Air Canada stock top performer among North American network carriers

Air Canada shares outperformed those of all its North American network carrier peers for the second consecutive year in 2017.

Dreamliner in flight
Air Canada’s milestones for 2017 included the delivery of nine new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Air Canada Photo

During a year in which it celebrated its 80th anniversary, the airline set a number of company financial records and won major awards for customer service and employee engagement.

“Air Canada performed very strongly in 2017, fulfilling its commitments to investors, customers, employees and other stakeholders. Such achievements speak to the success of the ongoing transformation of our company and its power to deliver value to shareholders. The results also reflect the loyalty of our customers and I thank them on behalf of all of our 30,000 employees for choosing to fly with Air Canada,” said Calin Rovinescu, president and chief executive of Air Canada.

“In the third quarter of 2017 alone we set nine financial records for Air Canada, including EBITDAR, liquidity and passengers carried. We were named the Best Airline in North America by Skytrax, and for the fifth consecutive year we were ranked among Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Moreover, we expanded our global network with 29 new routes and continued to renew our fleet with the delivery of nine new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the first of our new narrow body Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and we unveiled a stunning new aircraft livery to signal our transformation.”

Highlights of 2017 included:

  • The launch of 30 new routes, 15 of which were new international city pairings, including Montreal-Shanghai, Toronto-Mumbai, and Vancouver-Melbourne;
  • Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge hired more than 6,000 new employees in 2017, providing high quality jobs with pensions and benefits;
  • The company produced record EBITDAR financial results for the first nine months on which it has reported (2017 fourth quarter and year end results will be reported February 16, 2018);
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  • Air Canada generated greater customer engagement, serving more than 48 million people on its expanded network;
    Skytrax, the globally recognized industry rating company, named Air Canada the Best Airline in North America and maintained its 4 Star Rating, making Air Canada the only four star network carrier in North America;
  • Other notable awards included being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the fifth consecutive year and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2017 for the second consecutive year by Mediacorp Canada Inc.; and one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America for second consecutive year by Achievers, an employee social recognition company.

“Shareholders were also big winners in 2017. Our common shares appreciated nearly 90 per cent over the year, outperforming all of our North American network carrier peers, the Dow Jones U.S. Airlines Index and the S&P/TSX Composite Index,” said Rovinescu. “As well, I would also like to thank our employees and recognize their dedication and hard work that made 2017 such a successful year for Air Canada.”

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