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United Airlines Reports First-Quarter 2017 Performance

April 17, 2017

CHICAGO, April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today announced its first-quarter 2017 financial results.

  • UAL reported first-quarter net income of $96 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.31, pre-tax earnings of $145 million and pre-tax margin of 1.7 percent.
  • Excluding special items, UAL reported first-quarter net income of $129 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.41, pre-tax earnings of $196 million and pre-tax margin of 2.3 percent.

Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines, said, "In the first quarter of 2017, our financial and operational performance gives us a lot of confidence about the foundation we are building. It is obvious from recent experiences that we need to do a much better job serving our customers. The incident that took place aboard Flight 3411 has been a humbling experience, and I take full responsibility. This will prove to be a watershed moment for our company, and we are more determined than ever to put our customers at the center of everything we do. We are dedicated to setting the standard for customer service among U.S. airlines, as we elevate the experience our customers have with us from booking to baggage claim."

First-Quarter Revenue

For the first quarter of 2017, revenue was $8.4 billion, an increase of 2.7 percent year-over-year. First-quarter 2017 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) was flat and consolidated yield increased 0.4 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.

Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines, said, "United is delivering on the commitments we made at investor day last fall. We saw positive trends in the revenue environment in the quarter and are optimistic about the year ahead. Looking forward, we expect second-quarter consolidated PRASM to be up 1.0 to 3.0 percent. This would mark the fifth straight quarter of sequential improvement and the first quarter of positive unit revenue growth in two years."

First-Quarter Costs

Operating expense was $8.1 billion in the first quarter, up 7.9 percent year-over-year. Excluding special charges, operating expense was $8.1 billion, a 10.0 percent increase year-over-year. Consolidated unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) increased 5.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017 due largely to higher fuel expense and the impact of labor agreements ratified in 2017. First-quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 5.0 percent year-over-year, driven mainly by higher labor expense.

Liquidity and Capital Allocation

In the first quarter of 2017, UAL increased its revolving credit facility by $650 million to a total capacity of $2.0 billion with the full amount currently undrawn and increased its existing term loan by approximately $440 million with more favorable terms and rates. Also in the first quarter, the company raised $300 million of unsecured debt at 5 percent.

UAL generated $547 million in operating cash flow and ended the quarter with $6.4 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including its $2.0 billion revolving credit facility. The company's capital expenditures were $691 million in the first quarter. Including assets acquired through the issuance of debt and airport construction financing and excluding fully reimbursable projects, the company invested $1.4 billion during the first quarter in adjusted capital expenditures. The company contributed $80 million to its pension plans and made debt and capital lease principal payments of $346 million in the first quarter.

For the 12 months ended March 31, 2017, the company's pre-tax income was $3.5 billion and return on invested capital (ROIC) was 17.5 percent. In the quarter, UAL purchased $0.3 billion of its common shares at an average price of $68.41 per share. As of March 31, 2017, the company had approximately $1.5 billion remaining to purchase shares under its existing share repurchase authority.

Andrew Levy, executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Airlines, said, "During the quarter, we improved our liquidity and continued to return cash to shareholders. We remain focused on maintaining a strong balance sheet and finding incremental cost savings opportunities."

For more information on UAL's second-quarter 2017 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company's investor update.

First-Quarter Highlights

Customer Experience

  • Modernized airport screening experience with fully redesigned security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • Debuted new Terminal C North at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport – elevating the customer experience with roomier gate areas, the latest technology and chef-inspired dining choices.
  • United named "Eco-Airline of the Year" from Air Transport World magazine for its leadership in environmental action.
  • Launched United Jetstream, a new online portal for corporate and travel agency customers that simplifies the travel management process and gives customers an intuitive suite of self-service tools.
  • Launched new Basic Economy fare for travel between Minneapolis/St. Paul and any of United's seven U.S. hubs.

