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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 702 Jul 06/02- The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 702, July 6, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Need to know.
Air Canada news -
Your Personal Pension Statements As Of December 31, 2001. Air Canada's
annual pension statements are designed to provide employees with personalized
information on their retirement benefits, and are usually distributed each year
in June. In fact, employees participating in an Air Canada pension plan are
receiving their statements now. The pension statements for former Canadian
Airlines employees, however, are being modified to mirror the format of Air
Canada's pension statements. Due to the extensive programming changes required,
employees who participate in a Canadian Airlines pension plan will only receive
their personalized statement later this summer. We apologize for any
inconvenience this may cause.
Matt Laubitz sends this information -
Since we planned to travel to Florida for the 4th of July celebrations, we
were very interested in the AVIS information you provided in Netletter No. 701.
We registered and followed all the steps you suggested. After describing our
request, a price of $ 80.00 was quoted, by the time we worked our way to the
bottom of the reservation this initial price had now become $ 262.52 which is
over $80.00 higher than what we were able to secure from another major rental
car company without the AC corporate rate.
Just thought some other members might be interested. - We were able to canvass
4 other rental companies within 15 minutes over the phone, receiving very clear
pricing in each case.We gave up getting through on the telephone to Destina.ca
and are still waiting to be contacted by them in response to our request we
left on their site, in which they promise contact no later than the following
day within the hours of 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Our recommendation would be to do price shop first with other companies before
getting a quote from AVIS, they may or may not be a good deal ! And bring lots
of patience and time in case you need to call Destina.ca.
Greetings from heat wave stricken GTA. Fortunately we live in Mississauga and
our garbage is getting picked up.
When travelling in Europe, don't forget they now use euros in the following
Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg,
Holland, Portugal and Spain. Presently one euro is worth approx. ca$1.42
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. Should know!
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. News from the Districts.
(correction to info in NetLetter 700 - eds)
Vancouver Island Annual Golf Tourny -
Open to all Pionairs and ex CAIRE.
Pay by July 31st, cost $25.00 pp. made out to Bill Wood.
mail cheques to:-
Bill Wood, PO Box 1879, Ladysmith, B.C. V9G 1B4
Play is at Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, starts at noon on August 14th
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. Nice to know.
If the company is moving to a zonal type of charge, here are some mileages
for your forward planning! For information only. (E&OE)
From WINNIPEG MB (YWG) to:
Arviat NU (YEK) 783 mi
Baker Lake NU (YBK) 996 mi
Calgary AB (YYC) 740 mi
Chicago (O'Hare) IL (ORD) 707 mi
Churchill City NB (YYQ) 623 mi
Edmonton AB (YEG) 738 mi
Flin Flon MB (YFO) 379 mi
Gillam MB (YGX) 458 mi
Halifax NS (YHZ) 1602 mi
Ottawa ON (YOW) 1050 mi
Rankin NU (YRT) 920 mi
Regina SK (YQR) 330 mi
Saskatoon SK (YXE) 439 mi
The Pas MB (YQD) 325 mi
Thompson MB (YTH) 408 mi
Thunder Bay ON (YQT) 373 mi
Toronto (Pearson) ON (YYZ) 935 mi
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. Air Canada news -
Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) Save Lives. It is estimated that many
lives could be saved if automatic external defibrillators (AED) were more
widely available at the time of an emergency. Air Canada recently proved the
theory true when we used an on-board AED to help save a customer’s life. En
route to London Heathrow, AC 8056 was diverted to St. John’s on May 17 when a
56-year-old passenger went into cardiac arrest. Thanks to the efforts of the
crew, on-board medical experts and the AED, the patient was later released from
a St. John’s hospital. Air Canada is currently in the process of installing
AEDs on our aircraft, beginning with the A319 and A320 fleet.
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. Remember when!
From the November 1946 issue of Between Ourselves, which had been saved all
these years by Reg Watkins, and sent to us by Jim Pearce.
