Air Canada announced it is wining over bond investors by paying down debt and showing it can lure US business travellers bound for Asia (Bloomberg, 18-Feb-2011). Reportedly the extra yield investors demand on the carrier’s five-year USD bond over federal debt has narrowed twice as much as bonds issued by US carriers in the past three months.
Air Canada wins over bond investors
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