Turkish Airlines became the 20th member of Star Alliance in ceremonies in Istanbul on April 1st, culminating a 16-month process that began in December 2006 when the airline signed a protocol agreement to join the grouping.
Star Alliance expects to make an announcement regarding a new Latin American partner this year, CEO Jaan Albrecht announced on the occasion of Turkish Airlines' joining in Istanbul.
He acknowledged that it is "no secret" Star is talking to TAM and that a number of members already have bilateral partnerships with the Brazilian carrier. Star has had no presence in the region since the collapse and dismissal of Varig and Mexicana withdrew in 2004.
1989 - Mar 12 - Inaugural service to Nice, France from YYZ via LHR..
From "Horizons" issued October 1987 was this story entitled "The Viscount years and the Winnipeg spirit"
Written by Ray Sarrinen who had retired to the west coast, was an Aircraft inspector and did other related jobs at Winnipeg during the Viscount years.
A trip back to Winnipeg to attend a funeral and a visit to the Legion there brought him in touch with many friends and retirees, mostly from the old maintenance base. This brought the memories flooding back and sparked this article.
I think Winnipeg is unique in the way good times and good fellowships are organized. There's a real "Winnipeg spirit".
Maybe it's because of the multi-cultural workforce, or the "cool" winters, but YWG Maintenance has always been a good place to work because of this attitude.
I joined Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) in the Fall of 1951.
Worldwide airline growth was just starting and TCA ran a defense contract for the Air Force. Those were the days of piston engines and 200 mph was fast for a passenger airplane. Economy class had just been invented on the North Stars, but more important, a crossover exhaust system on the RR Merlin engines meant you could now talk in flight.
Many new employees started about this time. True enough, the work was different, but the recreational activities became a surprise to us all. Be it sport, social, educational, etc., the Recreation Association was there as an organizer and leader.
Remember the 25c "Mayday" draws?
The Airline Credit Union was certainly a grass roots organization and it served us well. Remember I% on the unpaid balance?
Then there was the Rod and Gun Club, and the Lodge. Was it on White Lake? Certainly in the early 50s, there was nothing to match the variety of activities of the Winnipeg Base.
It was late in 1954 when the first Vickers Viscount was delivered to Winnipeg from the 'old sod". This revolutionary new aircraft with its Rolls Royce Turbo Prop engines started a whole new world for all of us.
(More next time - eds)
For the 50th anniversary of Air Canada, Calgary staff dreamed up their version of the B767 for the city's Stampede parade in 1986.
And this is the effort of the Winnipeg staff for the 50th anniversary.
Musings from "Horizons"
Issued June 1987 - Bonny Higney was the first female Cargo Station Attendant in Atlantic Canada employed at Halifax International Airport.
Miami staff celebrate the companies 50th
This unique team is composed of Fred Weidlich, Lead Mechanic in the Power Plant at YUL and his daughter Alkison, Cat II Mechanic in the same section.
Issued August 1988 -
New faces appeared on the ramp in YYZ - here's some of them
AIRLINE PAYS PASSENGERS TO FILL SEATS
Facing a deadline to meet a target on its route from Norwich, England, to Dublin, local airline Flybe paid 172 temp workers to fill the seats., The airline had to transport at least 15,000 passengers on the route in the 12 months ending on Monday, or it would forfeit a 280,000-pound ($550,000) rebate from the airport. The airline tried to negotiate a partial rebate for coming close, but the airport said it was all or nothing. Flybe also offered free flights to all comers via its Web site, but when it still came up short, the temps were enticed with an open bar. Richard Jenner, managing director of the airport, called the airline's strategy "ludicrous" and said the target had to be met by regular fare-paying passengers.
With the explosion of Online communication that the Internet started with email, chat rooms, instant messaging, blogs, forums, etc. there has been a noticeable increase in WWW (World Wide Web) users using various shortcuts to get their point across.
