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United Airlines (UAL)

Participants
Michael Leskinen Head-Investor Relations
Oscar Munoz Chief Executive Officer
Scott Kirby President
Andrew Nocella Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Gerry Laderman Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Greg Hart Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
Jamie Baker JPMorgan
Hunter Keay Wolfe Research
Kevin Crissey Citigroup
Helane Becker Cowen
Michael Linenberg Deutsche Bank
Brandon Oglenski Barclays
Rajeev Lalwani Morgan Stanley
Andrew Didora Bank of America
Dan McKenzie Buckingham Research
Alison Sider Wall Street Journal
Justin Bachman Bloomberg News
Dawn Gilbertson USA Today
Leslie Josephs Leslie Josephs
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the United Continental Holdings Earnings Conference Call for the Third Quarter 2018. My name is Brandon, and I will be your operator – conference facilitator today.

Following the initial remarks from management, we will open the lines for questions. [Operator Instructions] This call is being recorded and is copyrighted. Please note that no portion of the call may be recorded, transcribed or rebroadcast without the company’s permission.

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Michael Leskinen

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Oscar Munoz

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Scott Kirby

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Andrew Nocella

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Gerry Laderman

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Michael Leskinen

Thanks, Gerry.

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Operator

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Jamie Baker

morning good everybody. Hey,

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Scott Kirby

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Jamie Baker

three for that Scott, I’m premium about corporate with it would operational more What’s be. having generating loaded? fairly Delta renegotiating Is proposition when consistent? United can you negotiating Greg, I might obviously, does, of two years? for Got how or maybe value contract than improved, to that contracts like and the higher corporate expirations it. look it think offer cadence the what over next is Understood. also used And metrics the Any catalyst the that just of the to corporate Is back-end yield to industry the would it start domestic long way it thinking be take share front-or winning to that thoughts? a there. and

Andrew Nocella

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Greg Hart

Thanks, Sure. Andrew.

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Jamie Baker

Got it. everybody. It’s it. very helpful. Definitely appreciate Thank you

Operator

From Please we go have Wolfe ahead. Hunter Research, Keay.

Hunter Keay

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Scott Kirby

payments. payments we have increased corporate agency travel and So, our

philosophy, went that. see over to our not you something measure, and the a that like and responsive if a share we’re really lose that, was think basically, going at looked I back opposed measure leading as to history, you’d

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Hunter Keay

Right.

in year? Thanks CapEx, next is fleet CapEx in a you given also pension about for you the parts that talk a front? growth lot. And And couple point about think Can to XXXX. that’s Thanks for get of on want all questions me cash that, then Okay, usages $X on I moving it. a – contributions starting billion the good there. think XXXX Scott. probably help about to

Gerry Laderman

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Hunter Keay

Appreciate Gerry. Thanks, Okay. it.

Operator

have Kevin Please Crissey. we ahead. go Citigroup, From

Kevin Crissey

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the you. which much could put it’s could overall it in in much volume such So how it maybe, restructuring it the why of great. context just you of of good is comp, Thank needed RASM, be talk how is will terms the way of how you growth? Any you’re that getting you about of much hub,

Andrew Nocella

hubs, company. how three having the will the margins we Kevin, it’s through what far those performance Andrew. think don’t produce Really particular, and nuts schedule. of in the higher all Chicago. Houston in we’ve details of Denver, it’s hubs And we went think every easy comps. of by including the say at so for pleased We can But looked our together put bolts accomplished I I and

offered levels schedules did level right quickly we frequency not I our the conclusion patterns, created high-yield the of And to than think previously right to those provide and customers, right connectivity. the the came low-yield patterns in that connectivity. the fact, connectivity we more

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ready that is So we now working. We philosophy journey on same this is this that Denver. embark sign think in to were a

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Kevin Crissey

Thank up. you. if maybe, And I could follow

going Some cetera. higher-yielding of you et it what talk maybe connectivity, has lounges, some procyclicality, like elements connections sounds meaning for in more of about investments the

demand the you’re certainly about than concerns and about market in there’s we maybe be how you Should cycle in are suggests? in some Can where So the we the generally talk positioned? where is current cycle. later United

