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

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,” “estimates,” “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: 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, including political developments that may impact our operations in certain countries; demand for travel and the impact that global economic and political conditions have on customer travel patterns; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; demand for transportation in the markets in which we operate; our capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; the effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; the effects of any technology failures or cybersecurity breaches; the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; disruptions to our regional network; 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; costs associated with any modification or termination of our aircraft orders; potential reputational or other impact from adverse events in our operations, the operations of our regional carriers or the operations of our code share partners; our ability to attract and retain customers; 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; the impact of any management changes; 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 any fuel or currency hedging programs; 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; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel demand or travel behavior; U.S. or foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including Open Skies agreements and environmental regulations); industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; our ability to comply with the terms of our various financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; weather conditions; our ability to utilize our net operating losses to offset future taxable income; the impact of changes in tax laws; the success of our investments in airlines in other parts of the world; 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, 2017, 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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