Jan 17 United Continental Holdings, the
world's largest air carrier, said on Thursday it expects
fourth-quarter charges of $430 million, much of which is tied to
paying off its pension debt.
The carrier said $309 million of the charges relate to an
agreement with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp that modifies
its duty to issue up to $500 million of senior notes.
There were also costs of about $99 million tied to
integrating systems and training, repainting planes and
severance associated with job cuts.
The company also cited $21 million in costs from its joint
collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots
Association union that was ratified in December, as well as a
charge of $24 million tied to the estimated fair value of
foreign takeoff and landing slots.
The carrier said it expected an income tax benefit of $9
million and a gain on sales of assets of $14 million.
United, which has been looking to win back customers who
turned to rivals after technology changes hurt service last
year, said it will report quarterly earnings on Jan. 24.
Analysts on average expect a loss of 54 cents, compared with
a year-earlier profit of 30 cents, according to Thomson Reuters