How Did United Perform Operationally In May?

by Trefis Team
United Continental Holdings
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As expected, United Continental (NYSE:UAL)’s momentum seems to be carrying well into the second quarter. The company managed to report increases across the board in most of its key metrics, surpassing industry averages in several areas.

May witnessed a modest 2.6% growth in traffic (revenue passenger miles) y-o-y, while the consolidated capacity (available seat miles) increased at 3.7% in comparison to the same quarter last year. Load factor was hurt marginally and came in at 81.6%.

Additionally, the company managed to beat out all major competitors in terms of on-time departures and arrivals, as well as the fewest flight cancellations for the month among the same group of peers, for the second month in a row.

Going forward, the company continues to remain confident regarding its performance this quarter. With higher capacity growth and positive PRASM expected to kick in this time around, United expects consolidated passenger unit revenue to be up 1% to 3% compared to the second quarter of 2016.

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