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United Continental Holdings, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results
UNITED REPORTS THIRD QUARTER $473 MILLION PROFIT EXCLUDING SPECIAL ITEMS, $387 MILLION ON GAAP BASIS
CONTINENTAL REPORTS THIRD QUARTER $367 MILLION PROFIT EXCLUDING SPECIAL ITEMS, $354 MILLION ON GAAP BASIS

CHICAGO, Oct 21, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) today announced individual third quarter 2010 financial results for United Airlines and Continental Airlines. On Oct. 1, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc., formerly UAL Corporation, merged with Continental Airlines, Inc. Financial results for United and Continental will be combined when the company reports fourth quarter 2010 results.

  • United reported third quarter 2010 net income of $473 million or $2.12 diluted earnings per share excluding certain special items, an improvement of $533 million year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, United reported third quarter net income of $387 million.
  • Continental reported third quarter 2010 net income of $367 million or $2.24 diluted earnings per share excluding certain special items, an improvement of $365 million year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, Continental reported third quarter net income of $354 million.

"Thanks to the efforts of my more than 80,000 co-workers across both airlines, we achieved strong third quarter financial and operational results at both United and Continental," said Jeff Smisek, United's president and chief executive officer. "We have begun our merger integration, and we have a lot of work ahead of us. By working together, we will create the airline that customers want to fly, employees want to work for, and shareholders want to own."

  • United consolidated passenger revenue increased 21.4 percent in the third quarter 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.
  • Continental consolidated passenger revenue increased 20.6 percent in the third quarter 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

"The strong revenue performance of the two carriers reflects the commitment of our co-workers to provide industry leading-products and service to our customers," said Jim Compton, executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "As we integrate the two networks and create the world's leading airline, we will provide even more value to our customers."

The companies ended the third quarter with a combined $9.1 billion of unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.

"The teams did a great job containing costs at both companies while running solid operations during the third quarter," said Zane Rowe, United's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Our strong liquidity position gives us flexibility as we integrate our companies and manage our debt maturities."

Standalone United Airlines Third Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the third quarter of 2010, United's total revenue was $5.4 billion, an increase of 21.7 percent compared to the same period in 2009. Consolidated passenger revenue for the third quarter rose 21.4 percent, or $878 million, compared to the same period in 2009.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the third quarter of 2010 increased 3.9 percent while capacity increased 2.6 percent year-over-year, resulting in a third quarter consolidated load factor of 85.9 percent.

Consolidated yield for the third quarter 2010 increased 16.9 percent year-over-year. Combined with the 1.0 point year-over-year increase in consolidated load factor, third quarter 2010 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat miles (RASM) increased 18.3 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

United's mainline RPMs in the third quarter of 2010 increased 1.9 percent on a mainline capacity increase of 0.7 percent year-over-year, resulting in a third quarter mainline load factor of 86.8 percent. Mainline yield for the third quarter 2010 increased 17.6 percent over the same period in 2009. Together with the 1.0 point year-over-year increase in mainline load factor, third quarter 2010 mainline RASM increased 18.9 percent year-over-year.

Passenger revenue for the third quarter of 2010 and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics by geographic region for United's mainline and regional operations are as follows:


Geographic Area


3Q 2010

Passenger

Revenue

(millions)


Passenger

Revenue

% vs. 3Q

2009

RASM %

vs. 3Q

2009

Yield %

vs. 3Q

2009

ASM1 %

vs. 3Q

2009









Domestic


$2,101


7.7%

10.7%

9.8%

(2.8%)









Pacific


$869


43.2%

41.0%

34.1%

1.6%

Atlantic


$827


30.2%

19.6%

22.0%

8.9%

Latin America


$116


54.8%

39.6%

39.8%

10.8%

International


$1,812


37.6%

30.7%

28.4%

5.3%









Mainline


$3,913


19.8%

18.9%

17.6%

0.7%

Regional


$1,076


27.5%

11.1%

8.2%

14.8%









Consolidated


$4,989


21.4%

18.3%

16.9%

2.6%

1ASM: Available Seat Miles








Cargo revenue in the third quarter of 2010 increased 40 percent, or $50 million, year-over-year as continued improvements in demand drove strength in both freight volume and yield across all regions, particularly trans-Pacific markets.

Standalone United Airlines Third Quarter Costs

United's total consolidated expenses for the third quarter 2010, excluding certain special items, increased $463 million or 10.7 percent compared to the third quarter of 2009, of which $211 million was due to higher fuel costs. On a GAAP basis, United's total consolidated expenses increased $514 million or 11.8 percent compared to the third quarter of 2009. Third quarter 2010 consolidated expenses, excluding fuel, profit-sharing programs and certain special items, increased $162 million or 5.4 percent year-over-year on 2.6 percent higher capacity.

Consolidated and mainline costs per available seat mile (CASM), excluding certain special items, increased 7.9 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively, in the third quarter 2010 compared to the same period last year. On a GAAP basis, CASM increased 9.0 and 9.6 percent, respectively. Consolidated fuel prices for the third quarter of 2010 increased 14.4 percent compared to the third quarter of 2009, while consolidated fuel consumption increased 4.2 percent year-over-year. In the third quarter, holding fuel and profit sharing constant and excluding certain special items, consolidated CASM increased 2.4 percent and mainline CASM increased 2.5 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

Standalone Continental Airlines Third Quarter Revenue and Capacity

Continental's total revenue for the third quarter of 2010 was $4.0 billion, an increase of 19.2 percent compared to the same period in 2009. Consolidated passenger revenue for the third quarter of 2010 increased 20.6 percent, or $608 million, compared to the same period in 2009.

Consolidated RPMs for the third quarter of 2010 increased 1.6 percent while capacity increased 0.6 percent year-over-year, resulting in a third quarter consolidated load factor of 85.9 percent.

Consolidated yield for the third quarter 2010 increased 18.7 percent year-over-year. Combined with the 0.8 point year-over-year increase in consolidated load factor, third quarter 2010 consolidated RASM increased 19.8 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

Mainline RPMs in the third quarter of 2010 increased 1.6 percent on a mainline capacity increase of 0.6 percent year-over-year, resulting in a third quarter mainline load factor of 86.6 percent. Mainline yield for the third quarter 2010 increased 19.6 percent over the same period in 2009. Together with the 0.8 point year-over-year increase in mainline load factor, third quarter 2010 mainline RASM increased 20.8 percent year-over-year.

