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Press release from CNW Group

Air Canada Reports November Load Factor

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Air Canada Reports November Load Factor16:00 EST Wednesday, December 05, 2012MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of November, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 78.1 per cent, versus 75.9 per cent in November 2011, an increase of 2.2 percentage points.  System traffic increased 4.6 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of 1.7 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 November, Air Canada reported a load factor of 78.1 per cent, an increase of 2.2 percentage points from the previous year and our second highest ever for the month," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Led by increases in traffic of 6.9 per cent in Asia Pacific markets, and of 7 per cent overall in the Australia, Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America markets, Air Canada generated greater traffic in all markets the airline serves with system wide growth of 4.6 per cent on a capacity increase of 1.7 per cent through higher utilization of our existing fleet. These strong results underscore the effectiveness of our disciplined capacity management and our award winning product. I thank our employees whose professionalism and focus on taking care of customers have been instrumental in earning their loyalty."  NovemberYear-To-Date 20122011Change20122011ChangeTraffic (RPMs mln)3,6813,518+4.6%51,25249,967+2.6%Capacity (ASMs mln)4,7114,632+1.7%61,92161,206+1.2%Load Factor78.1%75.9%+2.2 pts82.8%81.6%+1.2 pts        CanadaRPMs1,1871,141+4.0%15,13214,711+2.9%ASMs1,4211,417+0.3%18,33818,117+1.2%LF83.5%80.5%+3.0 pts82.5%81.2%+1.3 pts        USTransborderRPMs640622+2.9%8,1517,926+2.8%ASMs846835+1.3%10,39010,136+2.5%LF75.7%74.5%+1.2 pts 78.5% 78.2%+0.3 pts        AtlanticRPMs726700+3.7%13,01812,787+1.8%ASMs1,0301,036-0.6%15,73615,7400.0%LF70.5%67.6%+2.9 pts82.7%81.2%+1.5 pts        PacificRPMs699654+6.9%9,2088,914+3.3%ASMs853819+4.2%10,43910,283+1.5%LF81.9%79.9%+2.0 pts88.2%86.7%+1.5 pts        Other*RPMs429401+7.0%5,7435,629+2.0%ASMs561525+6.9%7,0186,930+1.3%LF76.5%76.4%+0.1 pts81.8%81.2%+0.6 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 :