Star Alliance going under one roof in Toronto. US Airways is moving from Toronto Airport's Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 on March 29.
The carrier operates flights between Toronto and Philadelphia, Charlotte, Phoenix and Las Vegas.
With this move, US Airways will join other Star Alliance members, Air Canada, Lufthansa, United Airlines, LOT, and Austrian Airlines, in one central location, making access to all Star carriers operating to/from Toronto easier
Air China and Shanghai Airlines joined the Star Alliance network December 12th, 2007 An application from Air India to join the alliance has been accepted.
In NetLetter nr 1015 we noted that service charges were being applied for retirees effective January 1st 1988- this decision was later rescinded by President Pierre Janniot in October 1987.
(For a while anyway! - eds)
From "Horizons" issued January 1986 -
On December 14th 1985, a B767 captained by E.Maslak departed Toronto as flight 964 and, upon arrival in St. Lucia became the inaugural flight and the first B767 to touch down in St. Lucia.
The balance of the crew were F/O C.Cassidy, Purser Robert Brunet, and flight attendants Bev Clark, Diane Brown, Alix McNeilly, Katherine Bosanac and Connie McElory.
A 15 foot Christmas tree was presented as a gift to the local children.
From "Horizons" issued December 1986.
During November 1986, Air Canada became the first carrier in Canada to offer advance boarding passes, allowing passengers to receive their boarding passes before arrival at the airport.
January 1987 - Voyage two - "Around the world" trip. B747 fin 304 CF-TOD set off on a 23 day trip around the world under the command of Capt. Don Stinton assisted by Capt. Jim Chivers.
We have this picture of the crew
April 30th 1987 - Rapidair celebrated 15 years of operation between YYZ-YUL-YYZ.since 1972.hh
Pionair looking forward to receiving their new mode of transportation.
Musings from "Horizons" -
The 40 year club October 1985 from the issue October 1985 Pierre Jeanniot honoured the group in Montreal.
L to R - Bert Wilson, Larry Lavery, Jeanniot , Ernie Sparkes, Gerald Kiely and Hoppy Hopkins.
Seated L to R - Bert gagnon, Bill Loke, Gus Garnahan and Stu Leslie.
The London, England sales force in 1985.
From the issue dated November 1985.
At New York, the reservations office turned up in bizarre and colourful apparel for Halloween.
Eleven Customer Sales & Service Agents from Dorval take retirement -
New pilots join the airline.
Apprentices complete their program at YUL.
From the issue dated April 1986 -
London England reservations staff hold western style evenings for travel agents -
The story elsewhere in this issue regarding the Pionair aircraft should have included the fact that this aircraft, a Convair CV-580 was delivered to Pionair Adventures based in Brisbane, Australia.
(Perhaps our Pionairs are diversifying their assets? - eds) QANTAS is preparing to receive their first Airbus A380-800 c/n 14 VH-OOA which will be operated on the SYD-LAX-SYD route scheduled for August.
This day in History...
Here's some stories that will help you celebrate "This day in History" Don't be fooled! This is serious stuff!
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(Happy April Fools Day!)
PS - some of you may remember that a year or so ago on April 1, I sent out a Newsletter to the ACFamily Network that had a device claiming you could get Internet Access through the toilet. I thought it was obviously a joke and most would think so too, but I received email for months after from people that wanted to know where they could get it... (never again). But the biggest joke that never was came when Air Canada filed for bankruptsy protection on April 1, 2003.
Joe Moniz sends us these stories -
Subject: Winter memories Feb12/85
I have this photo in the old CP AIR news magazine that was copied from a photo in the Star news paper. It shows four of us on the top of the wing of a 747 sweeping the snow off
The pic must have been taken from the Dep lounge at gate 51 of the old Terminal 1
From: Bernie McCormack
Subject: Air Jamaica
Summer of 1969. A few of Air Jamaica's first flight Attendants and our DC8-61.
This aircraft flew KIN-MBJ-JFK then we all overnighted at a nearby hotel and then flew JFK-MBJ-KIN, turned around again and back to New York via MBJ, overnight and then back to Montego Bay and Kingston. Then there was a complete crew change. The replacement pilots traveled to the airport in one car and we took that car and dropped our crew off at their homes. A variety of schemes got the car back to its owner's home. Our wives could not have driven our children to school (Priority), shopped and run chores and so on without a car and they were far too costly to own two. (cars). Also theft was a potential hazard had we left them parked at the airport for two overnights. One of the chaps had a door completely removed from his car while there overnight. Our maintenance foreman said "if they find the thief send him to me. We'll hire him". (a good job of removal and a joke!) We then had four days off. This was done for just over a year by the original intake of Air Canada pilots and took a little juggling at vacation time. The pilots were Captains Frank Milburn, Ray McGregor, Bill Graham and Larry Brewin. First Officers Tim Trail, Bernie McCormack, and Dave Kandal. S/O's Mike Hart, Bob Ferne and Garry Dodwell. The extra Captain gave us reserve protection. The DC8 chief pilot was Bert Palmer and he sub'd for all of us when required (Cpt, F/O or S/O).
At the same time there were two DC-9s and crews flying Kin-MBJ-MIA and back. ( the junior run).
(From your Co-pilot - I do recall the time when a bunch of Air Jamaica female flight attendants trained at the base in YUL, it gave us pleasure to watch them cavorting in the snow between the cafeteria and the simulator building, during our coffee break, which, by popular demand, was extended that morning.)
Bev May sends us this suggestion -
Subject: Boeing Clippers
May I suggest you have a look at the following website for some interesting information on the Boeing Clippers (Pan Am) that you are currently featuring. www.rbogash.com/B314.html
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London Heathrow Terminal 5's long-anticipated opening recently was marred by numerous technical problems, including the failure late in the day of the facility's much publicized high-tech baggage handling system. The £4.3 billion ($8.6 billion) terminal, used solely by British Airways, has been touted as the antidote to customer service problems at the busy airport, but its first day of operation was far from smooth.
BA cancelled 34 flights and suspended all bag check-in after 5 p.m., forcing passengers to choose between boarding with only carry-on bags or rebooking flights.
The computer-controlled baggage system was problematic throughout the day, with large groups of arriving passengers reportedly gathering around baggage carousels for as long as 2 hr. and a number of flights departing before checked baggage could be loaded. Late in the day, the computer controlling the system shut down operations completely because conveyors were filled to capacity. "It is extremely disappointing that this should happen on the first day of our operations from Terminal 5," BA said.
"We always knew the first day would represent a unique challenge because of the size and complexity of the move into Terminal 5." It added that "teething problems have included car parking provision, delays in staff security screening and staff familiarization with the terminal."
The baggage system's shutdown came after 18 month of extensive testing on 10.5 mi. of conveyor belts, the largest such system in Europe. BA has said that the system would be able to handle 12,000 bags per hr. using "trolleys" that can carry bags as fast as 23 mph UK Dept. for Transport said, "We expect British Airways and BAA to work hard to resolve these issues and limit disruption to passengers."
We thought you might enjoy this cartoon.
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.