Passenger revenue for the third quarter of 2010 and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics by geographic region for the company's mainline and regional operations are as follows:


Geographic Area


3Q 2010

Passenger

Revenue

(millions)


Passenger

Revenue

% vs. 3Q

2009

RASM %

vs. 3Q

2009

Yield %

vs. 3Q

2009

ASM1 %

vs. 3Q

2009









Domestic


$1,351


14.8%

16.2%

17.5%

(1.2)%









Trans-Atlantic


$848


30.8%

25.8%

22.5%

3.9%

Latin America


$424


17.4%

16.8%

17.5%

0.5%

Pacific


$344


34.7%

33.4%

22.3%

0.9%

International


$1,616


27.7%

24.8%

21.1%

2.4%

Mainline


$2,967


21.5%

20.8%

19.6%

0.6%









Regional


$588


16.4%

15.8%

14.2%

0.5%









Consolidated


$3,555


20.6%

19.8%

18.7%

0.6%

1ASM: Available Seat Miles









Cargo revenue in the third quarter of 2010 increased 25 percent, or $23 million, compared to the same period in 2009, principally due to increased freight volume.

Standalone Continental Airlines Third Quarter Costs

Continental's total consolidated expenses for the third quarter 2010, excluding certain special items, increased $263 million or 8.1 percent year-over-year, of which $103 million was related to higher fuel costs. On a GAAP basis, Continental's total consolidated expenses increased $256 million or 7.9 percent compared to the third quarter of 2009. Consolidated expenses for the third quarter 2010, excluding fuel, profit-sharing programs and certain special items, increased $102 million or 4.3 percent year-over-year on 0.6 percent higher capacity.

In the third quarter 2010, consolidated and mainline CASM, excluding certain special items, increased 7.5 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, compared to the third quarter of 2009. On a GAAP basis, CASM increased 7.2 and 8.3 percent, respectively. Consolidated fuel prices for the third quarter of 2010 increased 11.1 percent compared to the third quarter of 2009, while consolidated fuel consumption increased 0.5 percent year-over-year. Holding fuel and profit sharing constant and excluding certain special items, consolidated and mainline CASM increased 2.7 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively, in the third quarter 2010 compared to the same period last year.

United and Continental Combined Third Quarter Liquidity

United and Continental ended the third quarter with a combined $9.1 billion in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. During the quarter, the companies generated approximately $750 million of operating cash flow, had scheduled debt and net capital lease payments of $295 million and had capital expenditures of $185 million. In addition, United pre-paid approximately $140 million of debt in the third quarter. In August, Continental issued $800 million of senior secured notes due 2015 at an annual interest rate of 6.75 percent and used $350 million of net proceeds to pre-pay indebtedness.

Notable Third Quarter Accomplishments for United and Continental

  • United and Continental reached a transition and process agreement with the pilots of both companies. The agreement provides a framework for pilot operations until the two groups reach a joint collective bargaining agreement and single seniority list, and the carriers obtain a single operating certificate.
  • Continental reached tentative agreements on new labor contracts with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers representing Continental flight attendants and with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters representing Continental aircraft maintenance technicians and related employees.
  • Through Sept. 30, 2010, the companies have accrued a total of $214 million under their respective profit-sharing plans. The actual amount of profit sharing that the companies will distribute to eligible employees in February 2011 depends on each company's full-year financial results.
  • United employees earned cash incentive payments for on-time performance and customer satisfaction totaling $12 million during the third quarter. For the quarter, United recorded a DOT on-time arrival rate of 85.8 percent and a systemwide mainline segment completion factor of 99.1 percent.
  • Continental employees earned cash incentive payments for on-time performance totaling $8 million during the third quarter. Continental recorded a DOT on-time arrival rate of 83.2 percent and a systemwide mainline segment completion factor of 99.8 percent. Continental operated 31 days during the quarter without a single mainline flight cancellation.
  • United reconfigured six Boeing 777 aircraft with new products in first- and business-class and improved inflight entertainment and seat options in economy.United has now reconfigured 51 (21 767s, six 777s and 24 747s) of 91 aircraft in its international widebody fleet.
  • Continental continued to install new flat-bed BusinessFirst seats on its Boeing 777 and 757 aircraft during the quarter, with 40 (16 777s and 24 757s) of 63 international aircraft now completed.The company also continued its DIRECTV(R) installation, with the service now offered on 145 narrowbody aircraft.
  • Continental announced plans to launch nonstop flights between Newark Liberty and Cairo, Egypt, beginning May 18, 2011, subject to government approval.
  • Star Alliance members Continental Airlines and Brussels Airlines announced plans to start codesharing on Continental's trans-Atlantic flights between New York and Brussels complementing existing codesharing between United and Brussels Airlines on flights linking Washington and Chicago with Brussels. In addition, Continental announced plans to start codesharing with Aegean Airlines between New York and Athens.

Merger Integration

Upon the Oct. 1 close of their merger, United and Continental began their integration process. The companies introduced new benefits for customers, including reciprocal upgrade and preferred seating benefits for Mileage Plus and OnePass elite members and expanded free wireless and complimentary alcoholic beverages to airport club lounges across the combined network. The companies have also started the first phase of optimizing their combined route network to offer customers more travel options.

United and Continental continue to operate as separate carriers, and will do so until they receive their single operating certificate, which they currently expect to achieve by the end of 2011. However, travelers will begin to see a more unified product in the spring of 2011, as the carriers integrate key customer service and marketing activities to deliver a more seamless product.

About United Continental Holdings, Inc.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Together with United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection, these airlines operate a total of approximately 5,800 flights a day to 371 airports on six continents from their hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United and Continental are members of Star Alliance, which offers more than 21,200 daily flights to 1,172 airports in 181 countries worldwide through its 28 member airlines. United's and Continental's more than 80,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world.For more information about United Continental Holdings, Inc., go to UnitedContinentalHoldings.com. For more information about the airlines, see united.com and continental.com, and follow each company on Twitter and Facebook.

