Air Canada reports record load factor for the month of May



    MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of May, system traffic on a
consolidated basis for Air Canada and Jazz rose 4.5 per cent on a capacity
increase of 4.0 per cent system wide. This resulted in a record load factor of
83.2 per cent versus 82.9 per cent in May 2007.
    The mainline carrier flew 5.4 per cent more revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in May 2008 than in May 2007, according to preliminary traffic figures.
Capacity increased by 4.7 per cent, resulting in a record load factor of
84.3 per cent for the month compared to 83.8 per cent in May 2007; an increase
of 0.5 percentage points.
    Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, flew 5.4 per
cent fewer RPMs in May 2008 than in May 2007, according to preliminary traffic
figures. Capacity decreased by 2.6 per cent, resulting in a load factor of
72.4 per cent, compared to 74.5 per cent in May 2007; a decrease of
2.1 percentage points.
    "With a record load factor of 83.2 per cent for the month of May, Air
Canada once again surpassed previous results on a combined basis with Jazz,"
said Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Traffic continued
to outpace capacity growth, reflecting our sustained growth in the domestic
Canada and international markets. These strong results demonstrate how Air
Canada is attracting new customers with a young, fuel efficient fleet,
industry-leading in-flight amenities and innovative fare products. I am
especially proud of our employees who exceeded On-Time Performance objectives
for the month as they work hard to earn the loyalty of our customers as we
head into the peak summer travel season."

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                             AIR CANADA MAINLINE
                           (Includes Jetz & Tier 3)
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                                MAY                     Year-To-Date
                     --------------------------------------------------------
                       2008    2007  Change         2008    2007  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)  3,956   3,752    +5.4%      18,885  18,201    +3.8%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)  4,691   4,479    +4.7%      23,046  22,230    +3.7%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor        84.3%   83.8%   +0.5 pts     81.9%   81.9%    0.0 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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              RPMs    1,203   1,114    +8.0%       5,135   4,934    +4.1%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs    1,467   1,363    +7.6%       6,231   5,972    +4.3%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  82.0%   81.7%   +0.3 pts     82.4%   82.6%   -0.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
              RPMs      499     567   -12.0%       3,242   3,360    -3.5%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-   ASMs      620     698   -11.2%       4,078   4,270    -4.5%
     border  ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  80.5%   81.2%   -0.7 pts     79.5%   78.7%   +0.8 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
              RPMs    1,129   1,086    +4.0%       4,581   4,460    +2.7%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Atlantic  ASMs    1,290   1,237    +4.3%       5,554   5,292    +5.0%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  87.5%   87.8%   -0.3 pts     82.5%   84.3%   -1.8 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
              RPMs      719     701    +2.6%       3,311   3,294    +0.5%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Pacific   ASMs      807     811    -0.5%       3,946   3,929    +0.4%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  89.1%   86.4%   +2.7 pts     83.9%   83.8%   +0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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              RPMs      406     284   +43.0%       2,616   2,153   +21.5%
    Latin    ----------------------------------------------------------------
     America  ASMs      507     370   +37.0%       3,237   2,767   +17.0%
     & Other ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  80.1%   76.8%   +3.3 pts     80.8%   77.8%   +3.0 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                   AIR CANADA'S REGIONAL CAPACITY PROVIDER
                                   (JAZZ)
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                                MAY                     Year-To-Date
                     --------------------------------------------------------
                       2008    2007  Change         2008    2007  Change
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)    349     369    -5.4%       1,740   1,697    +2.5%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)    482     495    -2.6%       2,355   2,296    +2.6%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor        72.4%   74.5%   -2.1 pts     73.9%   73.9%    0.0 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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              RPMs      248     280   -11.4%       1,299   1,262    +2.9%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs      329     363    -9.4%       1,693   1,650    +2.6%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  75.4%   77.1%   -1.7pts      76.7%   76.5%   +0.2 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
              RPMs      101      89   +13.5%         441     435    +1.4%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-   ASMs      153     132   +15.9%         662     646    +2.5%
     border  ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  66.0%   67.4%   -1.4 pts     66.6%   67.3%   -0.7 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                                   COMBINED
                       (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                MAY                     Year-To-Date
                     --------------------------------------------------------
                       2008    2007  Change         2008    2007  Change
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Traffic
     (RPMs millions)  4,305   4,121    +4.5%      20,625  19,898    +3.7%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Capacity
     (ASMs millions)  5,173   4,974    +4.0%      25,401  24,526    +3.6%
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Load Factor        83.2%   82.9%   +0.3 pts     81.2%   81.1%   +0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
              RPMs    1,451   1,394    +4.1%       6,434   6,196    +3.8%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Canada    ASMs    1,796   1,726    +4.1%       7,924   7,622    +4.0%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  80.8%   80.8%    0.0pts      81.2%   81.3%   -0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
              RPMs      600     656    -8.5%       3,683   3,795    -3.0%
    U.S.     ----------------------------------------------------------------
     Trans-   ASMs      773     830    -6.9%       4,740   4,916    -3.6%
     border  ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  77.6%   79.0%   -1.4 pts     77.7%   77.2%   +0.5 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
              RPMs    2,254   2,071    +8.8%      10,508   9.907    +6.1%
             ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Interna-  ASMs    2,604   2,418    +7.7%      12,737  11,988    +6.2%
     tional  ----------------------------------------------------------------
              Load
               Factor  86.6%   85.6%   +1.0 pts     82.5%   82.6%   -0.1 pts
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    %SEDAR: 00001324EF




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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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