United Airlines has reported in its latest operational results that cargo revenue tonnes in miles rose in the first half of the year by nine per cent.
The carrier’s cargo revenue tonnes from January to June were 1.2 million, an increase on the 1.1 million achieved in the first six months of 2014. For the month of June, United says cargo revenue tonnes rose year on year (YOY) by 3.4 per cent to 209,431, an increase on the 202,624 in June last year. It was the slowest month since January.
The monthly total was down on May when it was 211,109, which was a YOY uplift of 2.3 per cent on the 206,384 in May 2014. June was also below April when it was 212,483, itself a YOY rise of 9.3 per cent on the 194,386 registered in April last year.
March remains the highest month for cargo revenue tonnes this year when it reached 239,959, an 8.1 per cent YOY increase on the 221,927 in March 2014. The second highest monthly total this year was in February, when it reached 221,575, a substantial YOY surge of 21.1 per cent on the 182,913 in February last year. June is the second quietest month in 2015, and only above January when cargo revenue tonnes was 200,621, a YOY rise of 11.2 per cent on the 180,335 in January 2014.
United announced in April for the first quarter of this year that cargo revenue was $242 million, up YOY by 15.8 per cent. The airline is expected to announce its financial results for the first half of 2015 at the end of July. United operates nearly 700 aircraft, and this year the airline expects to take delivery of 34 aircraft, including Boeing 787-9 and Boeing 737-900 extended range.