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

number 241     date Feb 28th 1998

Published since October  1995.
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. News from the Districts.

From the Toronto District Winter newsletter -

The first social event of this year will be held in April -
The event: Stage West Dinner Theatre.
Starring: Cindy Williams & Michael Lamport.
A comedy: 'Moon over Buffalo'
When: April 1st Location: Stage West, 5400 Dixie Rd, Mississauga.
Ah but how much? - a modest CA$30.00 per person includes parking.
Time: Brunch at 1100, show starts 1240.
Cheques made out to Pionairs in Trust, c/o Ena Burke,
159 Stephens Drive, # 104, Toronto,
Ont M8Y 3N5
More details from Ron Pickford (416) 255-5139

The final event of 1997 was the Christmas lunch. CA$500 was
collected for the Dreams take Flight, and several hundred pounds
of dry food for the Food Bank. Guest speaker was Josie Schwartz
of Canadian Interline Travel who provided information on upcoming
tours and cruises. All the National Executive were in attendance.

Should Pionairs have problems with health care coverage, help is
available through the office of Doug Lovat from Maurice Ouellette
at Air Canada, Montreal - call collect (514)422-5622.

Events in the planning stage  -
Aug 26th - Boat cruise of Toronto Harbour
Sep 30th - Bus trip tour of St. Jacobs area.
Dec 6th  - Christmas luncheon at "The Old Mill'.

BurLoak Coffee Meetings -
Coffee meetings for all Oakville/Burlington and vicinity Pionairs
still being held at 1100-1200 at the 'Pig and Whistle Restaurant'
at Burloak Dr and Lakeshore Rd in Burlington. Some very good turn
outs are reported. The meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday
of each month. All Pionairs are invited to attend, especially
visiting Pionairs most welcome.
Call Stan at 469-9857, Irv 637-6656 or Fraser 847-1421.

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. Found on the Internet.

Kuala Lumpur Sepang International Airport, 50 kms south of the
city is due to open spring 1998.

Several new airlines are emerging in Europe, among them are -
Italair based in Napoli, Italy with ATR42 equipment.
IDG Technology Airlines a Czech carrier operating with IL62M jets.
Classic Airways in the UK operating with Lockheed L1011 aircraft.
Novair of Stockholm equipped with Lockheed L1011 aircraft.

Air UK has now been renamed KLM UK.

US AIRWAYS LAUNCHES METROJET
US Airways has announced its low fare airline will be named
MetroJet and will start operating on June 1 between Baltimore,
Maryland (USA) and four cities in the Eastern United States.
Operations will begin with five 118 seat Boeing 737-200s in a single
class configuration

WESTERN PACIFIC ENDS FLIGHTS
Colorado Springs, Colorado (USA) based Western Pacific decided on
Wednesday February 4 it would shut down at the end of the business
day due to a lack of funds. Denver, Colorado (USA) based Frontier
Airlines has announced it is willing to immediately buy up to four
of Western Pacific's Boeing 737 aircraft and to honour all Western
Pacific tickets.

AIRCRAFT ORDERS
Spanish flag carrier Iberia (IB) has signed a Memorandum Of
Understanding (MOU) with Airbus Industrie for 50 A320 family aircraft
and 26 options, the largest single transaction between the European
aircraft manufacturer and a European airline. The deal, options
included, covers nine A319s, 31 A321s and 36 A320s which will join
the 22 A320s already in service with the carrier on domestic and
regional routes.

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. Ron Munson sends as more information reported in the UK  -

B.A. have announced non-stop services between Scotland and the US
are to restart this summer.  As a result they will be able to
increase flights from Birmingham to New York and Toronto from five to
seven per week.
From 1st June, non-stop 757's will fly daily, except Tues. and Wed.,
from Glasgow to New York, shaving up to two hours off the journey.
The service from Birmingham to New York and Toronto will rise from
five to seven flights per week, also as from 1st June.

Qantas is to suspend some services between Australia, Indonesia,
Thailand and Malaysia from 21st Feb. after a fall in passenger
demand in south-east Asia.  In fact several airlines have also voiced
their concern over reduced passenger demand, in Japan, Hong Kong,
Singapore and Korea caused by the current economic climate in the
Far East.

Royal Jordanian Airlines has purchased 182 Sony GV-F700 Video
Walkman systems for use on its longhaul fleet.  They will be the
first airline to offer the new system to its premium and business
class passengers.

