CHICAGO, June 7, 2017 – United Airlines (UAL) today reported May 2017 operational results.
UAL’s May 2017 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) increased 2.6 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased 3.7 percent versus May 2016. UAL’s May 2017 consolidated load factor decreased 0.9 points compared to May 2016.
Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines said, “At United, we are running a great airline across the board. This starts with taking off on time, and in May, we were the top performer in the industry for on-time departures for the second month in a row. We are also proud of our number one finish in April baggage performance. Additionally, we’re seeing initial progress following our customer-focused policy changes, with involuntary denied boardings down 79 percent year-over-year in May. We will continue to build on this momentum as we head into the busy summer travel season.”
The company continues to expect second-quarter 2017 consolidated passenger unit revenue to be up 1.0 to 3.0 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016. However, the Pacific region is experiencing incremental weakness due to unfavorable supply and demand dynamics in China and Hong Kong.