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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |\^/| _| TCA |_ _|\| AIR |/|_ N E T L E T T E R > CANADA < B E T W E E N O U R S E L V E S >_./|\._< for P I O N A I R S Your crew is: Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson Chief Navigator - Terry Baker tm number 126 date February 21st 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . We welcome Linda Reverchon, presently an Air Canada ticket agent at Vancouver International, who is retiring later this year. Her address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Don't forget the System Hockey Tournament at Calgary Feb 25th - 27th. . Arthur Adamson recently took a trip and sends us some of his experiences - First we enjoyed our cruise through the Panama Canal very much and would certainly recommend the Holland American Line. We boarded in Ft. Lauderdale and got off at Acupulco. Stayed there two days, flew to Mex. City on Mexicana, for CA$45.00 on an A320. They have zone fares. Spent two days in Mex. City. We booked our cruise through Darcy at Dargal Interline in Kelowna, 1-800-690-3223. She was able to get us an excellant fare, for some reason better than the local Interline Office, on the same cruise. We arrived home Feb.5 from Mexico City via CA to Houston and then AC via Calgary. Continental was very informative when I phoned to register, about space etc. As a matter of fact, we went out and stoodby for an earlier flight than they suggested, with the hope of getting to Houston in time to catch our Calgary flight. Otherwise we would have gone on CA to LAX and then home. Someone told me they, CA, have a $100.00 fare from VR to Dallas. On the subject of pass travel: There are a lot of zone fares that one only finds out about when you phone the employee travel number. Example; We flew on Mexicano from Acapulco to Mex. City for approx. $42.00. Both Mexicana and CA were very good about giving us information regarding space available. (A full listing of zonal fares is in Netletter nr 125 - eds) Thanks, Arthur, for sharing your information with us. ~-=o0o=-~ . Lawson Tremellen spotted the following on the Internet - Nine Airlines Form Pact to Counter BA-American. LONDON (Reuter) - Nine major airlines are forming a new global alliance to counter the threat posed by the proposed linkup between British Airways and American Airlines, industry officials said Wednesday. The club is being formed by "like-minded companies of similar quality and with a common vision," Zachary Clark, an Air Canada General Manager Sales in Europe, said. Headed by United Airlines and Deustche Lufthansa, the new group will include airlines from North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, the officials said. It is part of a huge realignment to become more efficient and boost revenues through closer coordination, he added. Frequent flyer programs will be merged so as to permit passengers to travel and earn miles on the worldwide network of all nine airlines, Clark said. Industry sources said the alliance would be launched in mid-May as an integral airline product with its own brand name. In addition to Lufthansa and United, it will include Air Canada, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai International and Brazil's Varig. Other carriers such as Japan's All-Nippon Airways, South African Airways and British Midland were likely join to provide wider global coverage, the sources added. The alliance would be aimed at the British Airways-American Air alliance and at countering its domination of key aviation hubs like London and Dallas. The British Airways-American alliance, proposed last June, is being reviewed by regulators. The group's first "universal airport lounge" will be in Bangkok. Similar joint reservations and ticketing offices will be set up around the world, the officials said. Clark said he believed the new group could create a single frequent flyer name, membership card and rewards program. Like other alliances, he said, it was being driven by a "certain degree of paranoia at the prospect of a BA-American partnership." A London-based spokesman for United said, "We think there should be a competitive counter-balance to the BA-American alliance. What BA and American are planning is to monopolize London Heathrow and it shouldn't be allowed to happen." ~-=o0o=-~ . Interline stuff The following question was left on the open line of CIC Daily info. Peter Symes, Retiree: 'I'd like to voice a comment about the wait times with the Employee Call Centre. I've waited between one and three hours for a response, when I get a line. I realise that this problem is causing everyone a great deal of grief, yet, on the other hand, this is not acceptable. The fax requests are a great idea, except for people, including retirees, who haven't access to a fax machine. Is relief in sight?' Carol Zoeller, General Manager, Call Centres responded 'Our service levels are much better these days - there are, in fact, many days when calls are answered within 20 seconds. Later this month, we will be automating incoming teletype registrations which will allow us to handle more calls. There are other enhancements under consideration for future developments for those employees calling from home, such as registration by touch tone phone or voice recognition technology.' Effective from Jan 1st, parents of employees may travel on an unlimited basis on Continental using ZED fares based on mileage. The above was printed in the interACTION published Jan 31st 1997. ~-=o0o=-~ . Smilies from the internet. Sorry about the rough landing sir, but you see, I'm practicing for United Airlines. Next time I'll try to lose your luggage. In China in the eighties. A DC-3 (or similar?) loaded with tourist passagers starts up and is about to taxi. Then the engines are shut down again. The captain leaves the cockpit and addresses the passengers: "This plane ill! We take other plane!" They all walk over to a DC-3 parked across the ramp. Engines started, and shut down again. Captain addresses passengers again: "This plane even more ill! We take first plane!" DCA clearance delivery responded to a request for an IFR clearance with a rapid-fire clearance that went on and on, with various VORs, fixes, altitudes, etc. After a pause, a voice came back, in a slow Texas drawl, "OK, now why don't you'all say that again, real slow, as if it mattered." ~-=o0o=-~ . That's it for this time, please we need your input, send comments and email addresses of any others who may be interested to Vesta with a copy to Terry. -!- Landing on an Island in the Pacific. _____(~)_____ ! ! ! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <<<>>> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ................................................... . GREETINGS FROM . . Vancouver Island . . BEAUTIFUL B.C. CANADA . ...................................................

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