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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)
Number 715 Aug 22nd, 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson - Co-pilot - Terry Baker
. Need to know.
Employee Travel And Recognition Reach New ZED Fare Agreements. Employee
Travel and Recognition has just finished negotiating four new ZED fare
agreements with Philippine Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Korean Air and Asiana
Airlines, offering all active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz
employees more travel benefits.
Refering to the departure tax info in NetLetter 714, Helen Gordon sends this
Used my SERVICE PASS to HK last December and the departure tax was not prepaid.
The psgr agent there advised me that I would have to change my $$ to $HK and
return to the ticket counter and pay my dep. tax before she could check me in.
Perhaps the tax is included in the personal pass.
" ' "
. Nice to know!
Information only, contact 1-800-413-1113 for complete details -
TAP Air Portugal (TP)
Codeshare/affiliated carrier flights are 'NOT' eligible
under the terms of this agreement unless stated.
Any reduced rate ticket is subject to tax as applicable
Space Available ZED - Zonal Employee Discount
Eligibility - ZED
Eligible for unlimited ZED - ZM fares:
Active employee of ac/tier 2 & 3 with 6 months service
Spouse - legal & o/s common-law partner
Dependent children under 24 years of age
Eligible for unlimited ZED - ZH fares:
Parents of active/retired employee
* under 16 years must be accompanied by a person
at least 16 years of age and also on ZED
* 2-11 years pay 67% of the applicable ZED fare
* infants - free of charge if not occupying a seat
- require a separate ticket for international travel
reservations and ticketing -ZED
Contact 1-800-413-1113 in north America else local reservations office.
Chart-ZED fares in us$
mileage (ZM) (ZH)
zone 1 1-450 19 25
zone 2 451-750 25 36
zone 3 751-1600 30 44
zone 4 1601-3200 43 68
zone 5 3201-4080 50 89
zone 6 4081-5000 59 105
zone 7 5001-6100 63 113
zone 8 6101-7100 70 126
zone 9 7101-9000 85 150
Fares are converted to local currency
Subject to taxes as applicable
Validity 180 days from date of
Reservation entitlement Standby
ID50 positive space reduced rate - Personal
Active AC employee with 12 months service
Spouse - legal
Dependent children under 24 years of age
50% Personal travel
normal economy excursion fares only
children fares permitted
**no other discounted fare permitted
" ' "
. Air Canada news -
Winnipeg Crews Complete Cockpit Door Modification First In North America.
Recently, our Winnipeg-based maintenance staff installed a newly modified and
reinforced cockpit door on an America West A320 aircraft. It is the first
installation of a new security-reinforced door at a maintenance base in North
America, and second only in the world. The new Airbus-manufactured door
features an internal electronic locking device that can only be unlocked from
inside the cockpit. In late August, Technical Services will begin to equip all
our fleet with the reinforced cockpit doors. Transport Canada and the Federal
Aviation Administration have mandated that upgrades to cockpit doors,
considered critical to assuring the safety and security of the global
community, must be complete in all aircraft before April 9, 2003.
" ' "
Careers In Aviation...
Jumpseating -- the practice of bumming a ride aboard a human mailing
somewhere you need to go -- is one of the time-honored institutions
of the airline
Some use their privileges to commute, others to move around on
business. But, in the right hands, it's really more of an art.
Cubbin tells all in this humorous look at scheduled hitchhiking in
A Jumpseat Named Desire By Kenneth A. Cubbin
You stand crestfallen as the gate agent informs you that there is already
"But ... I coulda been a contender."
It's true that most of us don't have Marlon Brando's thespian abilities
girth), but it goes without saying that each of us exhibits the same
passion and desperation when it comes to asking for the jumpseat.
Tread Softly And Carry A Big Pen
Every day, in every major and many minor airports around the country,
micro-dramas play out. I have seen normally gruff individuals charm,
dramatize, and yes, even plead for mercy when trying to beguile a gate
agent into accommodating his or her request. As Shakespeare wrote in
As You Like It: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women
The whole jumpseating experience is a dynamic process of different
procedures for each airline and a myriad of uncomfortable
interpersonal interactions. Do I wait my turn in line with passengers
seeking seat assignment? Will the gate agent be irritated if I ask for a
form while he or she is seemingly overwhelmed? Perhaps I need to go
down to this airline's flight operations? Shoot! Who do I need to escort
Does this gate agent look -- insert as appropriate -- nice, angry,
disgruntled, disheveled, happy, courteous? Having decided on a
particular approach, we assume our character and step up to the
podium. The power is held by the gate agent -- a fact that does not
escape some of the more uncooperative ones. And the pilot, who is
used to being in control, has to accept that in this situation, the
of whether or not he or she will get the jumpseat will be made by
someone else. Someone who has two million things to do in too little
time and under constant duress. Approach the podium in the wrong
manner; display the wrong attitude, demand too much attention and
you are going to find that it's not such a good idea to be pushy.
" ' "
. Remember when!
Ross Smyth sends us this information -
The brief summary of the first ten years of TCA (Air Canada) in Netletter
714 was interesting. For those interested, my book, Aviation Memoirs,
describes the early years up to 1977 with hundreds of names and true
anecdotes. I joined at Malton in 1940 when Toronto's airport at Malton was
linked to the city only with a dirt road. The taxi taking me for a job
interview broke down and I had to thumb it to be hired by station manager
Billly Wells (earlier the pilot on our first Vancouver-Seattle flight). His
office clerk was Bill Bates who later became a Captain. A brief description
of the book is given on the publisher's web site at www.gsph.com.
From the March 1947 issue of Between Ourselves, which had been saved all
these years by Reg Watkins, and sent to us by Jim Pearce
This ditty was sent in by Moncton
WITH THE STEWARDESSES
Stell the Stew
Let me introduce to you
Stella, the new young Stew,
She's got curves, plenty of curls
Ears like shells, and teeth like pearls!
From Winnipeg she has just come,
Rarin' for work (but also some fun).
The next few days were just like school, Practising Stew-duties to the rule
Being introduced to all the joes
Right from commissary to Flight Control's.
After that came blistered, burning feet-
From looking for a decent place to sleep!
Bless Bess, at last -Home, Sweet Home
Where you can celebrate (and moan!!)
Then-JANGLE-JANGLE-in dead of night-
"This is the two hour call for your flight."
Uh-huh. .HEY-hello! Whaddya say?
Oh ya! My flight-what a way to start the day!
Inside the crew cab, air was tense---
To Stell, it was filled with grim suspense!
At what passengers would ask,
And was there time to do her tasks?
The flight plan became much more simple
When First Officer "'A" explained with a dimple!
" ...Fourteen passengers, two babes and three hat bags ...
Whew, it's no wonder women turn to hags.
Coffee tap would get stuck and one babe sick
On its Mom, worse luck! Cockpit door did stick
At serving time; and then,
Fell over the spar, and howled-oh, heck!"
-So reports our poor Stell !
" ' "
Flying to Los Angeles from San Francisco, a passenger noticed that,
although the flight was a particularly smooth one, the "Fasten Seat
Belts" sign stayed illuminated throughout the entire trip. Just before
landing, he asked the flight attendant about it ...
"Well," she explained, "up front there are 17 University of California
girls going to Los Angeles for the weekend.
"In back, there are 25 Coast Guard enlistees. What would you have us
" ' "
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