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United Airlines (UAL)

Participants
Michael Leskinen Head-IR
Oscar Munoz CEO
Scott Kirby President
Andrew Nocella EVP and Chief Commercial Officer
Gerry Laderman EVP and CFO
Greg Hart EVP and COO
Jamie Baker J.P. Morgan
Hunter Keay Wolfe Research
Andrew Didora Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kevin Crissey Citigroup
Jose Caiado Credit Suisse
Michael Linenberg Deutsche Bank
Brandon Oglenski Barclays
Catherine O'Brien Goldman Sachs
Duane Pfennigwerth Evercore ISI
Helane Becker Cowen and Company
David Vernon Bernstein Research
David Koenig The Associated Press
Micah Maidenberg Wall Street Journal
Justin Bachman Bloomberg
Tracy Rucinski Reuters
Leslie Josephs CNBC
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to United Continental Holdings Earnings Conference Call for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018. My name is Brandon, and I will be your 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

Thanks Scott.

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Gerry Laderman

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Michael Leskinen

Thank you, Gerry.

then will from we limit a the follow First, Brandon, please one take questions to describe question to needed and the will media. up we questions procedure question. from yourself analyst Please one community, question. take if ask the

Operator

Instructions] have Jamie [Operator And J.P. go ahead. from Morgan, Please we Baker.

Jamie Baker

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Gerry Laderman

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Jamie Baker

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Andrew Nocella

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Operator

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Hunter Keay

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Scott Kirby

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Hunter Keay

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Scott Kirby

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Hunter Keay

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Scott Kirby

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Operator

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

Andrew Didora

around is rate. I the guess, growth my question first

just end XQ of year? higher global at growth, to towards 'XX. start end is X% is end. off the to of in X% the the the of be your high this XQ why reiterated slowing high way guess, I in plan this. prudent You the slightly backdrop is economic growth kind to going

Andrew Nocella

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Andrew Didora

more 'XX focused that like I more is still guess, of flying. just at growth part domestic much the as seems still big you on looking closely, based bit it a around through the a just head little regional schedules, strategy, your

how of can you maybe continue mainline? a are this think think, your and terms inning regional you can to sense kind give what mid-continent in long you So, outperform doled of out growth of you do us where

Andrew Nocella

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offer. in We are undersized still level relatively of our we connectivity

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Andrew Didora

last quickly, just then question. one And

month. beginning you would next done opportunity you've of rebanking mid the what that Denver rebanking in How mentioned relative to You Chicago? rank and kind Houston Thanks.

Andrew Nocella

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time - will XX We or the at same ground have average aircraft on XX. aircraft XX on the versus

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Operator

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

Kevin Crissey

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Andrew Nocella

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Kevin Crissey

could you If again? Maybe was differently. could a that did one do network XXXX? thing in at done look aspect have beneficial to strategy I little would maybe What had XXXX, this of only you if most one say, you I pick which your in you

Andrew Nocella

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in is that to look more importantly that forward we it XXXX. awfully So do and

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Kevin Crissey

that better quick or a And on that maybe for numbers slide year, and directionality one supposed question scale? Gerry. to downer? the a Gerry, costs Is indicate for is the is just drawn little QX the that flatter, similar assuming in to

Michael Leskinen

scale. Mike. your out. ruler get this Kevin, is the Do not not It's

Operator

Please Joe from we ahead. go And Caiado. have Credit Suisse,

Jose Caiado

Gerry. for Andrew and question First

earlier and Andrew's Just on from rebank. your expectations Denver following the up on question

to results previously I'm you'd February. guidance. embedded your just that driving expectation improved you start think late I in expected Denver is in that PRASM said, if starting wondering in QX

Andrew Nocella

and February, Yes. XXth yes. yes. Yes and

Jose Caiado

your not like? Houston to is learned maybe little better? little based a be And a that lessons Or Chicago of again you it then sounds potential for but bit assuming better expectation that bit and off it in

Andrew Nocella

and I before a a we great made baseline change Well, this had is be trying clear. we're mean, hub hub, that to from improve Denver each to very

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Jose Caiado

Gerry. more And for then just one

Just given the going have accounting new right is what on lease forward? you updated of for balance moving sheet, think and the pieces range view leverage an do you company the standards the

