CHICAGO 0 United Airlines (UAL) today reported July 2017 operational results.

UAL’s July 2017 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 3.9 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 4.6 percent versus July 2016. UAL’s July 2017 consolidated load factor decreased 0.6 points compared to July 2016.

Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines, said, “Running a great airline starts with taking off on time, and last month, we saw the best-ever on-time departures for the month of July in our history, all while carrying more passengers than ever before. We saw improved metrics on almost every front, including the best July on-time delivery from our tech ops team in six years and a 12 percent improvement in our baggage performance.”

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

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 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, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 748 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 475 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to more than 190 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit, 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
July Year-to-Date
2017 2016 Change 2017 2016 Change
Domestic 11,997,825 11,197,898 7.1% 71,335,547 67,782,262 5.2%
Mainline 10,090,634 9,100,554 10.9% 58,637,052 54,235,177 8.1%
Regional 1,907,191 2,097,344 (9.1%) 12,698,495 13,547,085 (6.3%)
International 9,515,935 9,511,826 0.0% 54,145,312 53,526,139 1.2%
Atlantic 4,038,394 4,070,506 (0.8%) 20,348,359 20,469,285 (0.6%)
Pacific 3,135,175 3,197,578 (2.0%) 19,898,718 19,574,484 1.7%
Latin 2,342,366 2,243,742 4.4% 13,898,235 13,482,370 3.1%
Mainline 2,258,147 2,153,652 4.9% 13,374,813 12,940,885 3.4%
Regional 84,219 90,090 (6.5%) 523,422 541,485 (3.3%)
Consolidated 21,513,760 20,709,724 3.9% 125,480,859 121,308,401 3.4%
Domestic 13,651,010 12,681,837 7.6% 83,314,230 79,397,203 4.9%
Mainline 11,355,336 10,263,338 10.6% 67,902,738 63,251,200 7.4%
Regional 2,295,674 2,418,499 (5.1%) 15,411,492 16,146,003 (4.5%)
International 11,114,243 10,989,449 1.1% 68,725,754 67,272,344 2.2%
Atlantic 4,865,154 4,862,537 0.1% 27,127,637 27,436,530 (1.1%)
Pacific 3,662,096 3,617,618 1.2% 24,941,947 23,674,812 5.4%
Latin 2,586,993 2,509,294 3.1% 16,656,170 16,161,002 3.1%
Mainline 2,492,076 2,402,522 3.7% 15,929,365 15,400,457 3.4%
Regional 94,917 106,772 (11.1%) 726,805 760,545 (4.4%)
Consolidated 24,765,253 23,671,286 4.6% 152,039,984 146,669,547 3.7%
Domestic 87.9% 88.3% (0.4) pts 85.6% 85.4% 0.2 pts
Mainline 88.9% 88.7% 0.2 pts 86.4% 85.7% 0.7 pts
Regional 83.1% 86.7% (3.6) pts 82.4% 83.9% (1.5) pts
International 85.6% 86.6% (1.0) pt 78.8% 79.6% (0.8) pts
Atlantic 83.0% 83.7% (0.7) pts 75.0% 74.6% 0.4 pts
Pacific 85.6% 88.4% (2.8) pts 79.8% 82.7% (2.9) pts
Latin 90.5% 89.4% 1.1 pts 83.4% 83.4% 0.0 pts
Mainline 90.6% 89.6% 1.0 pt 84.0% 84.0% 0.0 pts
Regional 88.7% 84.4% 4.3 pts 72.0% 71.2% 0.8 pts
Consolidated 86.9% 87.5% (0.6) pts 82.5% 82.7% (0.2) pts
Mainline 10,650 9,674 10.1% 62,559 57,590 8.6%
Regional 3,542 3,818 (7.2%) 22,985 24,405 (5.8%)
Consolidated 14,192 13,492 5.2% 85,544 81,995 4.3%
Total 278,743 238,125 17.1% 1,854,475 1,539,336 20.5%
Mainline Departure Performance1 63.3% 57.1% 6.2 pts
Mainline Completion Factor 99.3% 98.9% 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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