Andrew Nocella

we’re add targets, well and we’re to be and to going nimble EPS I sure want do we’re think on Gerry, making in direction. we’re that our our to that? But way you Well, towards

Gerry Laderman

Yes.

the things our one fleet. to maintained remember I we’ve of is flexibility think important the in

We’re return expense we’ve aircraft, capacity is maintenance reduce recently. off-lease, from we always aircraft reflect looking to older aircraft what we have which manage see our we of and can costs what to been need of can we and do if have as to plenty And that leased retirements we we manage avoid need well. both the we also instead which forward schedule, flying those for to buying and doing can what

flexibility able to the think whatever I cycle brings. for critical the is being adjust to So, fleet

Kevin Crissey

time. much you your so for Thank

Operator

Please have we ahead. Cowen, Helane Becker. go From

Helane Becker

Thank Hi for much the time. so you everybody. operator. Thanks,

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Andrew Nocella

It’s Andrew.

not I that guidance would just the easy you comps. our for fourth think it’s tell quarter

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Helane Becker

Okay.

it products So, premium much products? maybe, differently, how can I economy can ask say the you outperformed

Andrew Nocella

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Helane Becker

accommodate who don’t people sell you’re in cabin? be finding and products opportunity turning are you are from to you that to you Okay. And have to enough able everybody those wants that or that, away that

Andrew Nocella

are It business seats from should And our hubs That’s premium is unique represent best each very we United traffic on lot how many aircraft good be many I question. should the think, the be and to figure They globe. seats to and time majority something, located a in cabin. a to in every of on us. United’s spent the out States. how trying markets and the of

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that. we're think you're China we that, make Heathrow, whether we can I sure offer, do pretty think, and pretty or cabins large-sized So London to pleased to I going with

have. the sure to look as make hubs continue our I class we we on right given say onboard located. seats are every number future the aircraft think, onboard we all we in more We aircraft have premium single the our have to of at have And on we'll where number that this actually,

Helane Becker

it. Thanks that I this appreciate very job And was nice much. on Oscar CNBC morning. a

Oscar Munoz

Helane. Thank you,

Operator

go Please we Bank, have Michael ahead. Deutsche From Linenberg.

Michael Linenberg

that it's as to Newark, what of industry, room you go build And through at going you I real I'm that asking in to further? just just relative it terminal position new becoming footprint have out estate I'm much And Or have you your is size? into you this pull most similar loss have Andrew, there's from of today, you some your a these because move it's do a phases, where makes as there look new Two maybe one these when air But is here. the up. of curious, very markets the at new terminal leading opportunities from maybe the them with And another. out Dulles, airport of airplanes maybe probably the loss connections, impact you routes just I'm changes Newark sense. flights airport space and and one to and on there, P&L curious are these – obviously, it put game.

Andrew Nocella

to Newark that no markets All of we have to Newark. those are are really to local while markets material from certain out tend traffic into right. and moving Mike, be Dulles, clear,

We airport. are not the reducing our footprint at

to or larger So it incremental bigger that to we have we've have whether York, a base frequencies much it. replaced Tennessee more flights the the name Memphis from fly new be removed to and Nashville, population New or with destinations you that

our at the airport all. around, moving connectivity in flights. declining by customers these our and more we're at flights not offering flights, we're So for footprint's global for offering better choices local And fact, better intercontinental

connecting doing New that flows. So Newark, traffic Dulles that for suited better is is what is these we're in and and better for suited York

larger in as use offering no fact, reduction on larger the is Newark growing to we destinations. And is in these aircraft Newark. of absolutely seats we're there So number a

pleased really we're by that. So

and that X we're earlier going. terminal how again, York about footprint United's doing we changes will And doing And implemented, is of really work well really continue of in Phase the we what our terms month, we're already. particular. say New in expectations the of in Newark, redeveloping said happened we're think script, in don't as beyond is have the the we with my new all it's in the already developments we've really we which terms by Newark facility. Port I the given success announced excited this I future. of them. excited to just today exact Newark, about in facilities, And the to In hopefully, that and But in in anything

Michael Linenberg

great. Okay,

Just split just would balance floating between fixed a on for quick you and sheet? one Gerry, rate know Gerry. roughly your debt

Gerry Laderman

Roughly about speaking, XX-XX. call it let's

Michael Linenberg

Okay. XX, fixed.