Network and Fleet

  • Began implementing plan to improve the company's route network with more destinations, more flights and more convenient connections, with expectations to add service to 31 destinations across the U.S. and Europe in 2017.
  • Took delivery of six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, two Boeing 787-9 aircraft and one used Airbus A319 aircraft in the quarter.
  • Purchased 12 currently operated Boeing 737NG aircraft previously leased to the company.
  • Entered into a new partnership with Air Wisconsin Airlines to operate 50 regional jets under the United Express brand.

Operations and Employees

  • Achieved a record-setting 25 zero-cancellation days for the mainline operation in the quarter.
  • Consolidated completion factor was 97.5 percent in the first quarter, 0.6 points higher than the 96.9 percent from first-quarter 2017. This represents over 2,500 fewer flight cancellations compared to the first quarter of 2017.
  • Achieved best-ever consolidated on-time departure rate for both February and March and lowest-ever first-quarter mishandled bag rate in company history.
  • Employees earned cash-incentive payments of approximately $18 million for achieving operational performance goals in the quarter.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 337 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 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, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 743 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express partners operate 478 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 190 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 NYSE under the symbol "UAL".

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UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(In millions, except per share data)

(In millions, except per share data) Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
%
Increase/
(Decrease)
Operating revenue:
Passenger:
Mainline
$5,831 $5,577 4.6
Operating revenue: Passenger: Regional 1,343 1,413 (5.0)
Operating revenue: Passenger: Total passenger revenue (B) 7,174 6,990 2.6
Operating revenue: Cargo 220 194 13.4
Operating revenue: Other operating revenue 1,026 1,011 1.5
Operating revenue: Total operating revenue 8,420 8,195 2.7
Operating expense:
Salaries and related costs
2,661 2,490 6.9
Operating expense: Aircraft fuel (C) 1,560 1,218 28.1
Operating expense: Landing fees and other rent 544 525 3.6
Operating expense: Regional capacity purchase 536 522 2.7
Operating expense: Depreciation and amortization 518 479 8.1
Operating expense: Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs 454 402 12.9
Operating expense: Distribution expenses 307 303 1.3
Operating expense: Aircraft rent 179 178 0.6
Operating expense: Special charges (D) 51 190 NM1
Operating expense: Other operating expenses 1,332 1,239 7.5
Operating expense: Other Operating Expenses: Total operating expenses 8,142 7,546 7.9
Operating income: Operating income 278 649 (57.2)
Operating margin 3.3% 7.9% (4.6) pts.
Operating margin, excluding special charges (A) (Non-GAAP) 3.9% 10.2% (6.3) pts.
Nonoperating income (expense):
Interest expense
(150) (159) (5.7)
Nonoperating income (expense): Interest capitalized 23 14 64.3
Nonoperating income (expense): Interest income 11 8 37.5
Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net (D) (17) (18) (5.6)
Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net (D): Total nonoperating expense (133) (155) (14.2)
Income before income taxes: Income before income taxes 145 494 (70.6)
Pre-tax margin 1.7% 6.0% (4.3) pts.
Pre-tax margin, excluding special items (A) (Non-GAAP) 2.3% 8.4% (6.1) pts.
Income tax expense (benefit) (E) 49 181 (72.9)
Net income $96 $313 (69.3)
Earnings per share, diluted $0.31 $0.88 (64.8)
Weighted average shares, diluted 315 355 (11.3)
  1. NM means Not Meaningful

