Your attached message has been delivered to the 2198 members and
at 15:14:14 on 2 Jul 2002.
The text of the message follows:
Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 701 Jul 02/02 - The NetLetter
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 15:12:20 -0700
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
T H E _| TCA |_
_|\| AIR |/|_
N E T L E T T E R > CANADA <
( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 701 July 2nd, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Need to know.
Heading To Europe During The Summer? Plan Ahead And Bring Alternate Tickets.
We anticipate heavy flight loads to Europe during the peak summer periods of
July and August. Standby travel during this time may be extremely difficult.
Last minute ticket requests are not acceptable and put an additional strain on
our Airport colleagues who will be busy attending to our revenue customers.
Customer Service Agents are not expected to process these requests. Therefore,
consider using Family Affair tickets as another travel option. The Company will
not issue you a refund if you purchase a full-fare ticket, so be prepared
before you leave home. Bring back up tickets for other carriers and ensure that
you have the extra money or a credit card to cover any additional expenses.
As a thank-you for helping promote Destina.ca and, in conjunction with our
business partner Avis Rent A Car, we are pleased to
offer a special promotion for all Air Canada, Aeroplan, Destina.ca, Jazz and
Tango active and retired employees.
Book an Avis vehicle with Destina.ca and you'll be able to take advantage of
special employee rental rates offered by Avis for Air Canada
All you have to do is follow these eight easy steps:
1.Go online to Destina.ca and "Register" to become a
2.Go to "My Profile" - click on "Personal
3.Click on "View/Edit" under "Car Preferences".
4.Select Avis under the "Preferred Car Rental
Company" pull-down menu.
5.In the "Car Rental Company Loyalty Program(s)"
section, select "Avis"
under the "Car Rental Company" pull-down menu.
6.Under the heading "Corporate Discount Number" enter
the applicable Avis
Worldwide Discount Number: C121300
8.Return to the Home Page - Click on "Car" under
"Book a Trip Now!" and
proceed with booking.
Please note, the Base Rate will be displayed on the "car
"purchase" pages. The discounted rate
will be displayed only
after you click "finalize payment".
Your confirmation number, numbers of Aeroplan Miles
awarded and the final
Air Canada Employee special rate will be
displayed on the "your receipt"
" ' "
. DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT NEWS
GOLF TOURNAMENT – AUGUST 1, 2002 – LACHUTE GOLD CLUB
Cost: - $150.00 per person, includes tax receipt, breakfast, dinner, Golf fees
MAGIC SHOW – SEPTEMBER 13, 2002 – (Contact John Rodger for details)
DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT – DAY OF FLIGHT – OCTOBER 2, 2002
• PARENTS MEETING – SEPTEMBER 19, 2002
• ESCORTS/LEADERS MEETING (TO BE HELD AT BASE) – SEPTEMBER 26, 2002
• VOLUNTEERS PARTY – NOVEMBER 1, 2002
• CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR THE CHILDREN AND VOLUNTEERS – DECEMBER 10, 2002
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE GOLF TOURNMENT AND DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT
TO VOLUNTEER OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
" ' "
. From the Quebec Pionairs newsletter 'Sentinel' -
Highlights of the AGM Halifax
Membership: membership currently stands at 9300 and growing, with Pionairs
living in 30 different countries. On a sad note 138 members and 78 spouses have
Bylaws: Technical and legal changes were made to the bylaws to include retirees
from Canadian and its constituent airlines; to make spouses and legal partners
full Pionair members; to remove from the board of directors the pension rep.
and to add up to four appointed Directors on the executive board. This increase
is necessary because of the vast increase in membership and subsequent
administrative requirements. The purpose of the Association was also broadened
to represent all retirees to Air Canada in all matters having impact on their
welfare, rather than being mainly social.
In June 2003, dues will increase from $7.50 to $10.00 per year for retirees and
$5.00 per year for widows or widowers, because of the larger membership and
increasing costs of automation and administration.
