 6 Million Miles

November 16, 2018

CHICAGO, Nov. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27, United Airlines announced today that the airline will match customer donations of MileagePlus miles to the airline's featured Charity Miles partners up to 6 million miles. MileagePlus members who visit donate.mileageplus.com beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and donate 1,000 miles or more to the charity of their choice through Dec. 21 will have their donation matched mile for mile up to 5 million miles by United Airlines. Additionally, every time the hashtag #UnitedCharityMiles is used on social media channels Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook in support of the United in Giving campaign, the airline will donate 1,000 miles per post, up to 1 million miles for a total of up to 6 million miles donated.

"As our customers begin to think about ways to give back this holiday season, we will double their impact on the charities that matter most to them," said Sharon Grant, United's VP Community Affairs. "Donating miles is a powerful way to make a difference."

Customers can learn about the charities and impact of their donation by visiting donate.mileageplus.com. United begins this mile matching campaign by celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, encouraging philanthropy and celebrating generosity worldwide.

United's commitment to its charitable partners are a part of the airline's continued efforts to break down barriers and promote inclusion, fly towards a more sustainable future, lift up communities in crisis after a disaster and inspire the next generation of leaders. Throughout 2018, more than 73 million MileagePlus miles have been donated to charity partners through United's Charity Miles. The airline has also demonstrated this commitment to its communities, such as the Critical Need Grants program, which invested a total $8 million to nine different organizations, addressing a critical need identified by local leadership in each of United Airline's hub market communities – Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark/New York and Washington, D.C.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

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United Airlines Announces Boeing 787-10 Aircraft will Operate Between New York/Newark and Six International Destinations

November 14, 2018

CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it will operate its newest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on six trans-Atlantic routes from its New York/Newark hub beginning in March 2019. United was the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and is also the first airline in the world to have the entire family of Boeing's 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet. United's 787-10 features 44 United Polaris ® business class seats, 21 United® Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard Economy seats. Tickets will be available for purchase on Dec. 3, for travel beginning March 30.

"United is proud to offer more seats between New York and Europe than any other carrier and our Boeing 787-10 aircraft based in New York/Newark will enable us to connect even more New York City customers to Europe and beyond," said Patrick Quayle, United's Vice President of International Network. "We are thrilled to announce six international cities that will be served with this aircraft and we look forward to offering our customers all of the comforts and services of our most advanced aircraft."

Boeing 787-10 International Schedule

Start

UA Flight

Depart

Time

Arrive

Time

March 30

UA 960

New York/Newark

7:50 p.m.

Frankfurt (FRA)

9:20 a.m.

March 30

UA 84

New York/Newark

4:55 p.m.

Tel Aviv (TLV)

10:15 a.m.

April 29

UA 57

New York/Newark

6:40 p.m.

Paris (CDG)

7:45 a.m.

April 29

UA 120

New York/Newark

7:30 p.m.

Barcelona (BCN)

9:00 a.m.

May 22

UA 999

New York/Newark

6:30 p.m.

Brussels (BRU)

7:45 a.m.

May 22

UA 23

New York/Newark

7:25 p.m.

Dublin (DUB)

7:05 a.m.

Offering more service than any other U.S. airline from New York to Germany and Israel, United currently offers daily nonstop service to Frankfurt and twice-daily nonstop service to Tel Aviv. United also operates daily service from New York/Newark to Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin and Paris.

Investing in customer-friendly advancements onboard

In addition to United's signature all aisle access Polaris business class and United Premium Plus seats, United is investing in several customer-friendly advancements onboard. The aircraft features updated lighting patterns that mimic sunrise and sunset and are designed to help customers in each cabin fall asleep and wake up more adjusted to new time zones. A brand new seatback entertainment system is also available at every seat, which includes:

  • Split screen capabilities allowing customers to watch a movie and view the flight map simultaneously.
  • A relax mode for customers who want to customize a selection of soothing videos and relaxing audio playlists.
  • The world's most extensive suite of accessibility features on a seatback entertainment system, which accommodates any level of vision, as well as provides support for customers with hearing and mobility issues.
  • Movie and television recommendations based on remaining flight time and previously watched content.

United previously announced its first 787-10 aircraft will begin operating between New York/Newark and Los Angeles and San Francisco in January 2019.

The Boeing 787-10 is 18 feet longer than the 787-9 and can carry more passengers and more cargo. The -10 aircraft can fly up to 6,430 nautical miles, while using 20 percent less fuel than older generation airplanes. United currently operates 25 787-9 and 12 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline expects to take delivery of 14 787-10 aircraft over the next two years. For more information on United's 787-10, and other fleet updates visit United's Fleet Newsroom.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

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United Airlines Offers Funds, Bonus Miles and First Responder Assistance in Response to California Wildfires

November 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today reaffirmed its commitment to California and to lifting up communities in need by announcing $150,000 in direct donations to Ventura County Community Foundation and North Valley Community Foundation for their efforts in areas affected by the ongoing California wildfires, while launching a new Crowdrise by GoFundMe campaign to award up to five million bonus miles for individuals who make donations of $50 or more. All funds will go toward efforts to support affected communities in California. The airline also continues to work with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and both community foundations with offers to fly first responders who need to get in or around California.

"United is deeply connected to the affected communities and with a profound sense of both sadness and duty during this difficult time, we are proud to offer our assistance," said Janet Lamkin, United's president for California. "We will continue to engage our generous customers, employees and MileagePlus members and work with local leadership to support all those affected by these devastating fires."

Donations to the Crowdrise by GoFundMe campaign support three relief partners: American Red Cross, Ventura County Community Foundation and North Valley Community Foundation. This commitment to American Red Cross is in addition to United's annual gift to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Since the fires began, this annual funding has enabled the organization to mobilize its immediate response to support evacuees in emergency shelters and provide food, water and other needed services.

"Stepping forward during treacherous times is the sign of great leadership and, in this case, a great company," said Vanessa Bechtel, Executive Director of Ventura County Community Foundation. "With United's generous donation to support those impacted by the wildfires, Ventura County Community Foundation is able to provide direct financial support to help get our community back on its feet."

"The generosity of United helps provide shelter, food and hope, making a compassionate difference for people affected by the destructive wildfires in California," said Elizabeth Penniman, vice president, Communications at the American Red Cross.

"The outpouring of support is immense and amid the flames and smoke it is a ray of light. We are so grateful to United Airlines for immediately responding with care and support," said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of North Valley Community Foundation.

Today's announcement builds on United's continued commitment to California and recent campaigns to aid in response to wildfires and other disasters. Over the last 12 months, United has raised and donated more than $900,000 to help communities affected by the wildfires.

The airline is offering a travel waiver for customers ticketed on flights to, from or through Los Angeles International Airport, Hollywood Burbank Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Customers may reschedule their itineraries for travel through Nov. 25 with a one-time date or time change, and the airline will waive the change fees and any difference in fare for flights booked in the same cabin and same arrival/destination airports. United will continue to monitor conditions and will make updates and announcements on its Twitter handle @United and on united.com.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

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United Reports October 2018 Operational Performance

November 08, 2018

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today reported October 2018 operational results.