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
STATISTICS
Statistics: Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
%
Increase/
(Decrease)
Mainline:
Passengers (thousands)
23,825 22,277 6.9
Mainline:Revenue passenger miles (millions) 42,183 40,856 3.2
Mainline:Available seat miles (millions) 53,054 51,165 3.7
Mainline:Cargo ton miles (millions) 748 622 20.3
Mainline:Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents) 10.99 10.90 0.8
Mainline:Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents) 13.82 13.65 (1.2
Mainline:Aircraft in fleet at end of period 743 719 3.3
Mainline:Average stage length (miles) 1,802 1,859 (3.1)
Mainline:Average daily utilization of each aircraft (hours) 9:45 9:36 1.6
Regional:
Passengers (thousands)
9,280 9,810 (5.4)
Regional:Revenue passenger miles (millions) 5,428 5,726 (5.2)
Regional:Available seat miles (millions) 6,754 7,108 (5.0)
Regional:Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents) 19.88 19.88
Regional:Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents) 24.74 24.68 0.2
Regional:Aircraft in fleet at end of period 478 503 (5.0)
Regional:Average stage length (miles) 573 575 (0.3)
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):
Passengers (thousands)
33,105 32,087 3.2
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Revenue passenger miles (millions) 47,611 46,582 2.2
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Available seat miles (millions) 59,808 58,273 2.6
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Passenger load factor:
Consolidated
79.6% 79.9% (0.3) pts.
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Domestic 83.3% 82.9% 0.4 pts.
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):International 75.2% 76.4% (1.2) pts.
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents) 12.00 12.00
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Total revenue per available seat mile (cents) 14.08 14.06 0.1
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents) 15.07 15.01 0.4
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Aircraft in fleet at end of period 1,221 1,222 (0.1)
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Average stage length (miles) 1,451 1,461 (0.7)
Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):Average full-time equivalent employees (thousands) 85.2 82.5 3.3
  • Note: See Part II, Item 6 Selected Financial Data of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 for the definition of these statistics.

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
SUMMARY FINANCIAL METRICS

Note (A) provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial metrics to the comparable GAAP financial metrics and provides the reasons UAL management believes these financial metrics are useful.
(In millions, except per share data)

Summary Financial Metrics: Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
%
Increase/
(Decrease)
Operating income (GAAP) $278 $649 (57.2)
Operating margin (GAAP) 3.3% 7.9% (4.6) pts.
Operating income, excluding Special charges (Non-GAAP) 329 839 (60.8)
Operating margin, excluding Special charges (Non-GAAP) 3.9% 10.2% (6.3) pts.
Adjusted EBITDA, excluding special items (Non-GAAP) $830 $1,304 (36.3)
Adjusted EBITDA margin, excluding special items (Non-GAAP) 9.9% 15.9% (6.0) pts.
Adjusted EBITDAR, excluding special items (Non-GAAP) 1,009 1,482 (31.9)
Adjusted EBITDAR margin, excluding special items (Non-GAAP) 12.0% 18.1% (6.1) pts.
Pre-tax income (GAAP) $145 $494 (70.6)
Pre-tax margin (GAAP) 1.7% 6.0% (4.3) pts.
Pre-tax income, excluding special items (Non-GAAP) 196 688 (71.5)
Pre-tax margin, excluding special items (Non-GAAP) 2.3% 8.4% (6.1) pts.
Net income (GAAP) $96 $313 (69.3)
Net income, excluding special items (Non-GAAP) 129 435 (70.3)
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP) $0.31 $0.88 (64.8)
Diluted earnings per share, excluding special items (Non-GAAP) 0.41 1.23 (66.7)
Net cash provided by operating activities $547 $1,199 (54.4)
Capital expenditures $691 $816 (15.3)
Adjusted capital expenditures 1,354 823 64.5
Free cash flow, net of financings (Non-GAAP) $(144) $383 NM
Free cash flow (Non-GAAP) (807) 376 NM

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
RETURN ON INVESTED CAPITAL (ROIC)

ROIC is a Non-GAAP financial measure that we believe provides useful supplemental information for management and investors by measuring the effectiveness of our operations' use of invested capital to generate profits.
Return on invested captial: Twelve Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Net Operating Profit After Tax (NOPAT)
Pre-tax income excluding special items 2
$3,970
Pre-tax income excluding special items: NOPAT adjustments 3 975
NOPAT $4,945
Effective cash tax rate 4 0.5%
Invested Capital (five-quarter average)
Total assets
$40,552
Total assets: Invested capital adjustments 5 12,271
Average Invested Capital $28,281
Return on Invested Capital 17.5%
  1. Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation
  2. NOPAT adjustments include: adding back (net of tax shield) interest expense, the interest component of capitalized aircraft rent and net interest on pension.
  3. Effective cash tax rate is calculated by dividing cash taxes paid by adjusted pre-tax income.
  4. Invested capital adjustments include: adding back capital aircraft rent (at 7.0X) and deferred income taxes, less advance ticket sales, frequent flyer deferred revenue, tax valuation allowance and other non-interest bearing liabilities.
Notes: Twelve Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Pre-tax income $3,470
Pre-tax income: Add: Special items 500
Pre-tax income excluding special items $3,970

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION (Continued)

(A) Pursuant to SEC Regulation G, UAL has included the following reconciliations of reported Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable financial measures reported on a GAAP basis.