Gerry Laderman

our we very have spend six, debt in range. capitalized into where the the sheet I a said lot of manageable balance that position a before, As I work think including in over We load getting we're years, last today, leases. seven, our it's

assets. unencumbered of billion $X have We

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going range comfortable balance our the of state in the it's is to we're and So, sheet. it stay very with

Operator

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

Michael Linenberg

Have you DC presence your market? guys put given in impact out an just estimate the for shutdown, the of the

Scott Kirby

a largest No, exposure. have do We we haven't.

biggest is said, now be. DC. know it's going for to it's to hard a us we But right impact in what We have or presence what as the

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Michael Linenberg

Gerry. And then just a question to

lease that the a And I question statement, accounting to decline was cut sizable actually Just So, amortization accounting. tied a got aircraft sort phenomenon? excuse at in and - there you adjustment, sheet rents, lease the balance just on two-part sure that is that was - me, to sense bit. income don't depreciation is there move XXXX that just I even have a wasn't toward looking and a if you my the make of the yet in

Gerry Laderman

expense - and we lease for have in costs mid-life into So lease factored some many aircraft the to buying from expense XX% to ownership going in the of due expense depreciation, is the Particularly in numbers. our rent CASM largely reduction cases, XX% appreciation expense is reduces off-lease. cases. aircraft, rent basically Switching to from by is initiative terrific

that is next that seeing is you'll drop And there why significant lease then rent that's accounting expense. So, in - year. start

Operator

ahead. Please have go And from Barclays, Oglenski. we Brandon

Brandon Oglenski

mean So I much of midpoint of fuel RASM outcome think at listen, a full-year don't flat I and the current to for guidance be analyst take too like curve, the something year. I a the but your look here, I if implies that nerdy

throughout unit is to guys that revenues wanted something ask, momentum on year? get Are in looking plans? So, to the I the just you

Scott Kirby

At we we tell of that and you a prices. what is rule we're because and away fuel RASM. have or think on between end Brandon, EPS a where we'd and shouldn't encourage we RASM fuel we in you to were fuel we another that exceed That's to we we're prices, changes say commitment tried number to $XX is you price to number to our we what today move going today going number And to getting trying fuel and $XX not guidance range point intentionally that's guidance down to nerdy to we're really to a we've do any can on $XX wide hit you EPS meet or from hit, a to try at Because everything constantly we range way that said, to be an can try some will of say pin saying. $XX. range. we above a But up think that fuel analyst. hit

Brandon Oglenski

too sense correct that on there's And I incorrect? the also focus get margin? is think I that or a higher Or

Scott Kirby

That is correct.

Brandon Oglenski

Okay. one… last And the

Operator

we Please ahead. Sachs, Goldman O'Brien. From have go Catherine

Catherine O'Brien

for similar you like pretty two about this that points so more year long But last of your a routes point capacity to couple also So, is on had on a one haul drives the growth looks year. you schedule it far, Hawaii. of Based capacity question maybe year. last have from complexion

to helpful. RASM tougher facing up hubs? your we'll of some do comp Any you've should from, some be So generated seen you Or at point? as it think color more your be capacity think easing positive given really do issues year? stands that's start you now, XXXX, trends, of And there performance would for this expect the we

Scott Kirby

would XXXX. RASM, of of that Hawaii a moving the There's in a grow margin did results brought pieces that lot here, and we have And averages. in the down while like lot case, we

for reduce we're Hawaii But XXXX. RASM I an be have of, fact less example the growth year-over-year. Catherine, margin. think, going that's United will dramatically And to Airlines And ultimately in for a is tailwind there So, around so will the but that, take many doing pieces And in are that they again, extent things that moving moving the on boost RASM, away that things do we're front. also RASM we're that things margin.