A nominating committee was struck consisting of the last three past presidents,
as per the bylaws to select the next executive for Sept. 2003. The proposed
slate of officers for the National Executive will be presented at the AGM in
Ottawa next April.
RAP Program: The Retiree Assistance Program much like the EAP (Employee
Assistance Program) is well under way. It is designed as a totally confidential
referral program to help any retiree in distress, whether or not they are
Pionairs. We in the Quebec District are lucky to have three ladies who
volunteered their help. They are Pam Rosholt, Yvonne Mofford and Margo
L’Esperance. They recently attended a seminar in Toronto to be trained in
helping and guiding those who come forward and ask for assistance. Their
telephone numbers are listed on pg. 14.
Pension Report: While all investment funds lost value over the last year, Air
Canada pension fund decreased only slightly and in fact was one of the better
performers. The fund is protected and is designed to ensure that all pensions
will be paid. Air Canada cannot access it and no Air Canada equities are
permitted in the fund.
Automation: One of the few major programs authorized this year by the
the investment of $1.75 million to automate pension and employee/retiree
benefits, including travel. Automating these functions represents major savings
to Air Canada. In addition to major savings, the objective is to make it easy
for employees/retirees to access information and serve themselves, 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. If you have Internet access you will be able to access
files, obtain pension information, update personal data, download and file
forms, monitor pass allocations and usage, select either credit card payment or
pay deduction (pension check). There will also be a new price structure for
pass travel, with lower service charges on shorter flights and some higher fees
on multi-segment flights. Those of you who don’t have Internet access will
still be able to contact call centers and other facilities by phone.
2003 AGM: The 2003 AGM with be held in Ottawa the end of April.
" ' "
. Acfamily.net news
Tom Grant advises us of the latest addition -
FLYING HIGH ON BEER: Anecdotes of Canadian Breweries Limited Flight Department.
A three part series.
by Don Cameron, Air Canada (retired)
(An illustrated edition for the World Wide Web by Tom Grant.)
All three articles you have written are now online in the AirShared
Magazine at www.acfamily.net/airshared/
" ' "
. Star Alliance events -
After dominating the skies for decades British Airways is set to lose its
title as the
world's favourite airline - eclipsed by arch-rival Lufthansa. The German
carrier is on course to
transport more than 32 million passengers on international flights this year,
against BA's 31m.
September 19 - 26, 2002 Alaska Highway Adventure .
Drive your very own motorhome along the Alaska Highway over eight days of
camping fun! Elk, Bears, and Caribou are just some of the wonderful sights that
Event Location: Yukon!
Contact: Ellie Phone: 403 291 1000 Toll Free: 1 800 461 7368
October 1 - 14, 2002 World Airline Road Race .
WARR 2002 will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Sponsored by Malaysian
The World Airline Road Race (WARR), has its roots with the Joggeroos,
a group of runners from Qantas Airways Running Club, who invited their
interline friends "down under" to the famous 1978 Sydney-to-Surf 6.2 mile race.
Event Location: Airline Employees Racing Around the World
Contact: World Airline Road Race Committee
Address: World Airline Roadrace P.O. Box 40119, Ottawa, Ont. Canada K1V
" ' "
. Remember the Super Connies?
Albert Siegmann sent us this information -
A group of Super Constellation lovers bought and are presently reconditioning
in Arizona at the Marana airport,in order to fly it to Basel in Switzerland
thy intend to fly and expose it.They would appreciate your help for any length
time, from a few days to a few months.You will find all the informations you
need in english,french or deutsh at (www.superconstellation.ch) they
with a car and lodging.Have a pleasant stay in Marana.