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 non-recurring charges 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, fuel sales and non-air mileage redemptions, 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. In addition, the company believes that adjusting for MTM gains and losses from fuel derivative contracts settling in future periods and prior period gains and losses on fuel derivative contracts settled in the current period is useful because the adjustments allow investors to better understand the cash impact of settled fuel derivative contracts in a given period.
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation: Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017 in cents
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016 in cents
%
Increase/
(Decrease)
CASM Mainline Operations (cents)
Cost per available seat mile (CASM)
13.22 12.47 6.0
CASM Mainline Operations (cents): Cost per available seat mile (CASM):Less: Special charges (D) 0.09 0.37 NM1
CASM Mainline Operations (cents): Cost per available seat mile (CASM): Less: Third-party business expenses 0.13 0.13
CASM Mainline Operations (cents): Cost per available seat mile (CASM): Less: Fuel expense 2.44 2.00 22.0
CASM Mainline Operations (cents): CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses and fuel 10.56 9.97 5.9
CASM Mainline Operations (cents): CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses and fuel: Less: Profit sharing per available seat mile 0.03 0.18 (83.3)
CASM Mainline Operations (cents): CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel, and profit sharing 10.53 9.79 7.6
CASM Consolidated Operations (cents)
Cost per available seat mile (CASM)
13.61 12.95 5.1
CASM Consolidated Operations (cents): Cost per available seat mile (CASM):Less: Special charges (D) 0.08 0.33 NM1
CASM Consolidated Operations (cents): Cost per available seat mile (CASM): Less: Third-party business expenses 0.12 0.11 9.1
CASM Consolidated Operations (cents): Cost per available seat mile (CASM): Less: Fuel expense 2.60 2.09 24.4
CASM Consolidated Operations (cents): CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses and fuel 10.81 10.42 3.7
CASM Consolidated Operations (cents): CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses and fuel: Less: Profit sharing per available seat mile 0.04 0.16 (75.0)
CASM Consolidated Operations (cents): CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel, and profit sharing 10.77 10.26 5.0

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION (Continued)

UAL evaluates its financial performance utilizing various accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and Non-GAAP financial measures, including operating income (loss) excluding special charges, income (loss) before income taxes excluding special items, net income (loss) excluding special items, and net earnings (loss) per share excluding special items, among others. UAL also presented diluted earnings per share excluding special items for the periods presented in 2016 adjusted for the impact of tax expense using the effective tax rate from the respective period in 2017 in order to make the financial measures more comparable. UAL had minimal income tax expense in the second half of 2016 that was offset by the release of its deferred tax asset valuation allowance resulting in a net income tax benefit.
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation continued: Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017 (In millions)
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016 (In millions)
$
Increase/
(Decrease)
%
Increase/
(Decrease)
Operating expenses $8,142 $7,546 $596 7.9
Operating expenses: Less: Special charges (D) 51 190 (139) NM1
Operating expenses, excluding special charges 8,091 7,356 735 10.0
Operating expenses, excluding special charges: Less: Third-party business expenses 68 67 1 1.5
Operating expenses, excluding special charges: Less: Fuel expense 1,560 1,218 342 28.1
Operating expenses, excluding special charges: Less: Profit sharing, including taxes 20 93 (73) (78.5)
Operating expenses, excluding fuel, profit sharing, special charges and third-party business expenses $6,443 $5,978 $465 7.8
Operating income $278 $649 $(371) (57.2)
Operating income: Less: Special charges (D) 51 190 (139) NM1
Operating income, excluding special charges $329 $839 $(510) (60.8)
Income before income taxes $145 $494 $(349) (70.6)
Income before income taxes: Less: special items before income taxes (D) 51 194 (143) NM1
Income before income taxes and excluding special items $196 $688 $(492) (71.5)
Net income $96 $313 $(217) (69.3)
Net income: Less: special items, net of tax (D) 33 122 (89) NM1
Net income, excluding special items 129 435 (306) (70.3)
Diluted earnings per share $0.31 $0.88 $(0.57) (64.8)
Diluted earnings per share: Less: special items 0.16 0.55 (0.39) NM1
Diluted earnings per share: Less: tax effect related to special items (0.06) (0.20) 0.14 NM1
Diluted earnings per share, excluding special items $0.41 $1.23 $(0.82) (66.7)