UAL's October 2018 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 7.5 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 5.9 percent versus October 2017. UAL's October 2018 consolidated load factor increased 1.2 points compared to October 2017.

October Highlights

  • Launched inaugural flight between San Francisco and Tahiti, becoming the only U.S. carrier to have service between the mainland U.S. and the Islands of Tahiti.
  • Inaugurated year-round, daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare and León, Guanajuato, Mexico; announced special nonstop flights between San Francisco and Barcelona in February 2019 to make travel to the 2019 Mobile World Congress more convenient for Bay Area residents; and announced 22 new routes from six of its U.S. hubs beginning service in 2019.
  • As part of an ongoing Crowdrise fundraising campaign, announced the matching of an additional $100,000 for those affected by Hurricane Michael, while continuing to award up to 5 million bonus miles for individuals who make donations for $50 or more for hurricane and typhoon related efforts.
  • Unveiled state-of-the-art flight training center in Denver, Colorado - the largest in the world and home to the company's more than 30 full flight simulators representing all of United's fleet types.
  • Successfully completed the full implementation of the flight attendant joint collective bargaining agreement, allowing the company to operate more efficiently and reliably.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

Preliminary Operational Results




October


Year-to-Date



2018


2017


Change


2018


2017


Change

REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)












Domestic

11,582,143



10,910,718



6.2

%


111,054,221



103,503,946



7.3

%


Mainline

9,470,705



8,942,878



5.9

%


90,825,526



85,319,567



6.5

%


Regional

2,111,438



1,967,840



7.3

%


20,228,695



18,184,379



11.2

%


International

7,830,372



7,142,052



9.6

%


81,544,972



77,660,796



5.0

%


Atlantic

3,715,350



3,166,876



17.3

%


34,786,325



31,116,479



11.8

%


Pacific

2,726,993



2,673,964



2.0

%


28,493,958



28,358,795



0.5

%


Latin

1,388,029



1,301,212



6.7

%


18,264,689



18,185,522



0.4

%


Mainline

1,323,374



1,237,000



7.0

%


17,512,859



17,477,588



0.2

%


Regional

64,655



64,212



0.7

%


751,830



707,934



6.2

%


Consolidated

19,412,515



18,052,770



7.5

%


192,599,193



181,164,742



6.3

%














AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)













Domestic

13,629,210



12,786,643



6.6

%


129,688,578



121,436,391



6.8

%


Mainline

11,096,224



10,447,471



6.2

%


105,388,302



99,329,430



6.1

%


Regional

2,532,986



2,339,172



8.3

%


24,300,276



22,106,961



9.9

%


International

9,945,812



9,474,947



5.0

%


100,245,981



98,183,430



2.1

%


Atlantic

4,528,363



4,231,225



7.0

%


42,493,127



40,641,436



4.6

%


Pacific

3,662,169



3,575,772



2.4

%


35,895,886



35,668,379



0.6

%


Latin

1,755,280



1,667,950



5.2

%


21,856,968



21,873,615



(0.1)

%


Mainline

1,666,760



1,579,771



5.5

%


20,854,107



20,905,035



(0.2)

%


Regional

88,520



88,179



0.4

%


1,002,861



968,580



3.5

%


Consolidated

23,575,022



22,261,590



5.9

%


229,934,559



219,619,821



4.7

%














PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR













Domestic

85.0

%


85.3

%


(0.3) pts


85.6

%


85.2

%


0.4 pts


Mainline

85.4

%


85.6

%


(0.2) pts


86.2

%


85.9

%


0.3 pts


Regional

83.4

%


84.1

%


(0.7) pts


83.2

%


82.3

%


0.9 pts


International

78.7

%


75.4

%


3.3 pts


81.3

%


79.1

%


2.2 pts


Atlantic

82.0

%


74.8

%


7.2 pts


81.9

%


76.6

%


5.3 pts


Pacific

74.5

%


74.8

%


(0.3) pts


79.4

%


79.5

%


(0.1) pts


Latin

79.1

%


78.0

%


1.1 pts


83.6

%


83.1

%


0.5 pts


Mainline

79.4

%


78.3

%


1.1 pts


84.0

%


83.6

%


0.4 pts


Regional

73.0

%


72.8

%


0.2 pts


75.0

%


73.1

%


1.9 pts


Consolidated

82.3

%


81.1

%


1.2 pts


83.8

%


82.5

%


1.3 pts














ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)













Mainline

9,781



9,132



7.1

%


95,129



90,223



5.4

%


Regional

3,918



3,634



7.8

%


37,009



33,197



11.5

%


Consolidated

13,699



12,766



7.3

%


132,138



123,420



7.1

%














CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)












Total

305,900



308,566



(0.9)

%


2,828,745



2,714,377



4.2

%














OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE













Mainline Departure Performance 1

71.8

%


74.0

%


(2.2) pts








Mainline Completion Factor

99.8

%


99.7

%


0.1 pts





















1Based on mainline scheduled flights departing by or before scheduled departure time

Note: See Part II, Item 6, Selected Financial Data, of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 for the definitions of these statistics

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Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements included in this release are forward-looking and thus reflect our current expectations and beliefs with respect to certain current and future events and anticipated financial and operating performance. Such forward-looking statements are and will be subject to many risks and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Words such as "expects," "will," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "estimates," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "goals" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Additionally, forward-looking statements include statements that do not relate solely to historical facts, such as statements which identify uncertainties or trends, discuss the possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties, or which indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be predicted, guaranteed or assured. All forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to us on the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including, without limitation, the following: general economic conditions (including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, investment or credit market conditions, crude oil prices, costs of aircraft fuel and energy refining capacity in relevant markets); economic and political instability and other risks of doing business globally, including political developments that may impact our operations in certain countries; demand for travel and the impact that global economic and political conditions have on customer travel patterns; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; demand for transportation in the markets in which we operate; our capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; the effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; the effects of any technology failures or cybersecurity breaches; the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; disruptions to our regional network; the ability of other air carriers with whom we have alliances or partnerships to provide the services contemplated by the respective arrangements with such carriers; costs associated with any modification or termination of our aircraft orders; potential reputational or other impact from adverse events in our operations, the operations of our regional carriers or the operations of our code share partners; our ability to attract and retain customers; our ability to execute our operational plans and revenue-generating initiatives, including optimizing our revenue; our ability to control our costs, including realizing benefits from our resource optimization efforts, cost reduction initiatives and fleet replacement programs; the impact of any management changes; our ability to cost-effectively hedge against increases in the price of aircraft fuel if we decide to do so; any potential realized or unrealized gains or losses related to any fuel or currency hedging programs; labor costs; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and the results of any collective bargaining agreement process with our union groups; any disruptions to operations due to any potential actions by our labor groups; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel demand or travel behavior; U.S. or foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including Open Skies agreements and environmental regulations); industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; our ability to comply with the terms of our various financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; weather conditions; our ability to utilize our net operating losses to offset future taxable income; the impact of changes in tax laws; the success of our investments in airlines in other parts of the world; and other risks and uncertainties set forth under Part I, Item 1A., "Risk Factors," of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in the reports we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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United Airlines Becomes First North American Airline to Welcome the Boeing 787-10 to its Fleet

November 05, 2018

CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at Boeing's 787 Dreamliner delivery center in Charleston, S.C., United Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-10. United is the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10, and the first airline in the world to have the entire family of 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet.

