Posted February 5, 2009
Air Travel

Air Canada reports record January traffic

MONTREAL - For the month of January, Air Canada reported a record load factor of 78.1 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz, versus 77.9 per cent in January 2008, an increase of 0.2 percentage points. System traffic decreased 8.5 per cent on a capacity reduction of 8.8 per cent system wide.

Air Canada mainline reported a load factor of 79.4 per cent in January 2009 compared to 78.7 per cent in January 2008; an increase of 0.7 percentage points. The mainline carrier flew 7.7 per cent fewer revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in January 2009 than in January 2008 on a capacity decrease of 8.5 per cent.

Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, reported a load factor of 64.9 per cent, a decrease of 4.5 percentage points from 69.4 per cent in January 2008. Capacity decreased by 11.9 per cent from January 2008 and the carrier flew 17.7 per cent fewer RPMs than in the previous January.

"For the month of January, Air Canada reported a record 78.1 per cent load factor, on a consolidated basis with Jazz," said Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer. "These strong results, following five consecutive years of record load factors, reflect effective capacity management as we continue to focus on ensuring our assets are efficiently utilized. With a new and refurbished fuel efficient fleet, industry-leading onboard product and an innovative revenue model with a proven track record of success, Air Canada is well positioned to manage through the challenges that the New Year will bring. I want to thank our employees for taking care of our customers during a month of challenging winter conditions."

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