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION (Continued)

UAL provides financial metrics, including earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) as well as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and aircraft rent (EBITDAR), that we believe provides useful supplemental information for management and investors by measuring profit and profit as a percentage of total operating revenues. These financial metrics are adjusted for special items that are non-recurring and that management believes are not indicative of UAL's ongoing performance.
EBITDA and EBITDAR (in millions) Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
Net income $96 $313
Adjusted For:
Depreciation and amortization
518 479
Adjusted For: Interest expense 150 159
Adjusted For: Interest capitalized (23) (14)
Adjusted For: Interest income (11) (8)
Adjusted For: Income tax expense 49 181
Adjusted For: Special items before income taxes (D) 51 194
Adjusted EBITDA, excluding special items 830 1,304
Adjusted EBITDA, excluding special items: Aircraft rent 179 178
Adjusted EBITDAR, excluding special items $1,009 $1,482
UAL believes that adjusting capital expenditures for assets acquired through the issuance of debt, 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.

 

Capital Expenditures (in millions) Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures – GAAP $691 $816
Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures – GAAP:Property and equipment acquired through the issuance of debt 711 59
Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures – GAAP:Airport construction financing 21 9
Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures – GAAP:Fully reimbursable projects (69) (61)
Capital Expenditures:Adjusted capital expenditures – Non-GAAP $1,354 $823
Free Cash Flow (in millions) Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
Free Cash Flow: Net cash provided by operating activities $547 $1,199
Free Cash Flow: Net cash provided by operating activities: Less capital expenditures – Non-GAAP 691 816
Free Cash Flow: Free cash flow, net of financings - Non-GAAP $(144) $383
Free Cash Flow: Net cash provided by operating activities $547 $1,199
Free Cash Flow: Net cash provided by operating activities: Less adjusted capital expenditures – Non-GAAP 1,354 823
Free Cash Flow: Free cash flow - Non-GAAP $(807) $376

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES (UNAUDITED)

(B) Select passenger revenue information is as follows (in millions):
Notes unaudited: 1Q 2017
Passenger
Revenue
(millions)
Passenger
Revenue
vs.
1Q 2016
PRASM
vs.
1Q 2016
Yield
vs.
1Q 2016
Available
Seat Miles
vs.
1Q 2016
Domestic $4,358 3.0% (0.1%) (0.6%) 3.1%
Atlantic 1,048 0.8% 2.1% 3.7% (1.3%)
Pacific 987 3.7% (3.5%) (0.1%) 7.4%
Latin America 781 2.0% 2.8% 2.3% (0.8%)
International 2,816 2.1% 0.0% 1.6% 2.1%
Consolidated $7,174 2.6% 0.0% 0.4% 2.6%
Mainline $5,831 4.6% 0.8% 1.2% 3.7%
Regional 1,343 (5.0%) 0.0% 0.2% (5.0%)
Consolidated $7,174

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES (UNAUDITED)

