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Press release from CNW Group

Air Canada Reports May Load Factor

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Air Canada Reports May Load Factor16:00 EDT Wednesday, June 06, 2012MONTREAL, June 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of May, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 81.6 per cent, versus 82.2 per cent in May 2011, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points.  System traffic increased 1.8 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of 2.5 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 May, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 81.6 per cent. Led by increases in traffic in our Pacific and Atlantic markets of 6.1 and 5.0 per cent, respectively, we generated system wide traffic growth of 1.8 per cent," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "I want to thank our employees for their focus on taking care of our customers and for safely transporting them to their destinations."  MayYear-To-Date 20122011 Change20122011 ChangeTraffic (RPMs mln)4,5274,448+1.8% 21,835 21,121+3.4%Capacity (ASMs mln)5,5465,411+2.5%27,14326,541+2.3%Load Factor 81.6%82.2%-0.6 pts80.4%79.6%+0.8 pts        CanadaRPMs 1,3641,352+0.9%6,1315,949+3.1%ASMs1,7421,698+2.6%7,6137,455+2.1%LF78.3%79.6%-1.3pts80.5%79.8%+0.7 pts        US Transborder RPMs634642-1.2%3,9613,818+3.7%ASMs845817+3.4%5,0824,887+4.0%LF75.0% 78.6%-3.6 pts77.9%78.1%-0.2 pts        AtlanticRPMs1,2191,161+5.0%4,6704,481+4.2%ASMs1,4501,415+2.5%6,0155,902+1.9%LF84.1%82.0%+2.1 pts77.6%75.9%+1.7 pts        PacificRPMs903851+6.1%3,9853,816+4.4%ASMs1,007944+6.7%4,6434,501+3.2%LF89.7%90.1%-0.4 pts85.8%84.8%+1.0 pts        Other*RPMs407442-7.9%3,0883,057+1.0%ASMs502537-6.5%3,7903,796-0.2%LF81.1%82.3%-1.2 pts81.5%80.5%+1.0 pts* Includes Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South AmericaAir 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. For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal)  514 422-5788 Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto)  416 263-5576 Angela Mah (Vancouver)  604 270-5741 Internet :  aircanada.com