"The 787-10 is an excellent addition to United's fleet. It offers superior fuel efficiency while providing a more comfortable customer experience onboard that allows passengers to arrive at their destinations feeling more refreshed," said Gerry Laderman, chief financial officer at United, who was at the Boeing facility for the delivery celebrations.

Boeing's latest Dreamliner model is 18 feet longer than the 787-9, and can carry more passengers and cargo than previous 787 aircraft and uses 20 percent less fuel than older generation airplanes. United's 787-10 will feature 44 United Polaris ® business class seats, 21 United® Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard Economy seats.

"The United Airlines team is raising the bar again. With the new 787-10, United will fly the most fuel efficient widebody jet in commercial aviation today. The larger airplane comes with more seats, more cargo capacity, and the same Dreamliner comforts that passengers prefer," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for The Boeing Company. "We are honored that United, a leading global carrier, has placed its trust in the 787 family, carefully optimizing their network with all three Dreamliner models."

United is investing in advancements onboard the new Dreamliner. The 787-10 is the first aircraft to be delivered with United's signature all aisle access Polaris business class and United ® Premium Plus seats already installed. Updated lighting patterns that mimic sunrise and sunset colors will help customers in each cabin fall asleep and wake up more adjusted to new time zones. The airline is also installing a brand new seatback entertainment system that features:

  • Split screen capabilities that allow customers to watch a movie and view the flight map simultaneously.
  • A relax mode that lets customers customize a selection of soothing videos and relaxing audio playlists.
  • The world's most extensive suite of accessibility features on a seatback entertainment system, which accommodates any level of vision, as well as provides support for customers with hearing and mobility issues.
  • Movie and television recommendations based on remaining flight time, previously watched content and movies and shows that have been added to a customer's favorites list.

The aircraft is expected to enter service between United's Los Angeles and Newark/New York hubs on January 7. The airline expects to take delivery of 14 787-10 aircraft. For more information on United's 787-10, and other fleet updates visit United's Fleet Newsroom.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

SOURCE United Airlines

For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United Airlines Seeks Twice Daily Service Between New York/Newark and Shanghai

November 02, 2018

CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today submitted a formal application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to increase service between New York/Newark Liberty and Shanghai Pudong beginning in June 2020. If approved, United's second daily flight will create new opportunities for customers to conveniently connect to Shanghai from more than 90 U.S. and Canadian destinations served by United from New York/Newark.

"Our application for a second daily flight between New York/Newark and Shanghai is in response to the demand for travel between each country's financial center, which has grown annually for the last several years," said Oscar Munoz, United's Chief Executive Officer. "If approved, this additional flight will help facilitate the development of increased business and tourism, provide additional capacity for customers and further enhance United's position both as the airline of choice to China and our hub at Newark Liberty International Airport as the premier East Coast gateway to Asia."

Proposed Flight Schedule Beginning June 1, 2020*

United Flight

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Aircraft

UA 109

New York/Newark

Shanghai

3:45 p.m.

6:40 p.m.
next day

Boeing

777-200

UA 108

Shanghai

New York/Newark

10:10 a.m.

12:45 p.m.

Boeing

777-200

*Subject to government approval

This proposed additional flight provides enhanced time of day coverage for customers traveling between New York/Newark and Shanghai, with United offering both a morning and afternoon departure from both New York/Newark and Shanghai. An expanded schedule will further enhance United's service as the only U.S. carrier serving mainland China and Hong Kong from the New York City area and in the Northeastern United States. From its East Coast hub at Newark Liberty International Airport, located just 14 miles from Manhattan, United plays a critical role in driving global economic development by providing connectivity between the region and key domestic and international business centers.

United in China

United provides Chinese customers with an unmatched network of flights with convenient flight schedules to the U.S. and beyond. United first began service to China in 1986 and has grown to operate more non-stop flights to more cities than any other U.S. carrier, with a total of more than 90 weekly flights from the U.S. to Greater China. United and Star Alliance partner Air China have a multi-year agreement that includes code-sharing on more than 100 routes and provides customers of both carriers with additional travel benefits, such as airport lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

SOURCE United Airlines

For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United Airlines Launches Inaugural Flight Between San Francisco and Tahiti, Announces it will Extend to Year-Round Service

October 30, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today started the only nonstop service by a mainland U.S. carrier to the Islands of Tahiti. The airline launched its first flight between San Francisco and Pape'ete, the capital of Tahiti. As part of its inaugural celebration, United also announced it is extending its Tahiti schedule to year-round service from San Francisco.

"We are thrilled to extend this exciting flight to a year-round schedule," said Janet Lamkin. "For Californians and our customers connecting through San Francisco, this route offers an escape to a little corner of paradise."

United's newest international flight offers customers a convenient gateway to the islands of French Polynesia including Mo'orea, Bora Bora, the Marquesas and Rangiroa. Starting today, United's service to Tahiti departs San Francisco International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Beginning March 30, 2019, United will begin year-round service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. United will operate the route with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft throughout the year. Tickets are available for purchase on united.com.

Flight

City Pair

Depart

Arrive

UA 115

San Francisco - Tahiti

2:45 p.m.

9:25 p.m.

UA 114

Tahiti - San Francisco

11:45 p.m.

9:50 a.m. next day

United and United Express operate more than 250 daily flights between San Francisco and 90 destinations throughout North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. From San Francisco, United will continue to operate nonstop seasonal summer service to Zurich in 2019 and recently announced it will be the only U.S. carrier to offer daily, year-round nonstop service to Amsterdam beginning March 30, 2019.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

SOURCE United Airlines

For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United Airlines Begins Service Between Chicago O'Hare and León Mexico

October 29, 2018

CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines this weekend inaugurated year-round, daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare and León, Guanajuato, Mexico. United is the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service between Chicago and León, providing convenient one-stop service for business and leisure customers from 42 cities across the U.S., Asia and Europe. Tickets are available for purchase on united.com.

"Mexico continues to be an important region within United's global route network," said Jake Cefolia, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales. "We are pleased to offer our customers a new way to get to León, a key business and tourism center for customers connecting in O'Hare from across the U.S., Asia and Europe."

Date

Depart

Departure Time

Arrive

Arrival Time

Daily

Chicago (ORD)

4:15 p.m.

León (BJX)

8:00 p.m.

Daily

León (BJX)

5:40 a.m.