(C) UAL's results of operations include fuel expense for both mainline and regional operations. (In millions, except per gallon)
Notes unaudited: Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
%
Increase/
(Decrease)
Mainline fuel expense excluding hedge impacts $1,290 $885 45.8
Hedge losses reported in fuel expense 6 (2) (138) NM1
Total mainline fuel expense 1,292 1,023 26.3
Regional fuel expense 268 195 37.4
Consolidated fuel expense 1,560 1,218 28.1
Mainline fuel consumption (gallons) 761 734 3.7
Mainline average aircraft fuel price per gallon $1.70 $1.39 22.3
Mainline average aircraft fuel price per gallon excluding hedge losses recorded in fuel expense $1.70 $1.21 40.5
Regional fuel consumption (gallons) 149 156 (4.5)
Regional average aircraft fuel price per gallon $1.80 $1.25 44.0
Consolidated fuel consumption (gallons) 910 890 2.2
Consolidated average aircraft fuel price per gallon $1.71 $1.37 24.8
Consolidated average aircraft fuel price per gallon excluding hedge losses recorded in fuel expense $1.71 $1.21 41.3
  1. Includes losses from settled hedges that were designated for hedge accounting. UAL allocates 100 percent of hedge accounting gains (losses) to mainline fuel expense.
  2. Includes ineffectiveness losses on settled hedges and losses on settled hedges that were not designated for hedge accounting. Ineffectiveness gains (losses) and gains (losses) on hedges that do not qualify for hedge accounting are recorded in Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net.

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES (UNAUDITED)

(D) Special items include the following:
(In millions) Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017 (In millions)
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016 (In millions)
Operating:
Operating: Severance and benefit costs
$37 $8
Labor agreement costs 100
Operating: Cleveland airport lease restructuring 74
Operating: (Gains) losses on sale of assets and other special charges 14 8
Operating: (Gains) losses on sale of assets and other special charges: Special charges 51 190
Nonoperating and income taxes:
Foreign currency loss
8
Nonoperating and income taxes: Income tax benefit related to special charges (18) (72)
Nonoperating and income taxes: Income tax expense (benefit) related to special charges: Total operating and nonoperating special charges, net of income taxes 33 126
Nonoperating and income taxes: Prior period losses on fuel derivative contracts settled in the current period (4)
Nonoperating and income taxes: Prior period gains (losses) on fuel derivative contracts settled in the current period:Total special items, net of income taxes $33 $122

 

Special items

 

Severance and benefit costs: During the three months ended March 31, 2017, the company recorded $21 million ($14 million net of taxes) of severance and benefit costs primarily related to a voluntary early-out program for its technicians and related employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 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 early 2019. The company also recorded $16 million ($10 million net of taxes) of severance related to its management reorganization initiative.

During the three months ended March 31, 2016, the company recorded $8 million ($5 million net of taxes) of severance and benefit costs primarily related to a voluntary early-out program for its flight attendants.

 

Labor agreement costs: In April 2016, the fleet service, passenger service, storekeeper and other employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ratified seven new contracts with the company which extended the contracts through 2021. The company recorded a $100 million ($64 million net of taxes) special charge for bonus payments in conjunction with the ratification of these contracts.

 

Cleveland airport lease restructuring: During the three months ended March 31, 2016, the City of Cleveland agreed to amend the lease, which runs through 2029, associated with certain excess airport terminal space (principally Terminal D) and related facilities at Hopkins International Airport ("Cleveland"). The company recorded an accrual for remaining payments under the lease for facilities that the company no longer uses and will continue to incur costs under the lease without economic benefit to the company. This liability was measured and recorded at its fair value when the company ceased its right to use such facilities leased to it pursuant to the lease. The company recorded a net charge of $74 million ($47 million net of taxes) related to the amended lease.

 

Foreign currency loss: During the three months ended March 31, 2016, the company recorded $8 million of losses ($5 million net of taxes) due to exchange rate changes in Venezuela applicable to funds held in local currency.

 

Prior period losses on fuel derivative contracts settled in the current period: Prior to 2017, the company used certain combinations of derivative contracts that were economic hedges but did not qualify for hedge accounting under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.  As with derivatives that qualified for hedge accounting, the economic hedges and individual contracts were part of the company's program to mitigate the adverse financial impact of potential increases in the price of fuel. The company recorded changes in the fair value of the various contracts that were not designated for hedge accounting to Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net in the statements of consolidated operations. For fuel derivative contracts that settled in the three months ended March 31, 2016, the company recorded mark-to-market losses of $4 million in prior periods.

