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Air Canada concludes financing for US$80 million

phpcenkfxpmDec. 24, 2008, Montreal - Air Canada has concluded a series of agreements for secured financings with General Electric Capital Corp. and its affiliates, providing the airline with up to US$195 million.


December 29, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

phpcenkfxpmDec. 24, 2008 Montreal – Air Canada announced that it has concluded a series of agreements for secured financings with General Electric Capital Corporation (GECC) and its affiliates, providing the airline with up to US$195 million (approximately $238 million).
    
Under the agreements, the amount of US$80 million (approximately $98 million) was funded today as the first of two parts of a loan agreement which would provide Air Canada with US$155 million (approximately $190 million). The loan matures in 2014. The second part of the secured loan is expected to close and fund prior to the end of January 2009. Funding of the second part of the loan agreement, as well as retention of the funded first part, are subject to certain conditions, including conclusion of a sale and leaseback of one Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), a division of GECC.
    
This sale and lease back for a lease term of 12 years will, upon conclusion, provide Air Canada with at least US$40 million (approximately $48 million) of additional financing.
    
Full funding under all the agreements would provide Air Canada with financing of approximately US$195 million (approximately $238 million).
    
These agreements represent additional steps in the implementation of Air Canada's strategy of improving its short-term and longer-term liquidity through both traditional and non-traditional means.