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United paints its first wide body in the new revised livery

United Airlines has released photos of its first Boeing 767-300 (N676UA) painted in the revised blue livery:

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Fly the Friendly Galaxy – The painting of United’s N36272 in the Star Wars livery

 

From United Airlines: The painting of N36272 in the new Star Wars livery:

United Airlines pledges $40 million to further decarbonize commercial air travel

Best Seller. United's "Eco-Skies" environmental logo jet

United Airlines has further strengthened its reputation as an aviation industry leader in environmental sustainability by committing $40 million toward a new investment vehicle focused on accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuels and other decarbonization technologies. The carrier, which earlier this year agreed to purchase up to 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel over the next two years, will look to collaborate with other environmentally conscious partners on this extraordinary initiative. Among all airlines around the world, United holds more than 50% of all publicly announced purchase commitments to using sustainable aviation fuels and is the only U.S. carrier to currently use this fuel on a continuous basis.

“United has been an industry leader in environmental sustainability – including being the first U.S. carrier to announce a bold pledge to cut our carbon footprint in half by 2050 relative to 2005,” said Scott Kirby, United’s president. “However, to achieve this goal, we can’t be content as a leading airline undergoing an evolution to adapt to climate change. We aspire to be the airline leading the revolution to fight climate change, and this new initiative will further empower us to reduce our impact on the environment and fly towards a more sustainable future.”

United’s Commitment to the Environment

United’s latest commitment to invest in the development of sustainable aviation fuel and decarbonization technologies, along with its pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, represents yet another leadership position the airline has undertaken to reduce its impact on the environment. Several of United’s most significant environmental achievements include:

  • Becoming the first airline to incorporate sustainable aviation fuel in regular operations on a continuous basis, marking a significant milestone in the industry by moving beyond test programs and demonstrations to the everyday use of low-carbon fuel in ongoing operations.
  • Investing more than $30 million in California-based sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy, which remains the single largest investment by any airline globally in sustainable fuels. United’s option to purchase, subject to availability, nearly 1 billion gallons from Fulcrum BioEnergy is the largest offtake agreement for sustainable aviation fuel in the airline industry.
  • Operating the Flight for the Planet last June, which represented the most-eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of commercial aviation.
  • Becoming the first airline to fly with Boeing’s Split Scimitar winglets, which reduce fuel consumption by an additional 2 percent versus standard winglets; United is the largest Scimitar winglet operator today, with nearly 400 aircraft equipped with these winglets.
  • Becoming the first U.S. airline to repurpose items from the carrier’s international premium cabin amenity kits and partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.
  • Eliminating non-recyclable plastic stirring sticks and cocktail picks on aircraft and replacing them with a more environmentally friendly product made of 100% bamboo.
  • Continuing to replace its eligible ground equipment with cleaner, electrically powered alternatives, with 40% of the fleet converted to date.

United’s Award-Winning Eco-Skies Program

United’s award-winning Eco-Skies program represents the company’s commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to create a more sustainable future. In 2017, Air Transport World magazine named United the Eco-Airline of the Year for the second time since the airline launched the Eco-Skies program. Additionally, United Airlines ranked No. 1 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.

Top Copyright Photo: United Airlines Boeing 737-924 ER WL N75432 (msn 32835) (Eco-Skies) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 922039.

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United Airlines joins forces with Star Wars

United Airlines has announced that the carrier has teamed up with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – the epic conclusion of the Skywalker saga, to offer customers and employees alike exciting opportunities in the coming weeks to experience the Star Wars saga first-hand on the ground, in the air and throughout the airline’s galaxy.

Customers will begin flying the friendly galaxy in November when United officially unveils an all-new Star Wars-themed paint design on one of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a re-designed onboard experience to celebrate the movie. The airline will also offer Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker-themed amenity kits and launch its latest inflight safety demonstration video featuring characters from the new film. In addition, the airline will provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for MileagePlus members – including access to attend the US premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – through MileagePlus Exclusives, the airline’s platform that lets MileagePlus members use miles to bid and buy exclusive items and experiences.

