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United Reports October 2016 Operational Performance

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today reported October 2016 operational results.

UAL's October 2016 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 0.6 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 1.8 percent versus October 2015. UAL's October 2016 consolidated load factor decreased 1.0 point compared to October 2015.

The company continues to expect fourth-quarter 2016 consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 4.0 to 6.0 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The year-over-year performance is driven primarily by yield weakness and the timing of certain holidays.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 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, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 720 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737NGs, 787s and 777s, as well as six used Airbus A319 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 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




 October


Year-to-Date



2016

2015

Change


2016

2015

Change










 REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)









Domestic

8,450,289

8,258,786

2.3%


79,737,249

78,162,422

2.0%











International

7,256,058

7,205,523

0.7%


76,542,297

76,473,877

0.1%


Atlantic

3,126,986

3,289,326

(4.9%)


31,043,937

32,390,565

(4.2%)


Pacific

2,856,346

2,712,891

5.3%


28,421,722

28,071,183

1.2%


Latin

1,272,726

1,203,306

5.8%


17,076,638

16,012,129

6.6%











Mainline

15,706,347

15,464,309

1.6%


156,279,546

154,636,299

1.1%


Regional

2,046,586

2,181,245

(6.2%)


20,244,332

20,902,235

(3.1%)


Consolidated

17,752,933

17,645,554

0.6%


176,523,878

175,538,534

0.6%










AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)









Domestic

9,833,717

9,462,051

3.9%


92,959,098

90,433,037

2.8%











International

9,262,525

9,093,098

1.9%


95,388,975

94,296,790

1.2%


Atlantic

4,146,215

4,101,355

1.1%


40,779,188

40,557,478

0.5%


Pacific

3,617,445

3,489,221

3.7%


34,362,410

34,256,238

0.3%


Latin

1,498,865

1,502,522

(0.2%)


20,247,377

19,483,074

3.9%











Mainline

19,096,242

18,555,149

2.9%


188,348,073

184,729,827

2.0%


Regional

2,439,923

2,598,182

(6.1%)


24,260,063

25,122,788

(3.4%)


Consolidated

21,536,165

21,153,331

1.8%


212,608,136

209,852,615

1.3%










PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR









Domestic

85.9%

87.3%

(1.4) pts


85.8%

86.4%

(0.6) pts











International

78.3%

79.2%

(0.9) pts


80.2%

81.1%

(0.9) pts


Atlantic

75.4%

80.2%

(4.8) pts


76.1%

79.9%

(3.8) pts


Pacific

79.0%

77.8%

1.2 pts


82.7%

81.9%

0.8 pts


Latin

84.9%

80.1%

4.8 pts


84.3%

82.2%

2.1 pts











Mainline

82.2%

83.3%

(1.1) pts


83.0%

83.7%

(0.7) pts


Regional

83.9%

84.0%

(0.1) pts


83.4%

83.2%

0.2 pts


Consolidated

82.4%

83.4%

(1.0) pt


83.0%

83.6%

(0.6) pts










ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)









Mainline

8,829

8,354

5.7%


84,246

80,512

4.6%


Regional

3,656

3,868

(5.5%)


35,393

36,927

(4.2%)


Consolidated

12,485

12,222

2.2%


119,639

117,439

1.9%










CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)









Total

274,804

232,766

18.1%


2,289,659

2,167,739

5.6%

 

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, 2015 for the definition of these statistics

 

Fourth Quarter Preliminary Fuel Costs Per Gallon


Estimated average price per gallon of fuel, including operating cash-settled hedges1

$1.56 - $1.61


   Operating cash-settled hedge loss price per gallon

($0.02)


Estimated average price per gallon of fuel, excluding hedges

$1.54 - $1.59





Estimated average price per gallon of fuel, including operating cash-settled hedges1

$1.56 - $1.61


   Non-operating cash-settled hedge loss price per gallon2

$0.00


Estimated average price per gallon of fuel, including all cash-settled hedges3

$1.56 - $1.61





1This price per gallon corresponds to fuel expense in UAL's income statement

2This price per gallon corresponds to the impact of non-operating hedges that appear in non-operating expense in the income statement

3This price per gallon corresponds to the total economic cost of the company's fuel consumption including all cash-settled hedges but does not directly correspond to fuel expense in UAL's income statement










 Preliminary Operational Results











2016

2015

Change

October On-Time Performance4

69.5%

65.5%

4.0 pts

October Completion Factor5

98.9%

99.1%

(0.2) pts










4Based on consolidated scheduled flights arriving on or before scheduled arrival time

5Consolidated completion percentage

 

Safe Harbor Statement

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements included in this investor update are forward-looking and thus reflect our current expectations and beliefs with respect to certain current and future events and financial 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" 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 investor update are based upon information available to us on the date of this investor update. 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, revenue-generating initiatives, cost reduction initiatives and fleet replacement programs; our ability to utilize our net operating losses; our ability to attract and retain customers; 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 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; 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; disruptions to our regional network; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; 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 the 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 UAL's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, 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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