Gerry Laderman

the aircraft the Obviously, yes. bulk all fixed. Fixed, of is financing

vast little is floating. a but have loan bit is fixed. We then aircraft the And our of big other term majority financing the piece,

Michael Linenberg

Thanks, Gerry. Thanks, thanks Andrew.

Operator

have we Oglenski. Barclays, go Brandon ahead. From Please

Brandon Oglenski

good Hey, question. and for taking my morning everyone thanks

either well And this I side prepared your to loaded or you points more back-end you upfront EPS the loaded? Gerry, in is commented hit know What to now. or or fuel cost Oscar looking remarks range thinking And progression? on want that right be forward? you're revenue you But would you assuming are in a make are XXXX can track EPS here? about this XXXX us then linear that give we secondly, don't So two in Or costs that targets. front-end should talk there development your

Gerry Laderman

fuel, our purposes. that curve our for on to assume modeling always So forward We it's pretty forecast use simple. and

Scott Kirby

hit to next changes increase able not hitting lag. a those gives at target It and XXXX In at of there we terms fuel link the started confidence margin And the is that regardless and to on gave up and to expansion price, fuel. target, pretty lag. fuel XXXX, as predicated however, in us kicked recover curve, between out short look year predicated this a been at year our revenue the initiatives this fuel can that a believe what revenues that other we'll recover confidence of gives put that today as XXXX the we we It does, those short revenue. to fuel this what of like $XX our what it in $XX just forward year us and be XXXX or is we earnings with because just with between significantly. we we really went year prices fuel it confidence say of has have target. earlier is us and and increases year, can the much if does look price. And to on demonstrated a price relationship come and believe It's that's But

Brandon Oglenski

Or appreciate future? revenue on should we that X% right be that. thinking that place and the United then off Gerry, phase the here it more in we the in look I as to out XX% expansionary be Okay. looking should in taper is is And of the to earlier, forward? question CapEx

Gerry Laderman

XXXX solid. to is XXXX The is visibility for pretty too beyond have and depends. tell. we early It

give me couple a data points, of you Let though.

of runs past to That's an billion. just where roughly adjust $X.X can XX-year We aircraft maintenance you the on as combination of But So only XX-year, $X plus a dealing you just growth natural want $X.X we with grow, and maintenance CapEx in $X little that when let's was on world a that's aircraft with that CapEx kind to to would of aircraft, of sort and for reasons would we assuming run we CapEx. a nonaircraft or this circumstances. CapEx, – size have aircraft, I weren't billion our what probably why billion our to billion to going describe will require and which replacement then one depending $X.X where, of a billion additional growing, us bit. of cycle, mix say, That's as aircraft we some year, obviously get forward. life new the just the you're really the of manage fleet in kind minus the what used

Brandon Oglenski

Thank you.

Operator

Stanley, Rajeev Morgan from we And have go Please Lalwani. ahead.

Rajeev Lalwani

just break morning how guide. your the PRASM on any reversal Good you question Scott, time. Gemini, maybe thanks that capacity? the XXXX you then or approach of and is attributable X% out also, Andrew, of with Basic much on? and Can on Economy the for just the XQ initial so so a thoughts for there and And