Chicago (ORD)

10:30 a.m.

United has operated service to León for more than 25 years from its hub at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

"United's new route between Chicago and León is great news for San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding areas. With this new route, visitors will have more alternatives to travel to San Miguel de Allende where visitors can enjoy the great culture this city has to offer and experience why it has become such a popular city to visit in Mexico," said Guillermo González, general director of the Tourism Board of San Miguel de Allende.

United's Chicago Hub

O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is United's hometown hub and the sixth busiest airport in the world. United operates more flights out of ORD than any other airlines and occupies nearly 80,000 square meters of terminal space at the airport. From Chicago, United flies to 22 destinations in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently, United invested in an $8.7 billion capital program that will increase gate capacity; add millions of additional square feet of terminal capacity and bring innovative technology and amenities that will bring a new level of service for passengers traveling through Chicago.

United in Mexico

Mexico is United's second largest market after the United States, measured in the number of flights and destinations. United has operated in Mexico for more than 50 years and employs more than 750 people. United is a leader and pioneer in opening new international routes between Mexico and the United States, which includes services to Aguascalientes, León, Puebla, Queretaro, and Tampico, among other cities. Over the last 20 years, United has grown from eight to 21 destinations in Mexico, adding services and capacity to new leisure destinations and key commercial markets.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

SOURCE United Airlines

For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

Calling All Bay Area Mobile World Congress Attendees: United Airlines to Offer Nonstop Service to Barcelona

October 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines announced today it will offer special nonstop flights between San Francisco and Barcelona this February to make travel to Mobile World Congress more convenient for Bay Area residents. The largest mobile event in the world, the 2019 Mobile World Congress is expected to attract more than 107,000 attendees from 2,400 companies, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology.

Available for sale this Thursday, the San Francisco-Barcelona flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with the following schedule:

Date

Depart

Departure Time

Arrive

Arrival Time

Feb. 23

San Francisco

1:45 p.m.

Barcelona

10:25 a.m. +1

Feb. 24

Barcelona

12:50 p.m.

San Francisco

4:20 p.m.

Feb. 27

San Francisco

1:45 p.m.

Barcelona

10:25 a.m. +1

Feb. 28

Barcelona

12:45 p.m.

San Francisco

4:15 p.m.

"United is California's global airline, taking Californians wherever they need to go in the world. And what's important to Californians, like Mobile World Congress, is important to United," said Janet Lamkin, the airline's California President. "Tech drives the Bay Area's economy and we're excited to offer our customers in this industry a more convenient way to get to Barcelona."
United's flights to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress occur shortly after the airline added eight routes and more than 8,500 seats to Las Vegas for CES, the consumer electronics trade show held each January. From the Bay Area, United added flights to Las Vegas from San Jose and will service select San Francisco-Las Vegas flights with widebody aircraft typically reserved for international flights in order to accommodate more customers.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft, and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL."

SOURCE United Airlines

For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United Airlines Reports Third-Quarter 2018 Performance

October 16, 2018

CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today announced its third-quarter 2018 financial results, reporting third-quarter net income of $836 million, diluted earnings per share of $3.06, pre-tax earnings of $1.1 billion and pre-tax margin of 9.6 percent. Tropical storms across the system are estimated to have reduced diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.07. Third-quarter diluted earnings per share increased 42 percent year-over-year. The company recaptured approximately 100 percent of its year-over-year fuel expense increase in the third quarter.

"Our stand-out third-quarter performance, which produced double-digit revenue growth as we more than offset the steep increase in fuel costs, is proof that United is building momentum," said Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines. "Our growth plan has been essential to our success, and we're more confident than ever we'll achieve the ambitious adjusted earnings per share1 target of $11 to $13 we laid out for 2020."

  • UAL reported third-quarter adjusted net income of $837 million, adjusted diluted earnings per share of $3.06, adjusted pre-tax earnings of $1.1 billion and adjusted pre-tax margin of 9.7 percent.2 Third-quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 36 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 6.1 percent year-over-year, above the high end of the company's third-quarter 2018 guidance range of up 4 percent to 6 percent.
  • Consolidated unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) increased 6.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, decreased 0.4 percent year-over-year.
  • UAL's mid-continent hubs in Chicago, Denver and Houston had year-over-year capacity growth of 9.7 percent in the third quarter and led the system in unit revenue growth performance in the quarter.
  • UAL now expects full-year 2018 adjusted diluted earnings per share3 to be $8.00 to $8.75. The company currently expects to recapture approximately 90 percent of the estimated $2.5 billion year-over year increase in full-year 2018 fuel expense.

For more information on UAL's fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company's investor update.

Third-Quarter Highlights

Customer Experience

  • Introduced a new boarding process at 1,000 gates around the world, designed to reduce customers' stress by spending less time waiting in line and providing them with improved boarding information.
  • United Airlines MileagePlus loyalty program voted Favorite Frequent-Flyer Program in Trazee Awards.
  • The United Polaris lounge at Chicago O'Hare International Airport voted Best Business Class Lounge in the United States by the 2018 World Airline Awards from Skytrax.
  • Debuted United Corporate Preferred, the industry's newest corporate travel program designed to offer top travel benefits to the company's most loyal business customers.
  • Launched the redesigned united.com homepage, featuring a more personalized digital experience for each customer.

Operations and Employees

  • In July, UAL had its best consolidated D :00 month of July in history and its highest consolidated load factor month ever.
  • Carried the most-ever customers to their destinations during the summer.
  • Consolidated completion factor at UAL's hubs in Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles reached third-quarter record levels.
  • Achieved the top score of 100 percent on the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a prominent benchmarking metric that rates U.S. companies on their disability inclusion policies and practices, also earning UAL a place on DEI's 2018 "Best Places to Work" list.

Network and Fleet

  • Announced several new international routes, including year-round nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Tel Aviv, Israel, making UAL the only airline to offer nonstop service between the two cities; daily, year-round service between San Francisco and Amsterdam; and nonstop seasonal summer service between Newark/New York and Naples, Italy, and Newark/New York and Prague, all subject to government approval.
  • Added 100 flights and more than 10,000 seats daily to 12 of the country's top ski destinations during the 2018/2019 ski season, more than 8,500 seats from U.S. hubs and eight other U.S. cities connecting more customers than ever to Las Vegas for CES 2019, and more than 204,000 total seats from September through November to popular college football towns including Madison, Wisconsin, and Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Announced orders to purchase 25 new Embraer E-175 and 13 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
  • Took delivery of one Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft and two used Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

Community and Environment

  • Committed to reducing the company's greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, the only U.S. airline to commit to emissions reductions, further strengthening UAL's ambition to be the world's most environmentally conscious airline.
  • Launched a Crowdrise fundraising campaign to support those affected by Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut, flooding in Western Japan, wildfires in California and other disasters.
  • As part of a previously announced $8 million commitment, announced a $2 million grant to be split between the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County, and Year Up New York, as well as a $1 million grant to First Place for Youth in Los Angeles, and a $1 million grant to the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network.

