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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 823  April 29th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker


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. Nice to know.
Golden Week travel heats up. This year’s Golden Week holidays in Japan will
be very strong for Air Canada. The traditional spring holiday combines a string
of four public holidays with two weekends and some additional days off work to
make an eleven-day holiday from April 29 to May 9. If you plan to travel, be
aware that many flights from Japan (five almost everyday, with the
re-introduction of Nagoya/Vancouver on April 29) will be very full throughout
the week starting April 26
and very full to Japan in the first week of May. Last year Golden Week was
weak due to the effect of SARS so there is more demand for overseas travel this
year, especially to Canada.

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Subject: Canadian Aviation
From: Bruce Olson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Good day from Montreal! Firstly, I am an active B747-400 pilot with Air
Canada based in YYZ but living in YUL. I kid that I'm a part time Airline
pilot pilot who flys overseas for his full time collecting of old aviation
literature.

After destroying my eyesight for 6 months I now have my website of aviation
literature up and would like to invite your members to visit. I also have an
expanding collection of Canadian interest literature That I have been
holding in reserve. Everything from early article from the 50s on RCAF
,TCA, CPA and manufacturing in Canada.I am looking to expand my collect and
would invite trading for these and the website material.

Mywebsite in http://www.pudljumpr.com and Ill reinterate that my "DISTINCTLY
CANADIAN" material is in reserve for your members who show interest.
regards,
Bruce J Olson

B747 FO YYZ

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. Found on the internet.
When French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery flew off alone into a
July night in 1944 and vanished, his mysterious end became an integral part of
the story of his life. Now, hundreds of pieces of a wrecked Lockheed Lightning,
found on the Mediterranean seabed off the coast of Provence, have been
positively identified as the airplane he was flying that night on a wartime spy
mission. French authorities confirmed the find yesterday, based on a serial
number found on a piece of the tail. Saint-Exupery is beloved in France as the
author of "The Little Prince." No body was found, and so far the wreck has not
revealed any cause for the crash.

On the eve of the Easter recess, the US Senate by a vote of 78-19 passed a
pension accounting relief act that will help corporate America, including
several US Major airlines, defer billions of dollars in contributions to
underfunded plans over the next two years.
United Airlines is the biggest airline beneficiary of pension reform
legislation signed into law by President Bush

Kenya Airways' first Boeing 777-200ER will be delivered to Nairobi next month
direct from Seattle - flying the 16.5 hours non-stop and aiming for the World
Speed record for aircraft of this type. The airline is the first in Africa to
own the 777 - the world's fastest-selling wide-bodied aircraft.

CanJet, Canada's Low-Fare Airline, is pleased to announce it will launch
scheduled weekly service between Hamilton, Ontario and Orlando, Florida on June
19th.

The Italian government postponed a decision on possible financial aid to
Alitalia, but Labor Minister Roberto Maroni said Friday that the cabinet will
discuss a new decree to help the airline sector on April 29.

The FAA is reportedly dubious of allowing El Al aircraft equipped with the
system, called Flight Guard, to land at U.S. airports due to safety concerns
about the flare-based technology. Israeli Transportation Minister Avigdor
Lieberman is slated to discuss the issue with U.S. Transportation Secretary
Norman Mineta today, according to Reuters. El Al's first Flight Guard-protected
aircraft are expected to launch in June. The Flight Guard system automatically
releases diversionary flares if a heat-seeking missile is detected by an
on-board sensor. It reportedly costs about $1 million per airplane to install.

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. Star Alliance news.
US Airways to become Star Alliance member on May 4

Singapore Airlines staff and unions were put on notice that the carrier must
restructure to meet the rapidly changing market.

Singapore Airlines yesterday said it signed letters of intent to sell eight of
its 28 747-400s to two airlines but is unable to disclose the buyers or the
price of the aircraft because of contractual confidentiality

