Air Canada Reports Record February Load Factor

MONTREAL, March 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of February, Air Canada reported a record system load factor of 79.8 per cent, versus 76.8 per cent in February 2012, an increase of 3.0 percentage points.  System traffic decreased 0.7 per cent on a system-wide capacity decrease of 4.4 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

"I am pleased to report a record load factor of 79.8 per cent for the month of February," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "The difference in capacity and traffic from the previous year is attributed almost entirely to the additional day of operations reported for the February 2012 leap year, making those year-over-year comparisons less meaningful.  I would like to thank our employees for their hard work taking care of customers while transporting them safely to their destinations despite the challenges of severe winter weather during the month."

 
  February Year-To-Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Traffic (RPMs mln) 3,943 3,971 -0.7% 8,311 8,325 -0.2%
Capacity (ASMs mln) 4,944 5,170 -4.4% 10,443 10,677 -2.2%
Load Factor 79.8% 76.8% +3.0 pts 79.6% 78.0% +1.6 pts
               
Canada RPMs 1,127 1,144 -1.5% 2,328 2,320 +0.3%
ASMs 1,340 1,410 -5.0% 2,869 2,924 -1.9%
LF 84.1% 81.1% +3.0 pts 81.1% 79.3% +1.8 pts
               
US
Transborder
RPMs 789 818 -3.5% 1,597 1,615 -1.1%
ASMs 986 1,043 -5.5% 2,070 2,101 -1.5%
LF 80.0% 78.4% +1.6 pts 77.1% 76.9% +0.2 pts
               
Atlantic RPMs 668 671 -0.4% 1,492 1,471 +1.4%
ASMs 984 1,042 -5.6% 2,048 2,141 -4.3%
LF 67.9% 64.4% +3.5 pts 72.9% 68.7% +4.2 pts
               
Pacific RPMs 830 757 +9.6% 1,797 1,708 +5.2%
ASMs 991 956 +3.7% 2,125 2,025 +4.9%
LF 83.8% 79.2% +4.6 pts 84.6% 84.3% +0.3 pts
               
Latin
America &
Caribbean*
RPMs 529 581 -9.0% 1,097 1,211 - 9.4%
ASMs 643 719 -10.6% 1,331 1,486 -10.4%
LF 82.3% 80.8% +1.5 pts 82.4% 81.5% +0.9 pts

* Australia has been reclassified to "Pacific" from "Latin America, Caribbean & Other."

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.  Canada's flag carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2012 served close to 35 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 56 destinations in the United States and 63 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.  Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,329 destinations in 194 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers as Best International Airline in North America in 2012 for the third consecutive year.

 

SOURCE: AIR CANADA

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