Earnings Call

UAL will hold a conference call to discuss third-quarter 2018 financial results and its financial and operational outlook for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018 on Wednesday, October 17, at 9:30 a.m. Central Time /10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. A live, listen-only webcast of the conference call will be available at ir.united.com. The webcast will be available for replay within 24 hours of the conference call and then archived on the website for three months.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

1Excludes special charges and the mark-to-market impact of equity investments, the nature of which are not determinable at this time. Accordingly, UAL is not providing earnings guidance on a GAAP basis.

2Excludes special charges, the mark-to-market impact of equity investments and imputed interest on certain capitalized leases. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the tables accompanying this release.

3Excludes special charges and the mark-to-market impact of equity investments, the nature of which are not determinable at this time, and imputed interest on certain capitalized leases. Accordingly, UAL is not providing earnings guidance on a GAAP basis.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:
Certain statements included in this release are forward-looking and thus reflect our current expectations and beliefs with respect to certain current and future events and anticipated financial and operating performance. Such forward-looking statements are and will be subject to many risks and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Words such as "expects," "will," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "estimates," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "goals" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Additionally, forward-looking statements include statements that do not relate solely to historical facts, such as statements which identify uncertainties or trends, discuss the possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties, or which indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be predicted, guaranteed or assured. All forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to us on the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including, without limitation, the following: general economic conditions (including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, investment or credit market conditions, crude oil prices, costs of aircraft fuel and energy refining capacity in relevant markets); economic and political instability and other risks of doing business globally, including political developments that may impact our operations in certain countries; demand for travel and the impact that global economic and political conditions have on customer travel patterns; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; demand for transportation in the markets in which we operate; our capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; the effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; the effects of any technology failures or cybersecurity breaches; the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; disruptions to our regional network; the ability of other air carriers with whom we have alliances or partnerships to provide the services contemplated by the respective arrangements with such carriers; costs associated with any modification or termination of our aircraft orders; potential reputational or other impact from adverse events in our operations, the operations of our regional carriers or the operations of our code share partners; our ability to attract and retain customers; our ability to execute our operational plans and revenue-generating initiatives, including optimizing our revenue; our ability to control our costs, including realizing benefits from our resource optimization efforts, cost reduction initiatives and fleet replacement programs; the impact of any management changes; our ability to cost-effectively hedge against increases in the price of aircraft fuel if we decide to do so; any potential realized or unrealized gains or losses related to any fuel or currency hedging programs; labor costs; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and the results of any collective bargaining agreement process with our union groups; any disruptions to operations due to any potential actions by our labor groups; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel demand or travel behavior; U.S. or foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including Open Skies agreements and environmental regulations); industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; our ability to comply with the terms of our various financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; weather conditions; our ability to utilize our net operating losses to offset future taxable income; the impact of changes in tax laws; the success of our investments in airlines in other parts of the world; and other risks and uncertainties set forth under Part I, Item 1A., "Risk Factors," of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in the reports we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

-tables attached-

On January 1, 2018, United Continental Holdings, Inc. ("UAL") adopted Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09 (Topic 606), Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and Accounting Standards Update No. 2017-07, Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost. As such, certain previously reported 2017 figures are adjusted in this report on a basis consistent with the new standards. See the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by UAL with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2018 for additional information.

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC

STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED) (A)




Three Months Ended
September 30,


%
Increase/
(Decrease)



Nine Months Ended
September 30,


%
Increase/
(Decrease)


(In millions, except per share data)


2018


2017




2018


2017



Operating revenue:















Passenger (B)


$

10,120



$

9,069



11.6




$

28,150



$

25,873



8.8



Cargo


296



279



6.1




903



790



14.3



Other operating revenue


587



551



6.5




1,759



1,670



5.3



Total operating revenue


11,003



9,899



11.2




30,812



28,333



8.7


















Operating expense:















Salaries and related costs


2,930



2,785



5.2




8,534



8,263



3.3



Aircraft fuel


2,572



1,809



42.2




6,927



5,038



37.5



Regional capacity purchase


663



567



16.9




1,963



1,652



18.8



Landing fees and other rent


596



585



1.9




1,757



1,670



5.2



Depreciation and amortization


564



556



1.4




1,662



1,610



3.2



Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs


455



451



0.9




1,333



1,377



(3.2)



Distribution expenses


427



377



13.3




1,162



1,081



7.5



Aircraft rent


109



145



(24.8)




355



476



(25.4)



Special charges (C)


17



50



NM




186



145



NM



Other operating expenses


1,467



1,436



2.2




4,293



4,126



4.0



Total operating expense


9,800



8,761



11.9




28,172



25,438



10.7


















Operating income


1,203



1,138



5.7




2,640



2,895



(8.8)


















Operating margin


10.9

%


11.5

%


(0.6)


pts.


8.6

%


10.2

%


(1.6)


pts.

Adjusted operating margin (Non-GAAP)


11.1

%


12.0

%


(0.9)


pts.


9.2

%


10.7

%


(1.5)


pts.
















Nonoperating income (expense):















Interest expense


(187)



(169)



10.7




(540)



(498)



8.4



Interest capitalized


18



20



(10.0)




51



64



(20.3)



Interest income


28



17



64.7




70



41



70.7



Miscellaneous, net (C)


(1)



(13)



(92.3)




(119)



(82)



45.1



Total nonoperating expense


(142)



(145)



(2.1)




(538)



(475)



13.3


















Income before income taxes


1,061



993



6.8




2,102



2,420



(13.1)


















Pre-tax margin


9.6

%


10.0

%


(0.4)


pts.


6.8

%


8.5

%


(1.7)


pts.

Adjusted pre-tax margin (Non-GAAP)


9.7

%


10.5

%


(0.8)


pts.


7.7

%


9.1

%


(1.4)


pts.
















Income tax expense (E)


225



348



(35.3)




435



855



(49.1)



Net income


$

836



$

645



29.6




$

1,667



$

1,565



6.5


















Diluted earnings per share


$

3.06



$

2.15



42.3




$

5.99



$

5.09



17.7



Diluted weighted average shares


273.6



300.6



(9.0)




278.0



307.6



(9.6)


















NM Not meaningful
















UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

STATISTICS




Three Months Ended
September 30,


%

Increase/

(Decrease)



Nine Months Ended
September 30,


%

Increase/

(Decrease)




2018


2017



2018


2017


Mainline:















Passengers (thousands)


31,157



29,182



6.8




85,348



81,091



5.2



Revenue passenger miles (millions)


56,787



53,515



6.1




154,382



146,252



5.6



Available seat miles (millions)


65,819



63,183



4.2




183,678



176,710



3.9



Cargo ton miles (millions)


851



830



2.5




2,523



2,406



4.9



Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)


12.62



11.93



5.8




12.50



12.03



3.9



Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)


