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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 672 Mar 16/02 - The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 672, Mar 16th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Need to know!
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NOTE For information only.
Check with the Employee Travel Service
for complete rules and regulations.
********* Air Canada / Alitalia codeshare operation *********
********* non revenue travel between Canada & Italy *********
AC/AZ codeshare flights are full risk block codeshare whereby
each airline owns a block of seats - unlike other codesharing
flight agreements, Air Canada is therefore permitted to offer
its own seats for employee personal or business travel on
the codeshare flights operated by Alitalia but subject to the
same eligibility guidelines as per the negotiated free and
reduced rate interline agreement
Travel permitted as follows:
yyz-mxp-yyz flight 9822/9823 operated by AZ
yyz-fco-yyz flight 9820/9821 operated by AZ
yyz-mxp-yyz flight 3050/3051 operated by AC
yyz-fco-yyz flight 3040/3041 operated by AC
--for travel on *AZ operated* AC/AZ codeshare flights--
In accordance with the AC/AZ interline agreement, eligible
persons as listed below are subject to the following:
Active employee of ac/tier 2 & 3 with 12 months service
Employee on leave - maternity/child care/union
Spouse - legal & common-law partner
Dependent children under 24 years of age
Parents of active/retired employee
AZ operated codeshare i AC owned block i AZ owned block
AC/Tier 2 & 3 i AC trip pass i reduced rate ticket
In addition, eligible persons as listed below are subject
to the following:
Employee on leave - disability/personal/special
Retired employee - factor 60/70
Retired employee AC/CN widow-er
Widow-er - factor 60/70
Travel partners are //ineligible// for both AC trip pass and
AZ ZED/ID50 travel on the Alitalia operated codeshare flights
Travel is, however, permitted on Air Canada operated flights
but excludes access to the AZ owned block of seats
Contact the Employee Travel Service
--Note-- automated registration/employee travel website not applicable
Boarding in accordance with priority and doj
(doj is service date/years of service as applicable)
--Accepted on *AC block* of AZ operated - AC/Tier 2 & 3--
T421 pass ticket - personal
T423 pass ticket - parent *
T171 revenue ticket - personal / parent *
* parent only - partner travel not permitted
--Accepted on *AZ block* of AZ operated - AC/Tier 2&3--
reduced rate tickets
Easter Travel To London Looks Busy Bring Alternate Tickets.
If you’re planning to visit London, England over the Easter holiday season
bring alternate tickets. We anticipate high load factors that may result in
denied boarding for standby travellers. Be safe rather than sorry. Buy tickets
on other carriers before leaving home.
" ' "
. Gord Dalziel sends this gentle reminder!
Niagara Peninsula Coffee Group, Welcomes ALL
area Retirees to its 2nd monthly meeting to be held
on April 02 nd, 2002, commencing at 11:00 A.M. at
Frado's Restaurant, 535 Queenston Street, St.Catharines,
at the Welland Canal.
Come out and meet your new committee of this coffee group
and join your fellow Retirees over a coffee to discuss
the Past, the Present and maybe even the Future.
Contacts are: Jim Morgan -- Chairperson 905 -788 -2080
" ' "
. From Linda Reverchon
Just a gentle correction to your latest article about the newest European
currency: It's not the "Euro Dollar", it's the "euro", and with no capitol
Also, in France, anyway, the "central bank" (Banque de France) will continue
changing francs into euros for ten years (for banknotes) and three years (for
Keep up the good work, both of you!
(Thanks for keeping us honest Linda! - eds)
" ' "
. Gord Dalziel sent us this information -
NAV CANADA's Presence in Gander, NFLD
At the heart of oceanic air traffic control
Gander is home to three NAV CANADA facilities: the Area Control Centre
(ACC), Air Traffic Control Tower and International Flight Service Station
(IFSS). All three facilities play a key role in ensuring the safe and
efficient movement of aircraft in domestic airspace and international
oceanic airspace assigned to Canada.
The Gander ACC is responsible for controlling aircraft in the western half
of the north Atlantic oceanic airspace, as well as sharing the control of
Atlantic Canada's domestic airspace with our other ACC in Moncton.
