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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 736 Nov 15/02 - The NetLetter
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 16:23:49 -0800
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 736  Nov 15th.,  2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2500+


Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker


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. Need to know.
Employee Travel & Recognition advises -
The current provisions of the Family Affair program will apply until 28FEB03 at

this point.
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. Nice to know.
Air Canada expands service between Canada and Spain. Effective Nov. 14, Air
Canada will offer flights to Bilbao, Valencia, Alicante, Tenerife and Las
Palmas on a codeshare basis via Madrid in cooperation with its partner,
Spanair. Flights are scheduled to provide customers with convenient connections
to Air Canada’s non-stop Toronto-Madrid service. Members of Aeroplan will enjoy
accumulation and redemption benefits on these new services. Air Canada
inaugurated the non-stop service between Toronto and Madrid on April 7, 2002,
and offers convenient connections to codeshare flights operated by Spanair, to
Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, as well as flights to Lisbon,
Portugal. Spanair is scheduled to become a member of Star Alliance in the
spring of 2003.

Following are the details of the ZED and 50%ID arrangements -
SPANAIR (JK)

Embargo/blackout 
Contact Employee Travel Service 1-800-413-1113 in North America or the local
Air Canada reservations office elsewhere.

Tax
Interline/reduced rate tickets are subject to applicable tax.

Eligibility-ZED
Eligible for unlimited ZED - ZM fares:
- active employee of Air Canada/Tier 2 & 3 with 6 months service
- retired employee
-spouse - legal & common-law partner (o/s & s/s)
- dependent children under 24 years of age
- parents of active/retired employee

Children:
* under 16 years must be accompanied by a person
at least 16 years of age and also on zed
* 2-11 years pay 67% of the applicable zed fare
* infants - free of charge if not occupying a seat
- require a separate ticket for international travel.

Reservation-ZED.
Contact Employee Travel Service 1-800-413-1113 in North America or the local
Air Canada reservations office elsewhere. 

Mileage-ZED
Chart-ZED     fares in us$

mileage            (zm)
zone 1      1-450            $19
zone 2   451-750            $25
zone 3   751-1600           $30
zone 4 1601-3200           $43
zone 5 3201-4080           $50
zone 6 4081-5000           $59
zone 7 5001-6100           $63
zone 8 6101-7100           $70
zone 9 7101-9000           $85
fares are converted to local currency
subject to taxes as applicable

Ticketing-ZED
Contact Employee Travel Service 1-800-413-1113 in North America or the local
Air Canada reservations office elsewhere. 

Validity                          180days from date of issue.
Reservation entitlement    Standby

ID50 positive space reduced rate - personal
Eligibility:
- active employee of Air Canada/Tier 2 & 3 with 6 months service
- retired employee
- spouse - legal & common-law partner (o/s & s/s)
- dependent children under 24 years of age

Discount:
50% personal  travel
first, business and normal economy fares
children fares permitted
**no other discounted fare permitted

Minimum fare:
$50.00us$ ow / $100.00us$ return

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As the company is moving to a zonal type of charge for persona; travel, here
are some mileages for your forward planning! For information only. (E&OE)
MIAMI FL (MIA) to
Cancun, Mexico (CUN) 531 mi
Denver CO (DEN) 1709 mi
Montreal (Dorval) QC (YUL) 1408 mi
Toronto (Pearson) ON (YYZ) 1237 mi
Toronto (Pearson) ON(Con’t)
Vancouver BC (YVR) 2801 mi

LOS ANGELES CA (LAX) to
Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) 6523 mi
Calgary AB (YYC) 1208 mi
Chicago (O'Hare) IL (ORD) 1743 mi
Denver CO (DEN) 861 mi
Edmonton AB (YEG) 1360 mi
Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL) 1309 mi
Mexico City, Mexico (MEX) 1555 mi
Montreal (Dorval) QC (YUL) 2471 mi
Newark NJ (EWR) 2451 mi
Sydney, Australia (SYD) 7502 mi
Tokyo (Narita), Japan (NRT) 5445 mi
Toronto (Pearson) ON (YYZ) 2173 mi
Vancouver BC (YVR) 1082 mi

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. Found on the internet.
AIRPORT SECURITY FEE UNDER REVIEW
The federal government is asking for the public's opinion on its air
security fee.

Security guards and firefighters at seven British airports plan to begin a
series of
six one-day strikes on Nov. 28. The walkouts will hit all seven airports,
including
busy Heathrow, at once, the Transport and General Workers Union said. Strike
dates are Nov. 28, Dec. 2, 10, 15 and 23 and Jan. 2, 2003. Salaries are the
main issue.