United and Star Wars take to the skies

Next month, United will officially introduce into service a special Star Wars-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker-themed paint livery and onboard experience. The new paint design, which the airline teased last spring on its social media channels, captures the exotic atmosphere of the Star Wars galaxy and features imagery of famous Star Wars spacecraft, including the X-wing and TIE fighter starships. The aircraft’s tail starkly displays a different colored lightsaber – the weapon of the Jedi – against a black backdrop on each side, reflecting the two sides of the Force.

United will greet customers with classic Star Wars-themed music during the boarding process and distribute commemorative pins throughout December in celebration of the movie’s premiere. The aircraft’s interior will also feature a special plaque reflecting United’s relationship with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and include headrests affixed with the emblems of the film’s dueling factions, the Resistance and the First Order.

While not everyone will have the chance to see the new livery in person, anyone will be able to track United’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker-themed aircraft via special icon on FlightAware, the world’s largest online flight tracking platform. For the first time, aviation and Star Wars enthusiasts can track past and future flights on both desktop and mobile by entering the plane’s tail number and the new livery will appear on FlightAware’s flight tracking maps as the X-Wing starship.

Safety is our highest priority

The new inflight safety demonstration video highlights United’s lasting commitment to the safety of all the airline’s customers and employees traveling to places “far, far away.” In addition to United employees providing safety instructions on what do to in the unlikely event of an emergency, the video features special appearances by several iconic Star Wars characters and thrilling, space-themed sequences scored to some of the most recognizable musical themes in both motion picture and commercial aviation history. The safety video also highlights some of the many international destinations United serves within the airline’s galaxy.

CNBC: Interview with United CEO Oscar Munoz

The following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC EXCLUSIVE interview with United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz and CNBC’s Phil LeBeau on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” (M-F 6AM – 9AM) today, Wednesday, October 16th.

From CNBC:

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: United Airlines reporting better than expected sales and profit in the latest quarter. Also raising its earnings outlook on the year in a surge in bookings. Phil LeBeau joins us with a Squawk exclusive interview with CEO Oscar Munoz. Phil.

PHIL LEBEAU: Good morning, Andrew. Oscar, congratulations on the third quarter.

OSCAR MUNOZ: Thank you.

PHIL LEBEAU: You beat by a dime. What’s working right now for United?

OSCAR MUNOZ: You know, what’s working? Gosh, our team is doing an amazing job across the board. You know, a few years ago we started this journey and our strategy, our focus on customers and our focus on our people. And just great efforts around the whole course. It’s great to have yet another quarter.

PHIL LEBEAU: You have raised your guidance for the full year this year a hefty amount. You’ve said basically, ‘Look, we’re going to meet or exceed what we’re expecting for next year.’ What’s working more right now, the leisure bookings or the corporate bookings?

OSCAR MUNOZ: Well, across the board – so, internationally is fairly strong. Pacific region is softer, mostly because of Hong Kong. The domestic market is strong. The regional network and catchment area and strategies that we laid out in 2018 is really working remarkably well. Our product offerings. Our customer investments have really proven to be a big deal. And so, it’s across the board. Like—and this is a difficult business. And a lot of times, historically, people have either focused on the top line or on costs individually. I think we’ve focused on profits. And we said that when we announced our earnings – or our guidance on capacity, that it’s not about the growth, it’s about the EPS goals. And really proud of the fact that we can meet our numbers for this year. And more importantly that we can project for next year. And meet or exceed for that three-year goal.

PHIL LEBEAU: How much not having the Max is hurting United right now?

OSCAR MUNOZ: You know, clearly it hurts. I think at this point we would have 80 to 100 flights that would be in the air. But, again, it’s just — the important part about that conversation is that that aircraft will return safely. And that’s all we really care about. So, we await the FAA and the regulators to do their thing.

