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Mailing of this "NetLetter" is courtesy of Alan Rust
administrator of the "AC Family Network" at:
Number 415 Date Oct 17th, 1999 BYN 1st Published in October 1995
. DID YOU KNOW?
Important reminder, for all new articles, submissions and or comments
for the "BETWEEN YOURSELVES - Netletter" please send to:
This e-mail address has been set up so that both of us (exclusively)
will get an automatic copy and can keep up with the continuity of news
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. REMINDER -
For information relating to change of address, change of marital status,
death of a retiree or spouse, death benefits/spousal benefits and
Group Health Benefgit Plans:
If your employee number is between - call
00001 and 33333 (204)941-2556
33334 and 66665 (204)941-2548
66666 and 99999 (204)941-2554
You can also write to:
Air Canada Pension and Estate Admin
P.O. Box 768, Winnipeg, MN R3C 2N2
This information is on page 4 of 'Your Travel Guide'
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. Just four years ago on October 10th 1995, we sent out the very
first edition of the NetLetter - time flies when we are having fun!
Thank you to all our readers who have sent stories, comments, details
of lunches for inclusion, we appeciate your input, keep it coming!
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. Need to know.
The following query was sent to us by Zek Zabolotniuk to which
Industry Travel has responded -
Some of us have not aged as gracefully as we wished and have become
somewhat infirm. Our joints creak and visits to the bathroom are more
frequent. As retirees we understand the protocol of space available
travel but are unsure how we can make our needs known to the customer
service agent handling the boarding should space become available.
Employee's or retirees with mobility problems due to paralysis almost
always need an aisle seat to allow easy access not only to the seat but
to the washrooms. This also minimizes the disturbance to revenue
passengers seated in front. I have not experienced any problems however,
this request is made after the boarding pass is handed to me and most
often it has to be reprinted. Is there any way I can make this situation
known in advance without creating the impression I am making a demand?
It is a valid situation indeed and sure is becoming more frequent
with the aging population.
Vicki and I discussed this matter at length and here are our
While the policy for non-revenue travel does not permit advance
seat selection, there is no harm in informing the agent at the time
of checking-in on the reason for requesting a particular seat.
However, we must bear in mind that our revenue passengers are also
in the same boat and there are only so many seats near the
washroom. However, we do not see why the agent cannot accommodate
as long as space is available.
Regards, Linda Kwoon, Industry Travel, YUL
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. We welcome -
Jim Rogers retired Mtce foreman living in Albany, P.E.I.
H. Audrey Pattison retired Customer Sales Ticket Agent lives in
John Edmiston Retired Flight Dispatch Shift Manager
Joined Air Canada August 22, 1956, Retired September 1, 1991
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. Where are they now?
> are heading south for
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. Ross Smyth sends us some titles for those of us who are aviation
book worms -
I recently recommended a book, "Hard Landing", about problems in the US
airline industry of interest to Air Canada retirees. Now I have just
finished reading a Canadian one: "Turbulence - How Deregulation Destroyed
Canada's Airlines", by Wayne Skene, publisher Douglas & McIntyre of
Vancouver. The title indicates the contents. Highly recommended.
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. From the email newsletter YYZNEWS issued by Brian Dunn -
Air Canada is prepping DC-9-32 (C-FTLW) FIN722 at Marana Arizona to be
brought back to Montreal on Sunday the 17th of October. It is not clear
however, if this aircraft is to be put back into service with Air Canada
or possibly sold to another carrier such as Cebu Pacific.
The first A330-300 is due to be flown from Toulouse to Montreal on Monday,
October 18th. There will be a welcoming party in the hangar at Dorval for
employees to attend in the afternoon.
At the bi-annual meeting of the heads of the member carriers of the
Star Alliance in Tokyo earlier this week there was an official welcoming
ceremony for All Nippon Airways into the Star Alliance. They also
announced that Singapore Airlines will be joining the Star Alliance next
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. Lasting tribute to air victims.
