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United Reports February 2016 Operational Performance

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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

United Airlines (UAL) today reported February 2016 operational results.

UAL's February 2016 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 2.7 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 6.0 percent versus February 2015. Excluding the impact of leap year, consolidated traffic decreased 1.0 percent and consolidated capacity increased 2.2 percent year-over-year. UAL's February 2016 consolidated load factor decreased 2.5 points compared to February 2015.

The company continues to expect first-quarter 2016 consolidated passenger unit revenue to decline 6 to 8 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015, with the decline driven largely by a strong U.S. dollar, lower surcharges, travel reductions from customers impacted by declining oil prices and softening domestic and international yields.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 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 20 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 84,000 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

     
February Year-to-Date
2016     2015     Change 2016     2015     Change
 
REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000)
Domestic 6,347,769 6,101,440 4.0% 12,901,297 12,606,649 2.3%
 
International 5,936,937 5,851,063 1.5% 12,934,183 12,835,533 0.8%
Atlantic 1,838,478 1,997,352 (8.0%) 4,142,066 4,456,002 (7.0%)
Pacific 2,380,701 2,391,780 (0.5%) 5,150,543 5,189,279 (0.7%)
Latin 1,717,758 1,461,931 17.5% 3,641,574 3,190,252 14.1%
 
Mainline 12,284,706 11,952,503 2.8% 25,835,480 25,442,182 1.5%
Regional 1,780,500 1,740,320 2.3% 3,651,000 3,651,882 0.0%
Consolidated 14,065,206 13,692,823 2.7% 29,486,480 29,094,064 1.3%
 
AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000)
Domestic 7,789,155 7,272,906 7.1% 15,642,995 15,101,386 3.6%
 
International 8,227,027 7,796,376 5.5% 17,075,472 16,628,119 2.7%
Atlantic 3,006,635 2,985,601 0.7% 6,217,628 6,298,206 (1.3%)
Pacific 3,066,565 2,980,721 2.9% 6,420,239 6,430,388 (0.2%)
Latin 2,153,827 1,830,054 17.7% 4,437,605 3,899,525 13.8%
 
Mainline 16,016,182 15,069,282 6.3% 32,718,467 31,729,505 3.1%
Regional 2,243,027 2,149,951 4.3% 4,600,993 4,571,602 0.6%
Consolidated 18,259,209 17,219,233 6.0% 37,319,460 36,301,107 2.8%
 
PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR
Domestic 81.5% 83.9% (2.4) pts 82.5% 83.5% (1.0) pt
 
International 72.2% 75.0% (2.8) pts 75.7% 77.2% (1.5) pts
Atlantic 61.1% 66.9% (5.8) pts 66.6% 70.8% (4.2) pts
Pacific 77.6% 80.2% (2.6) pts 80.2% 80.7% (0.5) pts
Latin 79.8% 79.9% (0.1) pts 82.1% 81.8% 0.3 pts
 
Mainline 76.7% 79.3% (2.6) pts 79.0% 80.2% (1.2) pts
Regional 79.4% 80.9% (1.5) pts 79.4% 79.9% (0.5) pts
Consolidated 77.0% 79.5% (2.5) pts 79.0% 80.1% (1.1) pts
 
ONBOARD PASSENGERS (000)
Mainline 6,840 6,392 7.0% 14,017 13,254 5.8%
Regional 3,063 3,077 (0.5%) 6,244 6,408 (2.6%)
Consolidated 9,903 9,469 4.6% 20,261 19,662 3.0%
 
CARGO REVENUE TON MILES (000)
Total 195,470 221,575 (11.8%) 396,513 422,196 (6.1%)

First Quarter Preliminary Fuel Costs Per Gallon

 
Estimated average price per gallon of fuel, excluding hedges $1.21 - $1.26
Operating cash-settled hedge loss price per gallon $0.16
Estimated average price per gallon of fuel, including operating cash-settled hedges1 $1.37 - $1.42
Non-operating cash-settled hedge loss price per gallon2 $0.01
Estimated average price per gallon of fuel, including all cash-settled hedges3 $1.38 - $1.43
 