PHIL LEBEAU: Last week they pulled it off the schedule until early January. But let’s be honest, if you talk to people in the industry, and I know you do all the time, there is increasingly less confidence that this will be certified and returning to service by the end of the year. The Southwest pilots are saying, ‘Look, we don’t expect it back until at least February.’ Do you really have confidence in that early January start date?

OSCAR MUNOZ: You know, no one knows, right? We’ve been doing this for seven months. The important part is that it’s returned safely. The aspect for us at United is I have great confidence in our pilots, in our training, in our Max product when it does return. We will do it when it’s safe to do so.

PHIL LEBEAU: Hong Kong is a mess now. You even said that before we started this interview.

OSCAR MUNOZ: It is.

PHIL LEBEAU: How much is that spilling over and impacting corporate bookings for China, whether it’s Shanghai or Beijing?

OSCAR MUNOZ: Well, as I said, Tokyo is the predominant driver of the impact on the Pacific region for us. Both Shanghai and Beijing are softer but not noticeably so. It clearly is a Hong Kong market. The rest of Asia is great. I mean, we think it’s Taipei, Tokyo, all the other regions are actually doing pretty strong. So, it’s a collective region. But Hong Kong is definitely the driver. And we’ve seen in the recent bookings, a little bit of stabilization out there. So, hopefully that continues into the fourth quarter.

PHIL LEBEAU: Are you seeing hesitancy by CEOs or executives to fly in to Hong Kong right now?

OSCAR MUNOZ: Again, Beijing and Shanghai, where there is the predominant level of travel, we’re seeing a little softness but not anything noticeable.

PHIL LEBEAU: Overall, when you look at this economy right, we have people doing the hand wringing over whether or not we start to see things slow down heading into next year. Are you seeing any of that right now?

OSCAR MUNOZ: You know, we talked about this constantly because everyone’s always talking about it. I think the collective wisdom of my team, as we discussed this yesterday, was we’ve never seen a bigger gap between the headlines and our actual physical data that we have about our business. So, no, we are not in agreement that we are in a slowdown of any sort. Our bookings into the fourth quarter are really, really strong. And again, we’ve been saying that over the course of the year. I am confident in our business and market and what we have done strategically to align ourselves for this. Now, having said that, of course, there’s always softness around the corner. One of the things we’ve learned as well is to be flexible. And we have a lot of contingency plans, what we can do with various things, to make sure that, again, we make that EPS number that we set for 2020.

PHIL LEBEAU: Oscar, Becky has a question for you. Becky.

OSCAR MUNOZ: Hi Becky.

BECKY QUICK: Hi Oscar, good to see you. We had Ed Bastian on last week with his earnings too for Delta. The point he made is that he is taking market share, he thinks, from United and some of the other carriers that do have the 737 Max just because they’ve been able to add flights, they’ve been paying their pilots overtime to try and get some of those up. He seems to think that those market gain shares will stick. What do you say to that?

OSCAR MUNOZ: Well, it’s a competitive business. And I think our competitors are allowed to say what they want. I say good luck to them. But, I think we like to earn our customers by giving them great service, not because of something that happened to somebody else. So, we’re confident in our own markets that the places we fly and the way we make you feel on the flight will be a significant benefit. So, not completely worried about that.

BECKY QUICK: Lee Cooperman is here too.

LEON COOPERMAN: Shout out. I want you to know that I have three 5% positions in the family office. You’re one of the three. You’ve done a great job for me and I appreciate it. I wanted to let you know but my wife and I flew back from Rome. Your Polaris project is fabulous. The best seat in business first class I’ve ever been in. Tomorrow morning, I will be flying to Florida in coach. My rule is under 3 hours I go coach. Over three hours I go business first. And I just want you to feel good about yourself because you’re doing god’s work basically.

OSCAR MUNOZ: Wow.

LEON COOPERMAN: I’m giving pledges to Mr. Buffett. I’m giving all my money back to charity. And the more money I can make the more I can give away. And that makes me feel good. So, thank you.

OSCAR MUNOZ: Well, Mr. Cooperman your fiscal policy and philosophy is always something we’ve aligned with. And we’ve talked more than a few times about your views on our business and I’m glad you’re continuing to be a supporter and I’m glad that you enjoy our product and thank you for your philanthropy as well.

