Air Canada Reports Record March Load Factor

MONTREAL, April 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of March, Air Canada 
reported a record system load factor of 83.5 per cent, versus 81.5 per cent in 
March 2012, an increase of 2.0 percentage points. System traffic increased 
3.4 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of1.0 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 83.5 per cent for the month of 
March," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Led by 
traffic increases in the Pacific, domestic Canada and U.S. transborder markets 
of 5.8, 4.5 and 4.4 per cent, respectively, Air Canada generated greater 
traffic of 3.4 per cent system wide on a capacity increase of 1.0 per cent. 
This is the fourth consecutive month Air Canada has reported a record load 
factor, underscoring the effectiveness of our capacity management strategy. 
Also during the month we successfully implemented a simplified baggage 
handling process at our Toronto Pearson hub, making Air Canada an even more 
attractive option for travellers connecting to the United States while 
leveraging our international route network that offers some of the best 
elapsed travel times between the U.S. and Asian and European gateways. I 
thank our employees whose professionalism and focus on taking care of 
customers have been instrumental in earning their loyalty while transporting 
them safely to their destination." 
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|                                                               |
|_______________________________________________________________|
|                   |           March    |               Q1     |
|___________________|____________________|______________________|
|                   |2013 |2012 | Change | 2013 | 2012 |  Change|
|___________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|Traffic (RPMs mln) |4,776|4,621|   +3.4%|13,087|12,946|   +1.1%|
|___________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|Capacity (ASMs mln)|5,722|5,668|   +1.0%|16,164|16,344|   -1.1%|
|___________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|Load Factor        |83.5%|81.5%|+2.0 pts| 81.0%| 79.2%|+1.8 pts|
|___________________|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |1,275|1,220|   +4.5%| 3,604| 3,539|   +1.8%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|   Canada  |ASMs   |1,523|1,495|   +1.9%| 4,392| 4,419|   -0.6%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |83.7%|81.6%|+2.1 pts| 82.1%| 80.1%|+2.0 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |  965|  924|   +4.4%| 2,563| 2,538|   +1.0%|
|    US     |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|Transborder|ASMs   |1,178|1,135|   +3.8%| 3,248| 3,235|   +0.4%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |81.9%|81.4%|+0.5 pts| 78.9%| 78.5%|+0.4 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |  984|  951|   +3.5%| 2,476| 2,422|   +2.2%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|  Atlantic |ASMs   |1,189|1,193|   -0.3%| 3,238| 3,334|   -2.9%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |82.8%|79.7%|+3.1 pts| 76.5%| 72.6%|+3.9 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |  955|  903|   +5.8%| 2,752| 2,611|   +5.4%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|   Pacific |ASMs   |1,093|1,070|   +2.1%| 3,218| 3,095|   +4.0%|
|           |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |87.4%|84.4%| +3.0pts| 85.5%| 84.4%|+1.1 pts|
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |       |     |     |        |      |      |        |
|___________|_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |RPMs   |  597|  623|   -4.2%| 1,692| 1,836|   -7.8%|
|  Latin    |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|America &  |ASMs   |  739|  775|   -4.6%| 2,068| 2,261|   -8.5%|
|Caribbean* |_______|_____|_____|________|______|______|________|
|           |LF     |80.8%|80.4%|+0.4 pts| 81.8%| 81.2%|+0.6 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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