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- tables attached-






UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)


STATEMENT OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS


















Three Months

%

Nine Months

%



Ended September 30,

Increase/

Ended September 30,

Increase/

(In millions, except per share data) (Unaudited)

2010

2009

(Decrease)

2010

2009

(Decrease)

Operating Revenue:








Passenger:













Mainline

$3,913

$3,267


19.8%


$10,651

$8,909


19.6%




Regional Affiliates

1,076

844


27.5%


2,937

2,252


30.4%




Total Passenger Revenue

4,989

4,111


21.4%


13,588

11,161


21.7%



Cargo

175

125


40.0%


522

370


41.1%



Other

230

197


16.8%


686

611


12.3%




Total Operating Revenue

5,394

4,433


21.7%


14,796

12,142


21.9%















Operating Expenses:












Aircraft fuel

1,242

1,064


16.7%


3,398

2,528


34.4%



Wages, salaries and related costs

1,085

954


13.7%


3,053

2,838


7.6%



Regional affiliates

914

775


17.9%


2,640

2,154


22.6%



Purchased services

278

279


(0.4%)


821

852


(3.6%)



Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

262

253


3.6%


729

718


1.5%



Landing fees and other rentals

240

226


6.2%


709

676


4.9%



Depreciation and amortization

224

220


1.8%


652

675


(3.4%)



Distribution costs

161

145


11.0%


452

402


12.4%



Aircraft rentals

82

88


(6.8%)


244

265


(7.9%)



Cost of third party sales

64

59


8.5%


182

172


5.8%



Impairments, merger-related costs and special items (B)

63

43


46.5%


187

250


(25.2%)



Other

244

239


2.1%


691

699


(1.1%)




Total Operating Expenses

4,859

4,345


11.8%


13,758

12,229


12.5%















Operating Income (Loss)

535

88


NM


1,038

(87)


NM















Nonoperating Income (Expense):












Interest expense

(171)

(146)


17.1%


(520)

(415)


25.3%



Interest income

5

3


66.7%


8

15


(46.7%)



Interest capitalized

2

3


(33.3%)


7

8


(12.5%)



Other, net

15

(10)


NM


42

19


121.1%




Total Nonoperating Income (Expense)

(149)

(150)


(0.7%)


(463)

(373)


24.1%















Income (Loss) before Income Taxes and equity in











earnings of affiliates

386

(62)


NM


575

(460)


NM


Income Tax Benefit (C)

-

(4)


(100.0%)


(1)

(46)


(97.8%)















Income (Loss) before equity in earnings of affiliates

386

(58)


NM


576

(414)


NM



Equity in earnings of affiliates

1

1


-


2

3


(33.3%)


Net Income (Loss)

$ 387

$ (57)


NM


$ 578

$ (411)


NM















Earnings (Loss) per share, basic

$2.30

($0.39)


NM


$3.44

($2.83)


NM


Earnings (Loss) per share, diluted

$1.75

($0.39)


NM


$2.78

($2.83)


NM


Weighted average shares, basic

168

146


15.1%


168

145


15.9%


Weighted average shares, diluted

235

146


61.0%


231

145


59.3%















NM

Not meaningful.











UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)



























(A)

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is a holding company and its principal, wholly-owned subsidiaries are United Air Lines, Inc. ("United") and, effective October 1, 2010, Continental Airlines, Inc. ("Continental"). Continental became a subsidiary of UAL as a result of a merger transaction. As a consequence of the merger, UAL Corporation changed its name to United Continental Holdings, Inc. Because the merger occurred on October 1, 2010, the results of UAL presented herein do not include the impact of Continental's operations.















(B)

Impairments, merger-related costs and special items include the following:





Three Months


Nine Months Ended





Ended September 30,


Ended September 30,



(In millions)


2010

2009



2010

2009




Intangible asset impairments


$ -

$ -




$ -

$ 150





Aircraft and spare parts impairments


22

19




112

19





Total impairments


22

19




112

169





Merger-related costs


44

-




72

-





LAX municipal bond litigation


-

-




-

27





Lease termination and other special items


(3)

24




3

54





Total impairments, merger-related costs and special items


63

43




187

250


















Severance


2

22




1

23





Employee benefit adjustments


-

-




-

(33)





(Gain) Loss on asset sales


5

(11)




15

(11)





Accelerated depreciation related to early asset retirement


4

6




13

38





Total other charges


11

17




29

17





Total impairments, merger-related costs, special items and other charges


74

60




216

267


















Operating non-cash net mark-to-market ("MTM") (gains) losses on undesignated fuel hedges


12

(25)




18

(521)


















Total operating impact


86

35




234

(254)


















Non-operating non-cash net MTM (gains) on undesignated fuel hedges


-

(34)




-

(241)





Pre-tax impairments, merger-related costs, special items, other charges and non-cash net MTM impact


86

1




234

(495)





Income tax benefit on impairments and other charges and other non-cash tax expense


-

(4)




(1)

(46)





Total impairments, merger-related costs, special items, other charges and non-cash net MTM impact, net of tax


$ 86

$ (3)




$ 233

$ (541)

















(C)

Effective tax rates differ from the federal statutory rate of 35% primarily due to the following: changes in the valuation allowance, expenses that are not deductible for federal income tax purposes and state income taxes. We are required to provide a valuation allowance for our deferred tax assets in excess of deferred tax liabilities because UAL concluded that it is more likely than not that such deferred tax assets will ultimately not be realized. As a result, pre-tax losses for the three and nine months of September 30, 2009 were not reduced by any tax benefits except for certain tax benefits resulting from the disposal and impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets. No federal income tax expense was recorded related to pre-tax income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 due to the utilization of book net operating losses for which no benefit had previously been recognized.




UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

CONSOLIDATED NOTES (UNAUDITED)










(D)

UAL's results of operations include aircraft fuel expense for both United Mainline jet operations and Regional Affiliates. Aircraft fuel expense incurred as a result of the UAL's Regional Affiliates' operations is reflected in Regional Affiliates operating expense. In accordance with UAL's agreement with its Regional Affiliates, these costs are incurred by UAL. Fuel hedging gains or losses are not allocated to Regional Affiliates fuel expense.