14.62



14.09



3.8




14.88



14.53



2.4



Aircraft in fleet at end of period


760



751



1.2




760



751



1.2



Average stage length (miles)


1,807



1,825



(1.0)




1,814



1,817



(0.2)



Average daily utilization of each aircraft (hours: minutes)


11:23



10:58



3.8




10:49



10:30



3.0



Average aircraft fuel price per gallon


$

2.29



$

1.68



36.3




$

2.21



$

1.66



33.1



Fuel gallons consumed (millions)


931



909



2.4




2,587



2,537



2.0


















Regional:















Passengers (thousands)


11,729



10,120



15.9




33,091



29,563



11.9



Revenue passenger miles (millions)


6,606



5,630



17.3




18,805



16,860



11.5



Available seat miles (millions)


7,862



6,900



13.9




22,682



20,648



9.9



Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)


23.10



22.19



4.1




22.86



22.36



2.2



Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)


27.49



27.19



1.1




27.57



27.38



0.7



Aircraft in fleet at end of period


546



489



11.7




546



489



11.7



Average stage length (miles)


552



542



1.8




556



558



(0.4)



Average aircraft fuel price per gallon


$

2.43



$

1.81



34.3




$

2.34



$

1.77



32.2



Fuel gallons consumed (millions)


180



156



15.4




514



461



11.5


















Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):















Passengers (thousands)


42,886



39,302



9.1




118,439



110,654



7.0



Revenue passenger miles (millions)


63,393



59,145



7.2




173,187



163,112



6.2



Available seat miles (millions)


73,681



70,083



5.1




206,360



197,358



4.6



Passenger load factor:















Consolidated


86.0

%


84.4

%


1.6


pts.


83.9

%


82.6

%


1.3


pts.

Domestic


86.7

%


85.3

%


1.4


pts.


85.7

%


85.2

%


0.5


pts.

International


85.2

%


83.3

%


1.9


pts.


81.6

%


79.5

%


2.1


pts.

Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)


13.73



12.94



6.1




13.64



13.11



4.0



Total revenue per available seat mile (cents)


14.93



14.12



5.7




14.93



14.36



4.0



Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)


15.96



15.33



4.1




16.25



15.86



2.5



Aircraft in fleet at end of period


1,306



1,240



5.3




1,306



1,240



5.3



Average stage length (miles)


1,454



1,480



(1.8)




1,453



1,470



(1.2)



Average full-time equivalent employees (thousands)


89.0



87.3



1.9




87.1



86.2



1.0



Average aircraft fuel price per gallon


$

2.32



$

1.70



36.5




$

2.23



$

1.68



32.7



Fuel gallons consumed (millions)


1,111



1,065



4.3




3,101



2,998



3.4




Note: See Part II, Item 6, Selected Financial Data, of UAL's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, for definitions of these statistics.

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

RETURN ON INVESTED CAPITAL (ROIC) - Non-GAAP


ROIC is a non-GAAP financial measure that UAL believes provides useful supplemental information for management and investors by measuring the effectiveness of the company's operations' use of invested capital to generate profits.




(in millions)

Twelve Months Ended
September 30, 2018

Net Operating Profit After Tax ("NOPAT")


Pre-tax income

$

2,722


Special charges and MTM losses on equity investments (C):


Impairment of assets

155


MTM losses on equity investments

61


Severance and benefit costs

49


(Gains) losses on sale of assets and other special charges

13


Pre-tax income excluding special charges and MTM losses on equity investments (Non-GAAP)

3,000


add: Interest expense (net of income tax benefit) (a)

707


add: Interest component of capitalized aircraft rent (net of income tax benefit) (a)

243


add: Net interest on pension (net of income tax benefit) (a)

(3)


less: Income taxes paid

(26)


NOPAT (Non-GAAP)

$

3,921






Average Invested Capital (five-quarter average)


Total assets

$

43,697


add: Capitalized aircraft operating leases (b)

4,005


less: Non-interest bearing liabilities (c)

(17,095)


Average invested capital (Non-GAAP)

$

30,607




ROIC (Non-GAAP)

12.8

%



(a)

Income tax benefit measured based on the effective cash tax rate. The effective cash tax rate is calculated by dividing cash taxes paid by pre-tax income excluding special charges. For the twelve months ended September 30, 2018, the effective cash tax rate was 0.9%.

(b)

The purpose of this adjustment is to capitalize the impact of aircraft operating leases. The company uses a multiple of seven times its annual aircraft rent expense to estimate the potential capitalized value and related liability of its aircraft. This is a simplified method used by many rating agencies and financial analysts to assist with the impact of operating leases on financial measures like return on invested capital.

(c)

Non-interest bearing liabilities include advance ticket sales, frequent flyer deferred revenue, deferred income taxes and other non-interest bearing liabilities.

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION


(A) UAL evaluates its financial performance utilizing various accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and Non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted operating margin, adjusted pre-tax income (loss), adjusted pre-tax margin, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share and CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel, and profit sharing, among others. UAL believes that adjusting for special charges is useful to investors because special charges are not indicative of UAL's ongoing performance. UAL believes that adjusting for MTM gains and losses on equity investments is useful to investors because those unrealized gains or losses may not ultimately be realized on a cash basis. UAL believes that adjusting for interest expense related to capital leases of Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft is useful to investors because of the accelerated recognition of interest expense.


CASM is a common metric used in the airline industry to measure an airline's cost structure and efficiency. UAL reports CASM excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing. UAL believes that adjusting for special charges is useful to investors because special charges are not indicative of UAL's ongoing performance. UAL also believes that excluding third-party business expenses, such as maintenance, ground handling and catering services for third parties and fuel sales, provides more meaningful disclosure because these expenses are not directly related to UAL's core business. UAL also believes that excluding fuel costs from certain measures is useful to investors because it provides an additional measure of management's performance excluding the effects of a significant cost item over which management has limited influence. UAL excludes profit sharing because this exclusion allows investors to better understand and analyze our recurring cost performance and provides a more meaningful comparison of our core operating costs to the airline industry.


Reconciliations of reported non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included below.




