PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 8, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:
UAL) today reported December 2012 combined operational results for its airline

UAL's consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles) in December 2012
decreased 4.0 percent and consolidated capacity (available seat miles)
decreased 5.4 percent versus December 2011. UAL's consolidated load factor in
December 2012 increased 1.2 points compared to December 2011.

UAL's December 2012 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile
(PRASM) increased an estimated2.5 to 3.5 percent compared to December 2011.
Core passenger revenue growth showed sequential strength from November 2012 to
December 2012, but was partially offset by year-end revenue adjustments.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day
to 378 airports on six continents from the airline's hubs in Chicago,
Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco,
Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed
seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating
than any other airline in North America. United now has 180 airplanes
featuring DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any
other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and
has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022. In 2012,
United was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787
Dreamliner aircraft. United was rated the world's most admired airline on
FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired
Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus
program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is
a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries
via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S.
state and in countries around the world.For more information, visit
united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of
United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE
under the symbol UAL.

Preliminary Operational Results
                 December                       Year-to-Date
                 2012       2011       Change   2012        2011        Change
   Domestic      7,294,836  7,752,603  (5.9%)   92,654,685  95,069,896  (2.5%)
   International 6,838,979  6,982,065  (2.0%)   86,761,121  86,693,558  0.1%
   Atlantic      2,757,774  2,890,038  (4.6%)   37,817,032  39,280,149  (3.7%)
   Pacific       2,600,344  2,616,274  (0.6%)   32,360,042  31,350,439  3.2%
   Latin         1,480,861  1,475,753  0.3%     16,584,047  16,062,970  3.2%
   Mainline      14,133,815 14,734,668 (4.1%)   179,415,806 181,763,454 (1.3%)
   Regional      2,071,797  2,148,219  (3.6%)   26,068,761  25,768,002  1.2%
   Consolidated  16,205,612 16,882,887 (4.0%)   205,484,567 207,531,456 (1.0%)
MILES (000)
   Domestic      8,747,198  9,311,662  (6.1%)   109,105,345 111,734,624 (2.4%)
   International 8,337,481  8,707,176  (4.2%)   107,224,901 107,702,131 (0.4%)
   Atlantic      3,434,047  3,698,344  (7.1%)   47,428,563  49,189,706  (3.6%)
   Pacific       3,070,544  3,160,691  (2.9%)   39,234,124  38,207,995  2.7%
   Latin         1,832,890  1,848,141  (0.8%)   20,562,214  20,304,430  1.3%
   Mainline      17,084,679 18,018,838 (5.2%)   216,330,246 219,436,755 (1.4%)
   Regional      2,580,166  2,777,392  (7.1%)   32,529,763  33,091,282  (1.7%)
   Consolidated  19,664,845 20,796,230 (5.4%)   248,860,009 252,528,037 (1.5%)
   Domestic      83.4%      83.3%      0.1 pts  84.9%       85.1%       (0.2)
   International 82.0%      80.2%      1.8 pts  80.9%       80.5%       0.4
   Atlantic      80.3%      78.1%      2.2 pts  79.7%       79.9%       (0.2)
   Pacific       84.7%      82.8%      1.9 pts  82.5%       82.1%       0.4
   Latin         80.8%      79.9%      0.9 pts  80.7%       79.1%       1.6
   Mainline      82.7%      81.8%      0.9 pts  82.9%       82.8%       0.1
   Regional      80.3%      77.3%      3.0 pts  80.1%       77.9%       2.2
   Consolidated  82.4%      81.2%      1.2 pts  82.6%       82.2%       0.4
   Mainline      7,331      7,780      (5.8%)   93,595      96,360      (2.9%)
   Regional      3,746      3,778      (0.8%)   46,846      45,439      3.1%
   Consolidated  11,077     11,558     (4.2%)   140,441     141,799     (1.0%)
   Total         199,466    223,892    (10.9%)  2,460,438   2,645,600   (7.0%)

Preliminary Financial Results 
November 2012 year-over-year consolidated PRASM change           (2.1) %
November 2012 year-over-year mainline PRASM change               (2.5) %
December 2012 estimated year-over-year consolidated PRASM change 2.5- %
December 2012 estimated year-over-year mainline PRASM change     1.5- %
December 2012 estimated consolidated average price per gallon of 3.23  Dollars
fuel, including fuel taxes
Fourth Quarter 2012 estimated consolidated average price per     3.29  Dollars
gallon of fuel, including fuel taxes
 Preliminary Operational Results 
                                                 2012    2011^3  Change
December On-Time Performance^1                   78.4%   82.1%   (3.7) pts
December Completion Factor^2                     99.2%   99.5%   (0.3) pts
^1 Based on domestic mainline scheduled flights arriving within 14 minutes of
scheduled arrival time, according to data published in the DOT Air Travel
Consumer Report.
^2 Mainline completion percentage.
^3 In order to provide a meaningful year-over-year comparison, 2011
operational results are combined on a weighted departure basis for the
Company's two operating subsidiaries, United and Continental. On a standalone
basis, United's December 2011 on-time performance and completion factor was
84.0% and 99.4%, respectively, and Continental's December 2011 on-time
performance and completion factor was 79.8% and 99.5%, respectively.

Safe Harbor Statement
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1995: Certain statements included in this release are forward-looking and thus
reflect our current expectations and beliefs with respect to certain current
and future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements
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these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including, without
limitation, the following: our ability to comply with the terms of our various
financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability
to maintain adequate liquidity; our ability to execute our operational plans;
our ability to control our costs, including realizing benefits from our
resource optimization efforts, cost reduction initiatives and fleet
replacement programs; our ability to utilize our net operating losses; our
ability to attract and retain customers; demand for transportation in the
markets in which we operate; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel
demand or travel behavior; demand for travel and the impact that global
economic conditions have on customer travel patterns; excessive taxation and
the inability to offset future taxable income; general economic conditions
(including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, investment or
credit market conditions, crude oil prices, costs of aviation fuel and energy
refining capacity in relevant markets); our ability to cost-effectively hedge
against increases in the price of aviation fuel; any potential realized or
unrealized gains or losses related to fuel or currency hedging programs; the
effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; the ability of
other air carriers with whom we have alliances or partnerships to provide the
services contemplated by the respective arrangements with such carriers; the
costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; the costs associated
with security measures and practices; industry consolidation or changes in
airline alliances; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; our
capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; U.S. or
foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including open
skies agreements and environmental regulations); labor costs; our ability to
maintain satisfactory labor relations and the results of the collective
bargaining agreement process with our union groups; any disruptions to
operations due to any potential actions by our labor groups; weather
conditions; the possibility that expected merger synergies will not be
realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; and other
risks and uncertainties set forth under Item 1A., Risk Factors of our Annual
Report on Form 10-K, as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth from
time to time in the reports we file with the SEC. Consequently,
forward-looking statements should not be regarded as representations or
warranties by us that such matters will be realized.

SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.

Website: http://www.united.com
Contact: United Continental Holdings, Inc. Worldwide Media Relations,
+1-312-997-8640, media.relations@united.com
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