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United Airlines reports its third quarter results

United's first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9

United Airlines (UAL) today announced its third-quarter 2018 financial results, reporting third-quarter net income of $836 million, diluted earnings per share of $3.06, pre-tax earnings of $1.1 billion and pre-tax margin of 9.6 percent. Tropical storms across the system are estimated to have reduced diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.07. Third-quarter diluted earnings per share increased 42 percent year-over-year. The company recaptured approximately 100 percent of its year-over-year fuel expense increase in the third quarter.

“Our stand-out third-quarter performance, which produced double-digit revenue growth as we more than offset the steep increase in fuel costs, is proof that United is building momentum,” said Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines. “Our growth plan has been essential to our success, and we’re more confident than ever we’ll achieve the ambitious adjusted earnings per share1 target of $11 to $13 we laid out for 2020.”

  • UAL reported third-quarter adjusted net income of $837 million, adjusted diluted earnings per share of $3.06, adjusted pre-tax earnings of $1.1 billion and adjusted pre-tax margin of 9.7 percent.2 Third-quarter adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 36 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 6.1 percent year-over-year, above the high end of the company’s third-quarter 2018 guidance range of up 4 percent to 6 percent.
  • Consolidated unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) increased 6.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, decreased 0.4 percent year-over-year.
  • UAL’s mid-continent hubs in Chicago, Denver and Houston had year-over-year capacity growth of 9.7 percent in the third quarter and led the system in unit revenue growth performance in the quarter.
  • UAL now expects full-year 2018 adjusted diluted earnings per share3 to be $8.00 to $8.75. The company currently expects to recapture approximately 90 percent of the estimated $2.5 billion year-over year increase in full-year 2018 fuel expense.

For more information on UAL’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company’s investor update.

Third-Quarter Highlights

Customer Experience

  • Introduced a new boarding process at 1,000 gates around the world, designed to reduce customers’ stress by spending less time waiting in line and providing them with improved boarding information.
  • United Airlines MileagePlus loyalty program voted Favorite Frequent-Flyer Program in Trazee Awards.
  • The United Polaris lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport voted Best Business Class Lounge in the United States by the 2018 World Airline Awards from Skytrax.
  • Debuted United Corporate Preferred, the industry’s newest corporate travel program designed to offer top travel benefits to the company’s most loyal business customers.
  • Launched the redesigned united.com homepage, featuring a more personalized digital experience for each customer.

Operations and Employees

  • In July, UAL had its best consolidated D :00 month of July in history and its highest consolidated load factor month ever.
  • Carried the most-ever customers to their destinations during the summer.
  • Consolidated completion factor at UAL’s hubs in Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles reached third-quarter record levels.
  • Achieved the top score of 100 percent on the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a prominent benchmarking metric that rates U.S. companies on their disability inclusion policies and practices, also earning UAL a place on DEI’s 2018 “Best Places to Work” list.

Network and Fleet

  • Announced several new international routes, including year-round nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Tel Aviv, Israel, making UAL the only airline to offer nonstop service between the two cities; daily, year-round service between San Francisco and Amsterdam; and nonstop seasonal summer service between Newark/New York and Naples, Italy, and Newark/New York and Prague, all subject to government approval.
  • Added 100 flights and more than 10,000 seats daily to 12 of the country’s top ski destinations during the 2018/2019 ski season, more than 8,500 seats from U.S. hubs and eight other U.S. cities connecting more customers than ever to Las Vegas for CES 2019, and more than 204,000 total seats from September through November to popular college football towns including Madison, Wisconsin, and Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Announced orders to purchase 25 new Embraer E-175 and 13 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
  • Took delivery of one Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft (top) and two used Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

Community and Environment

  • Committed to reducing the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, the only U.S. airline to commit to emissions reductions, further strengthening UAL’s ambition to be the world’s most environmentally conscious airline.
  • Launched a Crowdrise fundraising campaign to support those affected by Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut, flooding in Western Japan, wildfires in California and other disasters.
  • As part of a previously announced $8 million commitment, announced a $2 million grant to be split between the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County, and Year Up New York, as well as a $1 million grant to First Place for Youth in Los Angeles, and a $1 million grant to the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network.

In other news, United will drop the seasonal Newark – Hamburg route in 2019, previously scheduled to start on April 29, 2019.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N67501 (msn 43430) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 941628.

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Copa Airlines puts its new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 into revenue service

First MAX 9, delivered on August 31, 2018, in service to Tampa on September 20, 2018

Copa Airlines on September 20, 2018 put its new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 (above) into revenue service.

The first route from the Panama City hub was to Tampa.

The new type was introduced to San Francisco (pictured top) came the next day on September 21.

