On April 5, 2007 Air Canada was named the official airline for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with several hundred employees gathered in the Montreal narrow-body hangar to hear the exciting announcement. In the background was C-FZUB adorned with the official Olympic emblems.
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The federal government plans to introduce legislation designed to shorten the long lines and lengthy waiting times that have become part of the passport application process.
The new Passport Canada Act would, in particular, simplify the process for passport renewals, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay
said Monday in Ottawa.
"[The Act] will deal with some of the perceived and real difficulties around the application process including the renewal
process," he said. "We hope to be able to streamline that."
A spokesman for MacKay couldn't say when the government will bring the bill before Parliament for debate, adding that the legislation was still in the "talking stages."
Canadian passports are typically good for five years after being
issued, but the application process for a renewal is just as
cumbersome as it is for getting a new passport. There have been long lineups at many passport application centres across the country since late last year, just before new U.S. travel
document requirements came into effect.
Under the new rules, anyone flying into the United States now needs a passport. Passports will be needed at land crossings as early as January.
The government wants to make sure the passport application process is carried out flawlessly, MacKay said.
"The issue of complaints around the initial applications and that
information not being pristine has everything to do with security,"
"We cannot have false Canadian passports in the system," he added.
"There's nothing that will have a worse impact on Canada's
reputation internationally than having false passports out there
that are being used for nefarious purposes, including terrorism."
'Get a passport,' U.S. ambassador tells Canadians
In another development, the U.S. ambassador to Canada warned
Canadians Monday not to take any chances at land border crossings and get their passports ready.
"What I tell Canadians is the same thing I tell Americans, with all due respect, get a passport, that is the sure thing," David Wilkins said.
He said there are a lot of "mixed messages," but he pointed out that a passport law has been passed and is in place.
"It requires passports for air travel now and it will require
passports for land travel something between January '08 and June of '09," he said.
He also suggested Canadians may want to acquire a NEXUS card, a pre-approved card designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the U.S.
© The Canadian Press, 2007
After the Boeing 737 and Airbus A 320 families of aircraft, the DC-9 family is considered the third most successful aircraft program ever produced.
In the 1990s, Air Canada's DC-9s were commonly spotted around YVR, but they have all since been replaced by newer Airbus aircraft. Today, one lone DC-9 departs YVR in the evening just before 6 p.m. It can be easily spotted with its bright yellow DHL Cargo paint job.
A BA flight attendant that for whatever reason didn't like the food being served by BA so brought his/her own curry and proceeded to heat it up in the Microwave on board.
Seems they are not the same as regular microwaves and before they got the fire out it had done $35000 in damage. Oops.
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An exceptional site on the Atlantic coast, facing the Caribbean. Three
- Aircraft skin doesn't wrinkle as badly.
- Aircraft don't take so long to warm up.
- You can keep an aircraft from stalling.
- An aircraft does not get mad if you "touch & go".
- An aircraft moves when you tell it to.
- An aircraft does not object to a pre-flight inspection. Why an aircraft is better than a woman or a man -