Air Canada reports February traffic



    MONTREAL, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of February, system
traffic on a consolidated basis for Air Canada and Jazz rose 5.8 per cent on a
capacity increase of 6.3 per cent system wide. This resulted in a load factor
of 79.2 per cent versus 79.6 per cent in February 2007.
    The mainline carrier flew 5.6 per cent more revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in February 2008 than in February 2007, according to preliminary
traffic figures. Capacity increased by 6.2 per cent, resulting in a load
factor of 79.5 per cent, compared to 80.0 per cent in February 2007; a
decrease of 0.5 percentage points.
    Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, flew
8.0 per cent more RPMs in February 2008 than in February 2007, according to
preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 7.0 per cent, resulting in
a load factor of 76.4 per cent, compared to 75.7 per cent in February 2007; an
increase of 0.7 percentage points.
    "In February, Air Canada and Jazz together reported continued growth in
traffic with an increase of 5.8 per cent, led by growth in the domestic Canada
and international markets. This resulted in a load factor of 79.2 per cent on
a combined basis," said Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer.
"These solid results underscore our sustained annual growth in traffic of over
five per cent for the past three consecutive years. With the recent deliveries
of our eleventh Boeing 777 and 60th and last Embraer aircraft, we continue to
grow our fleet with new fuel efficient aircraft featuring our new in-flight
product that is generating positive customer response. I am very proud of our
employees who worked hard to take care of customers during this season's
challenging winter conditions."

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                             AIR CANADA MAINLINE
                           (Includes Jetz & Tier 3)
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                             FEBRUARY                  YEAR-TO-DATE
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
                        2008    2007  Change        2008    2007  Change
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Traffic
     (RPMs
     millions)         3,469   3,286    +5.6%      7,195   6,888    +4.5%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs
     millions)         4,364   4,109    +6.2%      9,098   8,691    +4.7%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         79.5%   80.0%   -0.5 pts    79.1%   79.3%   -0.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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              RPMs       923     875    +5.5%      1,884   1,799    +4.7%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs     1,118   1,046    +6.9%      2,328   2,218    +5.0%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   82.6%   83.7%   -1.1 pts   80.9%    81.1%   -0.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    U.S.
     Trans-
     border   RPMs       675     670    +0.7%      1,379   1,379     0.0%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              ASMs       838     860    -2.6%      1,780   1,824    -2.4%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   80.5%   77.9%   +2.6 pts    77.5%   75.6%   +1.9 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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              RPMs       720     695    +3.6%      1,531   1,494    +2.5%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Atlantic  ASMs       991     894   +10.9%      2,050   1,892    +8.4%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   72.7%   77.7%   -5.0 pts    74.7%   79.0%   -4.3 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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              RPMs       584     574    +1.7%      1,230   1,224    +0.5%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Pacific   ASMs       734     705    +4.1%      1,510   1,499    +0.7%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   79.6%   81.4%   -1.8 pts    81.5%   81.7%   -0.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    Latin
     America
     & Other  RPMs       567     472   +20.1%      1,171     992   +18.0%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              ASMs       683     604   +13.1%      1,430   1,258   +13.7%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   83.0%   78.1%   +4.9 pts    81.9%   78.9%   +3.0 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                   AIR CANADA'S REGIONAL CAPACITY PROVIDER
                                   (JAZZ)
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                             FEBRUARY                  YEAR-TO-DATE
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
                        2008    2007  Change        2008    2007  Change
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Traffic
     (RPMs
     millions)           339     314    +8.0%        673     623    +8.0%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs
     millions)           444     415    +7.0%        925     861    +7.4%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         76.4    75.7%   +0.7 pts    72.8    72.4%   +0.4 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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              RPMs       261     234   +11.5%        515     464   +11.0%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs       328     296   +10.8%        678     614   +10.4%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   79.6%   79.1%   +0.5 pts    76.0%   75.6%   +0.4 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    U.S.
     Trans-
     border   RPMs        78      80    -2.5%        158     159    -0.6%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              ASMs       116     119    -2.5%        247     247     0.0%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   67.2%   67.2%    0.0 pts    64.0%   64.4%   -0.4 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                                   COMBINED
                       (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
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                             FEBRUARY                  YEAR-TO-DATE
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
                        2008    2007  Change        2008    2007  Change
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Traffic
     (RPMs
     millions)         3,808   3,600    +5.8%      7,868   7,511    +4.8%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs
     millions)         4,808   4,524    +6.3%     10,023   9,552    +4.9%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor         79.2%   79.6%   -0.4 pts    78.5%   78.6%   -0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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              RPMs     1,184   1,109    +6.8%      2,399   2,263    +6.0%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs     1,446   1,342    +7.7%      3,006   2,832    +6.1%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   81.9%  82.6%    -0.7 pts    79.8%   79.9%   -0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    U.S.
     Trans-
     border   RPMs       753     750    +0.4%      1,537   1,538    -0.1%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              ASMs       954     979    -2.6%      2,027   2,071    -2.1%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   78.9%   76.6%   +2.3 pts    75.8%   74.3%   +1.5 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    Inter-
     national RPMs     1,871   1,741    +7.5%      3,932   3,710    +6.0%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              ASMs     2,408   2,203    +9.3%      4,990   4,649    +7.3%
              ---------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor   77.7%   79.0%   -1.3 pts    78.8%   79.8%   -1.0 pts
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