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Press release from CNW Group

Air Canada Reports Record June Load Factor

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Air Canada Reports Record June Load Factor16:58 EDT Thursday, July 05, 2012MONTREAL, July 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of June, Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 85.6 per cent, versus 84.2 per cent in June 2011, an increase of 1.4 percentage points. System traffic increased 1.5 per cent on a system-wide capacity decrease of 0.1 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 June, Air Canada reported a record load factor of 85.6 per cent. Traffic grew 1.5 per cent during the month, led by the Atlantic and trans-border markets. This record load factor result for the month also demonstrates the effectiveness of our strategy to manage capacity to ensure high efficiency," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "I thank our employees for their hard work taking care of our customers while transporting them safely to their destinations."  JuneQ2Year-To-Date 20122011Change2012(1)2011Change2012(1)2011ChangeTraffic (RPMs mln)4,9854,911+1.5%13,86813,677+1.4%26,81426,032+3.0%Capacity (ASMs mln)5,8235,830-0.1%16,60616,512+0.6%32,95032,371+1.8%Load Factor85.6%84.2%+1.4 pts83.5% 82.8%+0.7 pts81.4%80.4%+1.0 pts           CanadaRPMs1,463 1,443+1.4%4,0493,983+1.7% 7,588 7,392+2.7%ASMs1,7801,782-0.1%4,957 4,904 +1.1% 9,376 9,237+1.5%LF82.2%81.0%+1.2 pts81.7% 81.2% +0.5 pts  80.9% 80.0% +0.9 pts           US TransborderRPMs681670+1.6%2,104 2,120-0.8% 4,642 4,487+3.5%ASMs860847+1.5%2,7072,686+0.8% 5,9425,734+3.6%LF 79.2%79.1%+0.1 pts 77.7% 78.9%- 1.2 pts  78.1% 78.3%- 0.2 pts           AtlanticRPMs1,5381,501+2.5%3,7863,695+2.5% 6,2085,982+3.8%ASMs1,7241,739-0.9%4,4054,415 -0.2%7,7397,641+1.3%LF89.2%86.3%+2.9 pts 85.9% 83.7% +2.2 pts 80.2%78.3%+1.9 pts           PacificRPMs 891884+0.8%2,592 2,493+4.0% 4,8774,701+3.7%ASMs958955+0.3% 2,888 2,804+3.0%5,6015,457+2.6%LF93.0%92.6%+0.4 pts 89.8%  88.9%  +0.9 pts  87.1%  86.1% +1.0 pts           Other*RPMs412413-02% 1,3371,386   -3.5% 3,4993,470 +0.8%ASMs501507-1.2% 1,649 1,703 -3.2% 4,2924,302  -0.2%LF 82.2% 81.5%+0.7 pts  81.1%  81.4%- 0.3pts 81.5% 80.7% +0.8 pts* Includes Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America(1)Year-to date 2012 and Q2 2012 results reported include an adjustment to May 2012 figures previously reported in Air Canada's June 6, 2012 traffic news release. In that release, as a result of a system modification, May 2012 traffic results were overstated by 0.2 percentage points for system traffic growth, 0.3 percentage points for system capacity growth and system load factor was 81.7% versus 81.6% previously reported.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 1,356 destinations in 193 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: Contacts: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal)  514 422-5788 Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto)  416 263-5576 Angela Mah (Vancouver)  604 270-5741 Internet:  aircanada.com