Air Canada reports record October load factor

MONTREAL, Canada - For the month of October, Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 82.9%, versus 79.4% in October 2011, an increase of 3.5 percentage points.

Air Canada reports record October load factor

MONTREAL, Canada – For the month of October, Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 82.9%, versus 79.4% in October 2011, an increase of 3.5 percentage points. System traffic increased 4.9% on a system-wide capacity increase of 0.4%. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

“For the month of October, Air Canada reported a record load factor of 82.9 per cent, an increase of 3.5 percentage points from the previous year,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This record load factor for the month and strong traffic results overall underscore the effectiveness of our ongoing disciplined approach to managing capacity and our award-winning product that continues to earn customers’ loyalty. Led by increases in traffic on Atlantic, Pacific and domestic Canada routes of 7.1, 6.8 and 5.0%, respectively, system traffic grew 4.9 per cent while overall capacity increased 0.4%.

I thank our employees whose professionalism and dedication was brought to bear in taking care of our customers and transporting them safely to their destinations during the recent severe weather conditions in the U.S. northeast.”

October Year-To-Date
2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change

Traffic (RPMs mln) 4,500 4,290 +4.9% 47,572 46,449 +2.4%
Capacity (ASMs mln) 5,425 5,405 +0.4% 57,210 56,575 +1.1%
Load Factor 82.9% 79.4% +3.5 pts 83.2% 82.1% +1.1 pts

Canada RPMs 1,373 1,308 +5.0% 13,945 13,570 +2.8%
ASMs 1,650 1,622 +1.7% 16,917 16,700 +1.3%
LF 83.2% 80.6% +2.6 pts 82.4% 81.3% +1.1 pts

US
Transborder RPMs 653 634 +3.0% 7,511 7,304 +2.8%
ASMs 831 833 -0.2% 9,544 9,302 +2.6%
LF 78.6% 76.1% +2.5 pts 78.7% 78.5% +0.2 pts

Atlantic RPMs 1,177 1,099 +7.1% 12,291 12,087 +1.7%
ASMs 1,445 1,444 +0.1% 14,706 14,704 0.0%
LF 81.5% 76.1% +5.4 pts 83.6% 82.2% +1.4 pts

Pacific RPMs 898 841 +6.8% 8,508 8,260 +3.0%
ASMs 981 989 -0.8% 9,586 9,465 +1.3%
LF 91.5% 85.0% +6.5 pts 88.8% 87.3% +1.5 pts

Other* RPMs 399 408 -2.2% 5,317 5,228 +1.7%
ASMs 518 517 +0.2% 6,457 6,404 +0.8%
LF 77.0% 78.9% -1.9 pts 82.3% 81.6% +0.7 pts

* Includes Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America

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