A picture of the staff at Goose Bay included this list of members -
Padre Ross, Carl Werbisky, Cab Cole, General Hamilton, Fatboy Tribe, Swifty
Millar, Bady Affleck, Cass Brown, Pop Farmer and Flatspin Irwin. The photo was
taken by Jet Cotton.
(Had the passengers known some of the christian names they may not have
travelled - eds)
Mel Brown provided a dialogueof happenings at Goose Bay, part of which is -
" ... the most important item, at least to us, is the routing of two
eastbound and two westbound Lancs each week "
" ...Ham Hash: Charlie Mackie has his rig on the air, VE2SZ portable VO6, and
claims he can work anybody, anytime, anyplace, any band and has stacks of QSO
cards to prove it."
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. Vesta, our chief pilot, found this information -
BRITISH QUARANTINE DROPPED FOR CANADIAN, U.S.PETS
The British government says it intends to lift the six-month quarantine
it imposed on Canadian and American pets entering Britain.
It sounds like a great concept for
a new toy: a laser-powered paper airplane. But
scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology
have bigger ideas in mind, like tiny, unpiloted
airplanes powered by laser beams from the ground
that can endlessly observe volcanoes or monitor
climate. In the longer term, they say, laser
beams from satellites or high-altitude balloons
may perhaps propel planes at several times the
speed of sound at high altitudes where the air
is too thin for jet engines to operate.
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. Star Alliance news -
Lufthansa retired its B747 Classic passenger aircraft earlier this year.
Five were placed in long term storage at Marana in Arizona. 3 were sold to
subsiduary Lufthansa Technik for spares, 2 of them were subsequently scrapped
at Hahn during January. The third, D-ABYM has found a new home at the Technik
Museum Speyer. Final flight for D-ABYM was to Karlsruhe/Baden from Frankfurt in
January to be stripped of all useful spares and shipped by Rhine River barge to
Speyer. After re-assembly it will be exhibited at the museum, which is located
96 kms south of Frankfurt.
SAS passengers can now obtain detailed transfer and rebooking information
aboard the aircraft. The information is provided on the cabin video monitors.
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. Derek & Pearl Piers send this info -
Just returned from a trip to England and the Jubilee celebrations, and
would like to pass on names of some B&B's where we stayed and will
recommend to anyone travelling in these areas.
One block from Victoria Station, approx 10 min. walk to Buckingham
Palace, and easy walking distance to Piccadilly, Trafalgar, West End,
Harrods and Knightsbridge...............very centrally located. There
are a number of B&B's on Ebury Street. They do not advertise through
Travel Agencies but you can find them on the internet. Very friendly
and accommodating hosts, delicious English breakfasts. Prices vary from
75 pounds approx.
"The Old Grain House", Lower Swell, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire, GL54 ILH. Telephone/FAX 01451 832348. Elizabeth
"Grove Farm House", Cold Aston, Gloucestershire GL54 3BJ. Phone 01451
821801. Mrs. Michael Storey.
"Aquae Sulis Hotel", 174/176 Newbridge Road, Bath, Somerset BA1 3LE.
. David &
Prices were 70 pounds, including full (all you can eat) English
breakfast. They offer tea on arrival, very friendly service and any
information, assistance, you may require on their area of the world.
The Aquae Sulis, in Bath, has easy one mile walk via the river to
downtown central Bath.......... did not take this walk, but were told by
other guests. There is a bus stop across the street which takes you to
downtown or anywhere you might want to go.
Highly recommend these accommodations.
If you are interested in passing along this info to your
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. Iris scanning -
Frequent flyers are now able to pass through Heathrow arrivals in the blink
of an eye using the new iris scanning technology which identifies people from
the unique patterns in their eyes. Trials have begun at terminals 3 & 4 using
the scanners on a select group of 2,000 British Airways and Virgin Airways
customers who are frequent flyers with the airline.
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. May Day.
