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Air Canada reports November traffic

MONTREAL, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of November, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 74.7 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz (from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity), versus 77.6 per cent in November 2008, a decrease of 2.9 percentage points. System traffic decreased 1.2 per cent on a capacity increase of 2.7 per cent system wide.

"In November, Air Canada recorded a load factor of 74.7 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This result produced in the traditionally slower off-peak travel season is also a reflection of the on-going effects of the weak economy on the industry. As we have previously stated, we do not expect an economic recovery for 12 to 18 months.

"During the month, we made good progress with the implementation of our business plan. Notably, we began the introduction of codeshare services with our new Star Alliance partner, Continental Airlines, to broaden our network and increase our presence in new markets. This week we launched the only daily non-stop service between Montreal and Houston, Continental's main hub providing convenient connections to destinations in the United States, Mexico and Central America. I am extremely grateful for the hard work of our employees who exceeded On-Time Performance objectives for the month, achieving on-time arrivals performance of over 82 per cent for the month of November. Their professionalism and dedication is earning the loyalty of our customers who, among the 25,000 readers of Global Traveler magazine, recently voted Air Canada as the Best Airline in North America and Canada," concluded Mr. Rovinescu.

 

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                                 CONSOLIDATED
                       (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
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                              November                  Year-To-Date
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                        2009    2008  Change         2009    2008  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs mln)        3,180   3,217    -1.2%      44,029  46,790    -5.9%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs mln)        4,257   4,146    +2.7%      54,595  57,509    -5.1%
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    Load Factor         74.7%   77.6%   -2.9 pts     80.6%   81.4%   -0.8 pts
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              RPMs     1,073   1,110    -3.3%      14,315  14,998    -4.6%
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    Canada    ASMs     1,381   1,416    -2.5%      17,914  18,703    -4.2%
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              LF        77.7%   78.4%   -0.7 pts     79.9%   80.2%   -0.3 pts
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              RPMs       519     548    -5.3%       6,579   7,327   -10.2%
    US       ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-   ASMs       728     734    -0.8%       8,761   9,553    -8.3%
     border  ----------------------------------------------------------------
              LF        71.3%   74.7%   -3.4 pts     75.1%   76.7%   -1.6 pts
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              RPMs       681     697    -2.3%      11,490  11,605    -1.0%
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    Atlantic  ASMs       998     926    +7.8%      13,821  13,678    +1.0%
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              LF        68.2%   75.3%   -7.1 pts     83.1%   84.8%   -1.7 pts
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              RPMs       549     502    +9.4%       6,900   7,979   -13.5%
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    Pacific   ASMs       669     576   +16.1%       8,100   9,467   -14.4%
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              LF        82.1%   87.2%   -5.1 pts     85.2%   84.3%   +0.9 pts
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              RPMs       358     360    -0.6%       4,745   4,881    -2.8%
    Latin    ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Amer &   ASMs       481     494    -2.6%       5,999   6,108    -1.8%
     Other   ----------------------------------------------------------------
              LF        74.4%   72.9%   +1.5 pts     79.1%   79.9%   -0.8 pts
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%SEDAR: 00001324EF


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