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United Reports April 2018 Operational Performance

May 08, 2018

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

UAL's April 2018 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 5.1 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 6.1 percent versus April 2017. UAL's April 2018 consolidated load factor decreased 0.8 points compared to April 2017.

April Highlights

  • Unveiled new United Polaris Lounge at San Francisco International Airport – the first of four Polaris lounges expected to open this year.
  • Took delivery of first Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. This eco-friendly aircraft features a special livery previously reserved for UAL's Dreamliner fleet so that employees and customers can easily recognize the plane and its superior fuel efficiency.
  • Honored by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the National Business Inclusion Consortium with the "Best-of-the-Best" designation, lauding the airline's industry-leading results across all diverse segments, creating a better future for all diverse communities in business.
  • Announced the expansion of personal device entertainment option to all aircraft with DIRECTV live streaming for purchase to provide at least one free entertainment option on all Wi-Fi equipped aircraft (which is any aircraft with more than 70 seats).

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 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 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 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




April


Year-to-Date



2018

2017

Change


2018

2017

Change










 REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)









Domestic

10,887,851

10,054,302

8.3%


39,204,568

37,139,761

5.6%


Mainline

8,884,205

8,209,695

8.2%


31,692,591

30,090,462

5.3%


Regional

2,003,646

1,844,607

8.6%


7,511,977

7,049,299

6.6%


International

7,581,052

7,511,988

0.9%


29,113,168

28,037,509

3.8%


Atlantic

3,018,378

2,780,633

8.6%


10,112,467

9,173,275

10.2%


Pacific

2,657,738

2,729,937

(2.6%)


11,107,597

10,901,456

1.9%


Latin

1,904,936

2,001,418

(4.8%)


7,893,104

7,962,778

(0.9%)


Mainline

1,831,965

1,924,055

(4.8%)


7,589,415

7,661,933

(0.9%)


Regional

72,971

77,363

(5.7%)


303,689

300,845

0.9%


Consolidated

18,468,903

17,566,290

5.1%


68,317,736

65,177,270

4.8%










AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)









Domestic

12,704,929

11,552,761

10.0%


46,899,895

44,068,987

6.4%


Mainline

10,300,717

9,347,742

10.2%


37,626,592

35,445,219

6.2%


Regional

2,404,212

2,205,019

9.0%


9,273,303

8,623,768

7.5%


International

9,725,062

9,587,093

1.4%


37,507,260

36,878,999

1.7%


Atlantic

3,861,435

3,602,656

7.2%


13,577,821

13,030,680

4.2%


Pacific

3,546,358

3,542,943

0.1%


14,432,380

14,107,421

2.3%


Latin

2,317,269

2,441,494

(5.1%)


9,497,059

9,740,898

(2.5%)


Mainline

2,216,583

2,336,010

(5.1%)


9,086,231

9,299,878

(2.3%)


Regional

100,686

105,484

(4.5%)


410,828

441,020

(6.8%)


Consolidated

22,429,991

21,139,854

6.1%


84,407,155

80,947,986

4.3%










PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR









Domestic

85.7%

87.0%

(1.3) pts


83.6%

84.3%

(0.7) pts


Mainline

86.2%

87.8%

(1.6) pts


84.2%

84.9%

(0.7) pts


Regional

83.3%

83.7%

(0.4) pts


81.0%

81.7%

(0.7) pts


International

78.0%

78.4%

(0.4) pts


77.6%

76.0%

1.6 pts


Atlantic

78.2%

77.2%

1.0 pt


74.5%

70.4%

4.1 pts


Pacific

74.9%

77.1%

(2.2) pts


77.0%

77.3%

(0.3) pts


Latin

82.2%

82.0%

0.2 pts


83.1%

81.7%

1.4 pts


Mainline

82.6%

82.4%

0.2 pts


83.5%

82.4%

1.1 pts


Regional

72.5%

73.3%

(0.8) pts


73.9%

68.2%

5.7 pts


Consolidated

82.3%

83.1%

(0.8) pts


80.9%

80.5%

0.4 pts










ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)









Mainline

9,221

8,780

5.0%


33,823

32,605

3.7%


Regional

3,660

3,297

11.0%


13,553

12,577

7.8%


Consolidated

12,881

12,077

6.7%


47,376

45,182

4.9%










CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)









Total

280,503

265,410

5.7%


1,097,908

1,013,844

8.3%










OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE









Mainline Departure Performance1

73.0%

69.0%

4.0 pts






Mainline Completion Factor

99.8%

99.9%

(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

 

Safe Harbor Statement

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