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Subject: [The NetLetter] Netletter nr 693 May 30/02- The NetLetter
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N E T L E T T E R > CANADA <
( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 693, May 30th 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Our Chief pilot - Vesta - is happy that the co-pilot has returned!
. Need to know.
Residents of Canada allowances through Customs are -
Min absence exempt c$ limit Alcohol & tobacco
24 hours 50.00 No
48 hours 200.00 Yes
7 days 750.00 Yes
Effective October 2001, you must pay duty on cigarettes, tobacco sticks and
manufactured tobacco that you include in your personal exemption entitlement,
unless they are marked 'CANADA DUTY PAID - DROIT ACQUITTE'
Air Canada news - from the YYZNEWS issued by brian Dunn -
Service to Buenos Aires will be dis-continued at the end of May. Also, at the
end of May the Honolulu-Melbourne Australia route will be dropped. This will
leave the daily flight from Vancouver to Sydney (via HNL) as the only Australia
service. The Toronto-Norfolk VA route which was suspended last December will
not be renewed this summer as had been promised.
Air Canada Regional Inc. (dba Jazz) has announced that it is withdrawing
scheduled services from both Comox and Campbell River BC effective end of June.
This decision was made in response to the consistently poor financial
performance of both locations. On July 1st Pacific Coastal Airlines will enter
into a code share agreement for connection traffic between Vancouver and
Comox/Campbell River with Air Canada. Pacific Coastal use the South Terminal at
YVR and shuttle bus service is available for connecting passengers between the
main terminals and the South area.
" ' "
. Nice to know.
As the company is moving to a zonal type of charge, here are some mileages
for your forward planning! For information only. (E&OE)
Departure point is TORONTO (PEARSON) ON (YYZ)
Albany NY (ALB) 300 mi
Allentown PA (ABE) 299 mi
Antigua (ANU) 2111 mi
Atlanta GA (ATL) 740 mi
Baltimore MD (BWI) 347 mi
Bermuda (BDA) 1126 mi
Calgary AB (YYC) 1672 mi
Cancun, Mexico (CUN) 1620 mi
Charleston SC (CHS) 745 mi
Charlotte NC (CLT) 589 mi
Cleveland OH (CLE) 193 mi
Columbus OH (CMH) 304 mi
Dallas/Ft Worth TX (DFW) 1199 mi
Dayton OH (DAY) 352 mi
Denver CO (DEN) 1313 mi
Detroit MI (DTW) 213 mi
Durham NC (RDU) 541 mi
Edmonton AB (YEG) 1672 mi
Fredericton NB (YFC) 659 mi
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) 3946 mi
Ft Lauderdale FL (FLL) 1218 mi
Ft Myers FL (RSW) 1191 mi
Grand Cayman Island (GCM) 1689 mi
Grand Rapids MI (GRR) 301 mi
Greensboro NC (GSO) 524 mi
Halifax NS (YHZ) 801 mi
Hartford CT (BDL) 372 mi
Hong Kong, China (HKG) 7805 mi
Honolulu HI (HNL) 4646 mi
Houston TX (IAH) 1281 mi
Indianapolis IN (IND) 439 mi
Kansas City MO (MCI) 836 mi
Kingston ON (YGK) 155 mi
Harrisburg PA (MDT) 282 mi
Kingston, Jamaica (KIN) 1788 mi
Las Vegas NV (LAS) 1940 mi
London (Heathrow), England (LHR) 3549 mi
London ON (YXU) 88 mi
Los Angeles CA (LAX) 2173 mi
Louisville KY (SDF) 496 mi
Manchester NH (MHT) 415 mi
Melbourne, Australia (MEL) 10166 mi
Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) 2019 mi
Miami FL (MIA) 1237 mi
Milan (Malpensa), Italy (MXP) 4112 mi