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. News from the districts.
From the Vancouver Island and Gulf Island newsletter -
PAST EVENTS
The fall luncheon in Nanaimo on October 3rd at Longwood Brew Pub was fairly
well
attended. We had an excellent lunch and tour of the brewery facilities. Our
planned speaker from Employee Travel and Recognition was unable to attend –
weather problems in Nanaimo (fog). We discussed proposed new travel system,
travel insurance, etc.
RETIREE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
We currently have two coordinators:
Shirley Williams – 250-381-2891, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Shirley handles all south of Nanaimo)
Lynn McDonagh – 250-954-0320, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Lynn handles calls from Nanaimo north)
Our coordinators are or will be trained to put the "person in need" in touch
with the respective professional/counselor. Complete confidentiality is
assured, no other Pionair will be privy to the problem. We hope that this
program will be utilized when necessary and ideally in future not be necessary.


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. Willis Cline sends us his experience -
This experience recently in Honolulu may be of interest to travelers. My wife
and I checked in for Flt 207/07/02 HNL to Lihue with a reduced rate stdby
ticket. The agent said there should be no problem as there were 30 open seats
on the 737, we were told to proceed to the gate and stand to the side until all
confirmed pax. had boarded. We were a group of 6 or 7 with A, B,C,D,E on our
boarding passes, D being circled on ours, I suppose to indicate boarding
priority. The gate agent asked for A,B,orC's and they proceeded on board. Then
he called D's and E's.We were told there was only 1 seat left and did we want
to split up. I thought this strange because of the info given at check in and
also my wife had counted the boarding load and reckoned about 65 .I recounted
the "30 open " info to him and he replied that "what happens out there has
nothing to do with what goes on here" Anyway we refused to be split so he told
us to wait on the loading bridge" by the trash can" and dismissed the other
"D"'s, a young couple, who ,I suppose traveled on a later flight. He
subsequently gave us permission to board with the comment that there wouldn't
be seats together. In fact, there were plenty of seats, I would estimate 20 or
more,in coach. I'm really puzzled by this experience. Was the gate agent
looking for a bribe? or when asked if we would split, did he mean that there
wouldn't be two seats together? There were several sets of 2 seats and indeed,
entire rows empty.
Aloha, Bill Cline.

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. We recently welcomed  Howard Marks of Winnipeg.
Started TCA 02/16/53 Retired 07/01/89 as a Lead Finance Agent.
During this period I performed the following: Sales Audit,Audit of Interline
Billings,Ticket Stock Controls and Interline Controls.
Also I was Active in ACRA.

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. For the MS Flight Simulator affectionado.
Phoenix Simulation Software has created a package called A320
Professional. The package is the latest in a very impressive series of titles,
each devoted to a specific airliner type. Phoenix is responsible for the
747-200 and the 777-200 add-ons.
Installation is straight forward, with the option of loading all or just some
of the 35 colour schemes in the A320 package which includes A319, A320 and
A321. The A319 includes an Air Canada aircraft plus the aircraft painted in the
Trans-Canada Air Lines livery. Cost is gbp34.99
Web site is www.justflight.com or www.phoenix-simulation.co.uk
(More details on Aircraft Illustrated magazine Sept 2002 p 79)

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. Terry's travel tips.
CHRISTMAS (& NEW YEAR) CRUISES - Interline Only
These appear to be the best Holiday rates of the better cruise lines.
Premium - 5 star - Holland America in US$
Dec. 20: Rotterdam for 14 nights from Ft.Lauderdale $1100
Dec. 20: Statendam Calif. rtn. Hawaii for 15 nights $1100
Dec. 21: Amsterdam for 7 nights from Ft.Lauderdale $480
Dec. 21: Veendam for 7 nights from Tampa $480
Dec. 21: Volendam for 7 nights from Ft.Lauderdale $480
Dec. 21: Zaandam for 7 nights from Pt.Canaveral $480
Dec. 22: Maasdam for 7 nights from Ft.Lauderdale $380
Dec. 22: Noordam for 14 nights from Tampa $1030
port charges & taxes:
(IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE CRUISE RATES):
7 nights: port charges $119 plus taxes ($75 to $85)
14 nights: port charges $169 or $199 plus taxes ($52 to $203)
Quoted in USA funds, per person based upon 2 in a cabin.
JAMES F. C. ROSE - YOUR Cruise Expert since 1993
information: (204) 889-3885
fax: (204) 889-3885 reservations: (204) 889-3885 & (800) 414-8091

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. Smilies.
"Where do you want to be today?"
As I was taxiing at Penticton airport in British Columbia I
overheard the
following:
C-Gxxx: "Request taxi clearance to Kelowna."
Ground: "Cessna Gxxx, we would prefer if you flew there."
C-Gxxx: "Then we would request taxi clearance to the active."

"Are we there yet?"
While flying from SLC to SMO recently  overheard
this exchange:
Center: "United XXX please say winds aloft."
UAL XXX: "260 at 105 knots."
Center: "Okay, I just wanted to make certain that you had head
winds
and did not have an engine shut down."

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