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Air Canada Reports November Load Factor

MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of November, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 76.5 per cent, versus 78.1 per cent in November 2012, a decrease of 1.6 percentage points on a system-wide capacity increase of 3.3 per cent.  On this additional capacity, system traffic for November increased 1.1 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including Air Canada rougeTM, which began operations on July 1, 2013, and regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

"For the month of November, Air Canada reported a load factor of 76.5 per cent and an overall increase in passenger traffic. Major market segments, notably the U.S. transborder and Latin America and the Caribbean, experienced traffic growth in a month that is typically challenging for international carriers," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "I am pleased to see continued progress on the execution of our corporate priorities with a focus on sustained profitability. Capacity added during the month was largely at significantly lower incremental cost due to the deployment of our high-density Boeing 777s and Air Canada rouge aircraft reconfigured with more seats.  Throughout November we continued to perform well, meeting departure and flight completion goals among other operational targets. I thank our employees for taking good care of our customers and delivering them safely to their destinations."

 
  November Year-To-Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Traffic (RPMs mln) 3,722 3,681 +1.1% 52,187 51,252 +1.8%
Capacity (ASMs mln) 4,867 4,711 +3.3% 63,008 61,921 +1.8%
Load Factor 76.5% 78.1% -1.6 pts 82.8% 82.8% 0.0 pts
               
Canada RPMs 1,192 1,187 +0.4% 15,448 15,132 +2.1%
ASMs 1,439 1,421 +1.3% 18,646 18,338 +1.7%
LF 82.8% 83.5% -0.7 pts 82.8% 82.5% +0.3 pts
               
US
Transborder
RPMs 659 640 +3.0% 8,253 8,151 +1.3%
ASMs 857 846 +1.3% 10,355 10,390 -0.3%
LF 76.9% 75.7% +1.2 pts 79.7% 78.5% +1.2 pts
               
Atlantic RPMs 725 726 -0.1% 13,260 13,018 +1.9%
ASMs 1,089 1,030 +5.7% 15,996 15,736 +1.7%
LF 66.6% 70.5% -3.9 pts 82.9%  82.7% +0.2 pts
               
Pacific RPMs 778 795 -2.1% 10,860 10,401 +4.4%
ASMs 1,004 979 +2.6% 12,682 11,845 +7.1%
LF 77.5% 81.2% -3.7 pts 85.6% 87.8% -2.2 pts
               
Latin America
&
Caribbean*
RPMs 368 333 +10.5% 4,366 4,550 -4.0%
ASMs 478 435 +9.9% 5,329 5,612 -5.0%
LF 77.0% 76.6% +0.4 pts 81.9% 81.1% +0.8 pts

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

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.  Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2012 served close to 35 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 67 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 1,328 destinations in 195 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 Airline in North America in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year.  For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com.

SOURCE Air Canada

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