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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 700 Jun 29/02 - 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 700, June 29th, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Must know!
Air Canada News:
Don’t Double Book Your Flights. Some European airports have expressed concern
over the number of no-shows on flights. While it's important that you arrive at
your destination, you’re reminded not to list on more than one flight per city
pair on a given day. Multiple listings result in wasted meals and unnecessary
expenses Catering orders the number of meals by reviewing passenger lists,
which include employee registrations. If you don’t plan to travel on a given
flight, cancel your registration. Changes to your flight booking can be made
through the Employee Travel Website at www.travel.aircanada.ca or Speech
Recognition at 1-888-834-6660. Internationally, we suggest you access the
Internet through family and friends or an Internet café, or call your local Air
Canada office. If you don’t make it on your original flight, check with the
agent to ensure you’re listed on the next one. In cities where we don’t handle
the flights and the agent is unable to assist you, call the local Air Canada
office. There’s no need to book twice.
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. Need to know.
Effective January 1st 2003, the Airport Improvement Tax at Ottawa will
increase from ca$10.00 to ca$15.00
Air Canada News:
ID And ZED Fare Ticket Request Now Require More Time. Effective July 15, we
will implement changes to the time required to process ID and ZED fare
requests. These changes are part of our on-going effort to serve our revenue
customers better. For airport pick-up, employees will need to provide Employee
Travel Services with four calendar days to process their travel requests. Six
business days will be required for delivery by courier service, with a charge
of $20 Cdn, and 10 business days for regular mail delivery. As a result of
these changes, we ask that you plan ahead.
Employee Travel Website And Speech Recognition Are At Your Service! As active
or retired self-ticketing employees, you have access to an assortment of
convenient travel tools. With these tools at your service, you’re expected to
use them at every opportunity, before attempting to call Employee Travel
Services. If you don’t have access to a computer at home, we suggest you access
the Internet through your family and friends, the local library or an Internet
café. Exceptions: Requests for ID, ZED and Family Affair tickets. For all other
requests, ETS agents will re-direct employees back to our self-service tools.
" ' "
. Subject: Alan Withington
It is with great sadness that I advise of the passing of Alan Withington on
June 18, 2002. He worked for Air Canada in excess of 33 years.
Alan was dianosged with Colon cancer two years ago. It had already advanced
to the liver. Surgery was not an option then. He refused chemo and
adiation and has enjoyed two years. We were able to travel to Nfld last summer
continued to winter in Aizona.
He went into hospital June 13 and was gone 5 days later. Just the way he
wanted. His passing was peaceful and fast. He did not suffer.
We will all miss him. He had a wonderful positive attitude and enjoyed every
(Our condolences to the family - eds)
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. From the RAPCAN eMailNews issued by Duane Frerichs -
Regarding a 40 year Reunion
of "The Class of 62". i.e. Flt.Atts. who joined TCA that year. We have been
having these reunions every 5 years since 1972. Naturally we have lost
track of some people, and, unfortunately, some are no longer with us.
The Reunion will take place in YYZ at The Marriott on Carlingview Drive on
. People can
or 416-444-6814. Thanks, Dawn
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. Remember when!
Fred Meredith, retired captain had some information passed to him by Stuart
Hall, retired Manager Machine Shops YUL. The information was found amongst the
papers left by Stuart's father. Fred thought there might be some interest in
this information, some of which we printed in NetLetters nr 668, 677 & 678 -
The first eastbound flight (C.G.T.A.S,) Montreal - Prestwick - July 22nd,
with 8 official passengers and 3,600 pounds of forces' mail.
captain - R.F.George, first officer - A.Rankin, radio officer - G.Nettleton
navigator (RCAF) - J.Gilmore.
Crew on the first westbound flight (C.G.T.A.S.) Prestwick - Montreal - July
captain - M.B.Barclay, first officer - R.M.Smith, radfio officer -
navigator (RCAF) - H.Thomas (replacing D.S.Florence)
First purser/stewards in T.C.A. service who began operations on C.G.T.A.S.
Lancastrians: D.V.Miller, G.B.Kerr, T.D.Philp, A.W.MacDonald,
A.E.Mann and B.W.Foggo
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. News from the Districts.
Vancouver Island Annual Golf Tourny -
Open to all Pionairs and ex CAIRE.
Pay by July 31st, cost $25.00 pp. made out to Bill Wood.
mail cheques to:-
Bill Wood, PO Box 1879, Ladysmith, B.C.
Play is at Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, starts at noon.
