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12-Sep-2016 3:42 PM

United Airlines pax increase 2%, load factor decline in Aug-2016

United Airlines passenger numbers up 2% – traffic highlights in Aug-2016:

  • Passenger numbers: 13.2 million, +2.4% year-on-year;
    • Mainline: 9.4 million, +5.0%;
    • Regional: 3.8 million, -3.7%;
  • Passenger traffic (RPMs): +0.6%;
    • Mainline: +1.1%;
      • Domestic: +2.7%;
      • International: -0.6%;
        • Trans-Atlantic: -3.4%;
        • Trans-Pacific: +3.8%;
        • Latin America: -1.7%;
    • Regional: -3.4%;
  • Passenger load factor: 85.5%, -1.1 ppt;
    • Mainline: 85.7%, -1.3 ppt;
      • Domestic: 86.5%, -2.0 ppts;
      • International: 84.8%, -0.8 ppt;
        • Trans-Atlantic: 81.5%, -4.1 ppts;
        • Trans-Pacific: 88.1%, +2.4 ppts;
        • Latin America: 87.0%, +1.5 ppt;
    • Regional: 83.7%, +0.1 ppt;
  • Cargo traffic (FTMs): +8.8%. [more - original PR]

United Airlines: "On Aug 12, 2016, UAL flight attendants ratified a new contract. While there is a modest increase to third-quarter non-fuel expense from this contract, the company still expects it will be within its original third-quarter guidance for consolidated unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) excluding fuel, profit sharing and third-party business expenses. For the full-year 2016, the company now expects CASM excluding fuel, profit sharing and third-party business expenses to increase 2.5 to 3.5 percent compared to the full-year 2015, with the increase versus prior guidance due to the flight attendant agreement." Source: Company statement, 109-Sep-2016.

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