Year-Over-Year Impact of Fuel Expense




United Mainline and Regional Affiliates Operations













Three Months Ended

%

Nine Months Ended

%


(In millions, except per gallon)


September 30,

Increase/

September 30,

Increase/




2010

2009

(Decrease)

2010

2009

(Decrease)


Total mainline fuel expense


$ 1,242

$ 1,064

16.7%

$ 3,398

$ 2,528

34.4%


Exclude impact of non-cash net MTM gains (losses)


(12)

25

NM

(18)

521

NM


Mainline fuel expense excluding MTM impact


1,230

1,089

12.9%

3,380

3,049

10.9%


Add: Regional Affiliates fuel expense


292

222

31.5%

829

564

47.0%


Consolidated fuel expense excluding MTM impact


1,522

1,311

16.1%

4,209

3,613

16.5%


Exclude impact of fuel hedge settlements


(60)

(92)

(34.8%)

(89)

(491)

(81.9%)


Exclude impact of fuel hedge ineffectiveness


-

-

-

(3)

-

NM


Consolidated fuel expense excluding hedge impacts (a) (b)


$ 1,462

$ 1,219

19.9%

$ 4,117

$ 3,122

31.9%











Mainline fuel consumption (gallons)


520

511

1.8%

1,461

1,480

(1.3%)


Mainline average jet fuel price per gallon (cents)


238.8

208.2

14.7%

232.6

170.8

36.2%


Mainline average jet fuel price per gallon excluding non-cash net MTM impact (cents)


236.5

213.1

11.0%

231.3

206.0

12.3%


Mainline average jet fuel price per gallon excluding fuel hedge impacts (cents)


225.0

195.1

15.3%

225.1

172.8

30.3%











Regional Affiliates fuel consumption (gallons)


122

105

16.2%

339

294

15.3%


Regional Affiliates average jet fuel price per gallon (cents)


239.3

211.4

13.2%

244.5

191.8

27.5%











Consolidated consumption (gallons)


642

616

4.2%

1,800

1,774

1.5%


Consolidated average jet fuel price per gallon (cents)


238.9

208.8

14.4%

234.8

174.3

34.7%


Consolidated average jet fuel price per gallon excluding non-cash net MTM impact (cents)


237.1

212.8

11.4%

233.8

203.7

14.8%


Consolidated average jet fuel price per gallon excluding fuel hedge impacts (cents)


227.7

197.9

15.1%

228.7

176.0

29.9%











(a) See Note (F) for further information related to fuel hedging and non-GAAP measures.


(b) Beginning April 1, 2010, UAL designated substantially all of its outstanding fuel derivative contracts as cash flow hedges under GAAP. As of September 30, 2010, UAL has recognized $6 million of accumulated other comprehensive gains on its balance sheet for these designated hedges. Effective with the third quarter of 2010, UAL classified the ineffective portion of these designated hedges within non-operating income (expense).




(E)


United has contractual relationships with various regional carriers to provide regional jet and turboprop service branded as United Express. Under these agreements, United pays the regional carriers contractually agreed fees for crew expenses, maintenance expenses and other costs of operating these flights. These costs include aircraft rents of $111 million for both of the three months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 and $333 million and $327 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. This rent is included in Regional Affiliates expense in our Statements of Consolidated Operations.


UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

CONSOLIDATED NOTES (UNAUDITED)







(F)

Pursuant to SEC Regulation G, UAL has included the following reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to comparable financial measures reported on a GAAP basis. UAL believes that excluding fuel costs from certain measures is useful to investors because it provides an additional measure of management's performance excluding the effects of a significant cost item over which management has limited influence. UAL also believes that adjusting for special items, and other items unusual or infrequent in nature, is useful to investors because they are non-recurring items not indicative of UAL's on-going performance. UAL began to apply cash flow hedge accounting effective April 1, 2010. Prior to the designation of fuel hedge instruments as cash flow hedges, MTM gains and losses were immediately recognized in fuel expense. UAL believes that the net fuel hedge adjustments provide management and investors with a better perspective of its performance and comparison to its peers because the adjustments reflect the economic fuel cost during the periods presented and many of our peers apply cash flow hedge accounting.



Three Months Ended




September 30,




2010


2009


Consolidated Operating Expenses (In millions)

$ 4,859


$ 4,345


Special Items (a):






Impairments

(22)


(19)



Special items and other charges

(8)


(41)



Merger-related costs

(44)


-



Non-cash net fuel MTM impact

(12)


25


Adjusted consolidated operating expenses, excluding special items

4,773


4,310



Consolidated fuel expense (excluding non-cash net MTM impact)

(1,522)


(1,311)



Profit sharing programs including taxes

(90)


-


Adjusted consolidated operating expenses, excluding fuel, profit-





sharing programs and special items

$ 3,161


$ 2,999










Three Months Ended




September 30,




2010


2009


Net Income (Loss) (In millions)

$ 387


$ (57)


Special items (a):






Impairments

22


19



Special items and other charges

8


37



Merger-related costs

44


-



Non-cash net fuel MTM impact

12


(59)


Adjusted Net Income (Loss)

$ 473


$ (60)










Three Months Ended




September 30,




2010


2009


Earnings (Loss) per Share





Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$ 1.75


($0.39)


Special items (a):






Impairments

0.09


0.13



Special items and other charges

0.04


0.26



Merger-related costs

0.19


-



Non-cash net fuel MTM impact

0.05


(0.41)


Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share

$ 2.12


$ (0.41)








(a)

Special items are net of tax of $0, except for a $4 million tax benefit that is included within "Special items and other charges" in the net income and EPS reconciliations.





UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)














Three Months

%

Nine Months

%




Ended September 30,

Increase/

Ended September 30,

Increase/

CASM Mainline Operations (cents)

2010

2009

(Decrease)

2010

2009

(Decrease)












Cost per available seat mile (CASM)

12.16

11.09

9.6%


12.13

10.75

12.8%













Less: Special items and non-cash net MTM impact

(0.26)

(0.11)

136.4%


(0.25)

0.27

NM












CASM, excluding special items and non-cash net MTM impact

11.90

10.98

8.4%


11.88

11.02

7.8%













Less: Fuel cost per available seat mile

(3.79)

(3.38)

12.1%


(3.69)

(3.25)

13.5%












CASM, excluding special items, non-cash net MTM impact









and fuel

8.11

7.60

6.7%


8.19

7.77

5.4%













Less: Profit sharing cost per available seat mile

(0.28)

-

NM


(0.17)

-

NM












CASM, excluding special items, non-cash net MTM impact,









fuel and profit sharing

7.83

7.60

3.0%


8.02

7.77

3.2%












Add: Profit sharing held constant at prior year expense










per available seat mile

-

-

-


-

-

-


Add: Current year fuel cost at prior year fuel










price per available seat mile

3.42

-

NM


3.28

-

NM


Add: Prior year fuel cost per available seat










mile

-

3.38

NM


-

3.25

NM












CASM, holding fuel and profit sharing constant and excluding









special items and non-cash net MTM impact

11.25

10.98

2.5%


11.30

11.02

2.5%











CASM Consolidated Operations (cents)









Cost per available seat mile (CASM)

12.79

11.73

9.0%


12.82

11.42

12.3%



Less: Special items and non-cash net MTM impact

(0.23)

(0.09)

155.6%


(0.22)

0.24

NM


CASM, excluding special items and non-cash net MTM impact

12.56

11.64

7.9%


12.60

11.66

8.1%



Less: Fuel cost per available seat mile

(4.00)

(3.54)

13.0%


(3.92)

(3.38)

16.0%


CASM, excluding special items, non-cash net MTM impact









and fuel

8.56

8.10

5.7%


8.68

8.28

4.8%



Less: Profit sharing cost per available seat mile

(0.24)

-

NM


(0.14)

-

NM












CASM, excluding special items, non-cash net MTM impact,









fuel and profit sharing

8.32

8.10

2.7%


8.54

8.28

3.1%


Add: Profit sharing held constant at prior year expense










per available seat mile

-

-

-


-

-

-


Add: Current year fuel cost at prior year fuel










price per available seat mile

3.60

-

NM


3.42

-

NM


Add: Prior year fuel cost per available seat










mile

-

3.54

NM


-

3.38

NM












CASM, holding fuel and profit sharing constant and









excluding special items and non-cash net MTM

11.92

11.64

2.4%


11.96

11.66

2.6%

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

STATISTICS
















Three Months Ended

September 30,

%

Increase/

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

% Increase/


2010

2009

(Decrease)

2010

2009

(Decrease)

Mainline Operations:







Passengers (thousands)

14,542

15,179

(4.2%)

40,948

42,933

(4.6%)

Revenue passenger miles

(millions)

28,149

27,611

1.9%

77,433

76,510

1.2%

Available seat miles (millions)

32,431

32,193

0.7%

91,634

93,746

(2.3%)

Cargo ton miles (millions)

452

409

10.5%

1,422

1,128

26.1%








Passenger load factor







Mainline

86.8%

85.8%

1.0pts.

84.5%

81.6%

2.9pts.

Domestic

87.3%

86.6%

0.7pts.

85.3%

84.1%

1.2pts.

International

86.2%

84.7%

1.5pts.

83.5%

78.5%

5.0pts.








Passenger revenue per

available seat mile (cents)

12.07

10.15

18.9%

11.62

9.50

22.3%

Total revenue per available

seat mile (cents)

13.31

11.15

19.4%

12.94

10.55

22.7%

Average yield per revenue

passenger mile (cents) (b)

13.86

11.79

17.6%

13.71

11.61

18.1%

Average fare per passenger

$269.05

$215.26

25.0%

$260.11

$207.51

25.3%








Cost per available seat mile

(CASM) (cents):







CASM (a)

12.16

11.09

9.6%

12.13

10.75

12.8%

CASM, excluding special

items and non-cash net MTM

impact

11.90

10.98

8.4%

11.88

11.02

7.8%

CASM, excluding special

items, non-cash net MTM

impact and fuel

8.11

7.60

6.7%

8.19

7.77

5.4%

CASM, excluding special

items, non-cash net MTM

impact, fuel

7.83

7.60

3.0%

8.02

7.77

3.2%








CASM, holding fuel rate and

profit sharing constant,

excluding special items and

non-cash net MTM impact

11.25

10.98

2.5%

11.30

11.02

2.5%








Average price per gallon of jet

fuel (cents) (c)

238.8

208.2

14.7%

232.6

170.8

36.2%








Average price per gallon of jet

fuel excluding non-cash Net

MTM impact (cents) (c)

236.5

213.1

11.0%

231.3

206.0

12.3%








Average price per gallon of jet

fuel excluding fuel hedge

impact (cents) (c)

225.0

195.1

15.3%

225.1

172.8

30.3%

Fuel gallons consumed

(millions)

520

511

1.8%

1,461

1,480

(1.3%)








Aircraft in fleet at end of period

360

371

(3.0%)

360

371

(3.0%)

Average stage length (miles)

(d)

1,850

1,730

6.9%

1,810

1,711

5.8%

Average daily utilization of

each aircraft (hours)

11:24

11:14

1.5%

11:02

10:50

1.8%








(a) Includes impact of special charges and merger-related costs.

(b) Yields exclude industry reduced fares, which have the impact of increasing yield by approximately 0.05 cents per RPM for all periods.

(c) Fuel price per gallon includes aircraft fuel and related taxes.

(d) Average stage length equals the average distance a seat travels adjusted for size of aircraft (available seat miles/seats).




UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

STATISTICS (Continued)














Three Months

%


Nine Months


%



Ended September 30,

Increase/


Ended September 30,

Increase/



2010

2009

(Decrease)


2010

2009

(Decrease)

Regional Affiliates:











Passengers (thousands)

7,711

6,897


11.8%


21,447

18,875


13.6%


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

4,495

3,814


17.9%


12,337

10,224


20.7%


Available seat miles (millions)

5,557

4,841


14.8%


15,667

13,340


17.4%


Passenger load factor

80.9%

78.8%


2.1pts.


78.7%

76.6%


2.1pts.


Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

19.36

17.43


11.1%


18.75

16.88


11.1%


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

23.94

22.13


8.2%


23.81

22.03


8.1%


Aircraft in fleet at end of period

295

292


1.0%


295

292


1.0%


Average stage length (miles) (a)

552

507


8.9%


536

498


7.6%












Consolidated Operations (Mainline and Regional Affiliates):











Passengers (thousands)

22,253

22,076


0.8%


62,395

61,808


0.9%


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

32,644

31,425


3.9%


89,770

86,734


3.5%


Available seat miles (millions)

37,988

37,034


2.6%


107,301

107,086


0.2%


Passenger load factor

85.9%

84.9%


1.0pts.


