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At the start of 2018, United CEO Oscar Munoz outlined a multi-year growth strategy with great promise. By year’s end—after boasting the industry’s best revenue growth—it looks like the airline has begun to deliver. Its $41 billion in annual revenue was up 9.5% from the year prior, good for $2.1 billion in annual profits. The Chicago company also transported more passengers than ever in 2018, the result of an operationally high-flying year that saw it cut pre-6 a.m. flights by 50% and move around 33 aircraft for better margins. Customers have noticed: Passenger revenue climbed 11.3% in the fourth quarter, a possible sign of things to come.

Company Info

Oscar Munoz
CEO Title
Chief Executive Officer & Director
HQ Location
Chicago, Ill.
Years on Fortune 500 List25
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United Continental Holdings Rank History


Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$41,303.09.5%
Profits ($M)$2,129.0-0.1%
Assets ($M)$44,792.0-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$9,995.0-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues5.2%
Profits as % of Assets4.8%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity21.3%

Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)

Earnings Per Share ($)7.7
EPS % Change (from 2017)9.7%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)38.2%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)-

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2018)24.2%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)17.2%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)22.5%