The airline issued this statement:

Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S. A., and member of the global Star Alliance network, began its new MAX Era with the first commercial flight of its modern Boeing MAX 9, which departed September 20 from the Tocumen International Airport in Panama to Tampa, United States (below).

The passengers aboard this flight were the first to experience the comfort, convenience and sustainability of the MAX 9, which elevates the airline’s daily world-class service.

“This first flight marks the beginning of a new era for Copa Airlines. We are very proud to have the latest Boeing technology available to our passengers. The MAX 9 means more efficiency in our operations and greater comfort for our passengers, but, above all, it represents a symbol of development and growth that motivates us to continue innovating and promote Panama as a powerhouse of the industry,” said Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines.

The inaugural flight of Copa Airlines’ MAX 9 was the focus of an event held at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, honoring Copa’s new MAX Era. The celebration featured the participation of company executives as well as government officials.

Flight CM393, which departed Panama at 9:10 a.m. and arrived at the Tampa International Airport at 1:35 p.m. (local time), where the vessel was greeted with a traditional water salute. After a ceremony with airport authorities and Copa Airlines executives, flight CM394 departed from Tampa at 3:24 p.m., arriving at the Tocumen International Airport at 5:48 p.m. (local time).

“The MAX 9 embodies Copa Airlines’ commitment to continuously improve, seeking to offer our passengers a more comfortable and convenient flight experience. We are proud to have one of the most modern aircraft in the industry as part of our fleet, which will allow us to be more efficient, more environmentally friendly and transport more passengers to our farthest destinations,” said Pedro Herrera, Copa Airlines Director of Flight Operations.

The MAX 9’s first commercial flight allowed its passengers to enjoy for the first time the new and modern Business Class Dreams, with 16 lie-flat seats. Each seat has a 16-inch touch screen with remote control power and USB connectors, and two compartments for storing personal items.

Passengers aboard the new Economy Extra and Economy class enjoyed a renewed experience thanks to newly redesigned modern and stylish Meridian seats, power connectors and USB ports, as well as compartments for storing personal items. In addition, Economy Extra passengers will benefit from more legroom and priority status when boarding their flight.

In addition to the comfort and convenience offered by the MAX 9, sustainability is another differentiating factor of this aircraft, thanks to the incorporation of the most advanced and silent engine in the world, the LEAP-1B, and aerodynamically updated AT winglets (located at the ends of wings), which improve fuel consumption by 14% and reduce emission of polluting gases by 50%.

The new MAX 9, officially presented on September 18 in Panama, is the first of the five aircraft of its class that the airline will receive between October and December of this year, which will operate on the airline’s longest routes starting with San Francisco in December 2019.

The pictured HP-9901CMP was delivered on August 31, 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Copa Airlines): Copa Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 HP-9901CMP (msn 44161) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 943609.

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United Airlines’ first 737 MAX 9 takes flight from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental

United's first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9, delivered on April 23, 2018

United Airlines (UAL) on June 7, 2018 became the first North American carrier to operate the fuel efficient Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft. The brand new plane entered service as United flight UA 686 between United’s hub at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Orlando International Airport in Florida. The MAX is also scheduled to operate flights today between Houston and Anchorage, Alaska and Houston and Austin, Texas.

(PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

All customers on United’s first MAX flights from Houston today will also receive first flight certificates, travel cases and headphones to commemorate their trip on United’s newest aircraft.

(PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

The 737 MAX utilizes Viasat next-generation satellite Wi-Fi, providing access to faster, more reliable internet connections gate to gate. United will expand Viasat Wi-Fi to more than 70 aircraft, including at least 58 new 737 MAX planes over the next three years.

(PRNewsfoto/United Airlines)

The 737 MAX uses Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines to provide a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel. With a longer range than previous 737 models, United is able to operate the 737 MAX between Houstonand Anchorage, Alaska, which previously needed to be served with larger aircraft. United expects to have 10 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet by the end of this year.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by United): United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N67501 (msn 43430) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 941629.

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Alaska Airlines converts 15 737-8 MAX 8 orders to MAX 9s

Alaska Airlines has converted 15 Boeing 737-9 MAX 8s on order to the larger 737-9 MAX 9. This brings its MAX 9 total on order to 32 according to FlightGlobal.

The first MAX aircraft will arrive in 2019.

Alaska initially ordered  20 737 MAX 8s, 17 737 MAX 9s and 13 Next-Generation 737-900ERs.

Image: Boeing.

 

United Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9

United's first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9, delivered on April 23, 2018

United Airlines announced today that it has taken delivery of its first 737 MAX 9 aircraft from the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle, WA. The new aircraft, which arrived right after Earth Day, reduces fuel use and CO2 emissions significantly compared with older generation aircraft. In honor of this more eco-friendly aircraft, United has given the MAX a new livery, similar to its fuel-efficient Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, so that employees and customers can easily recognize the plane and its superior fuel efficiency.

