United Airlines Performance

United Reports December 2017 Operational Performance

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

UAL's December 2017 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



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