United Continental Holdings on Thursday said its net loss for the first quarter widened from a year ago on higher fuel and integration costs and lower revenue related to the earthquake in Japan.

United and Continental were separate airlines in the year-ago quarter.

The company posted net loss of $213 million, or 65 cents per share, compared with $82 million, or 49 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2010. Analysts expected a loss of 48 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters.

United said its fuel costs jumped nearly 35 percent, excluding hedges. The airline said it has hedged 46 percent of its fuel for the remainder of the year to help control costs.

Revenue rose nearly 11 percent to $8.2 billion compared to a year ago.

United said it would cut flights to Japan by 14 percent next month compared with last May because demand has fallen since the March 11 earthquake in that country.

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