Air Canada reports August traffic



    MONTREAL, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada reported a consolidated load
factor of 83.8 per cent in August 2007, the second highest ever recorded by
the carrier.
    The mainline carrier flew 3.9 per cent more revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in August 2007 than in August 2006, according to preliminary traffic
figures. Capacity increased by 3.9 per cent, resulting in a load factor of
84.4 per cent, even with August 2006.
    Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, flew 7.0 per
cent more RPMs in August 2007 than in August 2006, according to preliminary
traffic figures. Capacity increased by 4.1 per cent, resulting in a load
factor of 77.3 per cent, compared to 75.2 per cent in August 2006; an increase
of 2.1 percentage points.
    Year over year, system traffic on a consolidated basis for Air Canada and
Jazz rose 4.1 per cent on a capacity increase of 3.9 per cent. This resulted
in a load factor of 83.8 per cent versus 83.7 per cent in August 2006.
    "For Air Canada and Jazz, the combined passenger load factor in August
was the second highest ever recorded. The solid results were driven largely by
our performance in the domestic market, where our traffic grew 7.2 per cent
over last year and we benefited from the positive trends seen in the Canadian
industry as a whole. Overall, our traffic rose by 4.1 per cent over last year,
which, coupled with prudent capacity management, particularly in the U.S.
transborder market, enabled us to achieve our overall load factor," said
Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In August, we met our
targets for On Time Performance and Customer Satisfaction, which is a tribute
to our employees' hard work and dedication to providing good customer service.
Travellers are increasingly recognizing the service, convenience and amenities
that Air Canada offers and that is why more and more people choose Air Canada
when they fly."

    NOTE: Beginning in May 2007, Air Canada has adjusted the way it reports
its monthly traffic results. Tier 3 flying is now included in mainline results
along with Jetz. Charter flying is apportioned among the respective market
segments. The August 2006 and year-to-date traffic numbers have been adjusted
to reflect these changes for year-over-year comparisons.

    This discussion contains certain forward-looking statements, which
involve a number of risks and uncertainties. As a result of many factors
including acts or potential acts of terrorism, international conflicts,
government regulations and government mandated restrictions on operations and
pricing, fuel prices, industry restructuring, labour negotiations, the
economic environment in general including foreign exchange and interest rates,
the airline competitive and pricing environment, industry capacity decisions
and new entrants as well as external events, actual results could differ from
expected results and the differences could be material.


    
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                             AIR CANADA MAINLINE
                           (Includes Jetz & Tier 3)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              AUGUST                     Year-To-Date
                       ------------------------------------------------------
                        2007    2006  Change        2007    2006  Change
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)   4,844   4,663    +3.9%     31,819  30,993    +2.7%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)   5,739   5,522    +3.9%     38,547  37,788    +2.0%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         84.4%   84.4%    0.0 pts    82.5%   82.0%   +0.5 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs      1,475   1,380    +6.9%      8,971   8,585    +4.5%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada   ASMs      1,746   1,633    +6.9%     10,894  10,700    +1.8%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    84.5%   84.5%    0.0 pts    82.3%   80.2%   +2.1pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs        650     692    -6.1%      5,215   5,205    +0.2%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Trans-   ASMs        782     847    -7.7%      6,536   6,507    +0.4%
    border   ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    83.1%   81.7%   +1.4 pts    79.8%   80.0%   -0.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs      1,416   1,346    +5.2%      8,548   8,322    +2.7%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Atlantic ASMs      1,675   1,587    +5.5%     10,090   9,792    +3.0%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor   84.5%    84.8%   -0.3 pts    84.7%   85.0%   -0.3 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs       963      917    +5.0%      5,930   5,835    +1.6%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Pacific  ASMs     1,126    1,070    +5.2%      7,045   6,957    +1.3%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor   85.5%    85.7%   -0.2 pts    84.2%   83.9%   +0.3 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs       340      328    +3.7%      3,155   3,046    +3.6%
    Latin    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    America  ASMs       410      385    +6.5%      3,982   3,832    +3.9%
    & Other  ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor   82.9%    85.2%   -2.3 pts    79.2%   79.5%   -0.3 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                   AIR CANADA'S REGIONAL CAPACITY PROVIDER
                                   (JAZZ)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              AUGUST                     Year-To-Date
                       ------------------------------------------------------
                        2007    2006  Change        2007    2006  Change
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)     412     385    +7.0%      2,882   2,501   +15.2%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)     533     512    +4.1%      3,854   3,456   +11.5%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         77.3%   75.2%   +2.1 pts    74.8%   72.4%   +2.4 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs        315     290    +8.6%      2,161   1,863   +16.0%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada   ASMs        399     371    +7.5%      2,806   2,512   +11.7%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor   78.9%    78.2%   +0.7 pts    77.0%   74.2%   +2.8 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs        97       95    +2.1%        721     638   +13.0%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Trans-   ASMs       134      141    -5.0%      1,048     944   +11.0%
    border   ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor   72.4%    67.4%   +5.0 pts    68.8%   67.6%   +1.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                   COMBINED
                       (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              AUGUST                     Year-To-Date
                      -------------------------------------------------------
                        2007    2006  Change        2007    2006  Change
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)   5,256   5,048    +4.1%     34,701  33,494    +3.6%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)   6,272   6,034    +3.9%     42,401  41,244    +2.8%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         83.8%   83.7%   +0.1 pts    81.8%   81.2%   +0.6 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs      1,790   1,670    +7.2%     11,132  10,448    +6.5%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada   ASMs      2,145   2,004    +7.0%     13,700  13,212    +3.7%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    83.4%   83.3%   +0.1 pts    81.3%   79.1%   +2.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs        747     787    -5.1%      5,936   5,843    +1.6%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Trans-   ASMs        916     988    -7.3%      7,584   7,451    +1.8%
    border   ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    81.6%   79.7%   +1.9 pts    78.3%   78.4%   -0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
             RPMs      2,719   2,591    +4.9%     17,633  17,203    +2.5%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Interna- ASMs      3,211   3,042    +5.6%     21,117  20,581    +2.6%
    tional   ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    84.7%   85.2%   -0.5 pts    83.5%   83.6%   -0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
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Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), (416) 263-5576; Angela Mah (Vancouver), (604)
270-5741; aircanada.com


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