The international airspace over the North Atlantic is divided up into seven
areas. The Gander Area Control Center provides oceanic air traffic control
services on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO),
from the east coast of Canada to about halfway across the North Atlantic (30
degrees west longitude, between 45 and 65 degrees north latitude). The
Gander Oceanic airspace is bounded to the north by the Icelandic Control
Center, on the east by the Prestwick, Scotland, Control Center, to the south
by the Portuguese control center in the Azores, and finally to the Southwest
by the New York Area Control Center.
The Gander oceanic airspace is the busiest in the world. It falls within the
shortest great circle distance between North America and Europe. Up to 1,000
flights a day transit the airspace - about half eastbound and half
westbound). The vast majority of aircraft are large commercial carriers. In
2000, there were approximately 390,000 aircraft movement in the Gander ACC
airspace. The Gander ACC uses the Gander Automated Air Traffic System to
process all flights within its control area. It is the most sophisticated
system of its kind in the world. The Gander ACC employs some 270 staff, 150
of which are Air Traffic Controllers.
The control tower at the Gander airport handles traffic within a 13-km
radius. It is responsible for controlling aircraft movement within that
control zone - aircraft landing, departing and transiting that airspace up
to an altitude of 3000 feet above ground. It co-ordinates the movement of
all Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) traffic with its control zone. Twelve Air
Traffic controllers work at the tower
The IFSS located at the Gander ACC maintains voice (HF and VHF)
communications with aircraft which fall outside radar coverage (beyond 200
nautical miles from the Newfoundland coastline). Fifty-five Flight Service
Specialists work at the IFSS.
" ' "
Subject: 22nd Annual Airline Mixed Fun Bonspiel
Back in Netletter 652 was an article inviting participation in the "22nd
Annual Mixed Fun Bonspiel". Being an avid curlers and partygoers, we decided to
try this 'spiel and find out why it had not appeared on our list of parties to
attend. Here is a short follow-up.
Well we have just returned from Kamloops after three days of great partying and
curling (more successful with the former than the latter!). The event
originated as a PWA sponsored 'spiel and has been continued by our new
"brothers and sisters" from Canadian. We enjoyed a fantastic welcome from
everyone. Emphasis is on FUN but the curling was great.
John Calvert and his committee (40 ounce flu clogs the memory for names)
produced a memorable event, hopefully John will contribute more on the history,
and this years results.
I know that there are many curlers in Air Canada. The 'spiel will run again
next year, 7,8, and 9 March at Kamloops. I would strongly recommend that they
get their mixed teams together and try this event, be prepared for some
surprises. No one went home disappointed. I know that we made lots of new
" ' "
. TANGO story - so far!
In the few months since it launched two-plane service to eight
Canadian cities and three Florida destinations Nov. 1, Tango has taken
off, attracting enough converts that it's already showing "sustained
profitability," Air Canada president Robert Milton told airline
business analysts in a recent conference call.
It seems that new routes and planes are being added almost daily.
Tango will soon be flying to 23 Canadian cities but has dropped the
Florida destinations because of poor demand. Milton said he remains
"pleasantly amazed" by how well the new service is doing.
By summer, Tango's fleet will be up to 21, accounting for about 10 per
cent of the airline's total domestic capacity, and its potential for
growth appears "limitless," Milton said.
Tango is proving so successful at getting costs down,, its seat-mile
costs are already 25 per cent lower than the mainline carrier,
according to Air Canada,, that the white and purple jets could someday
overtake the familiar white, red and green planes for dominance in the
domestic market. That would leave Air Canada, which lost $1.2 billion
last year and is saddled with $11.7 billion in debt, just serving
"key" cities and international routes.
If Tango appears to have come almost out of nowhere, well, it did.
Air Canada officials had been quietly working on the Tango plan for
months,, many believe in an effort to stop the dramatic growth of
Canada 3000,, along with a proposal for a Western-based discount
airline, now on hold, that was aimed directly at WestJet Airlines.
