Air Canada Reports April Traffic



    MONTREAL, May 5 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of April, Air Canada today
reported a load factor of 81.1 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz,
versus 82.7 per cent in April 2008, a decrease of 1.6 percentage points.
System traffic decreased 4.1 per cent on a capacity reduction of 2.2 per cent
system wide.
    Air Canada mainline reported a load factor of 82.4 per cent in April 2009
compared to 83.5 per cent in April 2008; a decrease of 1.1 percentage points.
The mainline carrier flew 3.2 per cent fewer revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in
April 2009 than in April 2008 on a capacity decrease of 1.9 per cent.
    Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, reported a load
factor of 68.1 per cent, a decrease of 6.8 percentage points from 74.9 per
cent in April 2008. Capacity decreased by 5.0 per cent from April 2008 and the
carrier flew 13.6 per cent fewer RPMs than in the previous April.
    "For the month of April, Air Canada reported a strong load factor of 81.1
per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz," said Calin Rovinescu, President
and Chief Executive Officer. "We will continue our disciplined approach to
capacity management to ensure assets are efficiently deployed as we gear up to
meet peak summer season travel demand. In addition, as we manage through this
economic downturn, we will ensure that Air Canada is well positioned to
capitalize on the inevitable economic recovery that will take place. This
includes leveraging our strategic business partnership with Aeroplan through
the recent sale of 250,000 additional seats with the triple objectives of
raising revenue, earning customer loyalty and differentiating our brand from
the competition. Other recent customer-focused measures we have taken include
the introduction of our Low Fare Guarantee and the elimination of call centre
fees.
    "I commend our employees who exceeded both Customer Satisfaction and
On-Time Performance objectives for the month, achieving on-time arrivals
performance of 82 per cent for the month of April, a three percentage point
improvement over the same month a year ago."

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actions by third parties as well as the factors identified throughout Air
Canada's public disclosure file available at www.sedar.com. The
forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Air
Canada's expectations as of the date of this news release and are subject to
change after such date. However, Air Canada disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required
under applicable securities regulations.


    
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                             AIR CANADA MAINLINE
                           (Includes Jetz & Tier 3)
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                                 APRIL                    YEAR-TO-DATE
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                        2009    2008  Change         2009    2008  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)   3,533   3,650    -3.2%      13,655  14,936    -8.6%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)   4,288   4,371    -1.9%      16,842  18,367    -8.3%
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    Load Factor         82.4%   83.5%   -1.1 pts     81.1%   81.3%   -0.2 pts
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             RPMs        981   1,028    -4.6%       3,776   3,936    -4.1%
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    Canada   ASMs      1,188   1,206    -1.5%       4,637   4,769    -2.8%
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             Load
              Factor    82.6%   85.2%   -2.6 pts     81.4%   82.5%   -1.1 pts
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             RPMs        569     598    -4.8%       2,361   2,747   -14.1%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-  ASMs        723     741    -2.4%       2,945   3,464   -15.0%
     border  ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    78.7%   80.7%   -2.0 pts     80.2%   79.3%   +0.9 pts
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             RPMs        954     951    +0.3%       3,133   3,453    -9.3%
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    Atlantic ASMs      1,123   1,095    +2.6%       3,984   4,264    -6.6%
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             Load
              Factor    85.0%   86.8%   -1.8 pts     78.6%   81.0%   -2.4 pts
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             RPMs        584     657   -11.1%       2,123   2,592   -18.1%
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    Pacific  ASMs        670     790   -15.2%       2,407   3,139   -23.3%
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             Load
              Factor    87.2%   83.2%   +4.0 pts     88.2%   82.6%   +5.6 pts
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             RPMs        445     416    +7.0%       2,262   2,208    +2.4%
    Latin    ----------------------------------------------------------------
     America ASMs        584     539    +8.3%       2,869   2,731    +5.1%
     & Other ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    76.2%   77.2%   -1.0 pts     78.8%   80.8%   -2.0 pts
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                   AIR CANADA'S REGIONAL CAPACITY PROVIDER
                                   (JAZZ)
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                                 APRIL                    YEAR-TO-DATE
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                        2009    2008  Change         2009    2008  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)     299     346   -13.6%       1,162   1,391   -16.5%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)     439     462    -5.0%       1,707   1,873    -8.9%
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    Load Factor         68.1%   74.9%   -6.8 pts     68.1%   74.3%   -6.2 pts
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             RPMs        208     255   -18.4%         810   1,051   -22.9%
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    Canada   ASMs        282     329   -14.3%       1,096   1,364   -19.6%
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             Load
              Factor    73.8%   77.5%   -3.7 pts     73.9%   77.1%   -3.2 pts
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             RPMs         91      91     0.0%         352     340    +3.5%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-  ASMs        157     133   +18.0%         611     509   +20.0%
     border  ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    58.0%   68.4%  -10.4 pts     57.6%   66.8%   -9.2 pts
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                                     CONSOLIDATED
                           (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
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                                 APRIL                    YEAR-TO-DATE
                      -------------------------------------------------------
                        2009    2008  Change         2009    2008  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)   3,832   3,996    -4.1%      14,817  16,327    -9.2%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)   4,727   4,833    -2.2%      18,549  20,240    -8.4%
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    Load Factor         81.1%   82.7%   -1.6 pts     79.9%   80.7%   -0.8 pts
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             RPMs      1,189   1,283    -7.3%       4,586   4,987    -8.0%
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    Canada   ASMs      1,470   1,535    -4.2%       5,733   6,133    -6.5%
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             Load
              Factor    80.9%   83.6%   -2.7 pts     80.0%   81.3%   -1.3 pts
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             RPMs        660     689    -4.2%       2,713   3,087   -12.1%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-  ASMs        880     874    +0.7%       3,556   3,973   -10.5%
     border  ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    75.0%   78.8%   -3.8 pts     76.3%   77.7%   -1.4 pts
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             RPMs      1,983   2,024    -2.0%       7,518   8,253    -8.9%
    Interna- ----------------------------------------------------------------
     tional  ASMs      2,377   2,424    -1.9%       9,260  10,134    -8.6%
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             Load
              Factor    83.4%   83.5%   -0.1 pts     81.2%   81.4%   -0.2 pts
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