United Reports July 2018 Operational Performance

United Airlines (UAL) yesterday reported July 2018 operational results.

UAL’s July 2018 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 6.9 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 4.0 percent versus July 2017. UAL’s July 2018 consolidated load factor increased 2.4 points compared to July 2017.

July Highlights

  • Set several company records in the month of July by flying more than 15.4 million customers, having more than 73,000 mainline departures and filling more than 90 percent of total mainline seats.
  • Announced orders to purchase 25 new Embraer E-175 and 4 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
  • As part of a previously announced $8 million commitment, announced a $2 million grant to be split between the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County, and Year Up New York, as well as a $1 million grant to First Place for Youth in Los Angeles.
  • Unveiled the redesigned united.com homepage, featuring a more personalized digital experience for each customer and an updated, more modern, user-friendly design.
  • Achieved the top score of 100 percent on the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a prominent benchmarking metric that rates U.S. companies on their disability inclusion policies and practices, also earning UAL a place on DEI’s 2018 “Best Places to Work” list.
  • Voted Best Business Class Lounge in the United States by the 2018 World Airline Awards from Skytrax for the Chicago O’Hare United Polaris lounge.

Preliminary Operational Results 

July

Year-to-Date

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change

 REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)

Domestic

13,093,444

11,997,825

9.1%

76,184,306

71,335,547

6.8%

Mainline

10,851,145

10,090,634

7.5%

62,195,944

58,637,052

6.1%

Regional

2,242,299

1,907,191

17.6%

13,988,362

12,698,495

10.2%

International

9,909,733

9,515,935

4.1%

56,612,407

54,145,312

4.6%

Atlantic

4,483,915

4,038,394

11.0%

22,672,129

20,348,359

11.4%

Pacific

3,144,719

3,135,175

0.3%

20,132,256

19,898,718

1.2%

Latin

2,281,099

2,342,366

(2.6%)

13,808,022

13,898,235

(0.6%)

Mainline

2,192,591

2,258,147

(2.9%)

13,267,088

13,374,813

(0.8%)

Regional

88,508

84,219

5.1%

540,934

523,422

3.3%

Consolidated

23,003,177

21,513,760

6.9%

132,796,713

125,480,859

5.8%

AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)

Domestic

14,474,602

13,651,010

6.0%

88,574,766

83,314,230

6.3%

Mainline

11,898,478

11,355,336

4.8%

71,790,867

67,902,738

5.7%

Regional

2,576,124

2,295,674

12.2%

16,783,899

15,411,492

8.9%

International

11,284,307

11,114,243

1.5%

69,863,152

68,725,754

1.7%

Atlantic

5,108,634

4,865,154

5.0%

28,266,231

27,127,637

4.2%

Pacific

3,631,892

3,662,096

(0.8%)

25,257,484

24,941,947

1.3%

Latin

2,543,781

2,586,993

(1.7%)

16,339,437

16,656,170

(1.9%)

Mainline

2,441,401

2,492,076

(2.0%)

15,624,449

15,929,365

(1.9%)

Regional

102,380

94,917

7.9%

714,988

726,805

(1.6%)

Consolidated

25,758,909

24,765,253

4.0%

158,437,918

152,039,984

4.2%

PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR

Domestic

90.5%

87.9%

2.6 pts

86.0%

85.6%

0.4 pts

Mainline

91.2%

88.9%

2.3 pts

86.6%

86.4%

0.2 pts

Regional

87.0%

83.1%

3.9 pts

83.3%

82.4%

0.9 pts

International

87.8%

85.6%

2.2 pts

81.0%

78.8%

2.2 pts

Atlantic

87.8%

83.0%

4.8 pts

80.2%

75.0%

5.2 pts

Pacific

86.6%

85.6%

1.0 pt

79.7%

79.8%

(0.1) pts

Latin

89.7%

90.5%

(0.8) pts

84.5%

83.4%

1.1 pts

Mainline

89.8%

90.6%

(0.8) pts

84.9%

84.0%

0.9 pts

Regional

86.5%

88.7%

(2.2) pts

75.7%

72.0%

3.7 pts

Consolidated

89.3%

86.9%

2.4 pts

83.8%

82.5%

1.3 pts

ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)

Mainline

11,309

10,650

6.2%

65,500

62,559

4.7%

Regional

4,111

3,542

16.1%

25,473

22,985

10.8%

Consolidated

15,420

14,192

8.7%

90,973

85,544

6.3%

CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)

Total

293,576

278,743

5.3%

1,965,792

1,854,475

6.0%

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Mainline Departure Performance1

62.3%

63.3%

(1.0) pt

Mainline Completion Factor

99.3%

99.3%

0.0 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