United expects to take delivery of two more 737 MAX 9 aircraft this month, and will have 10 737 MAX 9 aircraft by the end of 2018. As previously announced, the aircraft will enter United’s schedule June 7 with service between the airline’s hub at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and five cities – Anchorage, Alaska; Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Orlando, FL. and San Diego. The aircraft will operate on additional routes from Houston and Los Angeles International Airport starting June 29.

As previously reported, United Airlines announced it has added its newest aircraft type, the Boeing 737 MAX 9, to its domestic flight schedules. The MAX 9 features Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines providing a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel.

United expects to begin operating MAX 9 aircraft on June 7, between its hub at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and five cities. Beginning June 29, United expects to add additional MAX 9 flights from its Houston and Los Angeles hubs including service between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

“The addition of the MAX 9 furthers our efforts to become a more efficient and productive airline. It has better fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs and does all of this while maximizing customer comfort,” said United’s Chief Financial Officer Andrew Levy. This year, United will receive 10 new MAX 9 aircraft from Boeing and will continue to add service from its hubs to cities throughout the United States.

Scheduled Boeing 737 MAX 9 service

Date

United Hub

Destination

Depart

Arrive

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Anchorage (ANC)

2:40 p.m.

6:58 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Austin (AUS)

10:25 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)

2:20 p.m.

5:52 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Orlando (MCO)

7:35 a.m.

10:38 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Orlando (MCO)

2:50 p.m.

6:19 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

San Diego (SAN)

9:50 p.m.

10:52 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Honolulu (HNL)

11:05 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Houston (IAH)

8:15 a.m.

1:37 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Houston (IAH)

1:00 a.m.

6:14 a.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Los Angeles (LAX)

7:45 a.m.

9:23 a.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Los Angeles (LAX)

9:35 p.m.

10:59 p.m.

 June 29

Houston (IAH)

Sacramento (SMF)

9:50 p.m.

11:27 p.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Tampa (TPA)

2:50 p.m.

6:02 p.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Tampa (TPA)

7:50 a.m.

10:59 a.m.

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 features 179 seats including 20 United First seats in a 2-2 configuration, 48 in Economy Plus in a 3-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 111 United Economy seats in a 3-3 configuration with at least 30 inches of pitch. Customers also have access to in-seat power outlets and the opportunity to purchase satellite Wi-Fi. United Private Screening personal device entertainment will be available throughout the aircraft and enables customers to play thousands of hours of movies and television programs on their electronic devices.

United’s new, extra-spacious United First seat features contoured, two-tone leather, a six-way adjustable headrest and a padded articulating seat cushion. The seat is equipped with storage spaces for personal items, including an in-arm tablet/laptop slot, a personal water bottle console and double seatback pockets. The seat also features a new tray table design with a flip-up mobile device holder that fits more than 200 phone and tablet models, and a universal AC power plug to charge devices on the fly. A granite-topped extendable cocktail table in the center console adds an extra bit of elegance, keeping the tray table free for eating, working or staying entertained.

Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N67501 (msn 43430) BFI (Brandon Farris). Image: 941629.

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United Airlines announces its first quarter results

United's first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 in Dreamliner livery

United Airlines has announced its first quarter 2018 financial results.

  • UAL reported first quarter net income of $147 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.52, pre-tax earnings of $184 million and pre-tax margin of 2.0 percent.
  • Excluding special charges and mark-to-market adjustments, UAL reported first-quarter net income of $143 million, diluted earnings per share of $0.50, pre-tax earnings of $179 million and pre-tax margin of 2.0 percent.
  • UAL has repurchased $747 million of its common shares year-to-date through April 16, 2018, representing approximately 4 percent of its shares outstanding as of year-end 2017.
  • Consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 2.7 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) increased 3.4 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) increased 4.3 percent year-over-year.
  • First quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 0.6 percent year-over-year.
  • UAL now expects full-year 2018 diluted earnings per share, excluding special charges and mark-to-market adjustments, to be $7.00 to $8.501.

“The exceptional operational performance United’s employees delivered over the past quarter is impressive.  Even more so when we consider United achieved the best departure performance among our largest competitors despite four nor’easters and other weather disruptions.” said Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines. “With our first-quarter financial results and our increased confidence in the outlook for the remainder of the year, we are tightening our adjusted EPS guidance range for the full year to $7.00 to $8.50. We continue to execute our strategy to strengthen and grow our domestic network, drive asset efficiency and productivity, while also continuing our focus on our customers.”