Scott Kirby

way a York, when Gemini to X.X. Gemini in We've think if that we and in said bit range. doing, back think we I were is January last the how it's not in year was fact, February New roughly backwards, going think range, above do we Looking that analyzed all little or we worth

the by and make pretty are So that, pleased improvements system. we're to more to continuing we

number made significant this tweaks we fact, of summer. In a

going the all out upside into into the those up XXXX. some other breaking not fully has it as we system, ramp initiatives. We're So think

different we're As call, literally things on. when I I the working said hundreds started of have we

as go Polaris margin, one making like our But can and incremental we big RASM would small anybody's we're redevelopment, strong of to more have Premium aircraft, items attention. really drive some our as working the are on and are pipeline get putting a of Gemini, really them network of lounge Some for team continue incremental forward never point. that Plus or all them we together to that sure or –

can eye commercial And innovations we so set changes that to that to so group It and really pleased constant as the And of deliver far can as results a see. feel and the we're with sure on is and do make target building really continue that to the pipeline requires whole pleased comfortable really to that, I continue by far. we're that. that

Rajeev Lalwani

XXXX capacity? And

Scott Kirby

the So team we'll give formal XXXX capacity We're process plan, of budget. is And build, bottoms-up not our the build in doing capacity the which top-down. January. the in is building how we

is to that the it the the what to going that, be $XX of growth of per achieve exceeding to But All meeting by to on earnings best as focused happened extent the capacity. at or earnings. plan $XX so successful about target commitment in for the look per our to XXXX, far. clearly, been way star driven dogmatic our has North XXXX is achieving And not And $XX share. has you we're share $XX in then we're

than otherwise been, have than better our better earnings, is is it would have they would than would it our our otherwise CASM margins RASM Our better been, otherwise have been.

our formal to plan the we'll working and least so we continuing here is hard in And capacity well, feels it as work it's as abandon so guidance give well. January. growth plans today, as growth But and at plan sit to like the certainly long be would it change

Rajeev Lalwani

included If for in $XX buybacks? for Okay. in Gerry. number sneak to anything Gerry, quick there just is could the $XX I one one

Gerry Laderman

very No, little. just

Operator

have Didora. ahead. From you. Please Bank Thank we go America, of Andrew

Andrew Didora

everyone. little good fares what more now. just a kind finding concerned Hi, footing is about of you would do Andrew, growth really or maybe its or Scott of at the right demand volumes? you think But maybe about domestic morning be bit of pricing and elasticity fare how level become

Scott Kirby

leisure X.X. minus way travelers elasticity So the it's business minus for Almost about you demand at and I price is about it, for think demand, any been X.X; demand has of inelastic. look

consumers. people Another the for go XX% good long have to need in being years. very demand. before for down price we It's way way out It's we of travel. getting I get about point for and great we thinking about to this fares in elasticity XX been a the about great last worry It's real to been terms but overall are to a would economy, impacting where think been

Andrew Didora

once rebanking Interesting, guess, around you And we've where inning buildup right status us the thank the network you. from the asked mid-continent East Thanks. has past then are left what in the of in seems of centered there? towards update because gone terms back maybe Denver, give in buildup a a to Can your What you maybe seen, get least plan? of there late, more mid-continent? relative hubs. the I on of And going the you in some is in, bit the I focus releases kind Coast And hubs lot a now. of be to focus at

Andrew Nocella

I Yes. hub would in this related say, the restructures. game we're still early particular to

Sometimes, it. Houston put of you in based and and tweaks ahead required online. you we're performance, coming learn. on I Chicago, think, just be would Denver's say, And shows their together I well and their these where now, we'd thought what Right we

tweak. Denver potentially there's So the going what over think months about next in six learn lot right to a got I we'll We're more what we've to come. and

that that. we've it the just to put loves time a after together really group But game in the Chicago schedule I changes time do so are schedule, about least they or well, any because now. what made haven't will end really We significant yet may Houston create jigsaw just the we general and at is as to be that is puzzle for performing say

early to more will so about what it, and adjust. make what is a change that better we're we'll answer so nimble, us And be seen game. continue competition into few But the relatively tweaks to and forward. the factors economy does based the macro it about be is in Denver even we're far. in it we're we've to go think months, And and all likely make doing. still going we the on come going excited we upon And whether to

Andrew Didora

everyone. you Thank Understood.

