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Terry BakerTerry Baker, co-founder of the NetLetter scours the internet for aviation-related Trivia and Travel Tips for you, our readers, to peruse.

The Air Canada Employee Travel Site (ETS) website has just been updated.  tmb ets update

(Note: If you are planning for a future trip – we suggest you try the new layout to make yourself familiar with the changes – eds).

(Source: Daily June 19, 2018) 


tmb jetlinesNew Canadian ULCC Jetlines firms A320 leases, eyes 2019 launch. 

Aspiring Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) Jetlines has firmed up a deal to lease two 12-year-old Airbus A320's from Dublin-based AerCap and plans to use them to launch operations, likely in early 2019.

Vancouver-based Jetlines, which had planned to launch this month, has not announced a new start-up date. But the carrier said its first aircraft are slated to be delivered “before the first half” of next year, suggesting an early 2019 start-up.

Lukas Johnson was named Jetlines CEO May 2018 after more than eight years at Las Vegas-based ULCC. Allegiant Air, where he helped the carrier introduce its first A320s and established a plan to become an all-Airbus carrier by the end of this year.

Jetlines signed a tentative deal to lease the two A320's on April 23, one month before Johnson’s hiring was announced. The carrier originally planned to launch with Boeing B737-800's. It also has a letter of intent and has made at least two pre-delivery deposit payments on order for five B737-7's and options on 16 more, including conversion rights to B737-8's.

(Source: atwonline.com)


tmb flair airlinesCanadian ULCC Flair Airlines on June 15 launched flights from three new airports—Calgary, Halifax and Victoria - stretching its all-domestic network from coast-to-coast and setting up more direct competition with other carriers.

(Source: atwonline.com)


Nine things disembarking cruise ship passengers should never do:

  • Walk off Without Checking Your Bill
  • Buy Photos
  • Leave Your Stuff in the Safe
  • End up in PJs or Slippers
  • Forget Your Keycard in the Cabin
  • Take the Bathrobe
  • Skip Breakfast
  • Linger Where You Shouldn't
  • Opt for Self-Assist Disembarkation if You Can't Handle Your Luggage

 (Source: cruisecritic.com)

(Note: When we travelled on cruises, we look only carry-on luggage and then, when the cruise was over, and we had already requested early disembark for an early flight - we thus avoided waiting for checked luggage to be delivered dockside and trying to locate your bag among the hundreds of other bags, allowing us to get an early taxi.– eds)


tmb waca emblemWonders of St. Petersburg, Hosted by WACA

Dates: September 5 to 9, 2018
Package Cost (based on a minimum of 20 participants):
USD 775.00 per person double occupancy; USD 1,040.00 single occupancy.

Package includes:

  • Four nights twin share accommodation at the Hotel Sokos Olympia Garden (or equivalent).
  • Four breakfasts and four dinners.
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary in modern air-conditioned coaches with English speaking guides and gratuity included.
  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport as specified in the itinerary.
  •  Invitation to attend the package for the Russian authorities to be arranged by WACA.

Package does not include:

  • USD 20.00 per person WACA fee.
  • USD 85.00 per person to attend the opera.
  • Personal expenses, e.g. drinks, meals (unless specified in the programme), laundry, telephone calls, Internet access, optional tours, etc.
  • Travel and personal insurance.
  • Visas.
  • Other miscellaneous charges.

Full details and registration form at www.waca.org


Miles to Millions by Bill Grenier. 

tmb miles to millions bookThe dim instrument lights reflect on the faces of the 3-man crew of an Air Canada B747 approaching V1 on the rain-swept active at London’s Heathrow. The first officer that night was our author, Bill Grenier, who explains that something had caused him to look toward the left seat.

That “something” was the fact that the captain had slumped over in his seat and was no longer involved in the takeoff process.

This is how Bill Grenier opens his book, and the excitement builds as this pilot relates his flying experiences from ab initio days to senior captain of the line, all revealed in a page-turner he calls Miles to Millions. Those “Millions” aren’t miles, by the way, but dollars earned, as we are treated to how high finance became a dual profession for this pilot. Bill’s life reads like a Dow Jones Average on wings.

Prices at CDN $35.95 includes shipping in Canada.

Available from www.Aviatorsbookshelf.ca

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