" ' "
Subject: Re: CREW SCHEDULING REUNION 2002
ALLAN NELLIS HAS PLANED THE FIRST CREW SCHED REUNION ON JULY 27 THE LAST
SATURDAY IN JULY...ALL RETIRED CREW SCHEDULERS ARE WELCOME..BYOB, FOOD WILL BE
TIME 1400HRS SAT JULY27.
PLACE ALLAN'S BACK YARD AT 619 RIVE BOISEE PIERREFONDS.DIRECTIONS NORTH ON BLVD
ST JEAN TO GOUIN EAST ON GOUIN ONE BLOCK TO RIVE BOISEE TURN LEFT (north) phone
514 624 7324.
so far there are 30 guests with more to come. we hope.
THERE IS A POOL FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO SWIM
Special invite to J. WONTA AND MIKE BARBETTA. HAVING TROUBLE TRACKING YOU GUYS
DOWN...ALSO SCOTT FOYERS AND DON HINZE.
A ALLAN NELLIS
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. Vesta sends this follow up -
Here is more info re 'seat charts' from one of the original programmers of
same. (Now one of us<G>)
This information might help in making your standby bookings.
1 - Seat charts are not assigned until a definite FIN is given to a
Otherwise, in the case of a 767, there are 3 possible seat charts, each
with a unique number of seats.
2 - Overbookings are generated automatically by the computer when a new
flight/date comes into inventory.
3 - Once an overbooking curve is assigned, the computer automatically
adjusts the number of additional seats based on its given criteria - such as
flight route, day of week, previous flight history statistics, etc.
4 - Ever since RES II came online in 1970 (?), anyone displaying flight leg
inventory statistics was looking at "inflated" available seats. This is not
5 - The Employee Web Site does not provide J and Y separate numbers.
It only says that J and Y are scheduled for this particular flight/day.
6 - The allowable overbooking total decreases as the flight nears its
day-of-flight (to limit an increase in the number of overbookings).
7 - As the Y bookings increase, the available seats decreases (there are
in fact less actual available seats)
8 - With less available seats, you have to decide whether your priority is
sufficiently high enough for you to attempt to travel on that flight.
9 - Heavily booked and overbooked flights do not show appreciable open
seats, and I fail to see the logic in claiming that this is causing people
to get stranded.
10 - Seat charts should never enter into booking standby reservations -
particularly when equipment substitutions is the norm. Did you ever
show for a 727 flight to find it was now a DC9? or a Dash8 and find it
was now a Dash7? or a 747 and find it was now an L1011?
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. Len Kruller sends us this -
As reported by one of the local TV channels:
What airport security ?
Airport employees at the SFO International airport recently got quite a
surprise when a harbor seal showed up at the AA gate 64 during the early
Apparently, either confused or disoriented, the seal had crawled across two
runways and the tarmac area during night time hours, ending up at the AA gate.
According to Ron Wilson, Airport Director, security cameras should have picked
up on him, regarding of his low profile but somehow did not. (perhaps the
security person on duty had fallen asleep ?)
As for the seal, he was transported back by the Marine Mammal Center personnel
to their facility for check up and hopefully return to his native habitat.
My final comment; I hope that Mr. Bin Laden and associates did not find out how
this critter had gotten through security !!
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. Terry's travel tips.
David Cooper sends us this message -
It appears since we fly into Dublin a lot of people are thinking of touring
Ireland and are looking for information on where to stay, car rental and such,
I have replied to a couple , here is a website if you would print it so that
anyone who is interested can check it out. or if there are any questions I will
be glad to answer.
Premium - 5 star - Holland America
CRUISE SPECIAL FOR FRIENDS ON THEIR OWN
(and are cheaper than the current interline prices)
These 7 night sailings only:
Sept. 1 - Alaska Glacier Discovery $643 (outside)
Sept. 9 - Alaska Glacier Discovery $513 (inside)
Dec. 8 - Western Caribbean $413 (inside)
port charges of $119 and also taxes are additional.
Usual terms & conditions apply (see my website for details),
including USA funds, per person based upon 2 in a cabin.
DISCOUNT CRUISES ETC
a division of:
JAMES F. C. ROSE - YOUR Cruise Expert since 1993
information: (204) 889-3885
fax: (204) 889-3885
reservations: (204) 889-3885 & (800) 414-8091
" ' "
From Lawson "Trem" Tremellen
Jealous of America's Stealth bombers, Russia plans to develop one if its own.
It's to be called the Optical Ilyushin.
Take care and have a good summer.
" ' "
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