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Our crew is: Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson
Co-pilot     - Terry Baker

number 191      date Aug 21st 1997

. The lucky winners in the LOTTO 319 draw are off the collec the
latest Airbus A319 which, painted in Trans-Canada Air Lines
colours is due to arrive at Dorval Airport on Aug 28th at14.00
(That should fool the aircraft spotter buffs! - eds)


. Welcome to Sterling & Yvonne Frizzell who can be emailed at
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Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and that gets Doug & Norma Redmond.
Gemma Aqui now retired from the Operations Dept of
C & S S in Dorval and transferred to
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Linda Downard retired and living in the Okanagan can be
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. Cory McAdam, who is coordinating the 60th anniversary plans sends
us the following information -

Subject: 60th anniversary travel
For those of us interested in having service charges waived
for travel to your nearest 60th anniversary event or family day,
here is the procedure to follow when filling in your passes.
This was received from Roger Clark, Director, Personnel & Employee
Relations. A sample pass was sent to all Personnel Managers in
Canada and the U.S.
As a reminder, travel will only be approved if no
employee/family day is being held at their own city/location.
Employees/retirees travelling to a family day are expected to
travel to the site of the nearest event only.
It is essential that "Family Day" be noted on the pass ticket
so that service charges can be waived.
Personal trip tickets should be filled out in the usual manner,
with this addition: in the space beside "Other" under the column
titled "Relationship", print "FAMILY DAY".
This should be done on all passes used for this purpose
(i.e. employee, retiree, spouse etc.).
Hope this helps clarify any questions you might be receiving.
Regards, Cory McAdam


. News from the Districts -

Bill Sim sends us his comments on the 60th birthday party at
Dorval Base -
Saturday August 16, 1997  Dorval Maintenance Base  Air Canada's
60th Birthday Party.

We had KIDS KIDS KIDS  from the age of three months to 73, 83,
and maybe 93 years old, and of course our own big kid
Lamar (Durrett) was there talking and shaking  hands with almost
everyone in the 747 hangar.
You ask how many people attended this event impossible to know,
but how about 5000 that's five thousand Hot Dogs served and consumed
between 10 a.m. and noon. The reason we know this is no more Hot
Dogs. Not a problem a couple of phone calls, we are back in business
by one o'clock with another four thousand Dogs.
There were booths, representing, The Pionairs, Dreams take Flight
(Sales were brisk), Airport Credit Union (Ice Cream for everyone).
Aircraft Maintenance had a very good display, Artifacts and
memorabilia display that you read about in the last Horizons.
Lots of entertainment for any taste, clowns, bands, face painting,
these people were busy, I don't think they missed a kid, cats    to
whatever, you just ask them for a theme and they did the art work.
We had a people mover, from Mirabel, fire trucks, a Water bomber,
St. John's Ambulance Corp., all sorts of amusements for the family.
Bill S.   (thank you Bill for sending us this update, sounds like
any normal work day at the base! - eds)


. In an effort to localise the venuefor the AGM 1998, Olie and Mary
Moore - our National President & Scretary, pass us this
schematic -
The Toronto Colony Hotel is located at 89 Chestnut Street.
Just south of Dundas north of Queen.  It is just west of City Hall
and the Eaton Centre.  Near Nathan Phillips Square where City Hall
Dundas St.

York st. (running vertically)
Chestnut St.* Hotel (running vertically)
City Hall
Nathan Philipps
Square    Bay St.(running vertically)
* Eaton Centre

Queen St.

Does this make any sense?  Hope so.  25 minutes from Pearson.  Mary


. Found on the Internet.

The A340-600s ordered by Virgin will be operated in a 378 seat
three class configuration with a maximum range of 13,500 km
(7,300 miles). The A340-300 seats 295 passengers over 13,300 km
(7,200 miles). First delivery of the A340-600 is expected in 2002.
Typical of Virgin's innovative service to passengers, the
A340-600s will be the first aircraft in the world fitted with
recreational areas in the aircraft's lower deck. All premium
passengers will be able to benefit from private double bed bedrooms
and a massage area, while all passengers will have access to a pub,
shower and exercise facilities located in the aft lower deck.
Virgin claims it will have the youngest fleet in the world by the
time it receives the last aircraft.

As part of the first step of a three phase fleet renewal process,
Air Canada has announced it has signed a Letter of Intent for the
purchase of five Airbus A330-300s and three A340-300s, with options
for 20 more aircraft. As part of the option, the carrier has also
announced it intends to order a further 8 A340s in March 1998, the
order still to be divided between the A340-500 and the A340-600.
If confirmed, the March 1998 order will make the Montreal based
airline the launch customer for the A340-500. Slightly smaller than
the -600 and carrying only 313 passengers in three classes, the
-500 is the world's longest range aircraft, capable of flying up to
15,400 km (8,300 miles) non stop, allowing the airline to start
ultra long haul flights such as Toronto Hong-Kong non stop.
Air Canada's first step in its fleet renewal plan calls for the
replacement of the airline's six B747-100 and -200 and two A340s it
currently leases. During the second and the third steps, the carrier
will phase out its non-Airbus long haul aircraft, including its
three B747-400s currently in service.

Belgian airline Sabena will attempt on Friday August 15 to grab
the record for carrying the most centenarians on a single aircraft.
The airline says it has received seat requests from 75 passengers
from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom but is
unsure about the actual number of passengers because some may cancel
at the last minute for health reasons. The passengers will fly from
Antwerp to London City, a regular Sabena route, then will be bussed
to Buckingham Palace where they will be welcomed by a town crier
with a message from Britain's Queen Mother. The record attempt will
involve 3 Fokker 50 aircraft. One will seat 48 of the 100 years old
and over passengers and the two other aircraft will fly the remaining
centenarians as well as  their accompanying friends and, just in
case, doctors, nurses and medical equipment.
(No mention of the age for the flight crew - eds)


. Interline stuff.

Rumour has it that the buddy pass allotment will be increased to
4 per year - anyone know about this?


.  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.

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