My wife and I are planning to visit Portugal next spring. We would like to
rent a home, apt. or condo type facility for approximately 3 - 4 weeks. Does
anyone in the Air Canada family have any suggestions or information on good
deals that would help in our plans? Any info on Portugal would be
gratefully received. Thanking you in advance for your help.
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. Terry's travel tips.
Some B & B's near London Heathrow Airport -
The Lodge, Hounslow West, 5 mins from tube station, all rooms en-suite,
TV & beverage facilities. gbp35.00 sinle, gbp48.00 double includes buffet
breakfast. Tel:07785-292831 or
Charming Hotel B & B, Hounsow Road, Feltham. Free off road parking,
colour TV, kitchen facilities, en-suite bathroom. from gbp20.00 pppn. Tel:
020-8890-2358 ext 29
Everyone who is a non Australian or non New Zealand citizen must have a
visa to enter, including childrenand infants.
W.A.C.A. has the following trips planned -
SEP 19-23 ICELAND ADVENTURE hosted by ICELAND Interline Club
deadline to register 01AUG cost us$600
SEP 28-06 OCT ROMANTIC TOUR TO AGA IN BUDAPEST
deadline is 08AUG but is already WAITING LISTED
Hosted by the Interline of Germany
Cost EUR840 Single Supplement EUR110
OCT 03-06 GRAND FESTA 2002 hosted by Interline Club of Portugal
Deadline 30AUG Cost EUR235
OCT 28-02 NOV PASSAROLA TENNIS CUP PORTUGAL
Deadline 28SEP02 Cost EUR395
OCT 29-02 NOV PASSAROLA GOLF CUP PORTUGAL
Deadline 28SEP02 Cost EUR495
For more details contact the email provided for the event, or www.waca.org
or your nearest Interline Club.
HOT DEALS FROM INTERLINING PLUS
Crown Odyssey-5 nights-between Barcelona & Rome
Inside/Outside staterooms $299us
Sail dates: July 14-Rome to Barcelona July 19-Barcelona to Rome
Crown Odyssey-5 nights-Nice to Barcelona
Inside staterooms $399us, Outside $499us
Sail dates: Aug 7 & 31 Sept 5-Barcelona to Rome
Crown Odyssey-9 nights-Barcelona to Lisbon
Inside staterooms $599us, Outside $699us
Sail date: Oct 13, Oct 22- Lisbon to Barcelona
Marco Polo-5 nights-Barcelona return
Inside staterooms $399us, Outside $499us Sail date: Oct 9
Marco Polo-7 nights-Venice to Barcelona
Inside staterooms $599us, Outside $699us Sail date: Oct 21
Marco Polo-31 nights-Barcelona to Mombassa
Inside staterooms $1860us, Outside $2170us Sail date: Oct 28
Pacific Princess-7 nights-New York return
Outside staterooms $449us Sail dates: Oct 13 & 20
Sept 22, 29 & Oct 6-$499us
Sept 1, 8, & 15-$549us
Norwegian Majesty-3 nights-Miami return
Inside staterooms $209us, Outside $229us
Sail dates: Nov 15, 22, 29, & Dec 6
Norwegian Majesty-4 nights-Miami return
Inside staterooms $249us, Outside $279us
Sail dates: Nov 11, 18, Dec 2, 9 & 16
Norwegian Wind-7 nights-Vancouver return
Outside staterooms $799us
Sail dates: July 8 & 15 July 22- $899us-Outside staterooms
Norwegian Sun-7 nights-Miami return-Western
Inside staterooms $499us, Outside $649us
Sail dates: Sept 14, 38, Oct 5, 12, 19 & Nov 16
Outside staterooms $699us-Aug 3, 17, 24 & 31
SS Norway-7 nights-Miami return-Eastern
Inside staterooms $399us, Outside $479us
Sail dates: Sept 1, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, & Dec 8
For more information, call Interlining Plus at 1-800-665-3100
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