 

(E) Effective tax rate: The company's effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 was 33.8% and 36.6%, respectively, which represented a blend of federal, state and foreign taxes and included the impact of certain nondeductible items. The effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2017 reflects the impact of discrete events including the recognition of excess tax benefits related to employee stock compensation as a result of the adoption of ASU 2016-09, as well as a change in the mix of domestic and foreign earnings.

 
 

 

 

 

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United Airlines Plans to Resume Service on More Than 25 International Routes in September

July 31, 2020

CHICAGO, July 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it plans to resume service on nearly 30 international routes in September, including flights to Asia, India, Australia, Israel and Latin America and to continue to add ways to visit popular vacation destinations in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico. The airline intends to fly 37% of its overall schedule in September as compared to the same period last year and is a 4% increase in capacity compared to what is planned for August 2020. United is also extending its waiver of change fees and award redeposit fees for reservations through August 31.

Passengers Can Now Text Cleaning and Safety Questions Directly to United Airlines

July 30, 2020

CHICAGO, July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today launched a new chat function – the United Automated Assistant – to give customers a contactless option to receive immediate access to information about cleaning and safety procedures put in place due to COVID-19. Customers can text "Clean" to FLYUA (35982) and get answers to questions about masks, boarding procedures, touchless check-in options and more, without having to call, search online or wait in a line for an answer. The United Automated Assistant is one of many recent innovations that have been developed to modernize the airline's service and create a more seamless experience for our customers. This launch follows another recently announced digital product that allows United customers on standby and upgrade lists to receive text notifications once they have been cleared and assigned a seat, saving them time and further limiting person-to-person interactions.


United Airlines Names Sasha Johnson Vice President Corporate Safety

July 24, 2020

CHICAGO, July 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that Sasha Johnson will become the company's Vice President of Corporate Safety following Michael Quiello's retirement from United, effective October 1. Johnson, who currently serves as United's managing director of International Regulatory and Policy, will report to United's Chief Operations Officer Jon Roitman.

In her new role, Johnson will manage all aspects of worldwide aviation safety, ground safety, quality assurance, medical, workers compensation, managed care, business continuity, family assistance and emergency operations for United.

"Sasha is a highly respected and well-established leader with a proven track record of navigating some of the most challenging safety and regulatory issues in our industry," said Scott Kirby, United's chief executive officer. "Her unparalleled capacity for collaboration, teamwork and creative solutions will be a tremendous asset to our corporate safety team during one of the most challenging periods our industry has ever faced. We wish Mike well and appreciate his efforts over the past decade to not only lead United's safety programs but also take on a mentorship role for young people interested in aviation."

During Quiello's 11 years with United, the Corporate Safety team accomplished some tremendous milestones, including the highly complex process that resulted in United's single operating certificate after the merger with Continental Airlines. Quiello championed the company's active participation in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program, and under his leadership, the United team's data visualization program won the National Safety Council's highest award.

Before joining United in 2015, Johnson worked for more than a decade at the Federal Aviation Administration and with the Department of Transportation in various roles including chief of staff at the FAA; assistant to the secretary and director of public affairs, and press secretary at the DOT. In these roles, she developed a comprehensive understanding of the issues critical to aviation safety, honed by her work in crisis management with the FAA administrator and the DOT secretary. 

Prior to that, Johnson spent more than a decade in broadcast journalism at CNN, including covering campaigns and elections as a senior producer.

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

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United Extends Mask Requirements to Airports

July 22, 2020

CHICAGO, July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that customers will be required to wear a face covering in the more than 360 airports where the airline operates around the world. This includes United customer service counters and kiosks, United Club locations, United's gates and baggage claim areas. If customers refuse to comply, they may be refused travel and banned from flying United at least while the mask requirement is in place. This will be effective for all customers traveling on and after July 24 regardless of when their ticket was purchased. United also will strengthen its mask exemption policy by only excluding children under the age of two. If a passenger believes that there are extraordinary circumstances that warrant an exception, they should contact United or speak to a representative at the airport.

