Air Canada reports December traffic; record load factor for December and full year 2007



    MONTREAL, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of December, system traffic
on a consolidated basis for Air Canada and Jazz rose 2.4 per cent on a
capacity increase of 1.6 per cent system wide. This resulted in a load factor
of 78.8 per cent versus 78.2 per cent in December 2006, a record for the
month. Load factor for the full year was 80.6 per cent on a combined basis, a
record for the fourth consecutive year.
    The mainline carrier flew 2.3 per cent more revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in December 2007 than in December 2006, according to preliminary
traffic figures. Capacity increased by 1.6 per cent, resulting in a load
factor of 79.3 per cent, compared to 78.8 per cent in December 2006; an
increase of 0.5 percentage points.
    Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, flew
3.8 per cent more RPMs in December 2007 than in December 2006, according to
preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 2.5 per cent, resulting in
a load factor of 73.3 per cent, compared to 72.4 per cent in December 2006; an
increase of 0.9 percentage points.
    "With a load factor of 80.6 per cent, 2007 was the fourth consecutive
record year for Air Canada and Jazz, and once again this December we surpassed
previous years records for the month," said Montie Brewer, President and Chief
Executive Officer. "I am particularly pleased with our ongoing strong
performance in the domestic Canada market. Overall, system wide traffic
continues to outpace the increase in capacity as we grow and renew our fleet
with new Boeing 777 and Embraer aircraft. This is a clear indication that we
are succeeding in earning our customers' loyalty. I am particularly proud of
our employees who worked hard to take care of our customers in the face of
severe winter conditions during this peak travel season."
    "Throughout 2007 we made significant progress in implementing our
business plan. In December, we received three additional Embraer for a total
of 57 of 60 on order, and have so far received eight of 18 Boeing 777 aircraft
scheduled for delivery by the end of 2009. The major refurbishment of the
existing fleet is on track for completion this year, airport improvements are
in place to enhance network connectibility, and customer response to Air
Canada's unique à la carte pricing and subscription pass products has been
extremely positive."

    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 December 2006 and year-to-date traffic numbers have been
adjusted to reflect these changes for year-over-year comparisons.

    This disclosure may include forward-looking statements within the meaning
of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements are based on
assumptions, are subject to important risks and uncertainties and cannot be
relied upon due to, amongst other things, changing external factors and
general uncertainties of the business. Results indicated in forward-looking
statements may differ materially from actual results due to a number of
factors, including without limitation, energy prices, general industry, market
and economic conditions, war, terrorist acts, labour or pension issues,
changes in laws and regulations, litigation and actions by third parties as
well as the factors identified in Air Canada's public disclosure file
accessible through SEDAR at www.sedar.com. 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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                              DECEMBER                  Year-To-Date
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
                        2007    2006  Change        2007    2006  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)   3,661   3,580    +2.3%     46,365  45,175    +2.6%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)   4,614   4,543    +1.6%     57,076  55,799    +2.3%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         79.3%   78.8%   +0.5 pts    81.2%   81.0%   +0.2pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs       996     981    +1.5%     13,077  12,616    +3.7%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs     1,230   1,209    +1.7%     16,054  15,706    +2.2%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   81.0%   81.1%   -0.1 pts    81.5%   80.3%   +1.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs       649     661    -1.8%      7,561   7,520    +0.5%
    U.S.      ---------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-   ASMs       873     900    -3.0%      9,652   9,588    +0.7%
     border   ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   74.3%   73.4%   +0.9 pts    78.3%   78.4%   -0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs       899     858    +4.8%     12,477  12,103    +3.1%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Atlantic  ASMs     1,079   1,047    +3.1%     15,013  14,495    +3.6%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   83.3%   81.9%   +1.4 pts    83.1%   83.5%   -0.4 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs       630     631    -0.2%      8,689   8,633    +0.6%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Pacific   ASMs       806     792    +1.8%     10,543  10,464    +0.8%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   78.2%   79.7%   -1.5 pts    82.4%   82.5%   -0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs       487     449    +8.5%      4,561   4,303    +6.0%
    Latin     ---------------------------------------------------------------
     America  ASMs       626     595    +5.2%      5,814   5,546    +4.8%
     & Other  ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   77.8%   75.5%   +2.3 pts    78.4%   77.6%   +0.8 pts
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                   AIR CANADA'S REGIONAL CAPACITY PROVIDER
                                   (JAZZ)
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                              DECEMBER                  Year-To-Date
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
                        2007    2006  Change        2007    2006  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)     332     320    +3.8%      4,264   3,818   +11.7%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)     453     442    +2.5%      5,738   5,284    +8.6%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         73.3    72.4%   +0.9 pts    74.3%   72.3%   +2.0 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs       253     239    +5.9%      3,207   2,850   +12.5%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs       335     319    +5.0%      4,183   3,832    +9.2%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   75.5%   74.9%   +0.6 pts    76.7%   74.4%   +2.3 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs        79      81    -2.5%      1,057     968    +9.2%
    U.S.      ---------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-   ASMs       118     123    -4.1%      1,555   1,452    +7.1%
     border   ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   66.9%   65.9%   +1.0 pts    68.0%   66.7%   +1.3 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                                   COMBINED
                       (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
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                             DECEMBER                   YEAR-TO-DATE
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
                        2007    2006  Change        2007    2006  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)   3,993   3,900    +2.4%     50,629  48,993    +3.3%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)   5,067   4,985    +1.6%     62,814  61,083    +2.8%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         78.8%   78.2%   +0.6 pts    80.6%   80.2%   +0.4 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs     1,249   1,220    +2.4%     16,284  15,466    +5.3%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs     1,565   1,528    +2.4%     20,237  19,538    +3.6%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   79.8%   79.8%    0.0 pts    80.5%   79.2%   +1.3 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    U.S.      RPMs       728     742    -1.9%      8,618   8,488    +1.5%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-   ASMs       991   1,023    -3.1%     11,207  11,040    +1.5%
     border   ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   73.5%   72.5%   +1.0 pts    76.9%   76.9%    0.0 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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              RPMs     2,016   1,938    +4.0%     25,727  25,039    +2.7%
    Inter-    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    national  ASMs     2,511   2,434    +3.2%     31,370  30,505    +2.8%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   80.3%   79.6%   +0.7 pts    82.0%   82.1%   -0.1 pts
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    %SEDAR: 00001324EF




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270-5741; aircanada.com


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