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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 720  Sept 7th,  2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2500+

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

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. Need to know.
A more readable version of the information in NetLetter nr 719spcl is
available on web site   Send any questions to
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Remember, if you didn't hear or read it from Employee Travel & Recognition,
it is a rumour!

Air Canada news -
Cancellation Of Air Canada Jazz Service To Certain Small Communities.
Today, we announced that effective January 2003, we will discontinue service
to certain small communities. This announcement coincides with the expiry of
our three-year commitment to the Minister of Transport to provide such
service. This commitment has been fulfilled and, in accordance with the
Canada Transportation Act, we've provided 120 days notice of our intention
to terminate service to the following communities.
Effective Jan. 4, 2003,
Air Canada Jazz will no longer fly to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, St. Leonard,
New Brunswick and Stephenville, Newfoundland.
Effective Jan. 8, Jazz will no
longer operate between Goose Bay-St. John's; Goose Bay-Deer Lake; Deer
Lake-St. John's and Deer Lake-Wabush.
On Jan. 4, in Western Canada, the
following stations will no longer be served with the AC code: Lloydminster,
High Level, Peace River and Rainbow Lake, Alberta.

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. Nice to know.
As the company is moving to a zonal type of charge, here are some mileages
for your forward planning! For information only. (E&OE)

Abbotsford BC (YXX) 397 mi
Castlegar BC (YCG) 203 mi
Chicago (O'Hare) IL (ORD) 1383 mi
Cranbrook BC (YXC) 129 mi
Denver CO (DEN) 899 mi
Edmonton AB (YEG) 153 mi
Fort McMurray AB (YMM) 399 mi
Fort Nelson BC (YYE) 632 mi
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) 4682 mi
Grande Prairie AB (YQU) 345 mi
Halifax NS (YHZ) 2329 mi
Houston TX (IAH) 1749 mi
Kamloops BC (YKA) 281 mi
Kelowna BC (YLW) 248 mi
Las Vegas NV (LAS) 1041 mi
Lethbridge AB (YQL) 115 mi
Lloydminster AB (YLL) 225 mi
London (Heathrow), England (LHR) 4363 mi
Los Angeles CA (LAX) 1208 mi
Medicine Hat AB (YXH) 163 mi
Montreal (Dorval) QC (YUL) 1869 mi
Ottawa ON (YOW) 1790 mi
Phoenix AZ (PHX) 1227 mi
Regina SK (YQR) 411 mi
San Francisco CA (SFO) 1019 mi
Saskatoon SK (YXE) 322 mi
Spokane WA (GEG) 288 mi
St John's NF (YYT) 2689 mi
Toronto (Pearson) ON (YYZ) 1672 mi
Vancouver BC (YVR) 426 mi
Victoria BC (YYJ) 452 mi
Winnipeg MB (YWG) 740 mi

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. From "Airline Management" September 1972.
So far we've had flying discotheques, strumming guitars, cartoonists, fashion
shows and wine-tastings and the only thing between us and Little Egypt, the
Harlem Globetrotters or a full German marching band on our next flight may
be that today's live inflight entertainment wave has probably already crested.
It all began with Air Jamaica stewardesses modeling island fashions in the
aisles but really got off the ground with American's piano bars in 1971.
Last spring and summer, three airlines got into the live act and Air Canada
put in a dance floor.
'This move will probably continue and grow perhaps in more 'imaginative
ways," says John McGill, Air Canada. director-inflight services.
" A lounge is not the be-all, end-all. The space could be a theater. It's
what you do there that matters. We will see newer ways that won't intrude
but will all
passengers who wish, to participate."
Air Canada. with first-class discotheques on 747s "plans to do more," with
the L- 1011 to be delivered later this year .

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. Remember when.
In NetLetter nr 719 we mentioned "Pacific Mercury" as a DC8 sevice,
should have been Super Constellation. (source p 50 'Wings Across Time" by
Thanks to Bob Kieley, Stan Hegstrom, Ed Black and George Mills for spotting
the error.

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. Found on the internet by Vesta -
Air travellers are being warned about bringing oversize luggage as
airlines have started clamping down and charging extra fees.

SPRUCE GOOSE DESIGNER DIES: Richard Barzen Murrow, an aeronautical
pioneer and chief aerodynamicist of the famed "Spruce Goose," passed
away last Thursday at Century City Hospital. He was born December 18,
1912, and grew up in Independence, Kan. Murrow earned a bachelor's
degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1936 and a
master's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1937. He then joined the
Boeing and Douglas Aircraft Companies and later went to work for Howard
Hughes where he led the team of engineers that designed the HK-1 Flying
Boat -- the "Spruce Goose."

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. Are you are an Air Canada family and  fancy  a winter in Nanaimo,
British Columbia?
Sheila Snow has a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom fully furnished house in an
adult 55+ community available from Mid November thru March 31st 2003.
Located at north end of Nanaimo close to major malls and 10 minutes
from down town.
ca$550.00 per month includes all utilities.
No smoking indoors and no pets.
contact Sheila at (250)751-0882 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. May Day.
Visiting Frankfurt Sept 26th and looking for hotel accommodation
downtown for a couple of nights. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Musings from the Pionair Districts.
Vern Swerdfeger sends this information -
The Okanagan CAIRE group will hold the following lunches.
Sept 18/02 Storm's Rest in Kamloops. 1502 River St.
Oct. 16/02 Sumac Ridge Winery in Summerland, just off hiway 97 at
North end of Summerland.
Nov. 20/02 Gasthaus On The Lake, Peachland 5790 Beach Ave.
Dec. 11/02 Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna. Will be our Christmas Luncheon.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Airport Departure Taxes
Taxes are everywhere in Latin America, especially if you're a tourist.
Often the toughest is on your way home or when you are departing a
country. Your cash is low, or you are out of local currency. Plan on
some airport departure tax whenever you fly in Latin America - even if
it is a domestic flight. Departure taxes vary from Country to country
but basically plan on $10-$20. credit cards aren't accepted so keep your
local currency or have the exact amount in US dollars.

Travel tips from Interlining Plus -
Boarding time varies by cruise line & itinerary, check your ticket to
confirm boarding time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time.
When you first start to plan for your trip, check the expiration of your
passport and, if necessary, send it in for renewal. Many countries will not
let you enter if your passport is within a gew months of the expiry date.
Pacific Northwest cruise 3 nights Vancouver return outside us$549 pp dbl
sailing Sept 29th
Want to hear about more interline deals - call 1-800-655-3100

Visiting the U.K.?
Jack Morath of UK Pionairs sends this information -
National Express Coach Lines have some deals -
For those over 50, there is an Advantage50 discount card available for
gbp9.00 which can save up to 30% off coach fares year round.
Example London to Nottingham return gbp16.25, regular gbp20.50, Glasgow to
Cardiff return gbp36.00 regular gbp50.00
discount cards are available from any National Express agent.
More info at

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