United Airlines Took Industry-Leading Steps to Manage Historic Impact of COVID-19 in Q2

July 21, 2020

CHICAGO, July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today announced second quarter 2020 financial results, the most difficult financial quarter in its 94-year history, with a net loss of $1.6 billion, and an adjusted net loss¹ of $2.6 billion. Total operating revenues were down 87.1% year-over-year, on an 87.8 percent decrease in capacity year-over-year. The company's total liquidity as of the close of business on Monday, July 20, 2020 was approximately $15.2 billion. United now expects liquidity at the end of the third quarter to be over $18 billion.

United Airlines to Maximize Ventilation System During Boarding and Deplaning

July 20, 2020

CHICAGO, July 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that the carrier will now maximize air flow volume for all mainline aircraft high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration systems during the entire boarding and deplaning process, helping further reduce the spread of COVID-19. In combination with the HEPA filters, the air conditioning and pressurization system onboard United's mainline aircraft recirculates the air every 2-3 minutes and removes 99.97% of particles – including viruses and bacteria during both ground and air operations – making the air onboard a plane significantly cleaner than what people typically experience in restaurants, grocery stores, schools or even some hospitals. United pilots and ground staff are working to implement this new procedure for mainline aircraft beginning July 27.

United Airlines Named a Top Company for Disability Inclusion for Fifth Consecutive Year

July 15, 2020

CHICAGO, July 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines was recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a top-scoring company and best place to work for disability inclusion with a perfect score of 100 on the 2020 Disability Equality Index (DEI). The 2020 DEI measured United's inclusion criteria including: culture & leadership; enterprise-wide access; employment practices; community engagement and supplier diversity.

United Airlines to Hold Webcast of Second-Quarter 2020 Financial Results

July 07, 2020

CHICAGO, July 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines will hold a conference call to discuss second-quarter 2020 financial results on Wednesday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m. CT/10:30 a.m. ET. A live, listen-only webcast of the conference call will be available at ir.united.com. The company will issue its second-quarter earnings release and third-quarter investor update after market close on Tuesday, July 21.

United Airlines Further Expands International Schedule: Adds New Service Between Chicago and Tel Aviv

July 07, 2020

Chicago, July 6, 2020 – United Airlines today announced it is further expanding its international schedule in September with new nonstop service three days a week between Chicago O'Hare and Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. United also announced it is reinstating service between Chicago and Hong Kong as well as between Los Angeles and Sydney.

United Announces Completion of MileagePlus Senior Secured Notes Offering

July 02, 2020

CHICAGO, July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, United Airlines, Inc. ("United") announced the completion of the private offering by Mileage Plus Holdings, LLC, a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of United that operates the MileagePlus program ("MPH"), and Mileage Plus Intellectual Property Assets, Ltd., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of MPH ("MIPA" and, together with MPH, the "MileagePlus Subsidiaries") of an aggregate of $3.8 billion in principal amount of 6.50% senior secured notes due 2027 (the "Notes"). Concurrently with the issuance of the Notes, the MileagePlus Subsidiaries entered into a credit agreement providing for a term loan facility ("Term Loan Facility") in an aggregate amount of $3.0 billion. Borrowings under the Term Loan Facility will bear interest at a variable rate equal to LIBOR (but not less than 1.0% per annum) plus 5.25% per annum. The MileagePlus Subsidiaries intend to loan the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes and borrowings under the Term Loan Facility to United, after depositing a portion of such proceeds in reserve accounts for the Notes and the Term Loan Facility.

United Airlines Adds Nearly 25,000 Flights in August

July 01, 2020

CHICAGO, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it is tripling the size of its August schedule compared to its June 2020 schedule, adding nearly 25,000 domestic and international flights compared to July 2020, and plans to fly 40% of its overall schedule in August, as compared to August 2019. While travel demand remains a fraction of what it was at the end of 2019, customers are slowly returning to flying with a preference for leisure destinations, trips to reunite with friends and family, and getaways to places that encourage social distancing. According to TSA, more than 600,000 passengers passed through airport security checkpoints on Monday, June 29, the first time since March 19 that those numbers exceeded 25% of pre-COVID levels.