Milwaukee WI (MKE) 418 mi
Minneapolis/St Paul MN (MSP) 677 mi
Moncton City NB (YQM) 750 mi
Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) 1744 mi
Montreal (Dorval) QC (YUL) 315 mi
Nashville TN (BNA) 641 mi
Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) 1294 mi
New Orleans LA (MSY) 1112 mi
New York (La Guardia) NY (LGA) 356 mi
Newark NJ (EWR) 347 mi
North Bay ON (YYB) 186 mi
Orlando FL (MCO) 1058 mi
Ottawa ON (YOW) 226 mi
Paris, France (CDG) 3744 mi
Philadelphia PA (PHL) 347 mi
Phoenix AZ (PHX) 1874 mi
Pittsburgh PA (PIT) 222 mi
Port Of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago (POS) 2537 mi
Providence RI (PVD) 438 mi
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR) 2168 mi
Quebec QC (YQB) 455 mi
Regina SK (YQR) 1261 mi
Richmond VA (RIC) 443 mi
Rochester NY (ROC) 105 mi
Rome, Italy (FCO) 4407 mi
Saint John NB (YSJ) 686 mi
San Diego CA (SAN) 2155 mi
San Francisco CA (SFO) 2256 mi
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) 1917 mi
Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU) 5096 mi
Sarnia ON (YZR) 142 mi
Saskatoon SK (YXE) 1409 mi
Sault Ste Marie ON (YAM) 307 mi
Seattle/Tacoma WA (SEA) 2056 mi
St John's NF (YYT) 1320 mi
St Louis MO (STL) 653 mi
St Lucia (UVF) 2348 mi
Sudbury ON (YSB) 211 mi
Syracuse NY (SYR) 181 mi
Tampa FL (TPA) 1097 mi
Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) 5781 mi
Thunder Bay ON (YQT) 566 mi
Timmins ON (YTS) 348 mi
Vancouver BC (YVR) 2080 mi
Victoria BC (YYJ) 2096 mi
Washington DC (Dulles) (IAD) 346 mi
Washington DC (National) (DCA) 359 mi
West Palm Beach FL (PBI) 1175 mi
Westchester NY (HPN) 352 mi
Windsor ON (YQG) 194 mi
Winnipeg MB (YWG) 935 mi
Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) 4037 mi
Departure point is VANCOUVER BC (YVR)
Beijing, China (PEK) 5282 mi
Boston MA (BOS) 2509 mi
Calgary AB (YYC) 426 mi
Campbell River BC (YBL) 107 mi
Cancun, Mexico (CUN) 2783 mi
Castlegar BC (YCG) 250 mi
Chicago O'Hare IL (ORD) 1761 mi
Comox BC (YQQ) 84 mi
Cranbrook BC (YXC) 334 mi
Dawson Creek BC (YDQ) 470 mi
Denver CO (DEN) 1113 mi
Edmonton AB (YEG) 503 mi
Fort St John BC (YXJ) 497 mi
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) 5015 mi
Hong Kong, China (HKG) 6387 mi
Honolulu HI (HNL) 2708 mi
Kahului HI (OGG) 2675 mi
Kamloops BC (YKA) 160 mi
Kelowna BC (YLW) 178 mi
Las Vegas NV (LAS) 993 mi
London (Heathrow), England (LHR) 4713 mi
Los Angeles CA (LAX) 1082 mi
Miami FL (MIA) 2801 mi
Montreal (Dorval) QC (YUL) 2290 mi
Nanaimo BC (YCD) 32 mi
New York (JFK) NY (JFK) 2444 mi
Osaka Kansai, Japan (KIX) 4935 mi
Ottawa ON (YOW) 2209 mi
Penticton BC (YYF) 162 mi
Phoenix AZ (PHX) 1232 mi
Portland OR (PDX) 250 mi
Prince George BC (YXS) 325 mi
Prince Rupert BC (YPR) 469 mi
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR) 2206 mi
Quesnel BC (YQZ) 266 mi
San Francisco CA (SFO) 801 mi
Sandspit BC (YZP) 467 mi
Seattle/Tacoma WA (SEA) 127 mi
Seoul, Korea (ICN) 5101 mi
Shanghai, China (PVG) 5608 mi
Smithers BC (YYD) 424 mi
Sydney, Australia (SYD) 7790 mi
Taipei,Taiwan (TPE) 5966 mi
Terrace BC (YXT) 431 mi
Tokyo (Narita), Japan (NRT) 4667 mi
Toronto (Pearson) ON (YYZ) 2080 mi
Victoria BC (YYJ) 39 mi
Whitehorse YT (YXY) 922 mi
Williams Lake BC (YWL) 327 mi
Winnipeg MB (YWG) 1166 mi
VICTORIA BC (YYJ)
" ' "
. News from the Districts.
