Air Canada Reports Record February Load Factor

MONTREAL, March 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of February, Air Canada 
reported a record system load factor of 79.8 per cent, versus 76.8 per cent in 
February 2012, an increase of 3.0 percentage points. System traffic 
decreased 0.7 per cent on a system-wide capacity decrease of4.4 per cent. 
Air Canada reports trafficresults on asystem-widebasis, including 
regional airlinesfrom which Air Canada purchases capacity. 
"I am pleased to report a record load factor of 79.8 per cent for the month of 
February," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The 
difference in capacity and traffic from the previous year is attributed almost 
entirely to the additional day of operations reported for the February 
2012leap year, making those year-over-year comparisons less meaningful. I 
would like to thank our employees for their hard work taking care of customers 
while transporting them safely to their destinations despite the challenges of 
severe winter weather during the month." 
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|                                                               |
|_______________________________________________________________|
|                   |         February   |       Year-To-Date   |
|___________________|____________________|______________________|
|                   |2013 |2012 | Change | 2013 | 2012 | Change |
|___________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|Traffic (RPMs mln) |3,943|3,971|   -0.7%| 8,311| 8,325|   -0.2%|
|___________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|Capacity (ASMs mln)|4,944|5,170|   -4.4%|10,443|10,677|   -2.2%|
|___________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|Load Factor        |79.8%|76.8%|+3.0 pts| 79.6%| 78.0%|+1.6 pts|
|___________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |1,127|1,144|   -1.5%| 2,328| 2,320|   +0.3%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|   Canada  |ASMs   |1,340|1,410|   -5.0%| 2,869| 2,924|   -1.9%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |84.1%|81.1%|+3.0 pts| 81.1%| 79.3%|+1.8 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |  789|  818|   -3.5%| 1,597| 1,615|   -1.1%|
|    US     |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|Transborder|ASMs   |  986|1,043|   -5.5%| 2,070| 2,101|   -1.5%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |80.0%|78.4%|+1.6 pts| 77.1%| 76.9%|+0.2 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |  668|  671|   -0.4%| 1,492| 1,471|   +1.4%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|  Atlantic |ASMs   |  984|1,042|   -5.6%| 2,048| 2,141|   -4.3%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |67.9%|64.4%|+3.5 pts| 72.9%| 68.7%|+4.2 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |  830|  757|   +9.6%| 1,797| 1,708|   +5.2%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|   Pacific |ASMs   |  991|  956|   +3.7%| 2,125| 2,025|   +4.9%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |83.8%|79.2%|+4.6 pts| 84.6%| 84.3%|+0.3 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |  529|  581|   -9.0%| 1,097| 1,211|  - 9.4%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|   Other*  |ASMs   |  643|  719|  -10.6%| 1,331| 1,486|  -10.4%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |82.3%|80.8%|+1.5 pts| 82.4%| 81.5%|+0.9 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________| 
* Australia has been reclassified to "Pacific" from "Latin America, Caribbean 
& Other." 
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 close to 35 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. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North 
America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research 
firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 
million airline passengers as Best International Airline in North America in 
2012 for the third consecutive year. 
IsabelleArthur (Montréal)514422-5788 PeterFitzpatrick 
(Toronto)416263-5576 AngelaMah (Vancouver)604270-5741 
Internet:aircanada.com 
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