" ' "
. News from the Pionair districts -
August 12, 2002 - Central Ontario District Golf Tournament
Location: Oakville Executive Golf Course
4414 4th Line and Lower Base Line
Parking: Free at golf course and Fogolars Country Club
Price: $52.00/person, golf and dinner
$23.00/person, dinner only
Cash bar very reasonable prices
Time: Tee off at 10:00 am, followed by a 4 course buffet
at 6:00 pm at Fogolars C.C. (also on Lower Base
Line within a few
km of the course)
Deadline: August 2, 2002 (NOTE: Golf carts are NOT
September 4, 2002 - SUPER SEVENTH Annual Pionairs National Golf
Tournament hosted by Central Ontario District.
October 3, 2002 - Stratford Festival Production of My Fair Lady
December 8, 2002 - Christmas Luncheon, Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel
COMING EVENTS - Quebec
August 15, 2002 - THOUSAND ISLANDS CRUISE.
Cost $60.00/per person, includes return transportation
by deluxe bus, 3 1/2 hours Thousand Island cruise
and lunch on the boat. Not included is meal on return home.
September 25, 2002 - 3rd ANNUAL MONTREAL/OTTAWA GET-TOGETHER - Autumn
Colour Festival - Saint-Sauveur, Quebec. Chair Lift
person from 10:30 to noon. Luncheon at Le Bifthèque
Saint- Sauveur - noon - Cost - $15.00/per person.
October 30, 2002 - SPECIAL QUESTION & ANSWER MEETING -
with Air Canada employees present to answer questions and
then followed by
a luncheon, at Le Bifthèque Restaurant - St. Laurent
10:30 a.m. Cost $15.00/per person.
" ' "
. Terry's travel tips.
Air New Zealand said Tuesday that the Airline Pilots Association has given
notice that its
members who operate domestic and international flights for the carrier plan to
strike for 48 hours starting early July 19.
Paris Break-A-Way Vacation
Departures Any Day Thru Oct 31, 2002
the exquisite museums and galleries. Visit the Arc de Triomphe,
Rue de Rivoli, Montmartre, Notre Dame. Experience Paris.
PARIS BREAK-A-WAY VACATION INCLUDES: Round-trip space available
interline air transportation, 6 days/4 nights hotel
accommodations with private
bath, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service
Paris Optional Package us$89
Half-day city sightseeing tour featuring Place Vendome, Opera
Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, Eiffel Tower,
Notre Dame and much more. Tour to the Palace of Versailles
where you will
experience this magnificent showcase of royal power.
France Fly/Drive Vacation
Departures Any Day Thru Oct 31, 2002
FRANCE FLY/DRIVE VACATION INCLUDES: Round-trip interline air
transportation, 5 nights hotel accommodations with private bath,
and service charges and rental car with unlimited mileage
Upgrades available. Contact Open Skies for details regarding car
*NOTE: Prices quoted are per person, double occupancy and based
the least expensive air transportation. Persons traveling single
require a single
supplement. Extra night rates available. Season supplements may
do NOT include U.S. departure taxes. Parents of airline employees
subject to supplements. Contact Open Skies for details concerning
and itinerary changes if applicable.
For More Information About These
or Other Vacations
Call 1-800-935-9444. Fax 314-968-9568.
" ' "
On one trip, in the 'good old days' of the Douglad DC4 operating by SAS, a
passenger boarded with a tin of sour herring, which literally exploded as the
unpressurized plane reached cruising altitude. So the purser grabbed the smelly
tin, ran to the cockpit and handed it to the captain, who opened his side
window and tossed out the offending tin, which promptly smacked into the
horizontal stabalizer forcing a precautionary emergency landing.
Observing passengers boarding a Finnair DC-9 through its ventral stairs, one
passenger was heard to remark "Look at all those people disappearing into
" ' "
Important reminder, for all new articles, submissions and or comments
for the "The Netletter" please send to:
please add to your Address Books.
This e-mail address has been set up so that both of us (exclusively)
will get an automatic copy and so we can keep up with the continuity of
news for the NetLetter.
Mailing of 'the NetLetter" is a service of the ACFamily Network