Upcoming events planned by the London England Pionairs -
June 10th - UK Pioniars AGM at Heathrow Park Hotel.
June 24th - "Flight & walk" - a visit to the London Eye.
Sept 17/18 - UK Pionairs annual North America trip - Halifax N.S.
November - Cross-Channel; trip.
Dec 1st - UK Pionairs Christmas Lunch.
Glen Cawker of Central Ontario Pionairs sends this -
Hello All!.. Even though some of you on this list, along with your local area
acquaintances, etc., are perhaps distant from our 'SUPER SEVENTH' Pionairs
National Golf Tournament site of Hunters Glen Golf Club (15 minutes north of
Pearson Airport), We in Central Ontario would like You, as Executive and
Directors, to support and promote the National Executive's choice of venue for
this year's Tournament. SUPER SEVENTH. Tournament Day is Wednesday Sept. 4th,
with Optional Practice round available on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. Early-bird
Registration before July 1st is $110.- and after June 30 it's $120. The
recommended Ramada Hotel, Phone (1-416-621-2121 ext7822), is only $88.(plus
12%) per room, double or single, including continental breakfast, parking, and
shuttle transportation from & to Airport and Golf Course. Hospitality Suite may
be available. Make your own reservation and mention Pionairs.
$110. Sounds expensive?? Not when it includes Tournament Round on a PGA
championship course close to the Hotel and Airport, with 1/2 cart, driving
range bucket, clubs demonstration prior to T-off, full Roast beef Banquet with
wine, plus live professional entertainment, and Claude Taylor to present the
'Taylor Low Gross' Trophy, also door /registration prizes, as well as the usual
'fun stuff' like 'closest to the hole' etc etc. If you consider both days of
Golf- you can get them both with cart each day, with the wind-up Banquet (did
we mention wine?), for a total of $169. (That's only $19. more than last year's
Tournament in YUL, when you add in the cost for golf carts!) Did we mention
wine and entertainment?
We're even working on a Raffle of a $450., eleven-piece, set of Jazz 'Oxygen'
golf clubs, with raffle tickets costing only $4. each, or 3 for $10., and 8 for
only $20 . Any profit will go to "Dreams Take Flight".
Talk about "SUPER SEVEN?" You Just Can't Miss!!
Send your early registrations and payment to Roy McCormack,RR1,Box 1136,
Collingwood, ON, L9Y-3Y9.
Did you ask about Banquet only?, certainly! Only$38. per person. (Did we
"Talk It Up" Everyone welcome! Active employees, Retirees, Pionairs, Friends!
Please advertize this SUPER SEVEN Tournament by including as much of the above
information as possible in your Newsletter, and at your Coffee/Luncheon and
Local Function get-togethers. Thank You
" ' "
. Air Canada news -
Air Canada Carried Precious Cargo From Down Under.
Recently, Air Canada Cargo carried two male koala bears, Quamby and Doowi,
from the San Diego Zoo onboard flight AC792 from Los Angeles to Toronto.
