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News Release

Release #01.122

November 8, 2001

Canada 3000 Files for Creditor Protection Despite Pilot Concessions

TORONTO --- Canada 3000, Canada’s second largest passenger airline, this afternoon filed for creditor protection in Ontario Superior Court under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). This action was taken despite reaching an agreement with its three pilot unions to address many of the company’s concerns.

"The three pilot groups of Canada 3000, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the Royal Airline Pilots Association, and the Eastern Association of Professional Airline Pilots, are obviously dedicated to saving this company – and we remain hopeful about its recovery," said Capt. Doug Walsh, chairman of the Canada 3000 ALPA pilot group. "We worked together tirelessly to put together a deal that contained huge sacrifices and concessions – including furloughs, pay cuts, and no severance pay,– to ensure the future viability of the airline. The cooperation exhibited by the leadership of the three pilot unions was extraordinary – and we hope that this cooperation will continue in the future."

Walsh continued: "I salute the ALPA pilots at Canada 3000 for their consummate and unwavering professionalism and dedication during this ordeal."

ALPA president, Capt. Duane Woerth, was in Ottawa yesterday, where he last night met with Minister of Transport David Collenette to discuss the situation at Canada 3000. Capt. Woerth expressed his disappointment with today’s developments, and stated: "ALPA sincerely hopes that under the CCAA, the company and its creditors will negotiate a fair and equitable settlement to secure Canada 3000’s position in the nation’s aviation industry – and safeguard our pilots’ jobs. Additionally, the Association hopes that airline competition in Canada will continue – to the benefit of all members of the aviation community and our passengers."

Captain Woerth also praised the work of the pilot leadership at Canada 3000 by saying: "I commend our fellow ALPA pilots at Canada 3000 for their strength and fortitude during this trying time – perhaps the most difficult of your careers. You are an example to all of us."

ALPA represents 66,000 airline pilots at 47 airlines in Canada and the U.S. The Association represents approximately 340 of the 580 pilots at Canada 3000. Its Web site is at

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