83.7%

81.0%


2.7pts.


Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

13.13

11.10


18.3%


12.66

10.42


21.5%


Total revenue per available seat miles (cents)

14.20

11.97


18.6%


13.79

11.34


21.6%


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents) (b)

15.25

13.05


16.9%


15.10

12.83


17.7%













CASM (c)

12.79

11.73


9.0%


12.82

11.42


12.3%


CASM, excluding special items and non-cash net MTM impact

12.56

11.64


7.9%


12.60

11.66


8.1%


CASM, excluding special items, non-cash net MTM impact and fuel

8.56

8.10


5.7%


8.68

8.28


4.8%













CASM, excluding special items, non-cash net MTM impact, fuel and profit sharing

8.32

8.10


2.7%


8.54

8.28


3.1%


CASM, holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant,











excluding special items and non-cash net MTM impact

11.92

11.64


2.4%


11.96

11.66


2.6%













Average price per gallon of jet fuel (cents) (d)

238.9

208.8


14.4%


234.8

174.3


34.7%


Average price per gallon of jet fuel excluding non-cash











net MTM impact (cents) (d)

237.1

212.8


11.4%


233.8

203.7


14.8%


Average price per gallon of jet fuel excluding fuel











hedge impacts (cents) (d)

227.7

197.9


15.1%


228.7

176.0


29.9%


Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

642

616


4.2%


1,800

1,774


1.5%


Average full-time equivalent employees (thousands)

42.7

43.6


(2.1%)


42.7

44.0


(3.0%)












Cash Flow (In millions):











Operating cash flow

$ 445

$ 56


NM


$ 1,801

$ 878


105.1%


Capital expenditures

(88)

(60)


46.7%


(212)

(230)


(7.8%)


Advanced deposits on aircraft

-

-


-


(42)

-


NM












(a)

Average stage length equals the average distance a seat travels adjusted for size of aircraft (available seat miles/seats).

(b)

Yields exclude industry reduced fares, which have the impact of increasing yield by approximately 0.05 cents per RPM for all periods.

(c)

Includes impact of special charges and merger-related costs.








(d)

Fuel price per gallon includes aircraft fuel and related taxes.








CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

STATEMENT OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)















Three Months

Ended September 30,

%

Increase/

Nine Months

Ended September 30,

%

Increase/

(In millions, except per share data)

2010

2009

(Decrease)

2010

2009

(Decrease)

Operating Revenue:







Passenger:







Mainline

$2,967

$2,442

21.5%

$8,002

$6,940

15.3%

Regional

588

505

16.4%

1,667

1,391

19.8%

Total Passenger

Revenue

3,555

2,947

20.6%

9,669

8,331

16.1%

Cargo

115

92

25.0%

328

259

26.6%

Other

283

278

1.8%

833

814

2.3%

Total Operating

Revenue

3,953

3,317

19.2%

10,830

9,404

15.2%








Operating Expenses:







Aircraft fuel and related

taxes

984

881

11.7%

2,806

2,507

11.9%

Wages, salaries and

related costs

909

794

14.5%

2,527

2,358

7.2%

Aircraft rentals

230

233

(1.3%)

689

705

(2.3%)

Landing fees and other

rentals

228

222

2.7%

656

647

1.4%

Regional capacity

purchase

212

211

0.5%

625

641

(2.5%)

Distribution costs

193

160

20.6%

555

467

18.8%

Maintenance, materials

and repairs

131

159

(17.6%)

413

473

(12.7%)

Depreciation and

amortization

124

124

0.0%

380

353

7.6%

Passenger services

106

99

7.1%

299

282

6.0%

Special charges (a)

2

20

NM

18

68

NM

Merger-related costs (b)

11

0

NM

29

0

NM

Other

382

353

8.2%

1,114

1,050

6.1%

Total Operating

Expenses

3,512

3,256

7.9%

10,111

9,551

5.9%








Operating Income (Loss)

441

61

NM

719

(147)

NM








Nonoperating Income (Expense):







Interest expense

(102)

(91)

12.1%

(288)

(274)

5.1%

Interest capitalized

5

8

(37.5%)

17

25

(32.0%)

Interest income

2

2

0.0%

6

10

(40.0%)

Other, net

8

2

NM

(12)

19

NM

Total

NonoperatingIncome

(Expense)

(87)

(79)

10.1%

(277)

(220)

25.9%








Income (Loss) before

Income Taxes

354

(18)

NM

442

(367)

NM

Income Taxes (c)

0

0

NM

(1)

0

NM








Net Income (Loss)

$354

($18)

NM

$441

($367)

NM








Earnings per share, basic

$2.52

($0.14)

NM

$3.16

($2.91)

NM

Earnings per share, diluted

$2.16

($0.14)

NM

$2.81

($2.91)

NM








Weighted average shares, basic

140

132

6.1%

140

126

11.1%

Weighted average shares, diluted

167

132

26.5%

167

126

32.5%


CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED NOTES (UNAUDITED)



























(a)

Operating Expenses: Special Charges. Includes the following (in millions):

















Three Months

%

Nine Months Ended

%





Ended September 30,

Increase/

Ended September 30,

Increase/





2010

2009


(Decrease)

2010

2009


(Decrease)
















Aircraft-related charges, net


$0

$6


NM


$6

$53


NM



Severance and other


2

14


NM


12

15


NM



Total special charges


$2

$20


NM


$18

$68


NM
















2010. In the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the company recorded $6 million of aircraft-related charges related to grounded Boeing 737-300 aircraft, net of gains on two 737-500 aircraft sold to a foreign buyer. Severance and other special charges in the nine months ended September 30, 2010 include severance charges of $3 million related to the elimination of approximately 600 reservation positions and other special charges of $9 million primarily related to an adjustment to a reserve for unused facilities due to reductions in expected sublease income for a maintenance hangar in Denver.















