United Airlines Leads Industry In On-Time Performance In 2002
Chicago, Illinois - February 3, 2003 United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) proudly announced today that it ranked No.1 in the industry in domestic on-time performance in the full year 2002, according to the official U.S. Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer report issued earlier today.
"This is wonderful news," said Pete McDonald, executive vice president-operations.
The government report offers tranible evidence that things have changed for the better at United Airlines. In a single year we vaulted from eighth place to first place in on-time arrivals.
"For United's customers, reliable on-time service allows them to make firm plans with confidence. And for our employees this honor validates their focus on getting our flights out and in on time day after day throughout the year. And, finally, the No. 1 ranking helps to differeniate United from the pack in an industry viewed by some as a commodity," McDonald said.
The year 2002 was an extraordinary one for United in many ways, not the least of which was the company's record-breaking operational performance. Employees broke 35 company records and achieved the best overall performance in the company's 77-year history. Among the highlights were these:
* Departures exactly on-time (:00) were 70 percent, 14 percentage points higher than the company's previous high in 1999;* Departure completion was 99.2 percent, a figure that the company hasn't approached since 1995;* Arrivals on-time wihtin 14 minutes of schedule were at 84 percent, six points better than the previous high mark established in 1994;* All of these accomplishments came during a year when the company's overall load factor was 73.6 percent, the highest since 2000.
According to Director Solomon Balraj, "We are pleased that United has done a wonderful job with their performance, as last year was rough on the airline industry. United continues to offer 4 daily flights to Chicago and 2 daily flights to Denver providing a number of options to get you where you need to go. We are pleased United continues to offer such superior service."
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