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Update: Three passengers lost consciousness on United Express flight 5622

SkyWest Airlines (United Express) (St. George, Utah) initially issued this short statement concerning its United Express flight UA 5622 that made an emergency landing at Buffalo on April 22:

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SkyWest Flight 5622 landed safely in Buffalo, NY after a passenger lost consciousness, no problem with door. Other 75 pax being accommodated.

The Los Angeles Times, now quoting the airline, is reporting three passengers lost consciousness on flight UA 5622. The three passengers were sitting near each other in seats 11B, 12A and 12B. Flight UA 5622 was operating from the Chicago (O’Hare) hub (ORD) to Hartford/Springfield at Bradley International Airport (BDL).

The flight crew notified ATC of a pressurization problem and declared an emergency. The aircraft was quickly descended to a safe altitude before landing.

The flight was operated with Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N131SY (msn 17000450).

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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship N135SY (msn 17000460) arrives at Toronto (Pearson).

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United Airlines reports record first quarter net income of $508 million, announces its fleet plans including 10 Boeing 777-300 ERs

United Airlines (UAL) (United Continental Holdings, Inc.) (Chicago) today reported first-quarter 2015 net income of $582 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, excluding $74 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported first-quarter net income of $508 million, or $1.32 per diluted share. These results are a record first-quarter profit for the company.

UAL earned a 17.1 percent return on invested capital for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015.
UAL’s consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 0.4 percent for first-quarter 2015 compared to first-quarter 2014.

First-quarter 2015 consolidated unit costs (CASM), excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, decreased 1.5 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity increase of 0.1 percent. First-quarter 2015 CASM, including those items, decreased 13.1 percent year-over-year.

In the quarter, UAL returned approximately $200 million to shareholders as part of its previously announced $1 billion share buyback program.

In the quarter, UAL prepaid approximately $120 million of debt and announced its intention, in the second quarter, to prepay $601 million of its 6 percent notes due 2026 and 2028.

“This quarter we reported a profit of nearly $600 million, excluding special items, a $1 billion improvement compared to the first quarter of 2014, and I’d like to thank the United team for all their great work,” said Jeff Smisek, UAL’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We continued to improve our operational reliability and deliver products that enhance our customers’ experience, including new aircraft, improved food, new inflight entertainment options and modern facilities. We are making significant progress on our long-term plan to reduce costs, improve our margins and grow our earnings, and expect our second quarter pre-tax margin to be between 12 and 14 percent, excluding special items.”

First-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the first quarter of 2015, total revenue was $8.6 billion, a decrease of 1.0 percent year-over-year. First-quarter consolidated passenger revenue increased 0.5 percent to $7.4 billion, compared to the same period in 2014. Ancillary revenue per passenger in the first quarter increased 8.6 percent year-over-year to more than $23 per passenger. First-quarter cargo revenue grew 15.8 percent year-over-year to $242 million. Other revenue in the first quarter decreased 14.2 percent year-over-year, mostly due to the reduction in sales of fuel to a third party. The corresponding expense decline from this reduction appears in third-party business expense.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles increased 0.1 percent and consolidated available seat miles increased 0.1 percent year-over-year for the first quarter, resulting in a first-quarter consolidated load factor of 81.1 percent.

First-quarter 2015 consolidated PRASM increased 0.4 percent and consolidated yield increased 0.4 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.

“This quarter our PRASM performance reflected good progress on our revenue initiatives,” said Jim Compton, UAL’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “We will continue to match capacity with demand while making the appropriate network, fleet and product decisions to enhance revenue and margin performance, while improving our customers’ experience.”

First-Quarter Costs

First-quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expense, fuel and profit sharing, decreased 1.5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014. The improved cost performance was driven by the better-than-expected performance from the company’s Project Quality efficiency program and strong U.S. dollar. First-quarter consolidated CASM including those items decreased 13.1 percent.

First-quarter total operating expenses, excluding special charges, decreased $1.19 billion, or 13.2 percent, year-over-year. Including special charges, total operating expenses decreased $1.18 billion, or 13.0 percent, in the first quarter versus the same period in 2014.

First-Quarter Liquidity and Cash Flow

In the first quarter, UAL generated over $1 billion in free cash flow, and ended the quarter with $7.0 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1.35 billion of undrawn commitments under its revolving credit facility. During the first quarter, the company had gross capital expenditures of $794 million, excluding fully reimbursable projects. The company contributed approximately $180 million to its pension plans and made debt and capital lease principal payments of $320 million in the first quarter, including approximately $120 million of prepayments. UAL also announced its intention to prepay the remaining $303 million of 6 percent notes due 2026 on April 1, 2015 and to prepay $298 million of 6 percent notes due 2028 on May 1, 2015.

