United Airlines Load Factor Up in February
United Airlines announced operating results for February 2014. The Chicago-based carrier reported a year-over-year decrease in system traffic of 0.3%, while its capacity also decreased, by 0.9%.
The airline’s total system traffic for the month was 13.69 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, down from 13.73 billion RPMs in February 2013. Consolidated capacity for February, expressed in available seat miles or ASMs, was 17.29 billion, a 0.9% decrease from the airline’s 17.46 billion ASMs in February 2013.
The airline reported a consolidated load factor of 79.2%, a 0.5 percentage point increase from 78.7% in February 2013.
United saw its greatest decrease in domestic operations, with a 0.8% decrease in revenue passenger miles and a 1.8% decrease in available seat miles, while the airline’s international RPMs were down 0.4% with a 0.1% increase in ASMs. Mainline RPMs were down 0.6% with a 0.9% ASM decrease, while regional RPMs rose by 1.6% with a 1.3% ASM decrease.
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