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Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Co-pilot     - Terry Baker         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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number 330   date , 1998  1st Published in October 1995

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. Welcome to Glen Steeves retired Passenger Sales Manager lives in Delta, BC
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Michel Saura retired and living in Laval QC.
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Mike McLeod retired from Flight Dispatch now in Wasaga Beach, ON
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Bob Smith retired from Aircraft Maintenance lives Ile Bizard, QC
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Mary Sellier email Mary at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jim Arrigo retired Passenger Sales Manager - Cleveland
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. Where are they now?
Have not been able to contact Stuart Muirhead, Courtney Greene,
Bill Callum or Rochelle Truun.  Anyone know the correct email for them?
Correct email for Art Thrun is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Charles & Diane Shnider have changed email again, try This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jack Newart has now changed his email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lyle Gislason is leaving for Florida until early April to try and
escape the Canadian winter - little does he know!

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. With the approach of the 50th anniversary in Nassau, George McKillop
shares these memories -

Inaugural flight December 3rd 1948. Recollections of one of the first
maintenance representatives almost fifty years later.
The Station Managers (old titles) were John Gilmore, Nassau ; Bob Cowan,
Kingston and Arn Penner, Port of Spain. The sales rep was Pat Labrie,
formerly a Major in the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, who
subsequently retired from the Company as Vice President, US Region
The maintenace reps were Emmet White, Nassau; Jim Breckenridge, Kingston
and George McKillop, Kingston and Nassau. Jim, a Licensed Mechanic at that
time, accompanied the flight from Kingston to Port of Spain and supervised
the servicing of the aircraft on the overnight layover.
Some of the pilots, Lindy Rood, Gil McLaren, Jack Jones, Steve Abulet,
Roger Smith and Bob Bowker, of "Bowkers Airline" fame.
Some of the flight attendants were Gordy Kay, Dorothy Gilmore and
Mel Latour.
C D Howe, Minister of Transport was in Nassau over Christmas. One of his
colleagues had to return to Toronto accompanied by a Medical Attendant.
This required four seats on a North Star aircraft. If Mr Howe's immediate
reaction was any indication I'm sure our president Gordon MacGregor got an
earful of his opinion of Company regulations.
An engine change in Nassau in late December was the first time a Merlin was
transported in a North Star. This was prior to the development of
the "walking beam".
( A mechanical device developed within the Company to assist in the
unloading an engine without damaging the aircraft.) Moreover there was no
goose-neck crane available at the airport and the difficulty encountered in
unloading the Merlin is not among my fondest memories of Little old Nassau.
Cargo custom requirements for Kingston required multiple copies of all
documents and when asked when the aircraft would be ready for departure,
Keith Lindo of the ground handling company replied "when the weight of the
paper equals that of the aircraft".
Arn Penner's family was due to arrive from Toronto and upon boarding the
aircraft one day Jim noticed a woman with an infant, when he asked if she
was Mrs Penner she replied "no I'm Mrs Spooner".
Regards  George McKillop  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Delta BC




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. Found on the internet.

A PAX BLACK LIST:
Airline passengers who act like horses' backsides might find themselves
hoofing it under a new passenger blacklist system.
The plan to ban bad passengers was prodded along after a British
Airtours flight attendant was hit over the head and slashed with a broken
vodka bottle by a man who got mad at the stewardess because she was being
"aggressive."
Several airlines are now working on a known offenders registry.

Singapore Airlines is to join the Star Alliance in 1999, according to
Lufthansa chief executive Juergen Weber. Lufthansa and Singapore
Airlines signed an agreement on a strategic alliance in November
1997, a move usually considered as the first step in joining the Star
Alliance.

Israeli carrier El Al is to offer the first in-flight money changing
service. The airline's Fly & Change service allows passengers to
buy up to USD 500 worth of the local currency of their destination.
Available first on flights between Tel Aviv and London, Frankfurt,
Paris and Zurich, the service is set to cover the entire El Al network
within a few months.




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. News from Toronto - supplied by Brian Dunn.
British Airways retired their first 747-136 G-AWNA this recently and
one side of the aircraft will be painted in the original BOAC livery to
mark the occasion.  The aircraft logged some 51 million miiles, 21,000
flights, and 102,000 hours.  The last flight operated from Philadelphia
to London and the aircraft was then ferried to a paint shop in Cardiff
Wales.

Air Nova and Air Alliance jointly announced their intention to
consolidate both operations into one airline, early in 1999.  The
consolidated DHC-8 service and the BAe146 jets will operate under the
Air Nova banner, while the remaining Beech 1900D services will continue
to operated under the Air Alliance name.

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. Terry's travel tips.

Antigua & Barbuda was devastated by the hurricane Luis. Most hotels have
reopened, including the Sandals. Rex Blue Heron, Hawkesbill Beach Resort
Blue Waters Beach Hotel  are aiming for Dec 1st, and Pineapple Beach a
week later.
Galleon Beach Club was torn up and closed indefinitely. Lord Nelson Beach
suffered heavy damage and is closed until further notice. Tony Jumbo Bay
will reopen Dec 16th as Rock Resort. On Barbuda, Coco Point Lodge is now
open, but the late Princess Diane's favourite K Club is closed until
further notice.

Dargal Interline cruises & Tours -
Cruise the Caribbean, with Princess Cruises, on the new SEA PRINCESS.
Dec 19th - 7 days - Ft. Lauderdale, Princess Cays, at sea, Ocho Rios,
Grand Cayman, Cozumel, at sea, Ft. Lauderdale.
"Best available" fares - Inside $399, Outside $ 699, Balcony $759
All rates US$ pp/dbl, subject to availability. New bookings only.
Port charges/Govt fees additional.
Call 1-800-690-3223 and mention Pionairs.

Canadian Interline offers this trip -
Statendam - 16 nights - Dec 3 - 19/98
Inside $724.us - Ocean View $954us
Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Santa Cruz, Huatulco,
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, Cruising Golfo Dulce,
Transit Panama Canal, Cartegena, Columbia, Oranjestad, Aruba,
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, Ft. Lauderdale.
Call 1-800-665-3100  to take advantage of this special rate
and mention Pionairs.

Costa Cruises has just released interline cruise promotions!
SOME AS LOW AS $299.00 FOR A 7-DAY CRUISE!!!!!!!
COSTA VICTORIA - 7 day Caribbean Alternating Eastern/Western
Nov. 29     Inside - $299.00pp     Outside - $379.00pp
Dec.  6     Inside - $399.00pp     Outside - $499.00pp
Dec. 13     Inside - $399.00pp     Outside - $499.00pp
Dec. 20     Inside - $499.00pp     Outside - $599.00pp

COSTA ROMANTICA - 11 nt Panama Canal Round-trip Ft. Lauderdale
Nov. 29     Inside - $649.00pp     Outside - $749.00pp

COSTA ROMANTICA - 10 nt Southern Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale
Dec. 10     Inside - %599.00pp     Outside - $699.00pp

COSTA ROMANTICA - 7 nt Western Caribbean - Christmas Cruise
Dec. 20     Inside - $499.00pp     Outside - $599.00pp
Interline rates are offered to airline employees, spouse of employee,
parent of employee, & those retired from the airline.  Proof of eligibility
must be forwarded with payment.  All rates are cruise only, per person,
based on double occupancy.  Port charges are additional. 
CALL  1-800-345-7576 OR 812-474-6749!


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. Smilie.
John Hayes sends us these -

After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the Flight
Attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please
remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have
brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the
gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning
bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick
your way through the wreckage to the terminal.

Part of a Flight Attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd
like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the
next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through
the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you'll think
of us here at US Airways."


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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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