As part of UAL’s $1 billion share buyback program, the company spent approximately $200 million in share repurchases in the first quarter. Through the first quarter, UAL has returned a total of approximately $520 million to shareholders under the program.

For the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, the company’s return on invested capital was 17.1 percent.

For more information on UAL’s second-quarter 2015 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company’s investor update.

Fleet Updates

Today, UAL announced refinements to its fleet plan, which will allow the company to achieve longer-term network needs without increasing its outlook for capacity or gross capital expenditures over the next several years. These adjustments will accelerate the company’s network initiatives as it transitions flying into the mainline operation from the regional operation, increases average gauge and reduces reliance on 50-seat aircraft. As part of this effort, the company will:

Complete the removal of more than 130 50-seat aircraft from its schedule by the end of 2015. UAL will remove additional 50-seat aircraft in 2016 and beyond as aircraft come off lease.

Above Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. United is removing rapidly its smaller regional jets. Operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N12166 (msn 145831) approaches the runway at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

Exchange 10 787 orders with Boeing for 10 777-300 ERs for delivery beginning in 2016. The new 777-300 ER aircraft will provide attractive upgauge and range opportunities to the company at competitive economics.

Extend the life of 11 additional 767-300 ER aircraft. The company now plans to extend the life of all 21 767-300 ER through investments in winglets, reliability improvements and interior modifications, which will improve financial performance and make the aircraft more customer pleasing.

Above Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. United has made the decision to extend the operating life of all 21 Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft. United is also inserting some international Boeing 777-200 and 757-200 aircraft back into the domestic market.

Reconfigure and transition 10 777-200 aircraft currently used in international markets into the domestic network, and position a number of its trans-Atlantic 757-200 fleet into the domestic and Latin markets, with the extension of the 767-300 ER aircraft.

Acquire additional used narrowbody aircraft. The company is in final negotiations regarding the lease of 10 to 20 used narrowbody aircraft for delivery over the next few years. In addition, the company plans to continue to seek other opportunities to acquire used aircraft to meet its needs as market conditions allow.

These changes will not impact the company’s current 2015 capacity guidance, and are consistent with the company’s focus on capacity discipline, and will not alter the company’s current gross annual capital expenditure guidance of $2.7 billion to $2.9 billion over the next three to four years.

“These changes are part of our strategy to improve operational reliability, grow capacity with demand, and enable us to achieve our long-term goal to improve margins and return on invested capital,” said John Rainey, UAL’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Customers tell us they prefer larger aircraft, and these fleet modifications will provide more opportunity for our customers to travel on the type of aircraft they prefer.”

Top Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. United will exchange 10 Boeing 787 orders with Boeing for 10 777-300 ERs for delivery beginning in 2016. According to the carrier, “the new 777-300 ER aircraft will provide attractive upgauge and range opportunities to the company at competitive economics.” Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N26910 (msn 34826) climbs away from London (Heathrow).

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Mesa Airlines celebrates the arrival of its 100th regional jet (again)

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Mesa Airlines (United Express) (Phoenix) yesterday (April 15) celebrated the arrival at its Houston base of its 100th regional jet (the second time around) dressed in United Express colors.

The airline issued this statement and photo:

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Employees of Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines celebrated the arrival of the company’s 100th regional jet at its Phoenix hangar on April 15. The 76-seat Embraer E175, new from the Embraer factory in Brazil, was greeted by hundreds of Mesa employees who enjoyed lunch and tours of the new aircraft.

Mesa Airlines is currently the fastest growing airline in the country with long-term partnership agreements with American Airlines and United Airlines. Mesa operates under the American Eagle and US Airways Express brands from hubs in Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth and as United Express from Washington Dulles and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Mesa’s previously announced aircraft deliveries will bring the fleet total to 115 by the end of 2015. The company is hiring all positions including pilots, flight attendants and mechanics in locations across the country including Phoenix, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington Dulles, Houston and El Paso.

Mesa currently operates 78 Bombardier regional jets and recently announced the purchase of seven factory-new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGEN aircraft it will operate for American. In addition, Mesa currently operates 22 Embraer E175s for United, with eight more entering service this year.

Photo: Mesa Airlines. The pictured United Express-painted Embraer ERJ 170-200LRs (ERJ 175s) N86322 (msn 17000465) and N85323 (msn 17000469) were formally handed over in Brazil on April 9.

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SkyWest to upgrade United Express service at San Luis Obispo

SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) has issued this statement:

United Express flights from the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) are getting an upgrade with new jet service! On April 7. SkyWest Airlines will begin operating daily United Express jet service from SBP to the state’s top destinations: Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).