the XX% to Another fall older good efficient is RASM less or by our those the will XX%. XXX-XXs to less. on is Atlantic. aircraft. expect I example fall replace XXX-XX our flying by on And aircraft across our also percentage those going But CASM some aircraft

answers your hopefully question. So, that

pieces. number is an just of I think moving incredible there

Catherine O'Brien

some into - enough a guideposts if variability that on do want maybe just I more question unquote, think quote we you or built you keep public. a sure offer new your pilot a could to makes outlook? sense. not that you on just pilot any in then pilot first new a could see could quick CASMex. better, contract CASM XXXX could deal? that CASM be potential is flat contract inflation got you second, assuming how the or And or Have you But do can't obviously, impact to new there. CASM we negotiate I shouldn't be I that And in one That if know we ask

Scott Kirby

mind pilots contract. the embedded receiving the CASM guidance in X% our current in keep this under increase that So, is year the

in that's out include increases. the was guidance, when that new what contract year to a committed number. to impact of With we multi-year the our put last respect CASM labor we this would So

Operator

we From Pfennigwerth. Evercore, Please go have ahead. Duane

Duane Pfennigwerth

Congrats on the margin expansion.

that is figure? the corporate bookings XX% federal being your about last would you commentary And included government volume guess federal is government? Your the percentage week, up from of sort of in what

Scott Kirby

cut Yes, him off But got wasn't before operator Brandon it to Brandon. answer, want off. cut It included. who we the intentional, I to or apologize is

includes in, want of to do. So back all if get please It you our bookings.

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a the wouldn't So meaningful be anyway. But XX% is number everything.

includes week. shutdown of the least government first it at So impact for that

Duane Pfennigwerth

my just versus then about domestic contrast just level you broad high with follow if mainline, the 'XX. brush, year, The could that taking And four wonder just international, to this Thanks questions. regional talk up. I a and maybe versus for for at six

Scott Kirby

our think this Domestic is hub strategy. similar At mid-continent focused profile. a we're Sure. point, on I

there. to And the not will what little the lower add of We numbers. very to a I'm the bit two international, similar will be it's a we from offset domestic than higher obviously international be lower can But I any in that. continue higher and more And average. bit And the to sure little again, did XXXX.

Operator

have go we ahead. Cowen, from Please And Helane Becker.

Helane Becker

in I there. your hearts it So, were guess the the out in place that turns end, right

to about have growth not good of locations. that and that generating it's will in might maybe are talking New you're to you less year, LA that because in be add that this each the impactful talk you Can impactful York that traffic than the what opportunities - San revenue growth mid-con, You still growth? Francisco, about

Oscar Munoz

what you're in asking sure did and say, XXXX we your I would our plan? I our role bits correctly, our gateways heard for question. If the not I'm Helane, understood for pieces coastal play

Helane Becker

focused yet mid-con and still San as in add you I been because capacity in seen Exactly, Franc because opportunities have well. LA your and New markets you have York, on growth has those

could parse difference you maybe two. out just the So, between the

losing voice I'm my here. Sorry,

Scott Kirby

is spoken we really margin And significant a about hubs lot all our in most hubs. strategy, I'd hub have the say gap mid-continent clearly we because our mid-content Well, our do the love issue exactly - long-term and gateways are are I our doing. to unprecedented us will potential. pressing that that's more and address and they really But say they for what coastal really we're are

we is to new Francisco, York. New and out New service think are to Aviv really is Naples I to this of we've Australia out advantage as and Francisco. San and of a our great grown Having I'm the about Dallas Tel gateway announced Dallas, Prague San year excited single and we've And the announced hub service York Asia New them, India And in so, And new amazing. and City out on York of East premier that Coast well.

those lot it problem in margin and our short want we a we we we to are well run, in gap mid-continent to we're there. we to and do January our in last as on And have working. But our long way. I So, mine and unique say we think hubs ability But that will footprint we over for being. run, to over that I in see continue to on our do time mid-continent international long want respects. unprecedented. recognize to many more to run, pretty do United's the that doing hubs a hubs that we it's focus activity that and fix And the want cited it the the close United is think you'll It's

Operator

have Brandon on ahead, line. we back And Please Barclays, from Oglenski go sir.

