Welcome aboard, and thanks for choosing United
We operate nearly two million flights a year, carrying almost 140 million customers, using nearly 700 mainline aircraft and more than 500 United Express aircraft across our network. All of these flights are powered by jet fuel. In fact, fuel is our single largest expense, and it drives the largest part of our environmental footprint. To reduce that footprint, we focus on improving fuel efficiency. This benefits United, our communities and our planet.
We have made huge strides in improving our fuel efficiency over the past 21 years, reducing our fuel burn per revenue passenger mile flown by 33 percent. Our goal is to further reduce our fuel burn per seat mile flown each year going forward. We are proud of the progress we’ve made, and we are proud of our leadership in the development and use of innovative aviation biofuels.
We will take delivery of 45 new fuel-efficient aircraft in 2015. We will replace older, less-efficient aircraft with these new aircraft, which are 10 to 20 percent more efficient than those we are replacing. In addition to acquiring new aircraft, we continue to do things to make United more fuel-efficient. For example, we are the launch customer for the Split Scimitar Winglet and are installing these new winglets on our entire 737 fleet. These innovative twin bladed winglets, along with our first-generation winglets on other aircraft, cut our fuel consumption and therefore reduce carbon emissions.
As a result of our ongoing fuel-efficiency efforts and winglet technology, we saved more than 110 million gallons of jet fuel in 2014, equivalent to more than one million metric tons of carbon dioxide. That’s the same as removing more than 225,000 cars from the road.
We are working together across the company to reduce the fuel used on each and every flight through operational efficiencies. This means using electric ground power for planes at our gates, reducing weight on the aircraft with new, lighter cargo containers and creating more fuel-efficient flight plans.
United is also a leader in innovatpive aviation biofuels. Our work with AltAir Fuels will bring aviation biofuels to the Los Angeles airport this year, and World Bio Market recently recognized United with its Award for Excellence in Advanced Biofuels.
As we continue to invest in our customers and employees, we do so with a commitment to operating efficiently and sustainably. We’re dedicated to creating a sustainable future for our employees, customers, shareholders and the communities we serve.
Thanks again for flying with us today. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Chairman of the Board, President
and Chief Executive Officer,