- Global: +2.9% capacity, +1.9% scheduled services year-on-year;
Global seat capacity up 2.9% in Jan-2012: OAG
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Even as it faces some unit revenue headwinds in 4Q2014, United believes it will sustain profitability during the last quarter of 2014 as the US domestic market remains robust.
Similar to rival Delta, United could grow its capacity to upwards of 2% in 2015, which may cause some concern among investors. But United stresses that much of the growth stems from aircraft up-gauging, improved utilisation and increasing density of certain aircraft.
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Air Canada continues to expand the network of its low-cost subsidiary rouge with the planned resumption of service from Vancouver to Osaka, Japan in May-2015, which marks the first Asian market for rouge. rouge is also planning to take over Air Canada mainline fights from Toronto to Lima in Peru during 2015, which will be the low-cost airline’s first destination in Latin America.
Meanwhile expansion of rouge's European network will continue in summer 2015 with the launch of services from Montreal to Venice.
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