Air Canada reports February traffic



    Mainline passenger load factor of 80% - highest ever for February

    MONTREAL, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada and its regional partner Jazz
reported a combined system load factor of 79.6 per cent in February 2007, the
highest ever for the month and the fifth consecutive month of record system
load factors.
    The mainline carrier flew 4.5 per cent more revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in February 2007 than in February 2006, according to preliminary
traffic figures. Capacity increased by 2.8 per cent, resulting in a load
factor of 80 per cent, compared to 78.7 per cent in February 2006; an increase
of 1.3 percentage points.
    Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, flew
18.5 per cent more RPMs in February 2007 than in February 2006, according to
preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 13.4 per cent, resulting in
a load factor of 75.7 per cent, compared to 72.4 per cent in February 2006; an
increase of 3.3 percentage points.
    Year over year, system traffic on a consolidated basis for Air Canada and
Jazz, rose 5.6 per cent on a capacity increase of 3.7 per cent, resulting in a
load factor of 79.6 per cent; an increase of 1.4 percentage points.
    "Air Canada achieved a record 80% load factor at the mainline carrier and
increased traffic by 5.6 per cent system-wide during the typically slow month
of February. Air Canada's innovations, including our simplified fare
structure, refurbished interiors and new aircraft, are attracting passengers,
and our employees are earning and keeping our customers' loyalty," said Montie
Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.

    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.

    
                                 AIR CANADA
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                             AIR CANADA MAINLINE
                               (Includes Jetz)
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                                          FEBRUARY              YEAR-TO-DATE
                           --------------------------------------------------
                            2007    2006    Change    2007    2006    Change
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    Traffic (RPMs
     millions)             3,279   3,139     +4.5%   6,875   6,639     +3.6%
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    Capacity (ASMs
     millions)             4,099   3,988     +2.8%   8,670   8,471     +2.3%
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    Load Factor            80.0%   78.7%  +1.3 pts   79.3%   78.4%  +0.9 pts
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    Canada         RPMs      871     829     +5.1%   1,791   1,703     +5.2%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs    1,041   1,041      0.0%   2,207   2,192     +0.7%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  83.7%   79.6%  +4.1 pts   81.2%   77.7%  +3.5 pts
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    U.S.
     Transborder   RPMs      666     640     +4.1%   1,370   1,302     +5.2%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs      852     788     +8.1%   1,808   1,648     +9.7%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  78.2%   81.2%  -3.0 pts   75.8%   79.0%  -3.2 pts
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    Atlantic       RPMs      695     670     +3.7%   1,494   1,445     +3.4%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs      894     874     +2.3%   1,892   1,856     +1.9%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  77.7%   76.7%  +1.0 pts   79.0%   77.9%  +1.1 pts
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    Pacific        RPMs      574     541     +6.1%   1,224   1,198     +2.2%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs      705     684     +3.1%   1,499   1,480     +1.3%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  81.4%   79.1%  +2.3 pts   81.7%   80.9%  +0.8 pts
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    Latin America
     & Other       RPMs      473     459     +3.1%     996     991     +0.5%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs      607     601     +1.0%   1,264   1,295     -2.4%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  77.9%   76.4%  +1.5 pts   78.8%   76.5%  +2.3 pts
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                               AIR CANADA JAZZ
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                   AIR CANADA'S REGIONAL CAPACITY PROVIDER
                                   (Jazz)
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                                          FEBRUARY              YEAR-TO-DATE
                           --------------------------------------------------
                            2007    2006    Change    2007    2006    Change
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    Traffic (RPMs
     millions)               314     265    +18.5%     623     524    +18.9%
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    Capacity (ASMs
     millions)               415     366    +13.4%     860     757    +13.6%
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    Load Factor            75.7%   72.4%  +3.3 pts   72.4%   69.2%  +3.2 pts
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    Canada         RPMs      234     201    +16.4%     464     399    +16.3%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs      296     267    +10.9%     613     557    +10.1%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  79.1%   75.3%  +3.8 pts   75.7%   71.6%  +4.1 pts
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    U.S.
     Transborder   RPMs       80      64    +25.0%     159     125    +27.2%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs      119      99    +20.2%     247     200    +23.5%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  67.2%   64.6%  +2.6 pts   64.4%   62.5%  +1.9 pts
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                         AIR CANADA & AIR CANADA JAZZ
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                                   COMBINED
                        (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
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                                          FEBRUARY              YEAR-TO-DATE
                           --------------------------------------------------
                            2007    2006    Change    2007    2006    Change
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    Traffic (RPMs
     millions)             3,593   3,404     +5.6%   7,498   7,163     +4.7%
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    Capacity (ASMs
     millions)             4,514   4,354     +3.7%   9,530   9,228     +3.3%
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    Load Factor            79.6%   78.2%  +1.4 pts   78.7%   77.6%  +1.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    Canada         RPMs    1,105   1,030     +7.3%   2,255   2,102     +7.3%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs    1,337   1,308     +2.2%   2,820   2,749     +2.6%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  82.6%   78.7%  +3.9 pts   80.0%   76.5%  +3.5 pts
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    U.S.
     Transborder   RPMs      746     704     +6.0%   1,529   1,427     +7.1%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   ASMs      971     887     +9.5%   2,055   1,848    +11.2%
                   ----------------------------------------------------------
                   Load
                   Factor  76.8%   79.4%   -2.6pts   74.4%   77.2%   -2.8pts
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    International  RPMs    1,742   1,670     +4.3%   3,714   3,634     +2.2%
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                   ASMs    2,206   2,159     +2.2%   4,655   4,631     +0.5%
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                   Load
                   Factor  79.0%   77.4%  +1.6 pts   79.8%   78.5%  +1.3 pts
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For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), (514) 422-5788;
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), (416) 263-5576; Angela Mah (Vancouver), (604)
270-5741; aircanada.com


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