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. Joe and Karen Mallory send their impressions of Thailand -
Hi all,
We are back from a most fantastic trip to Thailand put on by the Thailand
Interline Club in Bangkok. This is without a doubt the best trip we have been
on yet. It took 28 hours to get there from Toronto to Bangkok through Vancouver
and Hong Kong. The first evening of our arrival the host club put on a nice
welcome dinner for us. It would appear that because of the Chicken Flu there
was very poor attendance this year at what is usually a very popular package.
There were only 8 people on it this year consisting of Karen and I, John and
Carole Lowe, and Lois and Alan Pickard (longtime friends of ours) and Inge and
Bernard Hiebel, some new friends from Germany.
We started with a tour of the historic and beautiful Royal Grand Palace in
Bangkok, Then saw the temple of the Emerald Buda followed by a tour of a Gem
Factory. The next day we travelled to the floating market where everyone got
into the haggling and bargaining. We had a luxury bus and driver for the whole
trip and a terrific guide with a great sense of humour, named Mr. Sam.
We travelled to different cities in the north of Thailand where we rode
elephants, rafted down a river, took a 35 km ride down the Mae Khong River, saw
other historic sites, rode in cattle drawn carts, visited small tribal villages
in the jungle, and visited the Golden Triangle. We had plenty of time for
shopping and souvenir hunting, and went to a silk factory, a wood carving
factory (all Teak), a custom tailor, an orchid nursery, and had a Thai massage.
We also had the opportunity to visit both Laos and Burma. What an eye opener
that was.
Nearly all meals were included in the package and they were all excellent. For
the most part they were buffets consisting of both Thai and European foods. We
saw two very good stage shows, one a dinner theater presentation of traditional
Thai dancers and the other bit of a surprise. It was the world famous Alcazar
Cabaret show consisting completely of transvestites.
The Thai people are warm, friendly, courteous and respectful. There was not a
single incident the whole time we were there. At the last location we stayed
for two nights there was a music festival on. There must have been at least
100,000 young people in the streets around our hotel. Even then everyone was
exceptionally well behaved. They made us feel very welcome.
Our final two days in Pattaya south of Bangkok were concluded with a very nice
closing dinner with the organizing interline club. They treated us
exceptionally well the whole trip and I really compliment them on the whole
package. It was far more than we had anticipated and I would do it again
tomorrow. Thanks to Yinglek Chandrtat and her whole team.
Finally we flew back from Bangkok to Hong Kong and spent two night there.
Really we only had one day to explore and most of that time was spent
shooooooping. We got around on the modern subway with no problem and spent part
of the day on the island of Hong Kong and the rest in Kowloon. I think this is
the most populated area in the world, with a high cost of living and every
modern convenience. We will have to spend more time there some day in the
future.
I took about 400 with a digital camera.
Finally, for those of you who are related to the airlines I highly recommend
the Thai interline club package. It is run every year and is definitely a
winner. For those who are not airline people, you will never regret a trip to
Thailand. It is historic yet progressive, there is an abundance of things to do
and see and visitors are made to feel wanted and welcome.
Cheers for now,
Joe and Karen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Jetsgo offers $1 flights from Toronto to Montreal. As part of a trial offer,
Jetsgo is making all regular seats available for $1 on its Toronto-Montreal
route from May 10-15. The fares apply to one-way flights which are available
each way.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Following deals from Dargal -
Norwegian ~ Norwegian Sun ~ May 9 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Roundtrip Vancouver, BC
Oceanview $599, Balcony $699
Celebrity ~ Mercury ~ May 17 ~ 12 Nights
ITINERARY: Roundtrip San Francisco, CA
Inside $800
Celebrity ~ Summit ~ May 21 ~ 14 Nights
ITINERARY: San Diego, CA to Vancouver, BC
Inside $1050, Suite $2200
Royal Caribbean ~ Radiance of the Seas ~ May 22 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Roundtrip Vancouver, BC
Oceanview $899, Balcony $1099
Princess ~ Coral Princess ~ May 29 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Whittier, AK to Vancouver, BC
Inside $399, Oceanview $449
Princess ~ Sun Princess ~ May 31 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Vancouver, BC to Whittier, AK
Inside $399, Oceanview $449
Royal Caribbean ~ Vision of the Seas ~ June 4 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Seward, AK to Vancouver, BC
Inside $449, Oceanview $499
Carnival ~ Carnival Spirit ~ June 9 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Whittier, AK to Vancouver, BC
Inside $499, Oceanview $549, Balcony $699
Friends & Family can book up to three additional staterooms!
Friends & Family Inside $539, Friends & Family Oceanview $589, Friends & Family
Balcony $739
Holland America ~ Statendam ~ June 13 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Seward, AK to Vancouver, BC
Inside $569, Oceanview $669
Norwegian ~ Norwegian Spirit ~ July 3 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Roundtrip Seattle, WA
Inside $609, Oceanview $719, Balcony $849
Holland America ~ Ryndam ~ July 9 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Vancouver, BC to Seward, AK
Inside $629, Oceanview $729
Holland America ~ Statendam ~ August 8 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Vancouver, BC to Seward, AK
Inside $699, Oceanview $799
Norwegian ~ Norwegian Spirit ~ August 21 ~ 7 Nights
ITINERARY: Roundtrip Seattle, WA
Inside $549, Oceanview $649, Balcony $799
Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars per person (based on double occupancy). PORT
CHARGES ARE INCLUDED. Taxes, fees and Dargal's $20 Service Charge per room are
additional. All rates are subject to change, availability and eligibility. All
offers apply to new bookings only, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn
without notice.
For more information on these & other Dargal Interline specials: 
Call Toll Free: 1-800-690-3223
International Toll Free:
(International Country Code)-800-2832-7425