Detailed planning and cross-departmental teamwork was involved between Cargo,
In-Flight, Flight Operations and Passenger Sales to ensure the safety and
comfort of the bears. They travelled in the cabin, seated on a perch mounted
inside a dog kennel secured to two passenger seats, because they are very
fragile, temperature sensitive and extremely precious. To keep their
environment calm, burlap was placed over the front of the kennels. If you want
to visit the cuddly pair, they will be on loan to the Toronto Zoo until
mid-October. Present your Air Canada ID at the zoo for a 50 per cent discount
" ' "
. Star Alliance news -
S.A.S. are testing the feasibility using passengers finger prints at
Lufthansa's legendary Junkers JU 52/3m will be visiting Duxford Vintage
Aircraft Show in the UK during July 2002. The plane promises to bring with it
the usual nostalgia and charm, allowing passengers a unique bird's eye view of
the London skyline as they cruise at a mere 112 mph.
For the last 4 years, 'Auntie Ju', as the vintage aircraft is
affectionately known has made the journey to the UK. Future plans may see the
Junkers touring the whole of the UK, making visits to airports serviced by both
Lifthansa and its Star Alliance partners.
Round trip flights out of London-City airport can be booked by calling
tel: 0845 7737747. Flights cost gbp89.00 each.
" ' "
. Found on the internet.
Security in the air -
Airbus Industries is to install cameras in randomly selected light fittings
above the seats on aircraft so that the crew can monitor passengers actions,
not to intimidate the passengers, but to deter highjackers.
Offloaded at London Heathrow airport? Here are some B&B's to try -
The Lodge, Hounslow West, gbp35.00 single, gbp45.00 double
tel: 020 8577 9722
Channin's Hotel, Feltham, from gbp20.00 per person per night.
Heathrow Lodge, Longford, airline rate gbp37.50 shared facilities
breakfast gbp3.00 continental
free shuttle to/from airport
tel/fax: 01753 68 69 70
" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
The age of the 'Queue', as demonstrated by the British, is an endangered
Recent experience, whilst waiting for local transport in and around London's
airport, now seems to be the 'Flying wedge' as the method of choice.
Air Canada Vacations Wants To Send You To The Beach. Attention beach lovers,
Air Canada Vacations has some great deals for you. During May and June, all Air
Canada, Air Canada Jazz and Air Canada Vacations employees, and family and
friends can head to the beach to soak up some sun and dig their toes in the
sand at tropical resorts in Punta Cana and Cuba. Enjoy special rates from
Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. For details, call
(514) 876-0760 or toll free at 1-877-752-5510.
" ' "
Bob Messmer sends this -
How To Identify Where A Canadian Driver Is From:
1. One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: MONTREAL
2. One hand on wheel, one finger out window: TORONTO
3. One hand on wheel, one finger out window, and cutting
across all lanes of traffic: OTTAWA
4. One hand on wheel, one hand on newspaper, cradling cell
phone, balancing Tim Horton's coffee on knee, foot solidly
on accelerator: CALGARY
5. One hand on wheel, one hand on non-fat double decaf
cappuccino, cradling cell phone, brick on accelerator, gun
on lap: LOS ANGELES
6. Both hands on wheel, eyes shut, and both feet on brake,
quivering in terror: SASKATOON, but driving in TORONTO
7. Both hands in air, gesturing, both feet on accelerator,
head turned to talk to someone in the back seat: QUEBEC CITY
8. One hand on 12 oz. double shot latte, one knee on wheel,
cradling cell phone, foot on brake, mind on radio game,
banging head on steering wheel while stuck in traffic: VANCOUVER
9. One hand on wheel, one hand on hunting rifle, alternating
between both feet being on the brake and both feet on the
accelerator throwing McDonald's bag out the window: RED DEER
10.Four wheel drive pick-up truck, shotgun mounted in rear
window, beer cans on the floor, raccoon tails attached to
the antenna: PRINCE GEORGE
11.Two hands gripping wheel, blue hair barely visible above
windshield driving 40 km/hr on Hwy 1 in the left lane with
the left blinker on: VICTORIA
AND THE BEST ONE OF ALL:
12.One ski-doo mitt on steering wheel, scraper in hand out
front window scraping frost, Guess Who on 8 track playing
Share The Land, hockey equipment smelling up car interior,
waiting at lights for snow removal equipment to finish
clearing intersection: WINNIPEG
" ' "
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