UAL United Airlines

United's shared purpose is 'Connecting People. Uniting the World.' The Company is more focused than ever on its commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 358 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 788 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express partners operate 560 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines.

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J. Scott Kirby
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Cash burn rate (estimated) Burn method: Change in cash Burn method: Operating income/loss Burn method: FCF (opex + capex)
Last Q Avg 4Q Last Q Avg 4Q Last Q Avg 4Q
Cash on hand (at last report) 21.31B 21.31B 21.31B 21.31B 21.31B 21.31B
Cash burn (monthly) (positive/no burn) (positive/no burn) 188M 585M (positive/no burn) 78.67M
Cash used (since last report) n/a n/a 190.13M 591.64M n/a 79.56M
Cash remaining n/a n/a 21.12B 20.72B n/a 21.23B
Runway (months of cash) n/a n/a 112.3 35.4 n/a 269.9

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Financial report summary

  • The global pandemic resulting from a novel strain of coronavirus has had an adverse impact that has been material to the Company's business, operating results, financial condition and liquidity, and the duration and spread of the pandemic could result in additional adverse impacts. The outbreak of another disease or similar public health threat in the future could also have an adverse effect on the Company's business, operating results, financial condition and liquidity.
  • COVID-19 materially disrupted our strategic operating plans in the near-term, and there are risks to our business, operating results and financial condition associated with adjusting and executing our strategic operating plans in the long-term.
  • Unfavorable economic and political conditions, in the United States and globally, may have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.
  • The global airline industry is highly competitive and susceptible to price discounting and changes in capacity, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.
  • High and/or volatile fuel prices or significant disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel could have a material adverse impact on the Company's strategic plans, operating results, financial condition and liquidity.
  • The Company relies heavily on technology and automated systems to operate its business and any significant failure or disruption of, or failure to effectively integrate and implement, the technology or these systems could materially harm its business.
  • The Company's business relies extensively on third-party service providers, including certain technology providers. Failure of these parties to perform as expected, or interruptions in the Company's relationships with these providers or their provision of services to the Company, could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business, operating results and financial condition.
  • The Company could experience adverse publicity, harm to its brand, reduced travel demand, potential tort liability and voluntary or mandatory operational restrictions as a result of an accident, catastrophe or incident involving its aircraft or its operations, the aircraft or operations of its regional carriers, the aircraft or operations of its codeshare partners, or the aircraft or operations of another airline, which may result in a material adverse effect on the Company's business, operating results and financial condition.
  • Terrorist attacks, international hostilities or other security events, or the fear of terrorist attacks or hostilities, even if not made directly on the airline industry, could negatively affect the Company and the airline industry.
  • Increasing privacy and data security obligations or a significant data breach may adversely affect the Company's business.
  • Disruptions to our regional network and United Express flights provided by third-party regional carriers could adversely affect our business, operating results and financial condition.
  • Our significant investments in other airlines, equipment manufacturers and other aviation industry participants, and the commercial relationships that we have with those entities, may not produce the returns or results we expect.
  • The airline industry may undergo further change with respect to alliances and JBAs or due to consolidations, any of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company.
  • Orders for new aircraft typically must be placed years in advance of scheduled deliveries, and changes in the Company's network strategy over time or other factors outside of the Company's control may make aircraft on order less economic for the Company, result in costs related to modification or termination of aircraft orders or cause the Company to enter into orders for new aircraft on less favorable terms, and any inability to accept or integrate new aircraft into the Company's fleet as planned could increase costs or affect the Company's flight schedules.
  • A majority of the Company's aircraft and certain parts are sourced from single suppliers; therefore, the Company would be materially and adversely affected if it were unable to obtain timely deliveries, additional equipment or support from any of these suppliers.
  • Union disputes, employee strikes or slowdowns, and other labor-related disruptions could adversely affect the Company's operations and could result in increased costs that impair its financial performance.
  • Extended interruptions or disruptions in service at major airports where we operate could have a material adverse impact on our operations.
  • The Company's operating results fluctuate due to seasonality and other factors associated with the airline industry, many of which are beyond the Company's control.
  • The Company may never realize the full value of its intangible assets or its long-lived assets causing it to record impairments that may negatively affect its financial condition and operating results.
  • Any damage to our reputation or brand image could adversely affect our business or financial results.
  • The Company's ability to use its net operating loss carryforwards and certain other tax attributes to offset future taxable income for U.S. federal income tax purposes may be significantly limited due to various circumstances, including certain possible future transactions involving the sale or issuance of UAL common stock, or if taxable income does not reach sufficient levels.
  • The airline industry is subject to extensive government regulation, which imposes significant costs and may adversely impact our business, operating results and financial condition.
  • We are subject to many forms of environmental regulation and liability and risks associated with climate change, and may incur substantial costs as a result.
  • The Company has a significant amount of financial leverage from fixed obligations and may seek material amounts of additional financial liquidity in the short-term, and insufficient liquidity may have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial condition and business.
  • If we are not able to comply with the covenants in the MileagePlus Financing agreements, our lenders could accelerate the MileagePlus indebtedness, foreclose upon the collateral securing the MileagePlus indebtedness or exercise other remedies, which would have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.
  • Agreements governing our other debt include financial and other covenants. Failure to comply with these covenants could result in events of default.
  • If we experience changes in, or are unable to retain, our senior management team or other key employees, our operating results could be adversely affected.
  • Current or future litigation and regulatory actions, or failure to comply with the terms of any settlement, order or arrangement relating to these actions, could have a material adverse impact on the Company.
  • Increases in insurance costs or inadequate insurance coverage may materially and adversely impact our business, operating results and financial condition.
Management Discussion
  • The Company recorded a net loss of $434 million in the second quarter of 2021 as compared to a net loss of $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2020. The Company considers a key measure of its performance to be operating income (loss), which was a $270 million loss for the second quarter of 2021, as compared to a $1.6 billion loss for the second quarter of 2020, a $1.4 billion decrease year-over-year, primarily as a result of improvements in demand for air travel. Significant components of the
  • Operating Revenue. The table below shows year-over-year comparisons by type of operating revenue for the three months ended June 30 (in millions, except for percentage changes):
  • Passenger revenue increased $3.7 billion, or 541.1%, in the second quarter of 2021 as compared to the year-ago period, primarily due to improvements in demand for air travel as COVID-19 vaccinations are increasingly available in the United States and certain other jurisdictions and as more governments are lifting travel and quarantine restrictions.
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