While most of you may know what WWW stands for (no, it's not what came after WW1 and WW2) you may not be "up" on other short forms that have crept in since the late 1980's. Luckily, most of the short forms are used in IM (Instant Messaging) where friends are chatting online.
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 samples to try out on your grandchildren...
afaik - as far as I know, asap - as soon as possible, atb - all the best, b4 - before, bbfn -bye bye for now, bbl - be back later
bcnu - be seein' you, bf - boyfriend, bg - big grin, bc - because,
brb - be right back, bs - I don't believe you, btw - by the way
cb - ciao baby, cm - call me, cu - see you, cul8r - see you later, dk - don't know, eod - end of discussion, f2f - face to face, f2t - free to talk, fbi - I'll look into it, fya - for your amusement, fyi - for your information, gf -girlfriend, gr8 -great, h2cus - hope to see you soon, hak - hugs and kisses, idk- I don't know
I have some more for next week.
Canadian Regional Airlines - a history
The roots of Canadian Regional go back to the 1930's when Time Air was formed by Lethbridge Alberta businessman, Walter "Stub" Ross. Time Air acquired Southern Frontier Airlines and North Canada Air. In January 1991, Canadian Regional Airlines was formed as a holding company to hold and manage Canadian Airlines Corporation's regional airline interests.
At that time Canadian Airlines Corporation acquired 100% of both of Time Air and Ontario Express as well as 70% of Inter-Canadien.
In April 1993, Canadian Regional Airlines brought the operations of Time Air and Ontario Express together to operate as Canadian Regional Airlines.
The two carriers were legally amalgamated in July 1998 and by then, Inter-Canadien had become a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Regional Airlines. Canadian Regional Airlines was then the largest regional carrier in Canada. In September 1998, Canadian Regional sold Inter-Canadien.
Canadian Regional was integrated into the Air Canada family during the year 2000 and legally amalgamated with Air Canada Regional and the other Air Canada regional carriers on January 1, 2001.
Bill Wood sends this information
Subject: Boeing Plant YVR
This should bring back a few memories!
In 1939 Boeing of Canada, headquartered at Vancouver, B.C., built a huge manufacturing factory on Sea Island beside the middle arm of the Fraser River to build aircraft for the war effort. The Boeing Aircraft Company's Sea Island, BC plant was well known during WWll for building PBY Catalina Aircraft for off-shore air patrols and the mid section of the B-29.
Boeing Aircraft of Canada built 362 PBY flying boats and amphibians designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego and 16 British-designed Blackburn Shark torpedo aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The RCAF called the PBY's Cansos.
Duty Free Update for U.S.-Bound Travellers - YVR passengers heading to the United States now have the option to purchase duty free items after clearing security. This means you can carry your selections onto the plane as carry-on baggage.
Previously, any duty free liquor or fragrance purchases (liquids) had to be purchased at the pre-security duty free store and packed into your checked baggage before proceeding through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection process. This existing pre-security duty free location will continue to operate. Look for the newly-opened Aldeasa duty free retail shop in the transborder departure gates area near Gate E86, offering a great assortment of duty free products including top-selling liquor, tobacco, fragrance and cosmetics. The store is open from 4a.m. to 8p.m. daily.
Due to current rules and regulations on the carriage of liquids, gels and aerosols, some restrictions on duty free purchases still apply for travellers making certain connections, which Aldeasa retail staff can explain should you wish to pick up a few duty free items.
In NetLetter nr 1016 we ran this article, but the gremlins stole our picture, so we are rerunning it -
Recently, The BC province has committed to return, by air, to the appropriate province those criminals who have been hiding out in BC. The scheme has been dubbed "CON AIR". We thought that this cartoon from a copy of "Horizons" issued March 1988 was in keeping with the news.
Everyone in Dorval will recognize this view of Frank Gardon entering his office, or is that "orifice". Frank is a Tank Sealer, and this picture appeared in "Horizons" issued September 1988.