United Airlines Reports December 2018 Operational Performance

United Airlines (UAL) today reported December 2018 operational results.

UAL’s December 2018 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 6.9 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 6.4 percent versus December 2017. UAL’s December 2018 consolidated load factor increased 0.4 points compared to December 2017.

December Highlights

  • Announced UAL’s largest ever international network expansion from San Francisco International Airport by offering nonstop year-round service to Toronto and Melbourne, Australia, seasonal service to New Delhi and a second daily flight between San Francisco and Seoul, South Korea – all subject to government approvals. In addition to the new routes, UAL will begin new year-round nonstop service between San Francisco and each of Auckland, New Zealand, Tahiti, French Polynesia and Amsterdam.
  • Announced the addition of 11 new routes from UAL’s hubs in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The company’s new summer service, beginning in June 2019, will connect customers to popular summer vacation destinations in California, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Michigan and Nova Scotia.
  • Mileage Plus loyalty program was voted Best Overall Frequent-Flyer Program in the world for the 15th consecutive year by readers of Global Traveler and was awarded the 2018 Frequent Traveler Titan Award for the Americas.

Preliminary Operational Results

December

Year-to-Date

2018

2017

Change

2018

2017

Change

REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)

Domestic

11,058,944

10,479,105

5.5%

132,954,893

124,267,502

7.0%

Mainline

8,982,444

8,578,667

4.7%

108,634,884

102,312,669

6.2%

Regional

2,076,500

1,900,438

9.3%

24,320,009

21,954,833

10.8%

International

8,270,205

7,596,002

8.9%

97,199,892

91,992,999

5.7%

Atlantic

2,986,741

2,645,206

12.9%

40,610,724

36,220,795

12.1%

Pacific

3,108,677

2,880,088

7.9%

34,414,147

33,890,639

1.5%

Latin

2,174,787

2,070,708

5.0%

22,175,021

21,881,565

1.3%

Mainline

2,085,568

1,987,076

5.0%

21,255,941

21,019,723

1.1%

Regional

89,219

83,632

6.7%

919,080

861,842

6.6%

Consolidated

19,329,149

18,075,107

6.9%

230,154,785

216,260,501

6.4%

AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)

Domestic

13,295,896

12,476,108

6.6%

155,637,292

145,848,600

6.7%

Mainline

10,757,911

10,173,407

5.7%

126,385,402

119,208,926

6.0%

Regional

2,537,985

2,302,701

10.2%

29,251,890

26,639,674

9.8%

International

10,076,215

9,486,777

6.2%

119,624,405

116,537,327

2.6%

Atlantic

3,671,224

3,343,547

9.8%

49,721,287

47,297,821

5.1%

Pacific

3,835,983

3,660,168

4.8%

43,406,455

42,831,318

1.3%

Latin

2,569,008

2,483,062

3.5%

26,496,663

26,408,188

0.3%

Mainline

2,457,018

2,376,570

3.4%

25,279,532

25,238,343

0.2%

Regional

111,990

106,492

5.2%

1,217,131

1,169,845

4.0%

Consolidated

23,372,111

21,962,885

6.4%

275,261,697

262,385,927

4.9%

PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR

Domestic

83.2%

84.0%

(0.8) pts

85.4%

85.2%

0.2 pts

Mainline

83.5%

84.3%

(0.8) pts

86.0%

85.8%

0.2 pts

Regional

81.8%

82.5%

(0.7) pts

83.1%

82.4%

0.7 pts

International

82.1%

80.1%

2.0 pts

81.3%

78.9%

2.4 pts

Atlantic

81.4%

79.1%

2.3 pts

81.7%

76.6%

5.1 pts

Pacific

81.0%

78.7%

2.3 pts

79.3%

79.1%

0.2 pts

Latin

84.7%

83.4%

1.3 pts

83.7%

82.9%

0.8 pts

Mainline

84.9%

83.6%

1.3 pts

84.1%

83.3%

0.8 pts

Regional

79.7%

78.5%

1.2 pts

75.5%

73.7%

1.8 pts

Consolidated

82.7%

82.3%

0.4 pts

83.6%

82.4%

1.2 pts

ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)

Mainline

9,448

9,006

4.9%

113,885

108,017

5.4%

Regional

3,744

3,436

9.0%

44,445

40,050

11.0%

Consolidated

13,192

12,442

6.0%

158,330

148,067

6.9%

CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)

Total

302,575

301,330

0.4%

3,424,625

3,315,902

3.3%

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Mainline Departure Performance 1

67.5%

69.1%

(1.6) pts

Mainline Completion Factor

99.8%

99.8%

0.0 pts

1Based on mainline scheduled flights departing by or before scheduled departure time