Air Canada reports October traffic

MONTREAL, Nov. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of October, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 79.6 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz (from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity), versus 80.2 per cent in October 2008, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points. System traffic decreased 1.3 per cent on a capacity reduction of 0.5 per cent system wide.

"Air Canada recorded a load factor of 79.6 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz in October," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This result is close to last year's record load factor for the same month and underscores our continued disciplined approach to managing capacity. In this difficult economic environment, our ongoing stable load factor is also a reflection of our employees' hard work providing a level of service that is earning our customers' loyalty."

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                                 CONSOLIDATED
                       (AIR CANADA MAINLINE AND JAZZ)
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                              October                 Year-To-Date
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                       2009    2008  Change         2009    2008  Change
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    Traffic
     (RPMs mln)       3,850   3,900    -1.3%      40,849  43,573    -6.3%
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    Capacity
     (ASMs mln)       4,835   4,860    -0.5%      50,338  53,363    -5.7%
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    Load Factor        79.6%   80.2%   -0.6 pts     81.1%   81.7%   -0.6 pts
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              RPMs    1,258   1,281    -1.8%      13,243  13,889    -4.7%
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    Canada    ASMs    1,563   1,593    -1.9%      16,533  17,287    -4.4%
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              LF       80.5%   80.4%   +0.1pts      80.1%   80.3%   -0.2 pts
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              RPMs      534     576    -7.3%       6,060   6,779   -10.6%
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     Trans-   ASMs      731     755    -3.2%       8,033   8,818    -8.9%
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              LF       73.1%   76.3%   -3.2 pts     75.4%   76.9%   -1.5 pts
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              RPMs    1,046   1,007    +3.9%      10,809  10,908    -0.9%
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    Atlantic  ASMs    1,296   1,220    +6.2%      12,823  12,753    +0.5%
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              LF       80.7%   82.5%   -1.8 pts     84.3%   85.5%   -1.2 pts
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              RPMs      671     725    -7.4%       6,350   7,476   -15.1%
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    Pacific   ASMs      797     860    -7.3%       7,431   8,890   -16.4%
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              LF       84.2%   84.3%   -0.1 pts     85.5%   84.1%   +1.4 pts
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              RPMs      341     311    +9.6%       4,387   4,521    -3.0%
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     Amer &   ASMs      448     432    +3.7%       5,518   5,615    -1.7%
     Other   ----------------------------------------------------------------
              LF       76.1%   72.0%   +4.1 pts     79.5%   80.5%   -1.0 pts
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SOURCE Air Canada

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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