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Air Canada reported a system load factor of 83.2 for the month of August 2004, representing an all-time record month for the carrier. The airline flew 9.8 perent more revenue passenger miles (RPMs) than in August 2003. Overall, capacity increased 6.5 percent, resulting in the record load factor, which was 2.6 percentage points higher than the load factor reported in August 2003. "Our new business model and product strategy continues to produce solid results," said Executive Vice President- Commercial Montie Brewer. Sep 9, 2004

AirTran Airways is now expected to announce financial losses in the third quarter due to revenue shortfalls suffered because of the hurricanes that have hit Florida, and because of continued high fuel prices. AirTran lost major amounts of money over the Labor Day holiday, and weather alerts warning of a third hurricane are affecting future bookings. The airline's Orlando headquarters and hangar suffered damages. Sep 8, 2004

While airlines thus far have been in a wait-and-see mode until weather reports become more definite, a couple have now changed its scheduled for flights into Florida. AirTran has cancelled all flights on Friday, Sept. 3 2004 into Grand Bahama Island. Meanwhile, its passengers flying to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville from now through Sunday are being offered the opportunity to alter their flight itineraries. American is allowing passengers to reschedule flights at no cost from now through Sept. 13 2004 if they are headed to several Caribbean points, and all Florida airports. And Delta said it could cancel flights in Florida as early as the morning of Sept. 3. Delta is allowing rebookings until Sept. 21 with no penalties. Sep 2, 2004

AirTran Airways has canceled all flights to and from Grand Bahama Island for Friday, Sept. 3 2004. The storm's path is not yet known; however, it is possible that it could hit Florida by this weekend, and some Florida operations could be impaced on Saturday, the airline said. Passengers scheduled to fly into or out of Grand Bahama, as well as a number of Florida destinations, are being offered the opportunity ot offer their itineraries without change or cancellation fees. Sep 1, 2004

Alaska Airlines will save up to $35 million a year by cutting 900 of its 11,000 employees and using more outside contractors for heavy maintenance and fleet service functions. In Spokane, all customer service work will be taken over by regional partner Horizon Air, and in Portland, Alaska will assume all of Horizon's ticket counter...

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