Interlining Plus has these deals -
MOTORHOME RENTALS
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5 Night One-Way Specials - Calgary to Vancouver
Includes 1200 free kilometers, insurance, kitchen gear, taxes, drop-off charge
Deluxe Camper Vans (suitable for 2 adults) and Pick-Up Trucks with 5th Wheel
Trailer (suitable for 3 adults & 2 children) available. Here is your chance to
see the fabulous Canadian Rockies.
Deluxe Camper Van - Btwn May 3 & 10 - $80 USD
Deluxe Camper Van - Btwn May 10 & 29 - $100 USD
5th Wheel Trailer - Btwn May 16 & Jun 10 - $100 USD
Any excess mileage at - $.23/kilo USD

7 Night Round Trip Specials - Start & Return from Vancouver or Calgary
Includes 500 free kilometers, insurance, kitchen gear, taxes, drop-off charge
Deluxe Camper Vans (suitable for 2 adults), Super Camper Vans (suitable for 3
adults & 1 children), 24 Ft and 27 Ft Motorhomes (suitable for 4 adults and 2
children) available.
Each Unit - Btwn Apr 1 & May 15 - $354 USD
Excess mileage at - $.23/kilo USD

4 Night Round Trip Specials - Start & Return from Toronto or Montreal
Includes 500 free kilometers, insurance, kitchen gear, taxes, drop-off charge
Pickup Truck & Camper (suitable for 2 adults & 1 child), Super Camper Vans
(suitable for 3 adults & 1 children), 24 Ft and 27 Ft Motorhomes (suitable for
4 adults and 2 children) available.
Truck/Camper - Btwn May 17 & 31 - $298 USD
Deluxe Camper Van - Btwn May 17 & 31 - $315 USD
Motorhome 24 Ft - Btwn May 17 & 31 - $321 USD
Motorhome 27 Ft - Btwn May17th & 31 - $338 USD
Excess mileage at - $.23/kilo USD

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CONTINENTAL WATERWAYS - BARGING IN EUROPE
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M.V. Anacoluthe - Normandy and Ile de France Impressionist Art Cruise
7 Days/6 Nights
The Anacoluthe's journey takes us from Paris to Le Harve. The boat follows
Europe's most romantic river and includes a visit to Monet's home in Giverny
and its marvelous gardens; the impressive Chateau de Malmaison, the medieval
town of Rouen with its cathedral, the great Jemieges Abbey with its two
magnicient towers. The dinner cruise through illuminated Paris is unforgetable.
Includes Paris Transfers and wine with lunch and dinner.
May 1, 8, 22 - Reduced rate of $895 USD
June 5, 12, 26, July 24, 31, Aug 14, 16, 21, 28 - $995 USD

M.V. Chanterelle - Upper Loire Cruise
7 Days/6 Nights
The Chantrelle travels in France's Upper Loire Valley, through a landscape
straight out of a picture book. This is a cruise of castles, with sightseeing
in riverside villages and stately manor houses. The navigation on the Loire
Lateral Canal follows the Loire river with its tradition of hunting, fishing
and gracious living. A highlight of the trip is the 662 meter canal aqueduct
which takes the boat high over the Loire River. Paris Transfers and open bar
included.
May 1, 8 - Reduced rate of $895 USD
June 19, July 3, 10, 17, 31, Aug 7, 28 - $995 USD

M.V. Libellule - Chablis Cruise in Burgundy
7 Days/6 Nights
The Libellule will take over for The Litote which normally operates on this
itinerary. The cruise includes a tour of the famous Chablis wine region and a
visit to historic Vezelay where the Knights of Europe set out for the crusades.
You will have change to visit the picturesque towns and villages along the
Burgundy Canal both on bicycle or on foot.
May 15 - Reduced rate of $895 USD
June 12, July 31, Aug 14, 21 - $995 USD
Contact Interlining Plus for details and more deals.
Local phone: 604-606-1700 Toll Free: 1-800-665-3100
Fax: 604-606-1720

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