Brandon Oglenski

I I rejected appreciate. time. all get But the

So, this is not me. for there

Scott Kirby

we are didn't to. sorry. mean Well, We

Brandon Oglenski

year your was I ask on with a question last plug variation call. the has that's how the strategy to of small about talked United guess, lot to the I Look, aircraft into going couple does on a times But you these of the to asked back saw been majority year I additions. capacity going But your from we last fleet schedule, come and flying is at this look it communities if additions regional look year. mainline like

this does strategy than head now just into how incrementally more with you that were risks connectivity about can fit up that in maybe carriers to head the So, increased you going does talk and you're 'XX? maybe low-fare

Andrew Nocella

way in deployment that regional regional all that not markets. I and our was mainline This describe jets that optimal is Andrew. we flew The is jets would of

us do And to us often allow what think the regional aircraft the mainline will into feeder see is that aircraft. So, I have redeploy markets. regional XXXX more a markets in catchment you'll make mainline sure that

market, makes changes dramatically our the our It cost as So, profile much more competitiveness. I it or structure client dramatically big those, the does, think, don't profitable. you I can unit of think lowers in and imagine that

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Operator

go And from Please Bernstein, we have ahead. David Vernon.

David Vernon

under connectivity little a the you the hub out rationale So, laid Scott, strategy. year ago a for

is a and margin much not you point identified gap us give at have get You to some date, whether XX mid-continent the it's those of feasible let mid-con guys I'm that gap the how in not about differences XX% gap. might sure closed geographic hubs you way parity? that kind there sort that actually to to hubs for get not of the to a United. sense if Can of or all closing

Scott Kirby

try we We I'm from performance head, would we of initiatives half part actually that but it probably on where year-over-year And point. that about doing the just points I talk average beat continue that on the is to, haven't the the margin about. updated and some will other of is probably today that of analysis. half United point at this couple basis math growth guess, I say But at in I'd hundred least, strategy. to talked at a We my to relative by kinds all that from last year margin industry

a I are, runway we'll competitors probably the a where would room our ballpark much lot get gap closed That So, of so ultimately, the at there's go indicator that lot that how least, to that's we are. tell far. think of you and left in and of margins to of good a

David Vernon

not whether be like that right first were sort made or impact you some work it of changes that, that a way? sort think network of there network changes of impactful might an - to diminishing does some than it later if the Is more of

Scott Kirby

down. Andrew hub Well, it quadratic kind way a on of turned add works I'll But a you is, grow let it's this. curve when to the upside

growing you which growing, are you're margins fast. exponential as connectivity, So, driving drive

drives up. So airplane the in, comes margins next it

strong out. the and You a margins kind then I you're flatten think And route, At mature to the point, and drives exponential the which get and to of know place, where you hub of adding you in But mature connectivity, if that it's really you kind has realize that you're, margins start smaller margins. flights you you've that that margins growing mid-continent gotten XXX,XXX particularly of start And next hub, part that the you've start down. gotten still you flight as to growing hubs. at and day next curve, connectivity. to first you growth we're It when keep a a point means you at a to hub drive the out. in growing to smaller the growth hub to a start that and flatten get early

Operator

portion our Thank investor today. call you. analyst Ladies the concludes of gentlemen, and this and

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David Koenig

are they XX% new from maybe is much repeat I existing year this old for more bookings. a customers? away of - your customers from in to how guess, is trying is competitors? Scott. just spending the are including increase understand customers, or just business your of I did I'm they XX% than getting How mean, much some taking that it ago,

Scott Kirby

I some sure new I'm customers. is short the are sure lot Look, more of know them we answer. customers. XX% them have are don't old bookings. I'm a of

strong watchful you it Delta the And see that hasn't as gloom I morning, out yesterday actually, share that think coming performing road. it hear, that happened happen, have Yes, that. lens that be strong yet. bad if you businesses listened suspect they're and watch to business think this are talked are they're But and people in waiting the of better worried, CNBC in with I you think, well I to is could the to but what I suspect something - agree say all a to nervous way competitors just economy and you And about people is that travelling and for right aren't - and would better all just as come demand our despite doom about you than performing pretty economy well. the now, I that really to even on through enough opposed is confidence to just think getting some and bookings. the is still the businesses thing. pass.

this So, is just overall strong demand.

