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United Reports October 2017 Operational Performance

November 08, 2017

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today reported October 2017 operational results.

UAL's October 2017 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 1.7 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 3.4 percent versus October 2016. UAL's October 2017 consolidated load factor decreased 1.3 points compared to October 2016.

"Thanks to our tireless employees who go above and beyond every day to deliver a safe and reliable operation, United finished first among our competitors for mainline departure times last month – representing the largest year-over-year improvement of any U.S. carrier," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines.  "Last month's results represent our commitment to deliver a winning operation and reach new heights in our performance for our customers." 

The company continues to expect fourth-quarter 2017 consolidated passenger unit revenue to be down 1.0 percent to 3.0 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.

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, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 751 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 489 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to more than 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".

Preliminary Operational Results

REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000) October 2017 October 2016 %
Year to date
Year to date
Revenue Passenger Miles: Domestic 10,910,718 10,422,746 4.7% 103,503,946 99,214,224 4.3%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Mainline 8,942,878 8,450,289 5.8% 85,319,567 79,737,249 7.0%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Regional 1,967,840 1,972,457 (0.2%) 18,184,379 19,476,975 (6.6%)
Revenue Passenger Miles: International 7,142,052 7,330,187 (2.6%) 77,660,796 77,309,654 0.5%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Atlantic 3,166,876 3,126,986 1.3% 31,116,479 31,043,937 0.2%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Pacific 2,673,964 2,856,346 (6.4%) 28,358,795 28,421,722 (0.2%)
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin 1,301,212 1,346,855 (3.4%) 18,185,522 17,843,995 1.9%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin Mainline 1,237,000 1,272,726 (2.8%) 17,477,588 17,076,638 2.3%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin Regional 64,212 74,129 (13.4%) 707,934 767,357 (7.7%)
Revenue Passenger Miles: Consolidated 18,052,770 17,752,933 1.7% 181,164,742 176,523,878 2.6%
Available Seat Miles: Domestic 12,786,643 12,169,515 5.1% 121,436,391 116,150,837 4.6%
Available Seat Miles: Mainline 10,447,471 9,833,717 6.2% 99,329,430 92,959,098 6.9%
Available Seat Miles: Regional 2,339,172 2,335,798 0.1% 22,106,961 23,191,739 (4.7%)
Available Seat Miles: International 9,474,947 9,366,650 1.2% 98,183,430 96,457,299 1.8%
Available Seat Miles: Atlantic 4,231,225 4,146,215 2.1% 40,641,436 40,779,188 (0.3%)
Available Seat Miles: Pacific 3,575,772 3,617,445 (1.2%) 35,668,379 34,362,410 3.8%
Available Seat Miles: Latin 1,667,950 1,602,990 4.1% 21,873,615 21,315,701 2.6%
Available Seat Miles: Latin Mainline 1,579,771 1,498,865 5.4% 20,905,035 20,247,377 3.2%
Available Seat Miles: Latin Regional 88,179 104,125 (15.3%) 968,580 1,068,324 (9.3%)
Available Seat Miles: Consolidated 22,261,590 21,536,165 3.4% 219,619,821 212,608,136 3.3%
Passenger Load Factor: Domestic 85.3% 85.6% (0.3) pts 85.2% 85.4% (0.2) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Mainline 85.6% 85.9% (0.3) pts 85.9% 85.8% 0.1 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Regional 84.1% 84.4% (0.3) pts 82.3% 84.0% (1.7) pts
Passenger Load Factor: International 75.4% 78.3% (2.9) pts 79.1% 80.1% (1.0) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Atlantic 74.8% 75.4% (0.6) pts 76.6% 76.1% 0.5 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Pacific 74.8% 79.0% (4.2) pts 79.5% 82.7% (3.2) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin 78.0% 84.0% (6.0) pts 83.1% 83.7% (0.6) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin Mainline 78.3% 84.9% (6.6) pts 83.6% 84.3% (0.7) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin Regional 72.8% 71.2% 1.6 pts 73.1% 71.8% 1.3 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Consolidated 81.1% 82.4% (1.3) pts 82.5% 83.0% (0.5) pts
Onboard Passengers: Mainline 9,132 8,829 3.4% 90,223 84,246 7.1%
Onboard Passengers: Regional 3,634 3,656 (0.6%) 33,197 35,393 (6.2%)
Onboard Passengers: Consolidated 12,766 12,485 2.3% 123,420 119,639 3.2%
Cargo Revenue Ton Miles: Total 308,566 274,804 12.3% 2,714,377 2,289,659 18.5%
Operational Performance: Mainline Departure Performance1 74.0% 66.9% 7.1 pts
Operational Performance: Mainline Completion Factor 99.7% 99.3% 0.4 pts
  1. 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 year ended December 31, 2016 for the definition of these statistics

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 year ended December 31, 2016 for the definition of these statistics

Safe Harbor Statement

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," "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: our ability to comply with the terms of our various financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; 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; costs associated with any modification or termination of our aircraft orders; our ability to utilize our net operating losses; our ability to attract and retain customers; potential reputational or other impact from adverse events in our operations; demand for transportation in the markets in which we operate; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel demand or travel behavior; demand for travel and the impact that global economic and political conditions have on customer travel patterns; excessive taxation and the inability to offset future taxable income; 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; 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 fuel or currency hedging programs; the effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; 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; the effects of any technology failures or cybersecurity breaches; disruptions to our regional network; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; the success of our investments in airlines in other parts of the world; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; our capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; U.S. or foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including Open Skies agreements and environmental regulations); the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; the impact of any management changes; 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; weather conditions; 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, 2016, 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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CHICAGO, Aug. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As football fans across the U.S. get ready to cheer on their favorite teams on the road this fall, United is adding new routes, more flights and flying planes with more seats to give diehard fans every chance to get in on action on their rival's home turf. To meet an expected increase in demand for fans to travel to watch their favorite teams in person this season, United is adding 74 flights, including 52 new direct flights between college towns and professional football markets on gameday weekends this September through November. The airline will operate three times more direct flights to college towns this year than it did in 2019.

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  • Ashley Cronkhite from Bradenton, FL
  • Robert Simicak from Cleveland, OH
  • Sean Husmoe from Goodyear, AZ
  • Lauren Aldredge from Oakland CA
  • Lauren M. from San Francisco, CA

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New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
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CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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The company's second quarter performance largely exceeded original expectations as international long haul and business travel accelerated even faster than anticipated, together with continued yield improvement. Looking ahead, the company expects continued gains as more businesses return by end of summer and into 2022, with a full recovery in demand anticipated by 2023.

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