First-Quarter Highlights

Operations and Employees

  • Ranked first among our largest competitors in on-time departures and second among the same group in fewest cancelled flights.
  • Introduced and began training our team on United’s new customer service decision framework, the core4, which focuses on the principles of being safe, caring, dependable and efficient.
  • Ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek’s 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, one of the most recognized environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
  • Announced new global partnership with the Special Olympics.
  • Flew hundreds of Team USA Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018 athletes – along with coaches and family members – to PyeongChang, South Korea, continuing the 38-year relationship between United and the United States Olympic Committee.

Customer Experience

  • Announced United Premium Plus that will provide more space, comfort and amenities on select international flights starting later this year.
  • Expanded menu selections for our Snack Shop and Bistro on Board and launched a new menu for customers flying from Canada to the U.S.
  • Announced that consumers can now earn and use United MileagePlus award miles at participating BP retail stations.
  • Eliminated charges for customers’ second checked bag on all routes from North America to China and Hong Kong.

Network and Fleet

  • Launched two new international routes from Houston to Sydney and Denver to London.
  • Announced new service between six domestic hubs and eight destinations in California, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • As part of our joint venture relationship, Air New Zealand announced new nonstop service between Aucklandand Chicago beginning this fall.
  • Announced year-round service between San Francisco and Auckland beginning April 2019.
  • Awarded tentative authority by the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin offering daily nonstop service between Houston and Havana, Cuba.
  • Took delivery of six new aircraft: four Boeing 787-9s and two Boeing 777-300ERs.
  • Announced newest aircraft type, the Boeing 737 MAX 9, to be introduced in domestic flight schedules starting in June.
  • Entered into an agreement to purchase 20 used Airbus A319 aircraft with expected delivery dates scheduled in 2020 and 2021.

Copyright Photo: The first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 is being prepared for the handover. United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N60659 (N67501) (msn 43430) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941611.

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United’s new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9s to adopt the updated “wavy” 2012 787 livery

First flight for the first United Boeing 737-9 MAX 9

Boeing has now finished the painting of the first new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 (N67591, msn 43430, line number 6834, fleet number 7501) (above) for United Airlines.

Above Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N60659 (N67501) (msn 43439) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941210.

United has now decided the new type will adopt the updated “wavy gold cheatline” livery introduced in 2012 on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Aviation writer Edward Russell has introduced a peek of N67501 on social media:

Previously United Airlines announced it has added the Boeing 737 MAX 9 to its domestic flight schedules. The MAX 9 features Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines providing a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel.

United expects to begin operating MAX 9 aircraft on June 7, between its hub at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and five cities. Beginning June 29, United expects to add additional MAX 9 flights from its Houston and Los Angeles hubs including service between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Scheduled Boeing 737 MAX 9 service

Date

United Hub

Destination

Depart

Arrive

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Anchorage (ANC)

2:40 p.m.

6:58 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Austin (AUS)

10:25 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)

2:20 p.m.

5:52 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Orlando (MCO)

7:35 a.m.

10:38 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

Orlando (MCO)

2:50 p.m.

6:19 p.m.

June 7

Houston (IAH)

San Diego (SAN)

9:50 p.m.

10:52 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Honolulu (HNL)

11:05 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Houston (IAH)

8:15 a.m.

1:37 p.m.

June 29

Los Angeles (LAX)

Houston (IAH)

1:00 a.m.

6:14 a.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Los Angeles (LAX)

7:45 a.m.

9:23 a.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Los Angeles (LAX)

9:35 p.m.

10:59 p.m.

 June 29

Houston (IAH)

Sacramento (SMF)

9:50 p.m.

11:27 p.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Tampa (TPA)

2:50 p.m.

6:02 p.m.

June 29

Houston (IAH)

Tampa (TPA)

7:50 a.m.

10:59 a.m.

The Boeing 737 MAX 9 features 179 seats including 20 United First seats in a 2-2 configuration, 48 in Economy Plus in a 3-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 111 United Economy seats in a 3-3 configuration with at least 30 inches of pitch. Customers also have access to in-seat power outlets and the opportunity to purchase satellite Wi-Fi. United Private Screening personal device entertainment will be available throughout the aircraft and enables customers to play thousands of hours of movies and television programs on their electronic devices.

United’s new, extra-spacious United First seat features contoured, two-tone leather, a six-way adjustable headrest and a padded articulating seat cushion. The seat is equipped with storage spaces for personal items, including an in-arm tablet/laptop slot, a personal water bottle console and double seatback pockets. The seat also features a new tray table design with a flip-up mobile device holder that fits more than 200 phone and tablet models, and a universal AC power plug to charge devices on the fly. A granite-topped extendable cocktail table in the center console adds an extra bit of elegance, keeping the tray table free for eating, working or staying entertained.