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Air Canada Reports April Load Factor

MONTREAL, May 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of April, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 83.0 per cent, versus 81.9 per cent in April 2011, an increase of 1.1 percentage points.  System traffic increased 1.0 per cent on a system-wide capacity decrease of 0.3 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

"For the month of April, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 83.0 per cent, an increase of 1.1 percentage points from the previous year," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Overall, traffic grew system wide by 1 per cent, led by traffic growth in our domestic Canada and Pacific markets of 3.3 and 5.1 per cent, respectively.  These gains were achieved despite a reduction in capacity of 0.3 per cent as a result of disruption to operations caused by job action by a number of unionized employees and the rescheduling of maintenance activities following the sudden closure by Aveos of its facilities. We are focused on maintaining the loyalty and confidence of our customers, and I would like to thank those employees who worked doubly hard during the month to get our customers to their destination safely."

  April Year-To-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Traffic (RPMs mln) 4,362 4,318 +1.0% 17,308    16,673 +3.8%
Capacity (ASMs mln) 5,253 5,271 -0.3% 21,597 21,130 +2.2%
Load Factor 83.0% 81.9% +1.1 pts 80.1% 78.9% +1.2 pts
               
Canada RPMs 1,228 1,189 +3.3% 4,767 4,597 +3.7%

ASMs

1,452 1,424 +2.0% 5,872 5,757 +2.0%
LF 84.6% 83.5% +1.1 pts 81.2% 79.9% +1.3 pts
               
US Transborder RPMs 788 809 -2.6% 3,327 3,176 +4.8%

ASMs

1,002 1,022 -2.0% 4,237 4,070 +4.1%
LF 78.6%  79.2% - 0.6 pts 78.5% 78.0% +0.5 pts
               
Atlantic RPMs 1,029 1,032  -0.3% 3,451 3,319 +4.0%

ASMs

1,231 1,260  -2.3% 4,565 4,487 +1.7%
LF 83.6% 81.9% +1.7 pts 75.6% 74.0% +1.6 pts
               
Pacific RPMs 797 758 +5.1% 3,082 2,965 +3.9%

ASMs

924 905 +2.1% 3,637 3,557 +2.2%
LF 86.3% 83.8% +2.5 pts 84.7% 83.4% +1.3 pts
               
Other* RPMs 520 530 -1.9% 2,681 2,616 +2.5%

ASMs

644 660 -2.4% 3,286 3,259 +0.8%
LF 80.7% 80.3% +0.4 pts 81.6% 80.3% +1.3 pts

* Includes Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 180 destinations on five continents.  Canada's flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2011 served more than 33 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 57 destinations in the United States and 63 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.  Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,290 destinations in 189 countries. In 2011, Air Canada was ranked Best International Airline in North America in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm Skytrax.


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