PHIL LEBEAU: Oscar, one last question for you—

LEON COOPERMAN: Just keep beating and raising, beating and raising, beating and raising, that’s the secret. And keep doing capital management—

OSCAR MUNOZ: That’s eight quarters in a row we’ve done that, by the way.

LEON COOPERMAN: By the way, these guys –

PHIL LEBEAU: Oscar, one last question—

LEON COOPERMAN: — 35% of their company in the last three or four years, the stock is 50% higher than the average price they paid. And they have an authorization to buy back another 16% on the books. They’ve done a great job in capital management.

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: If Bernie Sanders has his way they won’t be able to buy back anymore stock.

LEON COOPERMAN: Well, I don’t think Bernie Sanders has the chance of being the next president. I thought he looked pretty good last night. I congratulate him. I’m happy he’s healthy. I’m happy he’s back on the trail. But I would like to have him relax a little bit. I was told I was in a list of ten people he wouldn’t take money from. He doesn’t have to worry, there’s no chance I’d ever give him any money.

BECKY QUICK: Hey, Phil?

PHIL LEBEAU: Oscar, one last question for you.

OSCAR MUNOZ: Sure.

PHIL LEBEAU: You guys talk about the costs and the expectation is that they’re going to be rising in the fourth quarter. Are you worried that that trend line continues into next year?

OSCAR MUNOZ: First and foremost, we always manage costs. And we have I think the best sort of performance over the last three years. 0.3 when we finished the year over three years of our costs which is significant and leading. But, as costs go up, the reason they’re going up is because our profits are going up, right? We’re investing in our customers, in our people and that’s creating that EPS line. So, it’s important to, again, focus on the bottom line. But of course, we’ll always worry about costs. We’ll be guiding on our call later this morning.

PHIL LEBEAU: Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines, the day after they post better than expected earnings for the third quarter and raise their full-year guidance. Guys, back to you.

BECKY QUICK: Phil, thank you. Oscar, thank you. Good to see both of you.

United Airlines raises full year 2019 adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance

United Airlines (UAL) has announced that it has achieved third quarter diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $3.99 and adjusted diluted EPS2 of $4.07, and raised its full year 2019 adjusted diluted EPS1guidance, with a new range of $11.25 to $12.25.

“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our employees, United extended our streak of expanding pre-tax margin on a quarterly basis. It provides us further confidence to raise our full year 2019 adjusted diluted EPS guidance, putting us ahead of pace to achieve our goal of $11 to $13 in adjusted diluted EPS by the end of 2020,” said Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines. “While headwinds affected the sector as a whole this quarter, United’s team once again demonstrated a robust ability to overcome adverse cost pressure, managing to continue growing our network while investing in winning our customers’ loyalty through smart enhancements to the United experience.”

  • Reported third quarter net income of $1.0 billion, diluted earnings per share of $3.99, pre-tax earnings of $1.3 billionand pre-tax margin of 11.9 percent, expanding pre-tax margin 2.3 points versus the third quarter of 2018.
  • Reported third quarter adjusted net income of $1.0 billion, adjusted diluted EPS of $4.07, adjusted pre-tax earnings of $1.4 billion and adjusted pre-tax margin of 12.1 percent, expanding adjusted pre-tax margin 2.5 points versus the third quarter of 2018.²
  • Consolidated third quarter passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 1.7 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated third quarter unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 0.9 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated third quarter CASM, excluding special charges, third party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 2.1 percent year-over-year.
  • Repurchased $363 million of its common shares in the third quarter of 2019 at an average purchase price of $88.22per share.
  • Raised $1.2 billion in Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates at a record low blended interest rate of 2.8% in connection with the financing of certain aircraft.

1 Excludes special charges and the mark-to-market impact of financial instruments, the nature of which are not determined at this time, and imputed interest on certain finance leases. Accordingly, UAL is not providing earnings guidance on a GAAP basis.