Seven airmen who died 56 years ago in a plane crash on the site of the
new British Airways complex at London Heathrow (LHR) Airport were remembered
recently with the unveiling of a bronze plaque engraved with the names of
the crew. Four RCAF and 3 RAF members perished when their WW11 Halifax
bomber crashed on its return from a bombing mission. The Halifax belonged
to the RCAF 427 squadron.
Its Canadian members of the crew consisted of Kendall Begbie, Fred Webb,
Alexander Chibanoff and Harold Frost.
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. During a recent tour of the Boeing plant at Everett, your co-pilot and
his group was bussed around the holding area for the various customers
aircraft awaiting delivery. Boeing does not deliver, but the customer
must fly their new possession themselves. Boeing International Relief
Delivery Flights use the empty space on a new aircraft being delivered
to carry medical supplies, food, clothing and educational material to
people in need around the world. Working with scheduled deliveries,
Boeing coordinates with airline customers and nonprofit relief agencies
to arrange the shipment. Boeing has worked with 41 airlines and
30 nonprofit groups on 125 such humanitarian missions since 1992.
The latest shipment was on a B737-800 for Turkish Airlines which carried
earthquake relief supplies. The aircraft flew via Montreal and Reyjavik.
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. News from the districts.
The Prestwick/Glasgow Pionairs meet for lunch on the 1st Tuesday
of every month at the St. Nicholas Hotel in Preswick at 12:30.
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. FOUND ON THE INTERNET.
Cathay Pacific has chosen a design featuring a young athlete overcoming a
series of obstacles to achieve his goal as the winner of a millennium livery
for one of their B747-400 aircraft.
WHO SAID THAT?
'Our head office and airport terminals are beginning to look like
maternity clinics" - A spokeswomen for British Airways where 600
stewardesses are set to give birth around the millennium.
A political refugee who has been living in a Paris Airport departure
lounge for the past 11 years has finally been issued with travel documents
and is now free to leave.
(No truth that this was a con trying to get out! - eds)
British Airways has cut it operations by two thirds over the New Year
period as worried travellers shun international travel in fear of the
A Boeing B737 is among the gifts available for Christmas from America's
top-of-the-range US shipping store group Neiman Marcus.
Virgin Airlines cabin crews can earn a GBP10,000 bonus each week for
outstanding in-flight sales. The bonus will be divided between the crew
which achieves the highest revenue based on set targets. A crew can
consist of anything from 14 to 17 members but that still gives each one
a chance to win a payout between GBP588 and GBP714 extra a week - but
it is not tax-free.
American Airlines and Canadian Airlines were the first to implement the
technology allowing each to issue the other's tickets electronically.
Singapore Airlines operate a B747 fitted with a state of the art
in-flight audio-video-on-demand system offering a choice of 25 films, plus
50 short features. Music lovers can choose from 50 audio CD's.
Some kids who get yelled at usually just run away to a friend's house
until they become homesick, but not Christopher Peregory, 12,
of Fairfax, Va. After being sent to the principal's office recently,
he bolted, took the subway to Reagan National Airport, and walked onto
a TWA plane -- without a boarding pass -- and flew to St. Louis, Mo.
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. Terry's travel tips.
It is illegal to feed the pidgeons in Venice, except in the
Piazza San Marco. Violators are faced with a us$550 fine ( 1 million lire)
Could someone please advise us about which part of Barbados is the best
and a few names of lovely hotels or condos right on the beach. Thanks!
Travel firm Worldhoppers of Worthing UK has set up a web site which gives
access to air fares down-loaded directly by major tour operators showing
both flight only deals and late availability package holidays.
http://www.worldhoppers.com will get you there.
Stuck at LHR? A B&B at 25 Crosslances Road, Hounslow charges
GBP20 single and GBP30 double. Tel: 0181-569-4624.
GBAirways (UK) are now out of business.
Caledonian Airlines and Flying Colours, both of the UK and owned by Thos
Cook, have merged and are now called JMC Air.
Canada 3000 scrapped charges for special in-flight meals. The $10.00
charged was introduced on May 1st and dropped during the summer.
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I refuse to get older. I wouldn't lie about my age if everybody else
was honest about theirs! - anon
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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
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