Air Canada COO To Retire

June 6, 2012

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Air Canada on Wednesday said that its chief operating office will take early retirement later this year from the country's largest airline.

The Montreal-based carrier did not announce a replacement or reason for the departure of Duncan Dee, who has worked at Air Canada for 15 years. It said he would "remain available to Air Canada" after he retires.

"His resignation comes as a surprise, but I'm certain that there's a number of very talented operational folks at Air Canada who are able to manage the role and I'm sure they'll appoint somebody in due course," said Chris Murray, an analyst at PI Financial.

Disputes between the airline and two unions have been handed over to government arbitrators, who will impose a binding agreement before the end of August.