United Airlines Reports August Consolidated Traffic Results

CHICAGO, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines today reported its preliminary consolidated traffic results for August 2009. The company reported an August consolidated passenger load factor of 86.1 percent. Total consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased in August by 3.3 percent on a consolidated capacity decrease of 6.2 percent in available seat miles (ASMs) compared with the same period in 2008.

About United

United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) operates approximately 3,300* flights a day on United and United Express 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 916 destinations in 160 countries worldwide. United's 48,000 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 united.com.

*Based on United's forward-looking flight schedule for July 2009 to June 2010

    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  August 2009     August 2008    Change
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    North America                   5,579,195       6,122,246        -8.9%

    Pacific                         2,022,013       2,125,467        -4.9%
    Atlantic                        1,833,484       1,741,809         5.3%
    Latin America                     268,444         315,010       -14.8%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------

    Total International             4,123,941       4,182,286        -1.4%

    Total Mainline                  9,703,136      10,304,532        -5.8%

    Regional Affiliates             1,322,498       1,098,233        20.4%

    Total Consolidated             11,025,634      11,402,765        -3.3%



    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    North America                   6,347,101       7,107,880       -10.7%

    Pacific                         2,390,982       2,720,164       -12.1%
    Atlantic                        2,071,128       1,996,205         3.8%
    Latin America                     324,436         397,047       -18.3%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total International             4,786,546       5,113,416        -6.4%

    Total Mainline                 11,133,647      12,221,296        -8.9%

    Regional Affiliates             1,671,057       1,424,224        17.3%

    Total Consolidated             12,804,704      13,645,520        -6.2%



    LOAD FACTOR*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    North America                       87.9%           86.1%      1.8 pts

    Pacific                             84.6%           78.1%      6.5 pts
    Atlantic                            88.5%           87.3%      1.2 pts
    Latin America                       82.7%           79.3%      3.4 pts
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total International                 86.2%           81.8%      4.4 pts

    Total Mainline                      87.2%           84.3%      2.9 pts

    Regional Affiliates                 79.1%           77.1%      2.0 pts

    Total Consolidated                  86.1%           83.6%      2.5 pts



    REVENUE PASSENGERS BOARDED ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mainline                            5,330           5,924       -10.0%
    Regional Affiliates                 2,363           2,081        13.6%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total Consolidated                  7,693           8,005        -3.9%



    CARGO TON MILES (000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Freight                           116,234         133,479       -12.9%
    Mail                               14,405          22,560       -36.1%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total Mainline                    130,639         156,039       -16.3%

         *Includes Scheduled and Charter Operations



    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      QTD             QTD
                                  August 2009     August 2008    Change
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    North America                  11,278,324      12,369,402        -8.8%

    Pacific                         4,037,361       4,252,253        -5.1%
    Atlantic                        3,662,598       3,536,085         3.6%
    Latin America                     540,215         648,559       -16.7%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total International             8,240,174       8,436,897        -2.3%

    Total Mainline                 19,518,498      20,806,299        -6.2%

    Regional Affiliates             2,659,049       2,218,860        19.8%

    Total Consolidated             22,177,547      23,025,159        -3.7%



    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    North America                  12,759,265      14,346,830       -11.1%

    Pacific                         4,797,570       5,399,707       -11.2%
    Atlantic                        4,135,387       4,040,206         2.4%
    Latin America                     639,625         790,796       -19.1%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total International             9,572,582      10,230,709        -6.4%

    Total Mainline                 22,331,847      24,577,539        -9.1%

    Regional Affiliates             3,309,812       2,876,386        15.1%

    Total Consolidated             25,641,659      27,453,925        -6.6%



    LOAD FACTOR*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    North America                       88.4%           86.2%      2.2 pts

    Pacific                             84.2%           78.7%      5.5 pts
    Atlantic                            88.6%           87.5%      1.1 pts
    Latin America                       84.5%           82.0%      2.5 pts
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total International                 86.1%           82.5%      3.6 pts

    Total Mainline                      87.4%           84.7%      2.7 pts

    Regional Affiliates                 80.3%           77.1%      3.2 pts

    Total Consolidated                  86.5%           83.9%      2.6 pts

    REVENUE PASSENGERS BOARDED ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mainline                           10,754          11,906        -9.7%
    Regional Affiliates                 4,766           4,191        13.7%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total Consolidated                 15,520          16,097        -3.6%



    CARGO TON MILES ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Freight                           233,142         274,321       -15.0%
    Mail                               29,524          45,815       -35.6%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total Mainline                    262,666         320,136       -18.0%

      *Includes Scheduled and Charter Operations



    REVENUE PASSENGER MILES ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      YTD             YTD
                                  August 2009     August 2008     Change
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    North America                  39,926,770      44,990,396       -11.3%

    Pacific                        14,298,431      16,908,307       -15.4%
    Atlantic                       12,021,376      12,512,605        -3.9%
    Latin America                   2,170,884       2,764,817       -21.5%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total International            28,490,691      32,185,729       -11.5%

    Total Mainline                 68,417,461      77,176,125       -11.3%

    Regional Affiliates             9,069,834       8,164,972        11.1%

    Total Consolidated             77,487,295      85,341,097        -9.2%



    AVAILABLE SEAT MILES ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    North America                  47,388,207      54,150,239       -12.5%

    Pacific                        18,629,787      21,564,180       -13.6%
    Atlantic                       15,023,379      15,342,119        -2.1%
    Latin America                   2,843,314       3,442,871       -17.4%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total International            36,496,480      40,349,170        -9.5%

    Total Mainline                 83,884,690      94,499,409       -11.2%

    Regional Affiliates            11,809,120      10,882,581         8.5%

    Total Consolidated             95,693,810     105,381,990        -9.2%



    LOAD FACTOR*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    North America                       84.3%           83.1%      1.2 pts

    Pacific                             76.8%           78.4%     -1.6 pts
    Atlantic                            80.0%           81.6%     -1.6 pts
    Latin America                       76.4%           80.3%     -3.9 pts
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total International                 78.1%           79.8%     -1.7 pts

    Total Mainline                      81.6%           81.7%     -0.1 pts

    Regional Affiliates                 76.8%           75.0%      1.8 pts

    Total Consolidated                  81.0%           81.0%      0.0 pts



    REVENUE PASSENGERS BOARDED ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mainline                           38,508          44,150       -12.8%
    Regional Affiliates                16,748          15,638         7.1%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total Consolidated                 55,256          59,788        -7.6%



    CARGO TON MILES ('000)*
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Freight                           851,819       1,159,940       -26.6%
    Mail                              130,596         180,662       -27.7%
                                  -----------     -----------  -----------
    Total Mainline                    982,415       1,340,602       -26.7%

      *Includes Scheduled and Charter Operations


SOURCE United Airlines

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