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United Reports February 2018 Operational Performance

March 08, 2018

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

UAL's February 2018 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 5.7 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 3.8 percent versus February 2017. UAL's February 2018 consolidated load factor increased 1.4 points compared to February 2017.

The company continues to expect first-quarter 2018 consolidated passenger unit revenue to be flat to up 2.0 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.

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) February 2018 February 2017 Change Year to date
Year to date
Revenue Passenger Miles: Domestic 8,509,645 8,038,257 5.9% 17,576,604 16,772,201 4.8%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Mainline 6,816,269 6,465,788 5.4% 14,092,013 13,472,151 4.6%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Regional 1,693,376 1,572,469 7.7% 3,484,591 3,300,050 5.6%
Revenue Passenger Miles: International 6,243,067 5,914,319 5.6% 13,507,577 13,225,999 2.1%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Atlantic 1,920,620 1,763,415 8.9% 4,262,947 4,009,855 6.3%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Pacific 2,576,474 2,413,447 6.8% 5,446,578 5,351,305 1.8%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin 1,745,973 1,737,457 0.5% 3,798,052 3,864,839 (1.7%)
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin Mainline 1,678,850 1,671,846 0.4% 3,647,708 3,718,075 (1.9%)
Revenue Passenger Miles: Latin Regional 67,123 65,611 2.3% 150,344 146,764 2.4%
Revenue Passenger Miles: Consolidated 14,752,712 13,952,576 5.7% 31,084,181 29,998,200 3.6%
Available Seat Miles: Domestic 10,376,626 9,839,177 5.5% 21,623,649 20,474,223 5.6%
Available Seat Miles: Mainline 8,254,759 7,873,155 4.8% 17,194,998 16,334,279 5.3%
Available Seat Miles: Regional 2,121,867 1,966,022 7.9% 4,428,651 4,139,944 7.0%
Available Seat Miles: International 8,502,432 8,347,064 1.9% 17,878,907 17,676,334 1.1%
Available Seat Miles: Atlantic 2,965,713 2,857,372 3.8% 6,196,546 6,070,550 2.1%
Available Seat Miles: Pacific 3,401,719 3,313,533 2.7% 7,096,392 6,869,690 3.3%
Available Seat Miles: Latin 2,135,000 2,176,159 (1.9%) 4,585,969 4,736,094 (3.2%)
Available Seat Miles: Latin Mainline 2,041,332 2,070,926 (1.4%) 4,385,217 4,514,098 (2.9%)
Available Seat Miles: Latin Regional 93,668 105,233 (11.0%) 200,752 221,996 (9.6%)
Available Seat Miles: Consolidated 18,879,058 18,186,241 3.8% 39,502,556 38,150,557 3.5%
Passenger Load Factor: Domestic 82.0% 81.7% 0.3 pts 81.3% 81.9% (0.6) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Mainline 82.6% 82.1% 0.5 pts 82.0% 82.5% (0.5) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Regional 79.8% 80.0% (0.2) pts 78.7% 79.7% (1.0) pts
Passenger Load Factor: International 73.4% 70.9% 2.5 pts 75.6% 74.8% 0.8 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Atlantic 64.8% 61.7% 3.1 pts 68.8% 66.1% 2.7 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Pacific 75.7% 72.8% 2.9 pts 76.8% 77.9% (1.1) pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin 81.8% 79.8% 2.0 pts 82.8% 81.6% 1.2 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin Mainline 82.2% 80.7% 1.5 pts 83.2% 82.4% 0.8 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Latin Regional 71.7% 62.3% 9.4 pts 74.9% 66.1% 8.8 pts
Passenger Load Factor: Consolidated 78.1% 76.7% 1.4 pts 78.7% 78.6% 0.1 pts
Onboard Passengers: Mainline 7,364 7,068 4.2% 15,273 14,831 3.0%
Onboard Passengers: Regional 3,039 2,800 8.5% 6,233 5,860 6.4%
Onboard Passengers: Consolidated 10,403 9,868 5.4% 21,506 20,691 3.9%
Cargo Revenue Ton Miles: Total 257,970 235,364 9.6% 512,923 468,842 9.4%
Operational Performance: Mainline Departure Performance1 73.4% 68.5% 4.9 pts
Operational Performance: Mainline Completion Factor 99.6% 99.2% 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, 2017 for the definition of these statistics

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