But a mechanical problem on the mainline last fall forced Air Canada
to put one of the freshly painted Tango planes into service. Air
Canada officials were hurriedly forced to issue a news release
announcing the upcoming Tango launch, for fear travellers would think
Air Canada was changing its aircraft colours.
" ' "
. May Day!
I wonder if anyone can recommend a hotel with parking in Mestre (outside
" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
Incredible Ski Package Discounts At The Click Of A Mouse.
For employees and retirees interested in discounts on ski packages
in Whistler, log on to the Whistler-Blackcomb website at
www.whistler-blackcomb.com/partners/aircanada. Current promotional
offers are available until March 31.
Following are land deals -
Orlando Value Vacation 4 days/3 nights
Prices starting at $149* through Oct 31, 2002
Las Vegas Value Vacation 4 days/3 nights
Prices starting at $149* through Oct 31, 2002
Hawaii Value Vacation 4 days/3 nights
New low prices through Oct 31, 2002
Honolulu from $249* - COMPANIONS ELIGIBLE
Maui from $349*/The Big Island from $399*/Kauai from $439*
Cancun Value Vacation 4 days/3 nights
New low price on All Inclusive plan through Oct 31, 2002
Prices starting at $309* Apr 5 - Jun 13 & Aug 16 - Oct 31, 2002
Prices starting at $334* Jun 14 - Aug 15, 2002
Cozumel Value Vacation 4 days/3 nights
New low prices through Oct 31, 2002
Prices starting at $229* Apr 5 - Jun 13 & Aug 16 - Oct 31, 2002
Prices starting at $244* Jun 14 - Aug 15, 2002
San Juan Value Vacation 4 days/3 nights
Prices starting at $319* from May 1 - Oct 31, 2002
Hong Kong Adventure 6 days/4 nights
New low price from $359* through Oct 31, 2002
Downunder in Sydney 6 days/3 nights
New low price from $519* through Oct 31, 2002
Call 1-800-422-3727 for more details
WACA upcoming events -
APR 17-20 GUANAJUATO COLONIAL LEON
deadline: 01APR Cost: us$400 pp
Mexico...the northern part...unique and
MAY 05-10 CEDAR LAND TOUR 2002 LEBANON
deadline: 25APR Cost: us$525 pp
Baalbeck, city of the sun and the roman temples.
Visit Harisa the holy lady of Lebanon and the ancient city of
MAY 09-12 JAZZ ON THE ROCK NORWAY (STV)
deadline: 08APR Cost: NOK2500 Single Supplement NOK600
Experience the wild and fresh nature of Norway! Climb the Pulpit
Rock and enjoy
MAY13-18 SENSATIONAL SEYCHELLES INDIAN OCEAN
deadline: 10APR Cost: us$700
One of the most spectacular settings in the world. High mountains
on one side
and crystal clear waters on the other side.
For more information contact www.waca.org or your nearest Interline Club.
" ' "
STUPID PILOT TRICKS PART ... EH, WHATEVER: First, floatplane pilot
Peter Drewery of Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, reported a fuel-related
problem and made an emergency landing on or near Duke Island. The
plane bonked a rock, punching a hole in one float. A volunteer rescue
squad helped patch the float, but it leaked and led to the aircraft
flipping during the subsequent takeoff. Drewery returned with a barge
and crane and recovered the aircraft from 70 feet of water, but raised
the suspicions of the rescue squad, who reported him to local troopers.
When the troopers searched the island, they found four duffle bags
stuffed with marijuana. Drewery was later found wandering the area
looking for something he "forgot." Bail was set at $100,000.
Our chief pilot Vesta found this one!
Subject: Free Haircut
A barber gave a haircut to a priest one day. The priest tried to pay for the
haircut, but the barber refused, saying, "you do God's work." The next
morning the barber found a dozen bibles at the door to his shop.
A policeman came to the barber for a haircut, and again the barber refused
to be paid, saying, "you protect the public." The next morning the barber
found a dozen doughnuts at the door to his shop.
An Airline Pilot came to the barber for a haircut, and again the barber
refused payment, saying, "you fly the public safely all across the world."
The next morning the barber found a dozen pilots waiting for a free haircut
" ' "
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