1This price per gallon corresponds to fuel expense in the income statement

2This price per gallon corresponds to the impact of non-operating hedges that appear in non-operating expense in the income statement

3This price per gallon corresponds to the total economic cost of the company's fuel consumption including all cash-settled hedges but does not directly correspond to fuel expense in the income statement

         
Preliminary Operational Results6
 
2016 2015 Change
February On-Time Performance4 69.6% 49.9% 19.7 pts
February Completion Factor5 97.2% 94.8% 2.4 pts
 
4Based on consolidated scheduled flights arriving on or before scheduled arrival time
5Consolidated completion percentage

6 The Company's operational results for January on-time performance and completion factor percentages as reported in its January 2016 traffic report have been adjusted positively. January on-time performance was 65.1% in 2016 and 52.4% in 2015. January completion factor was 95.4% in 2016 and 96.4% in 2015.

Safe Harbor Statement

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements included in this investor update are forward-looking and thus reflect our current expectations and beliefs with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are and will be subject to many risks and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Words such as "expects," "will," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "goals" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Additionally, forward-looking statements include statements that do not relate solely to historical facts, such as statements which identify uncertainties or trends, discuss the possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties or which indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be predicted, guaranteed or assured. All forward-looking statements in this report are based upon information available to us on the date of this report. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including, without limitation, the following: our ability to comply with the terms of our various financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; our ability to execute our operational plans, including optimizing our revenue; our ability to control our costs, including realizing benefits from our resource optimization efforts, cost reduction initiatives and fleet replacement programs; our ability to utilize our net operating losses; our ability to attract and retain customers; demand for transportation in the markets in which we operate; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel demand or travel behavior; demand for travel and the impact that global economic conditions have on customer travel patterns; excessive taxation and the inability to offset future taxable income; general economic conditions (including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, investment or credit market conditions, crude oil prices, costs of aircraft fuel and energy refining capacity in relevant markets); our ability to cost-effectively hedge against increases in the price of aircraft fuel; any potential realized or unrealized gains or losses related to fuel or currency hedging programs; the effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; the ability of other air carriers with whom we have alliances or partnerships to provide the services contemplated by the respective arrangements with such carriers; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; our capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; U.S. or foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including open skies agreements and environmental regulations); the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; the impact of any management changes; our CEO's health prognosis and return to work full time; labor costs; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and the results of the collective bargaining agreement process with our union groups; any disruptions to operations due to any potential actions by our labor groups; weather conditions; and other risks and uncertainties set forth under Item 1A., Risk Factors, of UAL's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in connection with the matters to be considered at the 2016 annual meeting (the "2016 Annual Meeting") of shareholders of United Continental Holdings, Inc. ("UAL"). UAL intends to file a proxy statement and a WHITE proxy card with the SEC in connection with any such solicitation of proxies from UAL shareholders. UAL SHAREHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ ANY SUCH PROXY STATEMENT (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Shareholders will be able to obtain any proxy statement, any amendments or supplements thereto and other documents filed by UAL with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for no charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available at no charge at UAL's website at www. ir.united.com in the "Securities Filings" section or by writing to UAL at 233 South Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60606, Attn: Corporate Secretary.

Participants in the Solicitation

UAL and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from UAL's shareholders in connection with the matters to be considered at the 2016 Annual Meeting. Investors may obtain information regarding UAL and its directors and executive officers in UAL's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, which was filed with the SEC on February 18, 2016, and UAL's definitive proxy statement for its 2015 annual meeting of shareholders (the "2015 Annual Meeting"), which was filed with the SEC on April 24, 2015. To the extent holdings of UAL securities by UAL's directors or executive officers have changed since the amounts disclosed in the definitive proxy statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting, such changes have been or will be reflected on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 and Statements of Change in Beneficial Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. More detailed information regarding the identity of potential participants in the solicitation, and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the 2016 Annual Meeting.

United Airlines
Worldwide Media Relations
872.825.8640
media.relations@united.com


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