Air Canada Reports July Load Factor

CNW Group

MONTREAL , Aug. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the month of July, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 85.6 per cent, versus 85.9 per cent in July 2012 , a decrease of 0.3 percentage points.  System traffic increased 1.9 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of 2.3 per cent. Air Canada reports traffic results on a system-wide basis, including Air Canada rouge, which began operations on July 1, 2013 , and regional airlines from which Air Canada purchases capacity.

"I am pleased to report a strong load factor of 85.6 per cent for the month of July," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Traffic grew 1.9 per cent system wide for the month, led by the U.S. transborder and Pacific markets.  On July 1st , we successfully launched our new leisure carrier, Air Canada rouge, to respond more cost effectively to holiday travel demand in a number of popular European and Caribbean leisure markets.  In addition, the first of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft entered mainline service concurrent with the launch of our new international Premium Economy cabin available beginning in July on our Montreal-Paris route. For the first seven months of 2013, Air Canada set new records system-wide each month for passengers boarded, and on August 1st we achieved a new single day record of 124,700 customers. I thank our employees for taking care of our customers during this peak travel season, not only transporting them safely but also by maintaining their focus on on-going operational improvement initiatives that are resulting in sustained year-over-year increases in On Time Performance."

 
  July Year to Date
  2013 2012 Change 2013 2012 Change
Traffic (RPMs mln) 5,654  5,546 +1.9% 32,835 32,360 +1.5%
Capacity (ASMs mln) 6,603  6,454 +2.3% 39,739 39,404 +0.9%
Load Factor  85.6%  85.9% -0.3 pts 82.6% 82.1% +0.5 pts
               
Canada RPMs 1,734  1,711 +1.3% 9,510 9,299 +2.3%
ASMs 2,094  2,037 +2.8% 11,594 11,413 +1.6%
LF 82.8%  84.0% -1.2 pts 82.0% 81.5%  +0.5 pts
               
US
Transborder
RPMs 914 763 +19.8% 5,615 5,405 +3.9%
ASMs 1,088 952 +14.3% 7,020 6,894 +1.8%
LF 84.0% 80.1% +3.9 pts 80.0% 78.4% +1.6 pts
               
Atlantic RPMs 1,568 1,645 -4.7% 7,864 7,853 +0.1%
ASMs 1,760 1,879 -6.3% 9,513 9,618 -1.1%
LF 89.1%  87.5% +1.6 pts 82.7% 81.6% +1.1 pts
               
Pacific RPMs 1,112 1,039 +7.0% 6,850 6,569 +4.3%
ASMs 1,287 1,141 +12.8% 7,963 7,506 +6.1%
LF 86.4% 91.1% -4.7 pts  86.0% 87.5% -1.5 pts
               
Latin
America &
Caribbean*
RPMs 326 388 -16.0% 2,996 3,234 -7.4%
ASMs 374 445 -16.0% 3,649 3,973 -8.2%
LF 87.2% 87.2% 0.0 pts 82.1% 81.4% +0.7 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 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 60 Canadian cities, 53 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 International Airline in North America in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year.  For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com.

SOURCE: Air Canada

Contact:

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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