United Reports October 2018 Operational Performance - United Hub

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 Performance1

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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