2009. During the third quarter of 2009, the company subleased five grounded EMB-135 aircraft resulting in aircraft-related charges of $6 million representing the difference between the sublease rental income and the contracted rental payments on those aircraft. Severance and other during the third quarter of 2009 represents a charge of $5 million for severance and other costs in connection with reductions in force, furloughs and leaves of absence and a $9 million adjustment to increase a reserve for unused facilities due to reductions in expected sublease income primarily for a maintenance hangar in Denver. Aircraft-related charges in 2009 prior to the third quarter include $31 million of non-cash impairments on owned Boeing 737-300 and 737-500 aircraft and related assets and $16 million of other charges ($12 million of which was non-cash) related to the grounding and disposition of Boeing 737-300 aircraft and the write-off of certain obsolete spare parts.














(b)

Merger-related costs of $11 million and $29 million in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively, relating to financial advisor, legal, accounting and consultant fees and communication and integration costs.














(c)

Effective tax rates differ from the federal statutory rate of 35% primarily due to the following: changes in the valuation allowance, expenses that are not deductible for federal income tax purposes and state income taxes. We are required to provide a valuation allowance for our deferred tax assets in excess of deferred tax liabilities because the company concluded that it is more likely than not that such deferred tax assets will ultimately not be realized. As a result, pre-tax losses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009 were not reduced by any tax benefit. No federal income tax expense was recorded related to pretax income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 due to the utilization of book net operating losses for which no benefit had previously been recognized.









CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED NOTES (UNAUDITED)


















Three Months Ended

September 30,

%

Increase/

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

%

Increase/



2010

2009

(Decrease)

2010

2009

(Decrease)


Mainline Average Price per Gallon of Jet Fuel (cents)
















Average price per gallon

of jet fuel (in cents)

221.2

199.1

11.1%

220.7

196.9

12.1%


















Less: Fuel hedge

impacts (a)

(3.7)

(9.3)

(60.2%)

(1.8)

(31.1)

(94.2%)










Average price per gallon

of jet fuel excluding fuel

hedge impacts (b)

217.5

189.8

14.6%

218.9

165.8

32.0%










(a) Both the cost and availability of fuel are subject to many economic and political factors and are therefore beyond the company's control.


(b) These financial measures provide management and investors the ability to measure and monitor Continental's performance on a consistent basis.



CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED NOTES (UNAUDITED)










Three Months Ended




September 30,




2010


2009








Consolidated Operating Expenses (in millions)

$ 3,512


$ 3,256


Special Items (a):






Impairments

0


0



Special items and other charges

(2)


(20)



Merger-related costs

(11)


0



Non-cash net fuel MTM impact

0


0








Adjusted consolidated operating expenses, excluding special items

$ 3,499


$ 3,236



Fuel Expense

(984)


(881)



Profit sharing programs including taxes

(58)


0


Adjusted consolidated operating expenses, excluding fuel, profit-





sharing programs and special items

$ 2,457


$ 2,355










Three Months Ended




September 30,




2010


2009








Net Income /(Loss) (in millions)

$ 354


$ (18)


Special items:






Impairments

0


0



Special charges (net of tax of $0)

2


20



Merger-related costs (net of tax of $0)

11


0



Less: income tax benefit

0


0








Adjusted Net Income / (Loss) (a)

$ 367


$ 2










Three Months Ended




September 30,




2010


2009


Earnings per Share





Diluted earnings per share

$ 2.16


$ (0.14)


Special items:






Impairments

0.00


0.00



Special charges

0.01


0.16



Merger-related costs

0.07


0.00



Less: income tax benefit

0.00


0.00








Adjusted earnings per share (a)

$ 2.24


$ 0.02














(a)

These financial measures provide management and investors the ability to measure and monitor Continental's performance on a consistent basis.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

















Three Months

%


Nine Months

%





Ended September 30,

Increase/


Ended September 30,

Increase/


CASM Mainline Operations (cents)

2010

2009


(Decrease)


2010

2009


(Decrease)
















Cost per available seat mile (CASM)

11.27

10.41


8.3%


11.29

10.60


6.5%




Less: Special items

(0.05)

(0.05)


NM


(0.06)

(0.08)


NM



CASM, excluding special items (a)

11.22

10.36


8.3%


11.23

10.52


6.7%




Less: Fuel cost per available seat mile (b)

(3.16)

(2.85)


10.9%


(3.14)

(2.82)


11.3%



CASM, excluding special items and fuel (a)

8.06

7.51


7.3%


8.09

7.70


5.1%




Less: profit sharing cost per available seat mile

(0.22)

0.00


NM


(0.10)

0.00


NM



CASM, excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing (a)

7.84

7.51


4.4%


7.99

7.70


3.8%




Add: Profit sharing held constant to prior year













expense per available seat mile

0.00

0.00


NM


0.00

0.00


NM




Add: Current year fuel cost at prior year fuel













price per available seat mile (b)

2.84

0.00


NM

2.80

0.00


NM



Add: Prior year fuel cost per available seat













mile (b)

0.00

2.85


NM

0.00

2.82


NM


CASM, holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant













and excluding special items (a)

10.68

10.36


3.1%


10.79

10.52


2.6%


























Three Months

%


Nine Months

%





Ended September 30,

Increase/


Ended September 30,

Increase/


CASM Consolidated Operations (cents)

2010

2009


(Decrease)


2010

2009


(Decrease)
















Cost per available seat mile (CASM)

12.06

11.25


7.2%


12.13

11.47


5.8%




Less: Special items

(0.04)

(0.07)


NM


(0.06)

(0.08)


NM



CASM, excluding special items (a)

12.02

11.18


7.5%


12.07

11.39


6.0%




Less: Fuel cost per available seat mile (b)

(3.38)

(3.05)


10.8%


(3.37)

(3.01)


12.0%



CASM, excluding special items and fuel (a)

8.64

8.13


6.3%


8.70

8.38


3.8%




Less: Profit sharing cost per available seat mile

(0.20)

0.00


NM


(0.09)

0.00


NM



CASM, excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing (a)

8.44

8.13


3.8%


8.61

8.38


2.7%




Add: Profit sharing held constant to prior year













expense per available seat mile

0.00

0.00


NM


0.00

0.00


NM




Add: Current year fuel cost at prior year fuel













price per available seat mile (b)

3.04

0.00


NM

3.00

0.00


NM



Add: Prior year fuel cost per available seat













mile (b)

0.00

3.05


NM

0.00

3.01


NM


CASM, holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant













and excluding special items (a)

11.48

11.18


2.7%


11.61

11.39


1.9%














(a) These financial measures provide management and investors the ability to measure and monitor Continental's performance on a consistent

basis.