Three Months Ended
September 30,


%

Increase/

(Decrease)


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


%

Increase/

(Decrease)



2018


2017



2018


2017


CASM Mainline Operations (cents)













Cost per available seat mile (CASM) (GAAP)


12.82



11.98



7.0



13.13



12.43



5.6


Special charges (C)


0.03



0.08



NM



0.10



0.08



NM


Third-party business expenses


0.04



0.05



(20.0)



0.04



0.06



(33.3)


Fuel expense


3.25



2.41



34.9



3.12



2.39



30.5


Profit sharing, including taxes


0.19



0.21



(9.5)



0.14



0.17



(17.6)


CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel, and profit sharing (Non-GAAP)


9.31



9.23



0.9



9.73



9.73

















CASM Consolidated Operations (cents)













Cost per available seat mile (CASM) (GAAP)


13.30



12.50



6.4



13.65



12.89



5.9


Special charges (C)


0.02



0.07



NM



0.09



0.08



NM


Third-party business expenses


0.04



0.04





0.04



0.05



(20.0)


Fuel expense


3.49



2.58



35.3



3.36



2.55



31.8


Profit sharing, including taxes


0.17



0.19



(10.5)



0.12



0.16



(25.0)


CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel, and profit sharing (Non-GAAP)


9.58



9.62



(0.4)



10.04



10.05



(0.1)



NM Not Meaningful

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION (Continued)




Three Months Ended
September 30,


$

Increase/

(Decrease)


%

Increase/

(Decrease)


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


$

Increase/

(Decrease)


%

Increase/

(Decrease)

(in millions)


2018


2017



2018


2017


Operating expenses (GAAP)


$

9,800



$

8,761



$

1,039



11.9



$

28,172



$

25,438



$

2,734



10.7


Special charges (C)


17



50



(33)



NM



186



145



41



NM


Operating expenses, excluding special charges


9,783



8,711



1,072



12.3



27,986



25,293



2,693



10.6


Adjusted to exclude:

















Third-party business expenses


29



33



(4)



(12.1)



89



114



(25)



(21.9)


Fuel expense


2,572



1,809



763



42.2



6,927



5,038



1,889



37.5


Profit sharing, including taxes


127



130



(3)



(2.3)



252



304



(52)



(17.1)


Adjusted operating expenses (Non-GAAP)


$

7,055



$

6,739



$

316



4.7



$

20,718



$

19,837



$

881



4.4



















Operating income (GAAP)


$

1,203



$

1,138



$

65



5.7



$

2,640



$

2,895



$

(255)



(8.8)


Adjusted to exclude:

















Special charges (C)


17



50



(33)



NM



186



145



41



NM


Adjusted operating income (Non-GAAP)


$

1,220



$

1,188



$

32



2.7



$

2,826



$

3,040



$

(214)



(7.0)



















Pre-tax income (GAAP)


$

1,061



$

993



$

68



6.8



$

2,102



$

2,420



$

(318)



(13.1)


Adjusted to exclude:

















Special charges (C)


17



50



(33)



NM



186



145



41



NM


MTM (gains) losses on equity investments (C)


(29)





(29)



NM



61





61



NM


Interest expense on ERJ 145 capital leases (D)


13





13



NM



13





13



NM


Adjusted pre-tax income (Non-GAAP)


$

1,062



$

1,043



$

19



1.8



$

2,362



$

2,565



$

(203)



(7.9)



















Net income (GAAP)


$

836



$

645



$

191



29.6



$

1,667



$

1,565



$

102



6.5


Adjusted to exclude:

















Special charges (C)


17



50



(33)



NM



186



145



41



NM


MTM (gains) losses on equity investments (C)


(29)





(29)



NM



61





61



NM


Interest expense on ERJ 145 capital leases (D)


13





13



NM



13





13



NM


Income tax expense (benefit) related to adjustments




(18)



18



NM



(58)



(52)



(6)



NM


Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP)


$

837



$

677



$

160



23.6



$

1,869



$

1,658



$

211



12.7



















Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)


$

3.06



$

2.15



$

0.91



42.3



$

5.99



$

5.09



$

0.90



17.7


Adjusted to exclude:

















Special charges (C)


0.06



0.16



(0.10)



NM



0.67



0.47



0.20



NM


MTM (gains) losses on equity investments (C)


(0.11)





(0.11)



NM



0.22





0.22



NM


Interest expense on ERJ 145 capital leases (D)


0.05





0.05



NM



0.05





0.05



NM


Income tax expense (benefit) related to adjustments




(0.06)



0.06



NM



(0.21)



(0.17)



(0.04)



NM


Adjusted diluted earnings per share (Non-GAAP)


$

3.06



$

2.25



$

0.81



36.0



$

6.72



$

5.39



$

1.33



24.7



NM Not Meaningful

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION (Continued)


UAL believes that adjusting capital expenditures for assets acquired through the issuance of debt and capital leases, airport construction financing and excluding fully reimbursable projects is useful to investors in order to appropriately reflect the non-reimbursable funds spent on capital expenditures. UAL also believes that adjusting net cash provided by operating activities for capital expenditures and adjusted capital expenditures is useful to allow investors to evaluate the company's ability to generate cash that is available for debt service or general corporate initiatives.




Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,

Capital Expenditures (in millions)


2018


2017


2018


2017

Capital expenditures (GAAP)


$

858



$

1,120



$

2,592



$

2,900


Property and equipment acquired through the issuance of debt and capital leases




11



139



918


Airport construction financing




9



12



41


Fully reimbursable projects


(51)



(58)



(140)



(176)


Adjusted capital expenditures (Non-GAAP)


$

807



$

1,082



$

2,603



$

3,683











Free Cash Flow (in millions)









Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)


$

905



$

577



$

5,080



$

2,685


Less capital expenditures


858



1,120



2,592



2,900


Free cash flow, net of financings (Non-GAAP)


$

47



$

(543)



$

2,488



$

(215)











Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)


$

905



$

577



$

5,080



$

2,685


Less adjusted capital expenditures (Non-GAAP)


807



1,082



2,603



3,683


Free cash flow (Non-GAAP)


$

98



$

(505)



$

2,477



$

(998)


UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

NOTES (UNAUDITED)


(B) Select passenger revenue information is as follows (in millions):




3Q 2018

Passenger

Revenue

(millions)


Passenger

Revenue

vs.

3Q 2017


PRASM

vs.

3Q 2017


Yield

vs.

3Q 2017


Available

Seat Miles

vs.

3Q 2017












Mainline


$

4,489



13.6%


6.8%


5.4%


6.4%

Regional


1,764



18.3%


4.1%


0.8%


13.7%

Domestic


6,253



14.9%


6.7%


5.0%


7.6%












Atlantic


1,933



12.1%


7.1%


1.3%


4.7%

Pacific


1,163



3.4%


5.3%


5.1%


(1.9%)

Latin America


771



(0.8%)


(3.4%)


(1.2%)


2.7%

International


3,867



6.6%


4.5%


2.2%


2.0%












Consolidated


$

10,120



11.6%


6.1%


4.1%


5.1%























Mainline


$

8,304



10.2%


5.8%


3.8%


4.2%

Regional


1,816



18.6%


4.1%


1.1%


13.9%

Consolidated


$

10,120










UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

NOTES (UNAUDITED)


(C) Special charges and MTM gains and losses on equity investments include the following:




Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,

(In millions)


2018


2017


2018


2017

Operating:









Impairment of assets


$

11



$

15



$

145



$

15



















Severance and benefit costs


9



23



34



101


(Gains) losses on sale of assets and other special charges


(3)



12



7



29


Total special charges


17



50



186



145


Nonoperating MTM (gains) losses on equity investments


(29)





61




Total special charges and MTM (gains) losses on equity investments


(12)



50



247



145


Income tax benefit related to special charges


(3)



(18)



(41)



(52)