David Koenig

government or too size didn't. estimate that the Did And shutdown, Delta direct number put hard is effects? a the and to indirect consider the on you you

Scott Kirby

Look, it's to gets on just done. in to hard And have can And right to them. say, to get are earnings focus.. and trying bumps estimate and feel want It speed our figure to the to as we way. best our commitments how through get that the ourselves now overcome and the like we out focused we is on delivering thrown power quantify we're way going starting to to that's

spend time trying lot to a of didn't quantify. really we So

Operator

ahead. we Maidenberg. have And from Micah Wall Street Please go Journal,

Micah Maidenberg

widespread many How TSA have where seeing missed you just flights any how how or are screening, can United long secondly, them in then line? of the much are delays because you And quantify customs problems? is And overall, passengers way rebooking there United? cost

Greg Hart

their we We've of having line that if make that. the is around had the And much, hasn't flights. what's just Greg. those terms an we being for to is what all really would haven't Typically, issues customers. happen and pockets impacted happened that hold people flights of do is we system, issue we're staffing impact in haven't to not able This it really waits seen but seen

seen covering staffing TSA good of they've shortages. for job has done a So some the when pretty it

Micah Maidenberg

United Has to TSA? any Delta its talked deployed of employees yesterday. assist about that

Greg Hart

who have with employees haven't customers. things help We other do do TSA But the used our management partners not. and that. us to with of We help we our that the line own have some processing

Operator

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

Justin Bachman

this the weighed on XX the with future. ALPHA the to of wanted be of Scott. of or given urgency terms your pilots talks the might flying got the sort question the the and This Oscar deal done? them year, in the about ask I raise, in state of X% level urgency on for that for that What's against thoughts idea on getting that EXXXs seats a

Scott Kirby

with conversations we them. to continue constructive Look,

table. have going good succeeding are at we're together We relationship and and negotiations to leave we but the good that partnership, a

Operator

Please And Tracy Rucinski. have from go we Reuters, ahead.

Tracy Rucinski

bit a of wanted to your I about as more aircraft well. little regional use ask

You mentioned costs your gone year? deploy they Regional not optimal. attract that having last wasn't mainland up more markets year, to have very in pilots. part them added into pay Have these costs the factored are clearly this in use because decision to to

Scott Kirby

flying aircraft evolves mix is our This time. strategy, that are don't. and are want still make historically markets We over regional mainline fleet a This markets. we that a didn't is long-term just that and right short-haul flying in and to our process to catchment have smallest aircraft we do sure in the mainline

XX you'll routes cities. in between ago. right the execute to particular, thing to way that's what see years two that on we're it. at think right So, right the to It's it. major going jets, to is fewer thing continue do. And and That's to regional right thing look do was flying do do to today, I are the seat hub on It the

Tracy Rucinski

pilots give you an can Path And update pilot for on Okay. and generally Program shortages? on Career your

Greg Hart

that's program Hey. This with a of us as got our mainline. the working program regional in a matriculation is those a we're for and the number to place It's at with eventually really well hiring to happy We've as Greg. results. facilitate well partners partners

Operator

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

Leslie Josephs

in happens or been there given guys corporate recession and a prepared class business premium travel have you're a high-paying slowdown a You and of Thanks. a how seating, guys adding is economic for such slowdown are customers? if in lot just What Polaris. you just on general, focus putting that

Scott Kirby

a as watch that an an said actions has we we sheet. and we nimble think where Leslie, we quick airline culture we call, several taking built more need We've created to. fleet. the if about a can built resilience and flexibility with be it, lot of data got Gerry this we in about, data, closely. watch strong our incredible We've airline, balance more talked times flexibility the in very the We even as

airline in world well. that things for change so performing in we've And the worse, the running we and pretty the and that, or to the feel for well good the ability got the nimbly keep better event respond

Leslie Josephs

there in quick what you've being the is Are a slowdown nimble, look slowdown there like a anything specifics color if and anything could mentioned - any - you that of airline and is if like any there there is with, toyed demand?

Scott Kirby

talk Certainly nothing about would we that publicly.

Operator

it Thank for you. And we Mike will back now Leskinen closing to turn remarks.

Michael Leskinen

for all reaching the media I out be call And contact to relations Please to any you questions. joining media very today. the analysts. for will Thank Thanks much.

Operator

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