United Airlines Performance

United Reports October 2017 Operational Performance

United Airlines

United Airlines (UAL) yesterday reported October 2017 operational results. 

UAL's October 2017 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 1.7 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 3.4 percent versus October 2016. UAL's October 2017 consolidated load factor decreased 1.3 points compared to October 2016.

"Thanks to our tireless employees who go above and beyond every day to deliver a safe and reliable operation, United finished first among our competitors for mainline departure times last month – representing the largest year-over-year improvement of any U.S. carrier," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines.  "Last month's results represent our commitment to deliver a winning operation and reach new heights in our performance for our customers."  

The company continues to expect fourth-quarter 2017 consolidated passenger unit revenue to be down 1.0 percent to 3.0 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.

Preliminary Operational Results

 October

Year-to-Date

2017

2016

Change 

2017

2016

Change 

 REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000) 

Domestic

10,910,718

10,422,746

4.7%

103,503,946

99,214,224

4.3%

Mainline

8,942,878

8,450,289

5.8%

85,319,567

79,737,249

7.0%

Regional

1,967,840

1,972,457

(0.2%)

18,184,379

19,476,975

(6.6%)

International

7,142,052

7,330,187

(2.6%)

77,660,796

77,309,654

0.5%

Atlantic

3,166,876

3,126,986

1.3%

31,116,479

31,043,937

0.2%

Pacific

2,673,964

2,856,346

(6.4%)

28,358,795

28,421,722

(0.2%)

Latin

1,301,212

1,346,855

(3.4%)

18,185,522

17,843,995

1.9%

Mainline

1,237,000

1,272,726

(2.8%)

17,477,588

17,076,638

2.3%

Regional

64,212

74,129

(13.4%)

707,934

767,357

(7.7%)

Consolidated

18,052,770

17,752,933

1.7%

181,164,742

176,523,878

2.6%

AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)

Domestic

12,786,643

12,169,515

5.1%

121,436,391

116,150,837

4.6%

Mainline

10,447,471

9,833,717

6.2%

99,329,430

92,959,098

6.9%

Regional

2,339,172

2,335,798

0.1%

22,106,961

23,191,739

(4.7%)

International

9,474,947

9,366,650

1.2%

98,183,430

96,457,299

1.8%

Atlantic

4,231,225

4,146,215

2.1%

40,641,436

40,779,188

(0.3%)

Pacific

3,575,772

3,617,445

(1.2%)

35,668,379

34,362,410

3.8%

Latin

1,667,950

1,602,990

4.1%

21,873,615

21,315,701

2.6%

Mainline

1,579,771

1,498,865

5.4%

20,905,035

20,247,377

3.2%

Regional

88,179

104,125

(15.3%)

968,580

1,068,324

(9.3%)

Consolidated

22,261,590

21,536,165

3.4%

219,619,821

212,608,136

3.3%

PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR

Domestic

85.3%

85.6%

(0.3) pts

85.2%

85.4%

(0.2) pts

Mainline

85.6%

85.9%

(0.3) pts

85.9%

85.8%

0.1 pts

Regional

84.1%

84.4%

(0.3) pts

82.3%

84.0%

(1.7) pts

International

75.4%

78.3%

(2.9) pts

79.1%

80.1%

(1.0) pts

Atlantic

74.8%

75.4%

(0.6) pts

76.6%

76.1%

0.5 pts

Pacific

74.8%

79.0%

(4.2) pts

79.5%

82.7%

(3.2) pts

Latin

78.0%

84.0%

(6.0) pts

83.1%

83.7%

(0.6) pts

Mainline

78.3%

84.9%

(6.6) pts

83.6%

84.3%

(0.7) pts

Regional

72.8%

71.2%

1.6 pts

73.1%

71.8%

1.3 pts

Consolidated

81.1%

82.4%

(1.3) pts

82.5%

83.0%

(0.5) pts

ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)

Mainline

9,132

8,829

3.4%

90,223

84,246

7.1%

Regional

3,634

3,656

(0.6%)

33,197

35,393

(6.2%)

Consolidated

12,766

12,485

2.3%

123,420

119,639

3.2%

CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)

Total

308,566

274,804

12.3%

2,714,377

2,289,659

18.5%

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Mainline Departure Performance1

74.0%

66.9%

7.1 pts

Mainline Completion Factor

99.7%

99.3%

0.4 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



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