(b) Both the cost and availability of fuel are subject to many economic and political factors and are therefore beyond the company's control.















CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

STATISTICS

























Three Months

%


Nine Months

%


Ended September 30,

Increase/


Ended September 30,

Increase/


2010

2009


(Decrease)


2010

2009


(Decrease)

Mainline Operations:










Passengers (thousands)

11,914

12,181


(2.2%)


34,087

34,619


(1.5%)


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

22,476

22,127


1.6%


62,278

60,589


2.8%


Available seat miles (millions)

25,961

25,803


0.6%


74,147

74,119


0.0%


Cargo ton miles (millions)

277

245


13.1%


825

664


24.2%












Passenger load factor:











Mainline

86.6%

85.8%


0.8 pts.


84.0%

81.7%


2.3 pts.


Domestic

87.0%

87.9%


(0.9) pts.


85.2%

84.9%


0.3 pts.


International

86.2%

83.7%


2.5 pts.


82.9%

78.8%


4.1 pts.













Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

11.43

9.46


20.8%


10.79

9.36


15.3%


Total revenue per available seat mile (cents)

12.92

10.84


19.2%


12.32

10.75


14.6%


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

13.20

11.04


19.6%


12.85

11.45


12.2%


Average fare per passenger

$252.23

$202.87


24.3%


$237.34

$202.62


17.1%












Cost per available seat mile (CASM) (cents):











CASM (a)

11.27

10.41


8.3%


11.29

10.60


6.5%


CASM, excluding special items and fuel (b)

8.06

7.51


7.3%


8.09

7.70


5.1%


CASM, excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing (b)

7.84

7.51


4.4%


7.99

7.70


3.8%


CASM, holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant and excluding special items (b)

10.68

10.36


3.1%


10.79

10.52


2.6%













Average price per gallon of jet fuel (cents) (c)

221.2

199.1


11.1%


220.7

196.9


12.1%


Average price per gallon of jet fuel excluding fuel











hedge impacts (b)(c)

217.5

189.8


14.6%


218.9

165.8


32.0%


Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

370

369


0.3%


1,054

1,061


(0.7%)













Aircraft in fleet at end of period (d)

348

338


3.0%


348

338


3.0%


Average stage length (miles) (e)

1,836

1,783


3.0%


1,793

1,730


3.6%


Average daily utilization of each aircraft (hours)

10:47

11:06


(2.9%)


10:43

10:45


(0.2%)












(a)

Includes impact of special charges and merger-related costs.

(b)

See "NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES."

(c)

Fuel price per gallon includes aircraft fuel and related taxes.

(d)

Excludes three grounded 737-300 aircraft and five grounded 737-500 aircraft at September 30, 2010.

(e)

Average stage length equals the average distance a seat travels adjusted for size of aircraft (available seat miles/seats).





CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

STATISTICS (cont'd)














Three Months

%


Nine Months

%


Ended September 30,

Increase/


Ended September 30,

Increase/


2010

2009


(Decrease)


2010

2009


(Decrease)

Regional Operations:











Passengers (thousands)

4,673

4,614


1.3%


13,335

12,932


3.1%


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

2,539

2,490


2.0%


7,287

6,984


4.3%


Available seat miles (millions)

3,147

3,130


0.5%


9,218

9,145


0.8%


Passenger load factor

80.7%

79.6%


1.1 pts.


79.0%

76.4%


2.6 pts.


Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

18.69

16.14


15.8%


18.09

15.22


18.9%


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

23.17

20.29


14.2%


22.88

19.93


14.8%


Aircraft in fleet at end of period (a)

252

266


(5.3%)


252

266


(5.3%)


Average stage length (miles) (b)

527

518


1.7%


529

519


1.9%












Consolidated Operations (Mainline and Regional):











Passengers (thousands)

16,587

16,795


(1.2%)


47,422

47,551


(0.3%)


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

25,015

24,617


1.6%


69,565

67,573


2.9%


Available seat miles (millions)

29,108

28,933


0.6%


83,365

83,264


0.1%


Passenger load factor

85.9%

85.1%


0.8pts.


83.4%

81.2%


2.2pts.


Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

12.21

10.19


19.8%


11.60

10.01


15.9%


Total revenue per available seat miles (cents)

13.58

11.46


18.5%


12.99

11.29


15.1%


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

14.21

11.97


18.7%


13.90

12.33


12.7%













CASM (c)

12.06

11.25


7.2%


12.13

11.47


5.8%


CASM, excluding special items and fuel (d)

8.64

8.13


6.3%


8.70

8.38


3.8%


CASM, excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing (d)

8.44

8.13


3.8%


8.61

8.38


2.7%


CASM, holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant











and excluding special items (d)

11.48

11.18

2.7%


11.61

11.39


1.9%













Average price per gallon of jet fuel (cents) (e)

221.1

199.0


11.1%


220.7

196.5


12.3%


Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

445

443


0.5%


1,271

1,276


(0.4%)


Average full-time equivalent employees

38,900

39,930


(2.6%)


39,020

40,165


(2.9%)












Cash Flow ($ millions)











Operating cash flow

306

(172)


NM


1,307

187


NM


Capital expenditures

(98)

(154)


(36.4%)


(246)

(301)


(18.3%)


Aircraft purchase deposits refunded, net

94

25


NM


10

42


(76.2%)























(a)

Consists of flights operated under capacity purchase agreements with Continental's regional carriers ExpressJet, Colgan, Chautauqua and CommutAir. Excludes 25 EMB-135 aircraft that are temporarily grounded and 38 ERJ-145 aircraft and five EMB-135 aircraft subleased to other operators but are not operated on the company's behalf at September 30, 2010.

(b)

Average stage length equals the average distance a seat travels adjusted for size of aircraft (available seat miles/seats).



(c)

Includes impact of special charges and merger-related costs.

(d)

See "NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES."

(e)

Fuel price per gallon includes aircraft fuel and related taxes.


SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.





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