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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.
. Don't forget the System Hockey Tournament at Calgary
Feb 25th - 27th.
. Arthur Adamson recently took a trip and sends us some of his
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
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
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.
. 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
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."
. 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
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.
. 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
. 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.
! ! !
. GREETINGS FROM .
. Vancouver Island .
. BEAUTIFUL B.C. CANADA .