Air Canada Reports November Load Factor

MONTREAL, 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."

 
  November Year-To-Date
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
Traffic (RPMs mln) 3,681 3,518 +4.6% 51,252 49,967 +2.6%
Capacity (ASMs mln) 4,711 4,632 +1.7% 61,921 61,206 +1.2%
Load Factor 78.1% 75.9% +2.2 pts 82.8% 81.6% +1.2 pts
               
Canada RPMs 1,187 1,141 +4.0% 15,132 14,711 +2.9%
ASMs 1,421 1,417 +0.3% 18,338 18,117 +1.2%
LF 83.5% 80.5% +3.0 pts 82.5% 81.2% +1.3 pts
               
US
Transborder
RPMs 640 622 +2.9% 8,151 7,926 +2.8%
ASMs 846 835 +1.3% 10,390 10,136 +2.5%
LF 75.7% 74.5% +1.2 pts  78.5%  78.2% +0.3 pts
               
Atlantic RPMs 726 700 +3.7% 13,018 12,787 +1.8%
ASMs 1,030 1,036 -0.6% 15,736 15,740 0.0%
LF 70.5% 67.6% +2.9 pts 82.7% 81.2% +1.5 pts
               
Pacific RPMs 699 654 +6.9% 9,208 8,914 +3.3%
ASMs 853 819 +4.2% 10,439 10,283 +1.5%
LF 81.9% 79.9% +2.0 pts 88.2% 86.7% +1.5 pts
               
Other* RPMs 429 401 +7.0% 5,743 5,629 +2.0%
ASMs 561 525 +6.9% 7,018 6,930 +1.3%
LF 76.5% 76.4% +0.1 pts 81.8% 81.2% +0.6 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 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 CANADA



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