Air Canada reports record March traffic

Air Canada reported a record load factor of 83.8 per cent in March 2007, the highest ever for the month. The mainline carrier flew 5.0 per cent more revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 2007 than in March 2006, according to preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 2.0 per cent, resulting in a load factor of 83.8 per cent, compared to 81.4 per cent in March 2006; an increase of 2.4 percentage points.

Jazz, from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity, flew 16.8 per cent more RPMs in March 2007 than in March 2006, according to preliminary traffic figures. Capacity increased by 12.0 per cent, resulting in a load factor of 76.0 per cent, compared to 72.9 per cent in March 2006; an increase of 3.1 percentage points.

Year over year, system traffic on a consolidated basis for Air Canada and Jazz, rose 5.9 per cent on a capacity increase of 2.9 per cent, resulting in a load factor of 83.1 per cent; an increase of 2.4 percentage points.

“Air Canada achieved a record load factor of 83.8 per cent in March as we continued to grow our customer base and the market for our products and services remained very strong. Clearly, customers are expressing a growing preference for Air Canada when they travel,” said Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada. “In March, we took delivery of the first of eight ultra-modern Boeing 777 aircraft that will be introduced to the fleet this year, giving people more reason than ever to fly Air Canada. In addition to our simplified fares, new seatback video systems and Executive First lie flat seats, a key part of the experience remains the service our employees provide and their hard work is winning the loyalty of travellers.”
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