EgyptAir Chairman Atef Abdel Hamid said the carrier's effort to meet the requirements for Star Alliance membership is nearing conclusion and it expects to be ready for a Cairo joining ceremony scheduled for July.
AirBC was formed in 1980, when the Jim Pattison Group of investors purchased six smaller commuter airlines and amalgamated them into a larger, more efficient operation.
In 1987, Air Canada purchased 85% of AirBC, marking the beginning of AirBC as an Air Canada regional partner. Eight years later, in March 1995, Air Canada purchased the remaining shares. Now renamed Jazz.
Issue February 1988
Under an article headed "Women move onto the ramp" was this picture.
Issue dated April 1989
With the inauguration of the YYZ-LHR-Nice, we have this picture of some LHR staff giving the passengers a send off.
Issue dated June 1989
With the inauguration of the YYZ-LHR-Nice service, we have this picture of the crew operating the first flight April 17th.
Here we have the second installment of "The Viscount years and the Winnipeg spirit" started in NetLetter nr 1017
From an initial order of 15, the popularity and public acceptance resulted in a total fleet of 51 aircraft. It certainly provided work and challenge to all who looked after its care and well-being.
By comparison, a Viscount has roughly one half the passenger capacity, gross weight, and speed of the DC-9. As I recall, a Viscount cost about a million dollars each.let's see what else comes to mind. First of all we had to learn a a new vocabulary, mostly British We learned of spigotts, and skew bars, fuel trim actuators and maxarats. The there were gimble rings and geometric locks in telescopic rods. The bolts started at 2BA and 4BA and something called whitworth. Later the terms came easier.
We learned the O.A.T. as well as the F.C.U. or P.C.U. would effect the J.P.T.and who can forget the M.O.C., the T.S.O. and I.S.A. plus 10? The facilities, shops and equipment expanded in size and shape to take care of our new bird. The panics, problems procurements were passed on to the newly-formed planning department.
Engineering took some bold and innovative steps. Along with the welding department they rebuilt, reclaimed,. and recycled expensive engine hardware. Engine overhaul,life then reached unbelievable heights. Training and Publications rewrote the maintenance manual and gratefully, it was now easy to understand and follow. This was not always the case with the "spares" book, remember?
The records people established many firsts in pioneering proper' effective recording and control of the aircraft, its components and modification status. They always knew the calendar time, flying time' cycle time and overhaul time of just about everything.'
(More next time - eds)
Musings from "Horizons"
Issue dated August 12, 1987
Six Montreal Flight Attendants celebrate 25 years service
Issue dated October 1987
The President visits Timmins
Issue dated March 30 1988
Direct from Down Under during a visit by the President
Bonne chance to Linda Marcoux who moves to Flight Operations -
Issue dated May 1988
Taken during the visit to Moncton by the President in 1988, we have this photo
The ACRA presidents and System Events Chairmen held their third joint meeting in Montreal earlier in 1988. We have this assembled picture.
Issue dated August 1988
The President, Pierre Jeanniot visited Prestwick and Glasgow offices and we have this picture but, unfortunately, identities were withheld for some reason!
KRONOS, MA was selected by Air Canada to provide Altitude MPP (Manpower Planning) for its flight operations.
AERO VENTURES, which owns 48% of AIRASIA X, identified a former Air Canada CEO as a founding shareholder in company, but no name provided.
Several airlines have recently filed for bankruptcy and stopped service including - ATA Airlines.
- Aloha Air Group Inc
- OASIS Hong Kong in operation for 17 months.
- Skybus Airlines in operation for 12 months and who, in October 2007, received two A319-112 ex Air Canada C-GKOB & C-FWTF
Do you get a lot of email from friends, family, strangers, with attachments of powerpoints or web links, jokes, chain letters, etc? Well, so do I, and although I get a LOT of email (at least 100 a day after the spam is filtered) I get some really neat stuff sent to me. From time to time, I'll share some of these links and powerpoints with you.
Here's an unofficial site with excellant photos from a shuttle mission with Endeavour. Using the photos and Wikipedia as reference, it looks like these photos were taken in August 2007 at the same time that Hurricane Dean was active. (Thanks Mr. Watson)
See: www.texasjim.com/NASApix/NASA%20pix.htm for the photos
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Endeavour for information on Endeavour.
(Continued from last week)
I know many of you have grandchildren and great grandchildren that may be using these short forms in communicating with you. I regulary use TTYL (talk to you later) and VBG (very big grin) in my emails, but on the whole, with shortforms, not so much.
Here's some more samples to try out ...
imho - in my humble opinion
iow - In other words
iou - I owe you
j4f - just for fun
kc - keep cool
khuf - know how you feel
l8 - late
l8r - later
lol - laughing out loud
luv - Love
m8 - mate
nc - no comment
nething 2+? - anything to add?
njoy - enjoy
pcm - please call me
pls - please
ruok - are you ok?
sol - sooner or later
spk - speak
t+ - think positive
t2ul - talk to you later
ttyl - talk to you later
2dA - today
2moro - tomorrow
wan2 - want to
wot - what
In September 1988, Canadian Airlines International mounted a major cross Canada advertising campaign to promote its new B767-300 and upgraded seats for Business class.
Unfortunately one of the important elements were replaced by a lounger chair as this photograph shows.
In response to a request from Fraser Muir in NetLetter nr 1015, we received this response -
Dear Fraser and Joan:
I have passed your request onto my step-cousin in Vancouver, who has volunteered extensively with The Maple Leaf Legacy Project. She is not only very knowledgeable, but her daughter, also a retired AC flight attendant is now giving guided tours of the area and speaking to groups on the history of the War Memorials.
I am hoping my contact will be in touch with you or pass this on to her daughter.
But in the event that you don't hear from her, her daughter's name is Valerie Stuart-Bince.
She can be contacted at either of these e-mails;
You may also want to go to the Maple Leaf Legacy Project site which will offer you much info before you set out. Here's the site www.mapleleaflegacy.org
Best of luck and have a great trip.
Sharleine M. Haycock
Don't forget ...
Employees, retirees, family members and other pass holders are reminded that while they have registered for Air Canada flights, it is absolutely necessary to cancel if they do not intend to travel. At one time 21 contingent passengers were registered for a flight. Only nine actually checked in. The boarding station has pre-ordered 12 meals too many, resulting in unnecessary cost to Air Canada.
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February 17th 2009 is the date when TV transmissions will be in digital format instead of analog format. Rumour has it that the same gang responsible for Terminal 5 at LHR are in charge of this change over!
A man wrote a letter to a small hotel on Vancouver Island, which he planned to visit on his vacation.
He wrote, "I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, "I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bed clothes, silverware or pictures off the walls.
I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill.
Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel, and if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too!"