United Airlines (UAL) today reported June 2017 operational results.
UAL's June 2017 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 3.4 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 5.0 percent versus June 2016. UAL's June 2017 consolidated load factor decreased 1.4 points compared to June 2016.
Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines, said, "As we continue to put our customers at the center of everything we do, one of the most valuable things we can provide is the safest and most reliable operation. In June we continued our impressive streak, finishing the second quarter as the best airline operation among major competitors – all while carrying more customers on our flights than ever before. Last month's performance capped off an exceptional first half for our operation, and we look to continue this momentum through the second half of the year and beyond. We are on an exciting journey – one only made possible through the hard work and professionalism of the more than 87,000 United team members driving us to be the best airline for our customers and everyone we serve."
The company now expects second-quarter 2017 consolidated passenger unit revenue to be up approximately 2.0 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016, the mid-point of the company's original guidance range of 1.0 to 3.0 percent. With the exception of the Pacific, all regions performed in-line with to slightly better than initial expectations. As noted in the May traffic release, the Pacific region experienced incremental weakness in the quarter due to unfavorable supply and demand dynamics in China and Hong Kong.