Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 8, 2018





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Delaware    001-06033    36-2675207
Delaware    001-10323    74-2099724

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233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL    60606
233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL    60606
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(872) 825-4000

(872) 825-4000

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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

On March 8, 2018, United Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc., issued a press release reporting its February 2018 operational results. The press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

The information in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


Exhibit No.



99.1    Press Release issued by United Airlines, Inc. dated March 8, 2018.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.









/s/ Chris Kenny

  Name:   Chris Kenny
  Title:   Vice President and Controller

Date: March 8, 2018


Exhibit 99.1


News Release


United Airlines

Worldwide Media Relations



United Reports February 2018

Operational Performance

CHICAGO, March 8, 2018 – United Airlines (UAL) today reported February 2018 operational results.

UAL’s February 2018 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 5.7 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 3.8 percent versus February 2017. UAL’s February 2018 consolidated load factor increased 1.4 points compared to February 2017.

The company continues to expect first-quarter 2018 consolidated passenger unit revenue to be flat to up 2.0 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 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, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 744 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 518 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit, 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”.



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United Reports February 2018 Operational Performance / Page 2


Preliminary Operational Results February


     February     YTD  
     2018     2017     Change     2018     2017     Change  




     8,509,645       8,038,257       5.9     17,576,604       16,772,201       4.8


     6,816,269       6,465,788       5.4     14,092,013       13,472,151       4.6


     1,693,376       1,572,469       7.7     3,484,591       3,300,050       5.6


     6,243,067       5,914,319       5.6     13,507,577       13,225,999       2.1


     1,920,620       1,763,415       8.9     4,262,947       4,009,855       6.3


     2,576,474       2,413,447       6.8     5,446,578       5,351,305       1.8


     1,745,973       1,737,457       0.5     3,798,052       3,864,839       (1.7 %) 


     1,678,850       1,671,846       0.4     3,647,708       3,718,075       (1.9 %) 


     67,123       65,611       2.3     150,344       146,764       2.4


     14,752,712       13,952,576       5.7     31,084,181       29,998,200       3.6




     10,376,626       9,839,177       5.5     21,623,649       20,474,223       5.6


     8,254,759       7,873,155       4.8     17,194,998       16,334,279       5.3


     2,121,867       1,966,022       7.9     4,428,651       4,139,944       7.0


     8,502,432       8,347,064       1.9     17,878,907       17,676,334       1.1


     2,965,713       2,857,372       3.8     6,196,546       6,070,550       2.1


     3,401,719       3,313,533       2.7     7,096,392       6,869,690       3.3


     2,135,000       2,176,159       (1.9 %)      4,585,969       4,736,094       (3.2 %) 


     2,041,332       2,070,926       (1.4 %)      4,385,217       4,514,098       (2.9 %) 


     93,668       105,233       (11.0 %)      200,752       221,996       (9.6 %) 


     18,879,058       18,186,241       3.8     39,502,556       38,150,557       3.5




     82.0     81.7     0.3   pts      81.3     81.9     (0.6 ) pts 


     82.6     82.1     0.5   pts      82.0     82.5     (0.5 ) pts 


     79.8     80.0     (0.2 ) pts      78.7     79.7     (1.0 ) pts 


     73.4     70.9     2.5   pts      75.6     74.8     0.8   pts 


     64.8     61.7     3.1   pts      68.8     66.1     2.7   pts 


     75.7     72.8     2.9   pts      76.8     77.9     (1.1 ) pts 


     81.8     79.8     2.0   pts      82.8     81.6     1.2   pts 


     82.2     80.7     1.5   pts      83.2     82.4     0.8   pts 


     71.7     62.3     9.4   pts      74.9     66.1     8.8   pts 


     78.1     76.7     1.4   pts      78.7     78.6     0.1   pts 




     7,364       7,068       4.2     15,273       14,831       3.0


     3,039       2,800       8.5     6,233       5,860       6.4


     10,403       9,868       5.4     21,506       20,691       3.9




     257,970       235,364       9.6     512,923       468,842       9.4



Mainline Departure Performance1

     73.4     68.5     4.9  pts       

Mainline Completion Factor

     99.6     99.2     0.4  pts       


1  Based on mainline scheduled flights departing by or before scheduled departure time

Note: See Part II, Item 6 Selected Financial Data of the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 for the definition of these statistics


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United Reports February 2018 Operational Performance / Page 3



Safe Harbor Statement

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements included in this release are forward-looking and thus reflect our current expectations and beliefs with respect to certain current and future events and anticipated financial and operating 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,” “estimates,” “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 release are based upon information available to us on the date of this release. 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: 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); economic and political instability and other risks of doing business globally; demand for travel and the impact that global economic and political conditions have on customer travel patterns; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; demand for transportation in the markets in which we operate; our capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; the effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; the effects of any technology failures or cybersecurity breaches; the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; disruptions to our regional network; 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; costs associated with any modification or termination of our aircraft orders; potential reputational or other impact from adverse events in our operations, the operations of our regional carriers or the operations of our code share partners; our ability to attract and retain customers; our ability to execute our operational plans and revenue-generating initiatives, 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; the impact of any management changes; our ability to cost-effectively hedge against increases in the price of aircraft fuel if we decide to do so; any potential realized or unrealized gains or losses related to any fuel or currency hedging programs; labor costs; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and the results of any collective bargaining agreement process with our union groups; any disruptions to operations due to any potential actions by our labor groups; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel demand or travel behavior; U.S. or foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including Open Skies agreements and environmental regulations); industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; our ability to comply with the terms of our various financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; weather conditions; our ability to utilize our net operating losses to offset future taxable income; the impact of changes in tax laws; the success of our investments in airlines in other parts of the world; and other risks and uncertainties set forth under Part I, Item 1A., “Risk Factors,” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in the reports we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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