The upgraded flights will be onboard the 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ200). Flight schedules will also be adjusted to ensure consistent seat availability, starting with two daily flights to San Francisco and three daily flights to Los Angeles. From there, passengers will be able to easily connect onto nearly 500 daily flights to hundreds of destinations on United’s worldwide network.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N958SW (msn 7833) of SkyWest Airlines climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Republic Airlines Q400 flight blows tire on takeoff, makes an emergency landing at Denver

Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis) United Express flight UA 4870 from Denver to Kansas City yesterday (March 14) with a Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) blew a tire on takeoff. After burning off fuel, the aircraft made a safe emergency landing back at DEN. The blown tire and landing were captured on video.

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United Express flight UA 3645 makes a nose wheel-up landing at Chicago O’Hare

 

United Express-GoJet CRJ700 N157GJ (CO 91)(Nose landing) ORD (Scott Frody)(LR)

United Airlines (Chicago) flight US 3645 from Grand Rapids, MI to the Chicago (O’Hare) hub landed this afternoon (March 14) with the nose wheel retracted. There were no reported injuries on the Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N157GJ according to WGN. The flight was operated by GoJet Airlines (St. Louis).

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According to a report by WZZM13, the passengers were informed 20 minutes into the flight there was a problem with the nose gear and the flight would be making an emergency landing at ORD.

Read the full report from WGNtv.com: CLICK HERE

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In related news, GoJet will take delivery of its first Bombardier CRJ900 in June. GoJet Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trans States Holdings, Inc., will operate seven Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft under the Delta Connection regional service brand. Deliveries will begin in June of 2015 and continue through October 2015.

GoJet Airlines currently operates a fleet of 47, two-class Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, of which 22 are in service for Delta (the others for United under the United Express banner). GoJet has provided regional service for Delta under the Delta Connection brand since 2011.

Top: Twitter photo by Scott Frody. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N157GJ (msn 10230) of GoJet sits on its nose after landing. ARFF personnel assist the safe exit of all passengers and crew members.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. N157GJ departs from Dulles International Airport (IAD) prior to the O’Hare incident.

United Airlines introduces a new premium cabin menu on select United Express flights

United Airlines (Chicago) will introduce new premium-cabin dining service on United Express flights beginning next week, featuring freshly prepared entrees served on chinaware and expanded meal-service times for United First and United Business customers on regional flights.

The airline continues:

These dining improvements are part of United’s previously announced multi-million-dollar investment in in-flight food service.

The new meal service will be introduced in phases by aircraft type, with the new menus available on United Express North America flights operated with Embraer E170 (above) and E175 aircraft beginning March 1, and on Bombardier CRJ700 and Q400 aircraft beginning in April.

More Choices, More Often

New breakfast, lunch and dinner menus designed by United’s team of chefs will be offered on flights of more than two hours and twenty minutes.

Breakfast flights may include a fresh fruit plate served with cereal, creamy Greek yogurt and breakfast bread.

Lunch and dinner will feature two freshly-prepared entree choices that may include an artisanal pretzel roll filled with tangy barbecue chicken and coleslaw paired with a tri-color quinoa side salad; or ginger and garlic marinated beef with pickled vegetables and crisp edamame, served with Asian sesame dressing and a side of fresh fruit. Flight attendants will serve signature triple chocolate chunk cookies as dessert on lunch and dinner flights.

Other highlights include:

On flights of less than one hour, gourmet biscotti will be served on early morning flights and a premium fruit and nut snack mix will be served on later flights.

On flights between one hour and two hours and twenty minutes, flight attendants will offer light refreshments that include a selection of premium snacks and fresh fruit.

The airline is also adding light refreshments to flights departing between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and after 8 p.m.

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Photo Above: United Airlines. The barbeque chicken and coleslaw sandwich.

United Express Inflight Entertainment

The airline is continuing improvements to the United Express inflight experience by outfitting more than 200 E175, E170 and CRJ700 regional jets with Gogo’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground Wi-Fi product. By mid-2015, United expects to complete installation on these aircraft.

Additionally, the company will begin providing Personal Device Entertainment on these regional jets this year, offering customers hundreds of complimentary movies and television shows to view on their Apple iOS and Android devices using United’s mobile app, as well as on laptop computers.

Eco-Skies Recycling Program Expanded to United Express Flights

In mid-January, United Express carriers began recycling on board E175 aircraft, furthering United’s Eco-Skies commitment to operating sustainably and responsibly. These E175 flights originate from Houston, Chicago and San Francisco.

These flights follow the same recycling program currently in place on United’s mainline fleet, using United Eco-Skies recycling bags for recycling paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and the carrier’s new hot beverage cups. The hot beverage cups – introduced in 2014 and boarded on all E175 flights – are recyclable and made in the United States from 50 percent recycled materials.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Shuttle America’s Embraer ERJ 170-100SE N639RW (msn 17000057) taxies at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) hub.

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