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Press release from CNW Group

Air Canada Reports Record September Load Factor

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Air Canada Reports Record September Load Factor16:00 EDT Wednesday, October 03, 2012MONTREAL, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of September, Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 84.9 per cent, versus 82.8 per cent in September 2011, an increase of 2.1 percentage points.  System traffic increased 3.1 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of 0.5 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 September, Air Canada reported a record load factor of 84.9 per cent, surpassing our previous record for the month by 2.1 percentage points," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets the airline serves, with system wide growth of 3.1 per cent on a capacity increase of 0.5 per cent through higher utilization of our existing fleet.  These strong results underscore the effectiveness of our disciplined capacity management and award-winning product.  I thank our employees whose focus on taking care of our customers has been instrumental in earning their loyalty." SEPTEMBERQ3YEAR-TO-DATE 20122011Change20122011Change20122011ChangeTraffic (RPMs mln)4,9844,834+3.1%16,25816,127+0.8%43,07242,158+2.2%Capacity (ASMs mln)5,8695,837+0.5%18,83618,799+0.2%51,78551,170+1.2%Load Factor84.9%82.8%+2.1 pts86.3%85.8%+0.5 pts83.2%82.4%+0.8 pts           CanadaRPMs1,4571,416+2.9%4,9844,871+2.3%12,57212,262+2.5%ASMs1,7771,759+1.0%5,8915,841+0.9%15,26715,078+1.3%LF82.0%80.5%+1.5 pts84.6%83.4%+1.2 pts82.3%81.3%+1.0 pts           US TransborderRPMs659634+3.9%2,2162,183+1.5%6,8586,670+2.8%ASMs858838+2.4%2,7712,735+1.3%8,7138,469+2.9%LF76.8%75.7%+1.1 pts80.0%79.8%+0.2 pts78.7%78.8%-0.1 pts           AtlanticRPMs1,5971,557+2.6%4,9065,006-2.0%11,11410,988+1.1%ASMs1,7631,775-0.7%5,5235,618-1.7%13,26213,2600%LF90.6%87.7%+2.9 pts88.8%89.1%-0.3 pts83.8%82.9%+0.9 pts           PacificRPMs859845+1.7%2,7332,718+0.6%7,6107,419+2.6%ASMs974984-1.0%3,0033,019-0.5%8,6058,476+1.5%LF88.2%85.9%+2.3 pts91.0%90.0%+1.0 pts88.4%87.5%+0.9 pts           Other*RPMs412382+7.9%1,4191,349+5.2%4,9184,819+2.1%ASMs497481+3.3%1,6481,586+3.9%5,9385,887+0.9%LF82.9%79.4%+3.5 pts86.1%85.1%+1.0pts82.8%81.9%+0.9 pts* Includes Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South AmericaAir Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 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 59 Canadian cities, 56 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 2012, 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. SOURCE: AIR CANADAFor further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal)  514 422-5788 Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto)  416 263-5576 Angela Mah (Vancouver)  604 270-5741 Internet :  aircanada.com