Air Transport World

Canada

1.61% of world passengers

2.44% of world RPKs

1.46% of world FTKs

Air Alliance: A pilot strike in the 1997 first quarter resulted in a sharp drop in the Air Canada Connector's traffic last year but it is looking for a good recovery in 1998. Passenger boardings fell 19.5% to 294,000 in 1997. and RPKs were down 20% to 128.7 million. This year's forecast is for growth of 15.6% in passengers and 28.8% in RPKs. Air Alliance flies six Dash 8-100s and five Beech 1900Ds.

Air Alma: The Canadian Service Partner flies three Bandeirantes from Alma to Roberval, Montreal and Chibougamau. Its traffic results were not available.

Air Atlantic: The Halifax-based carrier flies three BAe 146s, five J41s and three Dash 8s to several points, including Boston, on behalf of Canadian.

Its traffic results are not reported separately.

AirBC: The Air Canada Connector regional disposed of four of its Dash 8I 100s last year and now flies nine of the type along with five BAe 146s and six Dash 8-300s. Its traffic and financial results are not reported separately.

Air Canada: "A year full of record-setting achievements" is how the Canadian carrier described 1997' Those achievements included record net profits of $299 million and record operating profits of $257.6 million on record revenues of $3.9 billion, up 14% from 1996. The net was almost triple the company's precious record.

Traffic records also were set as passenger boardings rose 7.6% to 14 million, RPKs climbed 8.9% to 36.7 billion and CTKs advanced 14% to 1.3 billion.

The year's many highlights included launch of the Star Alliance, teaming Air Canada with United, Lufthansa, SAS, Thai and Varig; 60th anniversary celebrations in September and the shift of international operations front Montreal's Mirabel Airport to Dorval. …

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