Air Canada reports record load factor for August



    MONTREAL, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of August, Air Canada
today reported a record system load factor of 86.8 per cent on a consolidated
basis with Jazz (from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity), versus
84.4 per cent in August 2008, an increase of 2.4 percentage points. System
traffic decreased 0.9 per cent on a capacity reduction of 3.6 per cent system
wide.
    "In August, Air Canada recorded a record system load factor for the month
of 86.8 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz," said Ben Smith, Executive
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "These record load factor
results, for the second consecutive month, combined with stable system traffic
year-over-year, reflect not only our ongoing disciplined approach to capacity
management, but also the strong response from our customers and travel trade
partners. Our initiatives over recent months to re-engage customers and travel
agents are clearly starting to pay off. With our major fleet refurbishment
program now complete, we remain focused on listening to our customers and
offering them a market leading product, schedule and Aeroplan loyalty program.
We will also continue to strategically redeploy capacity to pursue profitable
new revenue generation opportunities as we manage through the difficult
environment created by the ongoing effects of a weak global economy. The hard
work of our employees has been instrumental in earning the loyalty of our
customers, and I want to thank them for their dedication and professionalism
that is being recognized by the market's positive response."

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                                 CONSOLIDATED
                       (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
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                               AUGUST                     YEAR-TO-DATE
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                        2009    2008  Change         2009    2008  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)   5,133   5,179    -0.9%      32,831  35,415    -7.3%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)   5,917   6,135    -3.6%      40,276  43,171    -6.7%
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    Load Factor         86.8%   84.4%   +2.4 pts     81.5%   82.0%   -0.5 pts
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             RPMs      1,745   1,715    +1.7%      10,647  11,266    -5.5%
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    Canada   ASMs      2,046   2,105    -2.8%      13,258  13,964    -5.1%
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             Load
              Factor    85.3%   81.5%   +3.8 pts     80.3%   80.7%   -0.4 pts
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             RPMs        638     693    -7.9%       5,011   5,653   -11.4%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-  ASMs        790     881   -10.3%       6,571   7,294    -9.9%
     border  ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    80.8%   78.7%   +2.1 pts     76.3%   77.5%   -1.2 pts
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             RPMs      1,521   1,402    +8.5%       8,468   8,633    -1.9%
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    Atlantic ASMs      1,679   1,553    +8.1%      10,023  10,116    -0.9%
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             Load
              Factor    90.6%   90.3%   +0.3 pts     84.5%   85.3%   -0.8 pts
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             RPMs        827     930   -11.1%       4,978   5,980   -16.8%
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    Pacific  ASMs        926   1,076   -13.9%       5,774   7,049   -18.1%
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             Load
              Factor    89.3%   86.4%   +2.9 pts     86.2%   84.8%   +1.4 pts
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             RPMs        402     439    -8.4%       3,727   3,883    -4.0%
    Latin    ----------------------------------------------------------------
     America ASMs        476     520    -8.3%       4,650   4,748    -2.1%
     & Other ----------------------------------------------------------------
             Load
              Factor    84.4%   84.4%    0.0 pts     80.2%   81.8%   -1.6 pts
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For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), (514) 422-5788;
Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), (416) 263-5576; Angela Mah (Vancouver), (604)
270-5741; Internet: aircanada.com


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