Air Canada comments on discussions with unions regarding funding of its pension plans



    MONTREAL, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada said today that the Company is
in ongoing discussions with its Canadian-based unions to find a funding
solution which would allow the airline to maintain its defined benefit pension
plans.
    The discussions have focused on seeking support from its unions for a
moratorium and other conditions on funding its pension deficit so as to
establish financial certainty over the next several years.
    The Company stated in its discussions with the unions that its objective
is to maintain its current defined benefit plans without restructuring the
pension benefit formula. The Company's proposal does not contemplate a
transition of its plans to a defined contribution plan design.
    There can be no assurance that an agreement will be reached between the
company and the unions on this matter.

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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.




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


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