United Reports December 2014 Operational Performance

Jan 09, 2015, 17:15 ET from United Airlines

CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today reported December 2014 operational results.

UAL's December 2014 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 0.1 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 2.3 percent versus December 2013. UAL's December 2014 consolidated load factor decreased 1.9 points compared to December 2013.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,055 flights a day to 373 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 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, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 50 new Embraer 175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, 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








 December


 Year-to-Date



2014

2013

Change


2014

2013

Change










 REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)









Domestic

7,475,993

7,729,579

(3.3%)


90,621,955

91,563,891

(1.0%)











International

7,190,719

6,907,792

4.1%


88,393,537

87,013,837

1.6%


Atlantic

2,674,077

2,764,916

(3.3%)


37,816,354

38,106,743

(0.8%)


Pacific

2,743,507

2,656,038

3.3%


32,436,250

32,182,300

0.8%


Latin

1,773,135

1,486,838

19.3%


18,140,933

16,724,794

8.5%











Mainline

14,666,712

14,637,371

0.2%


179,015,492

178,577,728

0.2%


Regional

2,222,396

2,239,815

(0.8%)


26,543,723

26,589,581

(0.2%)


Consolidated

16,889,108

16,877,186

0.1%


205,559,215

205,167,309

0.2%










AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)









Domestic

8,707,926

8,786,995

(0.9%)


105,385,056

106,818,431

(1.3%)











International

8,842,788

8,337,211

6.1%


108,720,099

106,188,332

2.4%


Atlantic

3,323,183

3,378,639

(1.6%)


46,962,844

46,844,186

0.3%


Pacific

3,376,541

3,188,649

5.9%


39,894,823

38,814,539

2.8%


Latin

2,143,064

1,769,923

21.1%


21,862,432

20,529,607

6.5%











Mainline

17,550,714

17,124,206

2.5%


214,105,155

213,006,763

0.5%


Regional

2,665,909

2,642,064

0.9%


31,915,444

32,347,101

(1.3%)


Consolidated

20,216,623

19,766,270

2.3%


246,020,599

245,353,864

0.3%










PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR









Domestic

85.9%

88.0%

(2.1) pts


86.0%

85.7%

0.3 pts











International

81.3%

82.9%

(1.6) pts


81.3%

81.9%

(0.6) pts


Atlantic

80.5%

81.8%

(1.3) pts


80.5%

81.3%

(0.8) pts


Pacific

81.3%

83.3%

(2.0) pts


81.3%

82.9%

(1.6) pts


Latin

82.7%

84.0%

(1.3) pts


83.0%

81.5%

1.5 pts











Mainline

83.6%

85.5%

(1.9) pts


83.6%

83.8%

(0.2) pts


Regional

83.4%

84.8%

(1.4) pts


83.2%

82.2%

1.0 pt


Consolidated

83.5%

85.4%

(1.9) pts


83.6%

83.6%

0.0 pts










ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)









Mainline

7,516

7,637

(1.6%)


91,475

91,329

0.2%


Regional

3,810

3,968

(4.0%)


46,554

47,880

(2.8%)


Consolidated

11,326

11,605

(2.4%)


138,029

139,209

(0.8%)










CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)









Total

224,393

197,131

13.8%


2,486,785

2,213,385

12.4%

 


Preliminary Fuel Costs Per Gallon


Fourth Quarter 2014 estimated consolidated average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of all cash-settled hedges and fuel taxes

$2.83

Dollars










 Preliminary Operational Results






2014

2013

Change

December On-Time Performance1

72.4%

73.5%

(1.1)

pts

December Completion Factor2

99.2%

98.5%

0.7

pts






1 Based on domestic mainline scheduled flights arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time, according to data published in the DOT Air Travel Consumer Report

2 Mainline completion percentage

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