B.A. and Canadi>n Airlines will expand their code-sharing
partnership this summer to include new flights between London Eng
and Ottawa as well as an additional daily service between London Eng
and Toronto.
Starting on the 2nd June, Canadi>n Airlines will introduce year round
non-stop services between Heathrow and Ottawa.  The service, which
will be codeshared with B.A. will be operated by B767 aircraft on
Tues. and Sat. and DC-10 aircraft on Sun.

A Braille card with travel information on B.A., in particular safety
procedures, has been produced with the Royal National Institute for
the blind.

B.A. city ticket offices across the USA will close from 1st May as
Internet, ticket by mail and electronic ticketing are changing their
business. There are plans to introduce electronic ticketing at the
22 US aiport locations, making it even easier to buy a B.A. ticket.  

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. Interline goodies.

"Special Pionairs Group Tour"
The Best of Italy - 13 Days departs Apr 21/98
Rome, Florence, Lake Como, Venice, Sorrento, Capri, Sorrento,
Rome
- from CA$1049, ppd

Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Dynasty
10 Day Cruise departing Apr 5th
Ensenda, Hilo, Kona, Maui, Kauai, Honolulu
from US$499 ppd Inside / US$599, ppd Outside
( Why not add a post hotel stay in Honolulu?)

Western Mediterranean Highlights
Norway - June 7/98 - 12 Night Cruise
Lisbon, Strait of Gibraltar, Mediterranean Sea, Ajaccio,
Corsica - France, Milan, Genoa, Florence, Rome, Monte Carlo,
Nice, Cannes, Palma De Majorca, Barcelona, Marseilles - France
***  OR CHOOSE THE ALTERNATE CHOICE  ***
(Jul 8/98 - 15 Nights W. Eurp. Romance - Marseilles - LeHavre)
from US$799 U/L, US$999 Inside, US$1099-1199 Outside (DB)

Mexican Riviera - Mar 29/98
Acapulco, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego

Canada/New England  Cruise
Norwegian Cruise Lines
NORWEGIAN CROWN
7 Day Cruises departing  April 25/98
Montreal, Quebec City, Sydney, Boston, Cape Cod, Newport,
New York

South Africa
SILVERSEA - 6 * Star Cruise Line
Departs Mar 22 - Apr 7/98 - 16 Days Cape Town-Mombassa
from US$3695, ppd
Departs Apr 7 - 23/98 - 16 Days Mombassa-Athens
from US$3195, ppd

Interline Historic China
Departing  Apr 27, May 18, Jun 15/98 - 15 Days
CA$1560 (no air) or CA$2360 (with Air)
Airfares:  Beijing - Manila - Nagoya - Tokyo - Bangkok
from US$399, pp
Hotels:  from US$100 per night

Australia TOURS & MORE
Independent Touring - 3 - 12 Days Choose from Sydney, Cairns,
Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock
from US$365,ppd
( Day Tours & Tour Pass available from US$46-174,pp)

Canal Cruises.
Dawn Princess
- Panama Canal - 18 Nights - May 2/98
San Juan to Los Angeles
from US$1498 (Includes Port Charges, Gov't fees are extra pp)

Zenith
- Trans Canal - 15 Nights - Apr 10/98
Acapulco to New York
FROM US$1139 Includes fees!

Contact 1-800-665-3100 for details and mention Pionairs.
Icelandic Adventures hosted by the Interline Club of Iceland.
Apr 23rd to Apr 27th.  Reykjavik and Stykkisholmur.
Cost: US$440.00 pp dbl includes:
4 nights Hotel ESJA in Reykjavik,
4 breakfasts, Viking dinner fest,
Whale watching safari tour,
Farewell dinner,
all transfers within Iceland.
Icelandair will offer ID00N2 tickets from its destinations.
Price US$40.00 plus tax.
Deadline Mar 1st 1998.
Contact your local interline club for details.

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.  Smilie from GORDON DALZIEL who sends us this -
Excerpted from the book "Masquerade: The Amazing Camouflage
Deceptions of World War II", by Seymour Reit; Signet, 1980.

An enemy decoy, built in occupied Holland, led to a tale that has
been told and retold ever since by veteran Allied pilots.
The German "airfield," constructed with meticulous care, was made
almost entirely of wood. There were wooden hangars, oil tanks, gun
emplacements, trucks, and aircraft. The Germans took so long in
building their wooden decoy that Allied photo experts had more than
enough time to observe and report it. The day finally came when the
decoy was finished, down to the last wooden plank.
And early the following morning, a lone RAF plane crossed the
Channel, came in low, circled the field once,
and dropped a large .........wooden bomb.

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.  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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