Operator

have ahead we go Please Research, Buckingham McKenzie. From Dan

Dan McKenzie

are thanks ahead coming side. it in driven? understand if of improvement XXXX, the With revenue is pinpoint part already? us because network conversations Is I'm wondering commentary million I'm were just a where And you're Is from example, morning guys. that with just not more million you margin from the in that's net respect initiatives today good help you from. getting of is for $XXX that Hey, wondering if to the the having. it confidence expansion I'm just commercial can us that or about initiatives, you schedule? just it revenue the $XXX specificity investor the is just on confidence pinpoint macro that coming for could looking where help if

Scott Kirby

that Well, service. everything. operation. talked good high initiatives cost great It's it's all on commercial level, is discipline. It's the It's a customer running It a you about.

have ago, weeks look, So But if three not got at we XXX% third it's expansion. earnings have in quarter. element. had we've margin call would that the one we shot not margin good fourth single the expansion this And quarter, recovery of the had expected in we a

flat said, fuel the those couple dollars But or that's almost for we're we million now. we're there of Now all initiatives short prepared said last next remarks, his year. we're hundred going in confident to have hard term. right recover as the a to think Gerry better ran that in And in of or the so CASM couple going we increase weeks. to we're And – quarter fourth

for us. going that have we So

world and be on commercial that will service hit cylinders. confident operational And to customer are performance to the almost all continue We leading. continue – the leading initiatives just

EPS, we to just And do so you the it also like now. together, we're feel on not year to on earnings put next really we're because all right to expand margins and grow that track trajectory but

Dan McKenzie

thanks, Perfect. guys.

Operator

analyst you. Thank portion and concludes investor the This today. of call our

Alison media. now have from go from ahead. we take Instructions] Please Street [Operator Wall will We the Sider. questions And Journal,

Alison Sider

so thank you much. Hi,

than You whether could talked in us main for you was you rising fares the premium economy cabin. about strength premium. could about for in wondering tell if I the faster products if are anything a lot

Andrew Nocella

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think So more than see I load little I strength a yield forward, going bit factor.

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Alison Sider

ask one And if more. could just Thanks. I

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Andrew Nocella

about officially Plus – does yet. That Economy the just in launched of a I preferred seats. haven't we it, We've been has that latter, terms great think hit. talked

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Alison Sider

Thanks.

Operator

Justin have go Bachman. ahead. Please from And News, we Bloomberg

Justin Bachman

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Andrew Nocella

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the product is Our fantastic business And and running in past sales we're rolling calls, as about tree, is people class helping pounding force out choose about great importantly, we than has as doing that job. they've great a been But talked a operation, more done the before. what out on and there a we've talk we're Polaris. United greater ever that ways

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Justin Bachman

you. thank Great,

Operator

we USA Dawn ahead. Today, Please Gilbertson. go From have

Dawn Gilbertson

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Andrew Nocella

you? are how Dawn. Hi,

Dawn Gilbertson

Good.

Andrew Nocella

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Dawn Gilbertson

change policy no the that So on bag? plan carry-on to

Andrew Nocella

are policies. to no plans There change any

Operator

Please CNBC, go have we Leslie from And ahead. Josephs.

Leslie Josephs

are a agreement, question stay on of also possible Could pilots? your release with there on have with in morning. was good right? It you XXXX? regional. a just Hi growth Oscar. with a to me a where guys turnaround. I you past lot is X-year scope update want And Do you for You negotiations saw

Scott Kirby

So I'll start in it with Oscar. scope. I'll give second a forward to

the side's in to cooperative our there's understand the perspective. some we us and together Those I are are scope, First, regard and are cordial progressing, all United things tone. negotiations the table, to had where pilots. and have world to they with With today. tone each We are scope. I and working disagree at on at our they seen have perspective regionals, jobs but of history certainly, outsourced with. sensitive that on because is pilots their would different their understand But And fully perspective, their that, of agree

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Operator

today's Ladies for you you. call. this concludes and Thank joining. gentlemen, Thank

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