2 Excludes special charges, the mark-to-market impact of financial instruments and imputed interest on certain finance leases. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the tables accompanying this release.

For more information on UAL’s fourth quarter and full year 2019 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company’s investor update.

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights
Customer Experience

  • Announced MileagePlus award miles never expire, giving members a lifetime to use miles on flights, experiences, hotels and more.
  • Announced partnership with CLEAR which includes a free or discounted CLEAR membership for U.S. based MileagePlus members.
  • MileagePlus members between the ages of 18 to 22 receive a 10% discount on domestic flights when booked through the United mobile app by Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Announced improvements to United PassPlus, the airline’s prepaid program that offers discounts, fixed fares and amenities to both individual and corporate customers.
  • Customers are now provided three inflight snack options on domestic flights regardless of departure time, including the Stroopwafel.
  • Customers can now pre pay for bags as soon as their ticket is issued. Previously customers had to wait until check-in to pay for their bags.
  • MileagePlus loyalty program was awarded Favorite Frequent-Flyer Program for the fourth time by Trazee Awards and the United Explorer Card from Chase was awarded Favorite Credit Card for the second consecutive year.

Operations

  • Achieved No. 1 in on-time departures in all hubs where United faces large hub competitors: Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles.
  • Completed introduction of ConnectionSaver to all of seven domestic hubs, saving over 35,000 connections in the quarter.

Employees

  • Honored with being recognized by search site indeed.com as a “Top 50 Workplace” for 2019.
  • Recognized for fourth consecutive year as a top-scoring company and best place to work for disability and inclusion with a perfect score of 100% on the 2019 Disability Equality Index.
  • Expects to hire about 8,000 people by the end of 2019.

Network

  • Announced 12 new and expanded international routes from Chicago, Denver, Newark and San Francisco including Nice, France; Palermo, Italy; and Curacao.
  • Announced nonstop service to Tokyo Haneda with routes from Chicago, Los AngelesNewark and Washington, D.C., beginning March 28, 2020.
  • Resumed daily nonstop service between Newark and Delhi and Mumbai on September 6.

 

Fleet

  • Launched Boeing 767-300ER ultra-premium United Polaris business class configuration on all flights between New York/Newark and LondonHeathrow starting Sept. 15, 2019.
  • Took delivery of six used Airbus A319 aircraft and nine new Embraer E175 aircraft.

Community

  • Launched Crowdrise fundraising campaign for those affected by Hurricane Dorian.
  • Operated a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner crewed exclusively by women to the largest airshow in the world, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to symbolize the airline’s commitment to supporting women in aviation.

United Airlines aircraft photo library (Boeing):

United unveils its California “Her Art Here” Boeing 757-200 special livery

United Airlines has officially welcomed a one-of-a-kind, California-themed aircraft livery to its fleet – a Boeing 757-200 (N14106) created by a San Francisco resident as part of the airline’s national Her Art Here competition. Designed by artist Tsungwei Moo, the eye-catching plane is a tribute to the Golden State where United operates two major hubs – one in Los Angeles and the other in San Francisco – and features quintessential Californiaimagery including sunglasses, palm trees and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Launched in February, United’s Her Art Here contest gave female artists like Tsungwei the chance to use an airplane as their canvas, inspiring women around the world who may be interested in careers in the arts. A labor of passion, Tsungwei’s creation was also shaped by her personal journey. The talented artist grew up in Taipei, Taiwan before emigrating to San Francisco 14 years ago aboard a United Airlines flight.

“It’s truly a dream come true. The vibrant colors, sunshine and subject matter make it California. I could never imagine one day my art will be displayed on a United Airlines plane which brought me to the United States. There are no culture borders in art and it doesn’t matter my status is an emigrant female artist. This plane has its mission now, to bring more joy into people’s life, connecting people and uniting the world through experience art,” noted Ms. Moo.

Before taking to the skies, United’s Her Art Here California plane spent time in Amarillo, Texas where it took 17 days for painters to transform the Boeing 757-200 into Tsungwei’s winning design.