United Airlines Reports December Traffic Results

CHICAGO, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines today reported its preliminary traffic results for December 2007. The company reported a December passenger load factor of 78.8 percent. Total scheduled revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased in December by 1.2 percent on a capacity decrease of 0.1 percent in scheduled available seat miles (ASMs) compared with the same period in 2006.

United's operations were affected by an extremely challenging December, with the company recording 19 severe weather days, the highest in its recorded history for the month, and more than double last December. The company defines severe weather days as days when more than 10 percent of its flights are impacted by weather and air traffic control delays or cancellations.

The company's two largest airports, O'Hare and Denver International (where two out of every three domestic United flights begin or end), were among the three worst performing airports in the country due to ground delay programs prompted by the weather. This resulted in the cancellation of approximately 1,000 United mainline flights.

The severe weather in December also resulted in fourth quarter capacity coming in lower than the company's prior guidance. Year-over-year mainline capacity will be down 1.0 percent versus guidance of down 0.8 percent.

About United

United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAUA) operates more than 3,300* flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 897 destinations in 160 countries worldwide. United's 55,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at http://united.com.

    *Based on the flight schedule between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2007.



                                               2007          2006         YOY
                                           December      December      Change
    SCHEDULED SERVICE ONLY:
    REVENUE PLANE MILES (000)                62,048        62,896      -1.3 %
    NUMBER OF DEPARTURES                     43,801        45,998      -4.8 %
    REVENUE PASSENGERS (000)                  5,129         5,440      -5.7 %

    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000):
    NORTH AMERICA                         5,199,842     5,566,216      -6.6 %
    PACIFIC                               2,231,524     2,150,575       3.8 %
    ATLANTIC                              1,453,416     1,276,902      13.8 %
    LATIN AMERICA                           381,280       381,605      -0.1 %
    SYSTEM                                9,226,062     9,375,298      -1.2 %

    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000):
    NORTH AMERICA                         6,692,375     7,044,272      -5.0 %
    PACIFIC                               2,813,485     2,651,121       6.1 %
    ATLANTIC                              1,756,285     1,583,153      10.9 %
    LATIN AMERICA                           499,717       494,570       1.0 %
    SYSTEM                               11,761,862    11,773,116      -0.1 %

    PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR (PERCENT):
    NORTH AMERICA                              77.7          79.0    -1.3 pts
    PACIFIC                                    79.3          81.1    -1.8 pts
    ATLANTIC                                   82.8          80.7     2.1 pts
    LATIN AMERICA                              76.3          77.2    -0.9 pts
    SYSTEM                                     78.8          79.6    -0.8 pts

    CARGO TON MILES (000):
    FREIGHT                                 141,625       143,237      -1.1 %
    MAIL                                     30,215        23,735      27.3 %
    SYSTEM                                  171,840       166,972       2.9 %

    TOTAL SYSTEM INCLUDING CHARTER (000):
    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES               9,268,454     9,379,319      -1.2 %
    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES                 11,767,116    11,779,783      -0.1 %

    REVENUE PSGR. KM.                    14,915,723    15,094,138      -1.2 %
    AVAILABLE SEAT KM.                   18,936,820    18,957,205      -0.1 %

    TOTAL REVENUE TON MILES               1,098,685     1,104,907      -0.6 %
    TOTAL AVAIL. TON MILES                1,746,424     1,883,937      -7.3 %

    TOTAL REV. TON KM.                    1,593,301     1,602,251      -0.6 %
    TOTAL AVAIL. TON KM.                  2,549,779     2,750,548      -7.3 %



                                       YEAR TO DATE  YEAR TO DATE         YOY
                                               2007          2006      Change
    SCHEDULED SERVICE ONLY:
    REVENUE PLANE MILES (000)               754,870       768,054      -1.7 %
    NUMBER OF DEPARTURES                    550,438       563,424      -2.3 %
    REVENUE PASSENGERS (000)                 68,363        69,265      -1.3 %

    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (000):
    NORTH AMERICA                        69,853,110    70,904,096      -1.5 %
    PACIFIC                              26,431,206    26,152,447       1.1 %
    ATLANTIC                             17,058,368    15,657,699       8.9 %
    LATIN AMERICA                         4,032,745     4,531,807     -11.0 %
    SYSTEM                              117,375,429   117,246,049       0.1 %

    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES (000):
    NORTH AMERICA                        83,915,895    86,736,348      -3.3 %
    PACIFIC                              32,462,746    31,550,328       2.9 %
    ATLANTIC                             20,389,876    18,855,744       8.1 %
    LATIN AMERICA                         5,059,033     5,636,799     -10.3 %
    SYSTEM                              141,827,550   142,779,219      -0.7 %

    PASSENGER LOAD FACTOR (PERCENT):
    NORTH AMERICA                              83.2          81.7     1.5 pts
    PACIFIC                                    81.4          82.9    -1.5 pts
    ATLANTIC                                   83.7          83.0     0.7 pts
    LATIN AMERICA                              79.7          80.4    -0.7 pts
    SYSTEM                                     82.8          82.1     0.7 pts

    CARGO TON MILES (000):
    FREIGHT                               1,780,944     1,753,765       1.5 %
    MAIL                                    230,894       294,290     -21.5 %
    SYSTEM                                2,011,838     2,048,055      -1.8 %

    TOTAL SYSTEM INCLUDING CHARTER (000):
    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES             117,398,620   117,470,063      -0.1 %
    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES                141,889,651   143,094,668      -0.8 %

    REVENUE PSGR. KM.                   188,929,599   189,044,572      -0.1 %
    AVAILABLE SEAT KM.                  228,343,015   230,282,249      -0.8 %

    TOTAL REVENUE TON MILES              13,751,678    13,795,076      -0.3 %
    TOTAL AVAIL. TON MILES               22,593,910    22,751,497      -0.7 %

    TOTAL REV. TON KM.                   19,940,946    20,004,171      -0.3 %
    TOTAL AVAIL. TON KM.                 32,987,109    33,217,186      -0.7 %

Source: United Airlines

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