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Statement from PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum on American Airlines Announcement of Plan Freezes

November 01, 2012

WASHINGTON — Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Director Josh Gotbaum released the following statement today on American Airlines' decision to freeze all four of its pension plans, effective today:

"Today marks a mixed result for the people of American Airlines. We of course are pleased that they will get to keep the pension benefits they have already earned, but it is unfortunate that going forward their retirement benefits will not provide the same level of security as a traditional pension."

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