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United Airlines Q2 net income $1.3 billion

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United Airlines reported second-quarter 2015 net income of $1.3 billion, or $3.31 per diluted share, excluding $67 million of special items.

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Including special items, UAL reported second-quarter net income of $1.2 billion, or $3.14 per diluted share. These results are a record quarterly profit for the company.

The board authorized an additional $3 billion share repurchase program, which the company expects to complete by the end of 2017.

In the quarter, UAL prepaid approximately $800 million of debt, contributed approximately $620 million to its pension plans and returned approximately $250 million to shareholders as part of its existing $1 billion share buyback program.

UAL earned an 18.2 percent return on invested capital for the 12 months ended June 30, 2015.

For the second quarter of 2015, total revenue was $9.9 billion, a decrease of 4 percent year-over-year. Second-quarter consolidated passenger revenue decreased 3.4 percent to $8.7 billion, compared to the same period in 2014.

Ancillary revenue per passenger in the second quarter increased 6.7 percent year-over-year.

Second-quarter cargo revenue decreased 1.3 percent year-over-year to $229 million.

Other revenue in the second quarter decreased 9.6 percent year-over-year, mostly due to the reduction in sales of fuel to a third party. The corresponding expense decline from this reduction appears in third-party business expense.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles increased 0.7 percent and consolidated available seat miles increased 2.3 percent year-over-year for the second quarter, resulting in a second-quarter consolidated load factor of 83.9 percent.

Second-quarter 2015 consolidated PRASM decreased 5.6 percent and consolidated yield decreased 4.1 percent compared to the second quarter of 2014.


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