Income tax expense (benefit) related to MTM (gains) losses on equity investments


6





(14)




Total special charges and MTM (gains) losses on equity investments, net of income taxes


$

(9)



$

32



$

192



$

93



Impairment of assets: In May 2018, the Brazil–United States open skies agreement was ratified, which provides air carriers with unrestricted access between the United States and Brazil. The company determined that the approval of the open skies agreement impaired the entire value of its Brazil route authorities because the agreement removes all limitations or reciprocity requirements for flights between the United States and Brazil. Accordingly, in the second quarter of 2018, the company recorded a $105 million special charge ($82 million net of taxes) to write off the entire value of the intangible asset associated with its Brazil routes. This asset is not part of any collateral pledged against any of the company's borrowings. The company continues to maintain its slot assets related to Brazil since airport access is still regulated by slot allocations that are limited by airport facility constraints. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, the company also recorded $11 million ($9 million net of taxes) and $40 million ($31 million net of taxes), respectively, of fair value adjustments related to aircraft purchased off lease, write-off of unexercised aircraft purchase options and other impairments related to certain fleet types and international slots no longer in use.


During the three months ended September 30, 2017, the company recorded a $15 million ($10 million net of taxes) intangible asset impairment charge related to a maintenance service agreement.


Severance and benefit costs: During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, the company recorded severance and benefit costs related to a voluntary early-out program for its technicians and related employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters of $5 million ($4 million net of taxes) and $19 million ($15 million net of taxes), respectively. In the first quarter of 2017, approximately 1,000 technicians and related employees elected to voluntarily separate from the company and will receive a severance payment, with a maximum value of $100,000 per participant, based on years of service, with retirement dates through 2018. Also during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, the company recorded other management severance of $4 million ($3 million net of taxes) and $15 million ($12 million net of taxes), respectively.


During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, the company recorded $16 million ($10 million net of taxes) and $73 million ($47 million net of taxes), respectively, of severance and benefit costs related to the voluntary early-out program for its technicians and related employees, and $7 million ($5 million net of taxes) and $28 million ($18 million net of taxes), respectively, of management severance.


(Gains) losses on sale of assets and other special charges: During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, the company recorded $3 million ($2 million net of taxes) of gains primarily related to the sale of aircraft engines and $7 million ($5 million net of taxes) of losses primarily related to contract termination of regional aircraft operations in Guam, respectively.


During the three months ended September 30, 2017, the company recorded $12 million ($7 million net of taxes) of charges primarily related to damages from tropical storms. During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, in addition to the $12 million of third-quarter charges, the company recorded $17 million ($11 million net of taxes) of charges primarily associated with aircraft gains and losses.


MTM gains and losses on equity investments: During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, the company recorded gains of $29 million ($23 million net of taxes) and losses of $61 million ($47 million net of taxes), respectively, for the change in market value of certain of its equity investments. For equity investments subject to MTM accounting, the company records gains and losses to Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net in its statements of consolidated operations.


(D) Interest expense related to capital leases of Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft


During the third quarter of 2018, United entered into an agreement with the lessor of 54 Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft to purchase those aircraft in 2019. The provisions of the new lease agreement resulted in a change in accounting classification of these new leases from operating leases to capital leases up until the purchase date. The company recognized $13 million of additional interest expense in the third quarter as a result of this change.


(E) Effective tax rate


The company's effective tax rate for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 was 21.2% and 20.7%, respectively, and the effective tax rate for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 was 35.0% and 35.3%, respectively. The effective tax rate represents a blend of federal, state and foreign taxes and included the impact of certain nondeductible items. The effective tax rate for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 also reflects the reduced federal corporate income tax rate as a result of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act") in December 2017 and the impact of a change in the company's mix of domestic and foreign earnings. The company continues to analyze the different aspects of the Tax Act which could potentially affect the provisional estimates that were recorded at December 31, 2017.

SOURCE United Airlines

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United Airlines Bolsters Domestic Network: Adds 22 New Routes for 2019

October 15, 2018

CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it is continuing to strengthen its domestic route network by offering more ways for customers to connect to 22 destinations from six of its U.S. hubs. The airline also announced it will begin nonstop service to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, from Chicago, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C. With the new service, United will offer more nonstop service from more cities to Hilton Head Island than any other airline. Tickets are available now for purchase.

"With more than 40 new domestic routes added this year, we remain committed to expanding our network to offer customers even more choices in their travel destinations," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning. "The expansion to Hilton Head Island from three of our hub cities and the introduction of New York's only nonstop service to Anchorage and Pensacola, are just some of the ways we are responding to customer interest and demand."

Maximizing the Unique Strengths of its East Coast hubs

Beginning this month, United's enhanced East Coast schedule, announced in May, takes effect. The adjustments maximize the airline's unique strengths of its East Coast hubs in New York/Newark and Washington Dulles. The additional routes announced today will continue optimizing access to key business and leisure destinations from Newark while shifting short-haul connecting flights to Washington Dulles.

"No other airline flies to more cities from the New York/Newark area than United Airlines, and today we are excited to add three more nonstops, including the only nonstop service between New York/Newark and Hilton Head Island, and Pensacola, as well as the area's only nonstop service to Anchorage. We're also expanding service to key business destinations, including Detroit, St. Louis, Omaha, Richmond, and Kansas City, Missouri," said Jill Kaplan, United's president of New York/New Jersey. "New Yorkers don't stop and neither should their flights."

United is shifting shorter-haul flights to Elmira, New York; Lexington, Kentucky; and Manchester, New Hampshire from New York/Newark to its Washington Dulles hub. Additionally, United will introduce new nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Asheville, North Carolina.

Growing California's global airline in Los Angeles and San Francisco

United Airlines, California's global airline, offers customers more destinations within California than any other airline and serves more U.S. destinations from San Francisco than any other U.S. airline. Beginning June 6, 2019, United will begin nonstop service between San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio. From its hub at Los Angeles International Airport, United will begin nonstop service to Eugene, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; and Pasco/Tri-Cities, Washington, beginning March 31, 2019.

"There's no substitute for a great network; serving destinations with convenient flight times that our customers want. This is something we continue to expand on in California," said Janet Lamkin, United's president of California. "We look forward to connecting more of the country with California, for example Columbus and Madison, two important markets for higher learning."

Enhancing United's mid-continent hub operations in Chicago and Denver

Beginning April 6, 2019, United will begin nonstop weekend service between Chicago O'Hare and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. United is the only airline offering nonstop service between Chicago and Hilton Head Island.

From O'Hare, United operates more flights than any other airline. Earlier this year, United made schedule improvements at its Chicago hub to enable more departures and more connections while reducing the amount of time customers spend waiting at the airport.

United announced last week its enhanced schedule offering at Denver International Airport, the airline's fastest growing hub, offering more flights, better flight times and more connections. United also announced it will begin new service between Denver and Charleston, South Carolina; Eureka, California; and Fairbanks, Alaska.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 760 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 546 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

SOURCE United Airlines

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