Air Canada Reports Record Load Factors for December and Full Year 2012

Air Canada Reports Record Load Factors for December and Full Year 2012 
MONTREAL, Jan. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of December 2012, Air 
Canada reported a record system load factor of 82.1 per cent, versus 81.0 per 
cent in December 2011, an increase of 1.1 percentage points. System traffic 
increased 3.2 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of1.8 per cent. 
For the full year 2012, load factor was a record 82.7 per cent, versus 81.6 
per cent, an increase of 1.1 percentage points. Air Canada reports 
trafficresults on asystem-widebasis, including regional airlinesfrom 
which Air Canada purchases capacity. 
"For both the month of December and full year 2012, Air Canada achieved record 
load factors of 82.1 and 82.7 per cent, respectively," said Calin Rovinescu, 
President and Chief Executive Officer. "Led by increases in traffic in the 
U.S. transborder market of 6.6 per cent and in the Atlantic market of 5.1 per 
cent, Air Canada generated greater traffic for the month of December in all 
markets the airline serves with system wide growth of 3.2 per cent on a 
capacity increase of 1.8 per cent through higher utilization of our existing 
fleet. These strong results, for both the month and full year, underscore 
the effectiveness of Air Canada's disciplined capacity management and our 
award winning product. I want to thank our employees for taking care of the 
more than 33 million customers Air Canada served in 2012 and, above all, 
transporting them safely to their destination. Their professionalism and 
efforts in earning our customers' loyalty have been recognized by many 
industry awards, including the selection of Air Canada by frequent world 
travelers as the Best International Airline in North America." 
In 2012, Air Canada was ranked for a third consecutive year "Best 
International Airline in North America" in a worldwide survey of more than 18 
million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm Skytrax. 
According to the 2012 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, 
Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 79 percent of frequent 
business travellers in Canada. In 2012, readers of Global Traveler magazine 
voted Air Canada "Best Airline in North America," the readers of Business 
Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for International 
Travel" and "Best In-Flight Services in North America," and the readers of 
Premier Traveler voted Air Canada "Best North American Airline for Business 
Class Service," "Best North American Airline for International Travel" and 
"Best Flight Attendants in North America." 
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|                |       DECEMBER   |               Q4     |      YEAR-TO-DATE  |
|________________|__________________|______________________|____________________|
|                |2012 |2011 |Change| 2012 |   2011 |Change| 2012 | 2011 |Change|
|________________|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|Traffic (RPMs   |4,394|4,256| +3.2%|12,574|  12,064| +4.2%|55,646|54,223| +2.6%|
|mln)            |     |     |      |      |        |      |      |      |      |
|________________|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|Capacity (ASMs  |5,349|5,253| +1.8%|15,485|  15,290| +1.3%|67,271|66,460| +1.2%|
|mln)            |     |     |      |      |        |      |      |      |      |
|________________|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|Load Factor     |82.1%|81.0%|  +1.1| 81.2%|   78.9%|  +2.3| 82.7%| 81.6%|  +1.1|
|                |     |     |   pts|      |        |   pts|      |      |   pts|
|________________|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |    |     |     |      |      |        |      |      |      |      |
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |RPMs|1,272|1,259| +1.0%| 3,831|   3,708| +3.3%|16,403|15,971| +2.7%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|   Canada  |ASMs|1,520|1,550| -1.9%| 4,591|   4,588| +0.1%|19,858|19,666| +1.0%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |LF  |83.7%|81.2%|  +2.5| 83.4%|   80.8%|  +2.6| 82.6%| 81.2%|  +1.4|
|           |    |     |     |   pts|      |        |   pts|      |      |   pts|
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |    |     |     |      |      |        |      |      |      |      |
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |RPMs|  771|  723| +6.6%| 2,063|   1,979| +4.2%| 8,921| 8,649| +3.1%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|    US     |ASMs|1,020|  958| +6.5%| 2,696|   2,625| +2.7%|11,409|11,094| +2.8%|
|Transborder|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |LF  |75.6%|75.5%|  +0.1| 76.5%|   75.4%|  +1.1| 78.2%| 78.0%|  +0.2|
|           |    |     |     |   pts|      |        |   pts|      |      |   pts|
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |    |     |     |      |      |        |      |      |      |      |
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |RPMs|  933|  888| +5.1%| 2,837|   2,687| +5.6%|13,951|13,675| +2.0%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|  Atlantic |ASMs|1,109|1,100| +0.8%| 3,583|   3,580| +0.1%|16,845|16,839|    0%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |LF  |84.1%|80.7%|  +3.4| 79.2%|   75.1%|  +4.1| 82.8%| 81.2%|  +1.6|
|           |    |     |     |   pts|      |        |   pts|      |      |   pts|
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |    |     |     |      |      |        |      |      |      |      |
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |RPMs|  806|  792| +1.8%| 2,403|   2,287| +5.1%|10,013| 9,706| +3.2%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|   Pacific |ASMs|  944|  909| +3.9%| 2,779|   2,716| +2.3%|11,383|11,192| +1.7%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |LF  |85.4%|87.1%|  -1.7| 86.5%|   84.2%|  +2.3| 88.0%| 86.7%|  +1.3|
|           |    |     |     |   pts|      |        |   pts|      |      |   pts|
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |    |     |     |      |      |        |      |      |      |      |
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |RPMs|  612|  594| +3.0%| 1,440|   1,403| +2.6%| 6,358| 6,222| +2.2%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|   Other*  |ASMs|  756|  736| +2.7%| 1,836|   1,781| +3.1%| 7,776| 7,669| +1.4%|
|           |____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______|
|           |LF  |81.0%|80.7%|  +0.3| 78.4%|   78.8%|  -0.4| 81.8%| 81.1%|  +0.7|
|           |    |     |     |   pts|      |        |   pts|      |      |   pts|
|___________|____|_____|_____|______|______|________|______|______|______|______| 
* Includes Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America 
Air 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 2012 served more than 33 
million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly 
to59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in the United States and63 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 1,329 destinations in194 
countries. 
IsabelleArthur (Montréal)514422-5788 PeterFitzpatrick 
(Toronto)416263-5576 AngelaMah (Vancouver)604270-5741 
Internet:aircanada.com 
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