Air Canada announces proposed private offering of senior secured notes

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MONTREAL, July 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today that it is planning, subject to market and other conditions, a private offering of US$900 million in aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2015 to be issued in separate series denominated in US dollars and Canadian dollars. Upon successful completion of the offering, Air Canada intends to use the net proceeds for the repayment of all indebtedness under Air Canada's secured term credit facility entered into in July 2009 and would use any remaining net proceeds for general corporate purposes.

The notes will be senior secured obligations of Air Canada, guaranteed on a senior secured basis by certain of Air Canada's subsidiaries, and secured on a first-lien basis, subject to certain permitted liens, by accounts receivable of Air Canada and the guarantors, certain real estate interests, certain spare engines, ground equipment, certain airport slots and gate leaseholds, and Air Canada's Pacific routes and the airport slots and gate leaseholds utilized in connection with these Pacific routes.

The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. The notes have not been and will not be qualified for sale to the public under applicable Canadian securities laws and any offer and sale of the notes in Canada will be made on a basis that is exempt from the prospectus requirement of such securities laws. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

The notes will be offered and sold in the United States only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act and outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. In Canada, the notes will be offered and sold on a private placement basis to accredited investors in one or more provinces of Canada.

    
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Air Canada's public communications may include written or oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are based on assumptions and are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Any forecasts or forward-looking predictions or statements cannot be relied upon due to, amongst other things, changing external events and general uncertainties of the business. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including without limitation, industry, market, credit and economic conditions, the ability to reduce operating costs and secure financing, pension issues, energy prices, currency exchange and interest rates, employee and labour relations, competition, war, terrorist acts, epidemic diseases, environmental factors (including weather systems and other natural phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions, and factors arising from man-made sources), insurance issues and costs, changes in demand due to the seasonal nature of the business, supply issues, changes in laws, regulatory developments or proceedings, pending and future litigation and actions by third parties as well as the factors identified throughout Air Canada's public disclosure file available at www.sedar.com. In particular, the proposed offering of notes is subject to general market and other conditions and there are no assurances that the proposed offering will be completed or that the terms of the offering will not be modified. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Air Canada's expectations as of the date of this news release and are subject to change after such date. However, Air Canada disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.

SOURCE Air Canada

For further information: For further information: Isabelle Arthur (Montréal), (514) 422-5788; Peter Fitzpatrick (Toronto), (416) 263-5576; Angela Mah (Vancouver), (604) 270-5741; Internet: www.aircanada.com


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