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United Reports December 2017 Operational Performance

January 09, 2018

CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today reported December 2017 operational results.

UAL's December 2017 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 2.7 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 3.7 percent versus December 2016. UAL's December 2017 consolidated load factor decreased 0.8 points compared to December 2016.

"Last month, our incredible employees braved subzero temperatures and peak holiday loads to lead United into first place among competitors in mainline on-time departures, completion factor and on-time arrivals," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines. "It was the best-ever December for our operation, putting us in a great position to continue to deliver a solid operation for our customers as we head into 2018."

The company now expects fourth-quarter 2017 consolidated passenger unit revenue to be about flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, driven by stronger yields and better close-in demand.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 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 744 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 518 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 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) December 2017 December 2016 %
Increase/
(Decrease)
Year to date
2017
Year to date
2016
%
Increase/
(Decrease)
Revenue Passenger Miles: Domestic 10,479,105 9,913,901 5.7% 124,267,502 118,693,966 4.7%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Mainline 8,578,667 8,051,111 6.6% 102,312,669 95,493,391 7.1%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Regional 1,900,438 1,862,790 2.0% 21,954,833 23,200,575 (5.4%)
Revenue Passenger Miles: International 7,596,002 7,682,093 (1.1%) 91,992,999 91,615,462 0.4%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Atlantic 2,645,206 2,510,125 5.4% 36,220,795 35,888,147 0.9%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Pacific 2,880,088 3,025,679 (4.8%) 33,890,639 34,185,845 (0.9%)
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin 2,070,708 2,146,289 (3.5%) 21,881,565 21,541,470 1.6%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin Mainline 1,987,076 2,060,665 (3.6%) 21,019,723 20,614,073 2.0%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin Regional 83,632 85,624 (2.3%) 861,842 927,397 (7.1%)
Revenue Passenger Miles: Consolidated 18,075,107 17,595,994 2.7% 216,260,501 210,309,428 2.8%
AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)
Available Seat Miles: Domestic 12,476,108 11,680,434 6.8% 145,848,600 139,064,774 4.9%
Available Seat Miles: Mainline 10,173,407 9,469,788 7.4% 119,208,926 111,452,951 7.0%
Available Seat Miles: Regional 2,302,701 2,210,646 4.2% 26,639,674 27,611,823 (3.5%)
Available Seat Miles: International 9,486,777 9,501,192 (0.2%) 116,537,327 114,524,780 1.8%
Available Seat Miles: Atlantic 3,343,547 3,196,530 4.6% 47,297,821 47,106,793 0.4%
Available Seat Miles: Pacific 3,660,168 3,723,163 (1.7%) 42,831,318 41,640,158 2.9%
Available Seat Miles: Latin 2,483,062 2,581,499 (3.8%) 26,408,188 25,777,829 2.4%
Available Seat Miles: Latin Mainline 2,376,570 2,468,084 (3.7%) 25,238,343 24,491,680 3.0%
Available Seat Miles: Latin Regional 106,492 113,415 (6.1%) 1,169,845 1,286,149 (9.0%)
Available Seat Miles: Consolidated 21,962,885 21,181,626 3.7% 262,385,927 253,589,554 3.5%
PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR
Passenger Load Factor: Domestic 84.0% 84.9% (0.9) pts 85.2% 85.4% (0.2) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Mainline 84.3% 85.0% (0.7) pts 85.8% 85.7% 0.1 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Regional 82.5% 84.3% (1.8) pts 82.4% 84.0% (1.6) pts
Passenger Load Factor: International 80.1% 80.9% (0.8) pts 78.9% 80.0% (1.1) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Atlantic 79.1% 78.5% 0.6 pts 76.6% 76.2% 0.4 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Pacific 78.7% 81.3% (2.6) pts 79.1% 82.1% (3.0) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin 83.4% 83.1% 0.3 pts 82.9% 83.6% (0.7) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin Mainline 83.6% 83.5% 0.1 pts 83.3% 84.2% (0.9) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin Regional 78.5% 75.5% 3.0 pts 73.7% 72.1% 1.6 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Consolidated 82.3% 83.1% (0.8) pts 82.4% 82.9% (0.5) pts
ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)
Onboard Passengers: Mainline 9,006 8,539 5.5% 108,017 101,007 6.9%
Onboard Passengers: Regional 3,436 3,376 1.8% 40,050 42,170 (5.0%)
Onboard Passengers: Consolidated 12,442 11,915 4.4% 148,067 143,177 3.4%
CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)
Cargo Revenue Ton Miles: Total 301,330 258,651 16.5% 3,315,902 2,805,292 18.2%
OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Operational Performance: Mainline Departure Performance1 69.1% 52.9% 16.2 pts
Operational Performance: Mainline Completion Factor 99.8% 98.9% 0.9 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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