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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 128 date February 26th 1997 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ . Welcome to James Trembath who can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phillip Avis who is an Audio Visual Coordinator with Air Canada at YUL and is handling input for the company archives, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Frank Takasaki has changed his Internet Service Provider, and is now at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Anyone trying to contact Jack Brown who retired in 1972 from YVR as Manager Avionics can contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ~-=o0o=-~ . News from the Districts - OKANAGAN - The second Annual Christmas Party was a popular event with over 70 attendees. The group was joined by members of the 'Okanagan Chardonnays', the new Chapter of the Canadian Maple Wings, an association of T.C.A. and Air Canada Flight Attendants. The Pionairs Curling Kelowna System Championship Bonspiel is due Mar 5/6th at Kelowna Curling Club, Kelowna, BC. Cost CA$32 pp. for curling and dinner. Accommodation at Prestige Inn, Kelowna CA$49.50 + tax for room. Call collect (250)-860-7900 For more information call George Daman at (250)-763-4834 or Ken Britton at (250)-768-4757. If you are wondering about some of your co-workers, these may be some of them - new members of the Okanagan District - Grethen Aird of Kelowna, Doug & Mary Armitage of Peachland, Leo and Flo Breault of Summerland, Irvin Dyck of Kelowna, Ted & Gerry Lloyd of Kelowna, Lucille & Ron Orthner of Vernon, John & Alida Penner of Westbank and Judith Smandych of Creston. The Okanagan District can now boast of having 207 members - retirees and spouses combined!! Don't forget the 2nd Annual Pionairs System Golf Tournament on Jun 17 & 18th at the Penticton Golf & Country Club. Cost CA$60 includes lunch, prizes, trophies, draw prizes, tournament round and banquet. Deadline is May 27th. Call Don Graham (250) 492-6045 for more details. ~-=o0o=-~ . Found on the Internet - JAL Airlines, typically slow to adopt innovations compared with other carriers, is possibly the first airline to solicit bids to buy disposable inflight products via the Internet. British Airways is guaranteeing through mid-May that passengers will find its Club World the most comfortable business class or get a free domestic trip on an airline partner. British Airways will sell its UK Ground Fleet Services to Ryder Plc on Feb 28th. Assets valued at US$85 million includes 500 employees at Heathrow & Gatwick and a fleet of 7300 vehicles. Judgement was given on the court actions to stop ADM (Airports de Montreal, the semi-private administrative body who is responsible for the operation of both airports). ADM does not have a mandate to change the vocation of the airports it operates under its contract. The judge said that not without public consultations and a change in the lease contract with the federal government would the move of intl SCHEDULED flights from Mirabel to Dorval could proceed. The (mostly AC) few flights scheduled to move from Mirabel to Dorval will not do so. This is good news for airlines such as AF and BA who were more than happy with the spacious and uncongested 24 hour airport which also costs much less to land at. Continental Airlines are to distribute a profit sharing cheque to some 37,000 employees, representing approximately 7% of an employees annual wage. The U.S. is planning to reintroduce the 10% tax withdrawn Dec 31st. Virgin Atlantic Airways will operate 6 flights a week in each direction from LHR (Heathrow) to JNB (Johannesburg) starts Mar 1. Belgium regional VLM will take over the Antwerp - LHR route from Sabena, VLM presently operates Antwerp - London City using the Fokker-50. Brit Air of Morlaix, France is the launch customer for the Canadair RJ-700, a 70 seater stretch of the -100 and -200 in the year 2000. The assets of Viasa, the Venezuelian airline will be liquidated. ~-=o0o=-~ . Interline stuff Land packages - Fiji - Hideaway Resort - 6 nights - CA$599 pp dbl Sonaisali Resort - 6 nights - CA$719 pp dbl Rate includes transfers, 3 meals daily & taxes. Valid until Mar 31st. Cook Islands - Edgewater Resort - 9 nights from CA$335 pp dbl includes transfers & taxes. Valid until Mar 31st. Malta - 7 nights - from CA$1006, 14 nights from CA$1596, 21 nights from CA$2133. prices pp dbl includes full board 4* hotel, pos air from Gatwick & transfers in Malta, snacks & afternoon tea, soft drinks, all alcholic drinks. Resort has 3 indoor & 3 outdoor pools, gym, saunas and a full entertainment program. Beijing - fully escorted 8 days departs Vancouver Mar 10 & 17 CA$1399 pp dbl. Includes round trip Air China from YVR, accommodaions and 3 meals daily, sightseeing, shows etc. Call Bonita at 1-800-690-3223 for more details. Panama Canal - Holland America 'Maasdam' 10 nights Acapulco to Ft. Lauderdale sails Jan-Apr 10 nights Ft. Lauderdale - Acapulco sails Nov-Dec Cost from US$700 pp dbl. - Holland America - 'Rotterdam' 14 nights Ft. Lauderdale - Los Angeles 6 nights Los Angeles - Honolulu Sails Apr 1st cost from US$980 pp dbl. Call Dennis at 1-800-547-6586 ext 11 for more details. Visiting St Lucia - area code is (809). Currency Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XC$). Proof of Citizenship required. Vaccination not required. Electric current 220 - 230 volts. Languages - English & Creole. Public holidays - Apr 7 & 8 Easter May 1 Labour Day Jun 1 Corpus Christi Aug 5 Emancipation Day Airport departure tax - XC$27.00 Sri Lanka Interline Club will host the 30th AGM of the World Airline Club (WACA) in Colombo, Sri Lanka from Oct 6-11th. Forthcoming events - Event Host club Date Deadline Banana Bonanza Durban Apr 13-18 Mar 1 US$700 Guanajuato Colonial Leon Apr 17-20 Apr 1 US$250 Caribbean Taste Mexico Apr 24-27 Mar 30 US$250 Iceland Adventure Iceland Apr 24-28 Mar 1 US$395 Int'l Friendship London May 1-4 Mar 1 UKP250 Ahain Wa Sahain Jordan May 7-12 Mar 1 TBA Best of West YVR& YYC May 10-17 Mar 10 CA$710 Call your local Interline Club for more details ~-=o0o=-~ . Smilies found by Terry Another Southwest Airlines saga - On a flight from Ontario to Albuquerque, the SWA flight attendants were in especially great form one night. The lone male attendant gave the safety briefing in a *perfect* Elvis Presley voice, while one of the two female attendants, who happened to be black, wore very dark Stevie Wonder syle sunglasses and did a great act as a blind flight attendant. We all roared with laughter when as 'Elvis' described the emergency exits, our female "blind" flight attendant began pointing to the overhead compartment bins and restroom doors as the emergency exits! Needless to say she did end up pointing out the correct exits when after some time we stopped laughing. . 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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