Wednesday, 10 January 2018

United Reports December 2017 Operational Performance

United Airlines released it's December 2017 operational results this week, showing 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.




Preliminary Operational Results







December

Year-to-Date







2017
2016
Change

2017
2016
Change









 REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)








Domestic
10,479,105
9,913,901
5.7%

124,267,502
118,693,966
4.7%

Mainline
8,578,667
8,051,111
6.6%

102,312,669
95,493,391
7.1%

Regional
1,900,438
1,862,790
2.0%

21,954,833
23,200,575
(5.4%)

International
7,596,002
7,682,093
(1.1%)

91,992,999
91,615,462
0.4%

Atlantic
2,645,206
2,510,125
5.4%

36,220,795
35,888,147
0.9%

Pacific
2,880,088
3,025,679
(4.8%)

33,890,639
34,185,845
(0.9%)

Latin
2,070,708
2,146,289
(3.5%)

21,881,565
21,541,470
1.6%

Mainline
1,987,076
2,060,665
(3.6%)

21,019,723
20,614,073
2.0%

Regional
83,632
85,624
(2.3%)

861,842
927,397
(7.1%)

Consolidated
18,075,107
17,595,994
2.7%

216,260,501
210,309,428
2.8%









AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)








Domestic
12,476,108
11,680,434
6.8%

145,848,600
139,064,774
4.9%

Mainline
10,173,407
9,469,788
7.4%

119,208,926
111,452,951
7.0%

Regional
2,302,701
2,210,646
4.2%

26,639,674
27,611,823
(3.5%)

International
9,486,777
9,501,192
(0.2%)

116,537,327
114,524,780
1.8%

Atlantic
3,343,547
3,196,530
4.6%

47,297,821
47,106,793
0.4%

Pacific
3,660,168
3,723,163
(1.7%)

42,831,318
41,640,158
2.9%

Latin
2,483,062
2,581,499
(3.8%)

26,408,188
25,777,829
2.4%

Mainline
2,376,570
2,468,084
(3.7%)

25,238,343
24,491,680
3.0%

Regional
106,492
113,415
(6.1%)

1,169,845
1,286,149
(9.0%)

Consolidated
21,962,885
21,181,626
3.7%

262,385,927
253,589,554
3.5%









PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR








Domestic
84.0%
84.9%
(0.9) pts

85.2%
85.4%
(0.2) pts

Mainline
84.3%
85.0%
(0.7) pts

85.8%
85.7%
0.1 pts

Regional
82.5%
84.3%
(1.8) pts

82.4%
84.0%
(1.6) pts

International
80.1%
80.9%
(0.8) pts

78.9%
80.0%
(1.1) pts

Atlantic
79.1%
78.5%
0.6 pts

76.6%
76.2%
0.4 pts

Pacific
78.7%
81.3%
(2.6) pts

79.1%
82.1%
(3.0) pts

Latin
83.4%
83.1%
0.3 pts

82.9%
83.6%
(0.7) pts

Mainline
83.6%
83.5%
0.1 pts

83.3%
84.2%
(0.9) pts

Regional
78.5%
75.5%
3.0 pts

73.7%
72.1%
1.6 pts

Consolidated
82.3%
83.1%
(0.8) pts

82.4%
82.9%
(0.5) pts









ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)








Mainline
9,006
8,539
5.5%

108,017
101,007
6.9%

Regional
3,436
3,376
1.8%

40,050
42,170
(5.0%)

Consolidated
12,442
11,915
4.4%

148,067
143,177
3.4%









CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)








Total
301,330
258,651
16.5%

3,315,902
2,805,292
18.2%









OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE








Mainline Departure Performance1
69.1%
52.9%
16.2 pts





Mainline Completion Factor
99.8%
98.9%
0.9 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 year ended December 31, 2016 for the definition of these statistics



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 507 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".



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