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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 724 Oct 3/02 - The NetLetter
Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2002 17:45:28 -0700
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N E T L E T T E R   >  CANADA   <
( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 724,  Oct 3rd,  2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2500+

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

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. Need to know.
Linda Reverchon has sent us this warning -
Subject: Fines for missing travel documents

Thought I'd better pass this warning on to retired colleagues who, for not
being aware of the danger, might find themselves in the same unpleasant
situation as we did.
This is a warning to all travelers who are employees or retirees of Air Canada.
Neglecting to get necessary travel documents before you leave on an Air Canada
flight can be a costly mistake. Not asking for our e-visas at check-in before
leaving on the AC flight for Sydney, Australia, last fall has caused us to be
billed for au$10,000 (ca$8,228) by Employee Travel, and the Company recognizes
no extenuating circumstances.

" ' "
Nice to know!
Lufthansa (LH) Star Alliance

Codeshare/affiliated carrier flights are // NOT// eligible
under the terms of this agreement unless stated otherwise.
Where codeshare/affiliated carrier flights are excluded
refer to Employee Travel Services.

refer to Employee Travel Services

Any reduced rate ticket is subject to tax as applicable.


Travel permitted as follows:
Lufthansa (LH)
Lufthansa codeshare
- Condor (DE)
- Cityline gmbh (CL)
- Contactair flugdienst (LH)

LH ground transportation.

Pass exchange
(AC/LH joint venture - Canada/Germany)

Space available ZED - Zonal Employee Discount Personal Travel

Eligible for unlimited ZED - ZL fares:
Active employee of AC/Tier 2 & 3 with 6 months service
Retired employee
Spouse - legal & common-law partner (o/s & s/s)
Dependent children under 25 years of age

Eligible for unlimited ZED - ZH fares:
Parents of active/retired employee

Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult also on ZED
2-11 years pay 67% of the ZL fare
Infants - free of charge if not occupying a seat
- require a separate ticket for international travel.

Joint venture flights are eligible for Air Canada service charge pass.

refer to Employee Travel Service.

Registration required for all space available international travel to/from
by contacting the local Lufthansa reservations office or airport
counter at least 24 hours prior to departure

Calculate the mileage for each segment flown
assess the applicable fare based on the zone for each segment
travelled as per Chart-ZED

Chart-ZED fares in us$ 
mileage                   (ZL)                  (ZH) 
zone 1        1-450                     13                     25 
zone 2    451-750                     16                     36 
zone 3    751-1600                   21                     44 
zone 4  1601-3200                   32                     68 
zone 5  3201-4080                   37                     89 
zone 6  4081-5000                   41                   105 
zone 7  5001-6100                   49                   113 
zone 8  6101-7101                   57                   126 
zone 9  7101-9000                   63                   150 

fares are converted to local currency
subject to taxes as applicable

Refer to Employee Travel Services.

180 day from date of issue.
reservation entitlement standby

ID50 positive space reduced rate - personal
Active employee of AC/Tier 2 & 3 with 6 months service
Retired employee
Spouse - legal & common-law partner (o/s & s/s)
Dependent children under 25 years of age

50% personal travel
business and normal economy fares
normal economy excursion fares
children fares permitted
**no other discounted fare permitted**

Refer to Employee Travel Services

" ' "

. Air Canada news -
Almost a month ago, Air Canada launched our redesigned Executive First
service on flights to London and later this week we will be introducing it on
flights to Paris, Munich and Frankfurt.
Over the coming months, the new service will be introduced on the rest of our
international network with more enhancements to our product to come.
Our new J-class product provides an innovative way for our customers to enjoy
their new restaurant-style meal aboard our international flights. Our objective
has been to reinforce our reputation as one of the world’s best airlines and
help secure our competitive edge in the marketplace going forward. And, from
every indication we’ve received so far, it’s been a tremendous success.
(Restaurant-style  meals hmmm - one step ahead of fast food! - eds)

" ' "
Roma Donatelli, YYZ airport, Terminal 3, Tango sends this information -
YYZ AIRPORT SALES PARTY The Toronto Airport Customer Sales and Service
Department is having another retirement-reunion party. When: Tuesday October 8,
2002 17:00 – 22:00. Cost: $20.00 includes buffet dinner and gifts. Where: Le
Treport Banquet Hall Mississauga(same place as last year). There will be 28
ex-Air Canada and one ex-Canadian agents retiring. Two years ago, 300 people
attended this event. Last year 600 party-goers went. Agents came from as far
away as Halifax and Vancouver, Florida, and the Caribbean. This year, ticket
sales are limited to 650. To obtain tickets, contact Roma Donatelli at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The event will be sold out again, so don’t delay.

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. Where are they now!
From information supplied by Tony Etheridge of UK Pionairs -
DC-3 CF-TDO - c/n 12026

Skytrain built as 42-92247 and delivered to the US Army Air Force on 31 October
, 1943, but allocated to the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Dakota Mk. III FL615
taken from Royal Air Force Lend-Lease Procurements. On 5 January, 1944, it was
assigned to No.32 Operational Training Unit and on 12 February, 1944, it was
ferried to the United Kingdom. It survived World War II and was struck off
charge on 19 February , 1946. There is no date for its transfer back to Canada
with the War Assets Corporation (Canada) Limited. On 1 May, 1946, it was
registered CF - TDO with Trans-Canada Air Lines, Fleet No.62, later 362. It
served TCA until11 May, 1959, when it was sold to Matane Air Services Limited.
On 23 July, 1963, as ZS-DRJ, it went to South Africa, being the first DC-3 for
Commercial Air Services, now known as Comair, being registered to the company
on 21 August, 1963. In the early 1970s it carried Air Lesotho titles, during a
lease when Comair operated the Air Lesotho schedules. Today, still in full
passenger service, it can carry 27 passengers plus a hostess, but is used
mainly on charter work, although occasionally used on scheduled flights when
the Fokker F .27 Friendship breaks down. Total flying hours on 1 September,
1987, totalled 49,658. since then, no further information is available. 12026
Comair- Commercial Airways (Pty) Ltd.,
PO Box 7015, Bonaero Park 1622,
Republic of South Africa.

" ' "

Sixty-five years old and proud of it! On Sept 23rd, in the presence of several
hundred employees at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, we unveiled our
specially painted Airbus A320 aircraft depicting Canada’s national flag. This
spectacular livery, covering all 37.6 metres (123.25 feet) of the aircraft, has
been named "Symphony of Voices" in recognition of the more than 40,000 Air
Canada employees & retirees who contributed their names to form the unique
design. It will be visible for all to see as it starts flying across Canada and
the United States today. The aircraft will keep its new livery for at least
three years.

" ' "

. Latest info on the CF-TCC sent in by Alan MacLeod -
Subject: Lockheed called for duty  in Toronto and Rockliffe

The Company Lockheed Electra was  present at the unveiling of an Airbus, Sept.
23rd, which has been painted to commemorate 65 years of service--1937-2002.

An Airbus 319 painted in the colors of the Canadian flag, partially made up
from the names of 42,000 employees and retirees was unveiled on Sept 23rd at
Toronto, in bay 8 of the paint hangar. Not to be out done, the 65 year "young"
Lockheed was there to help celebrate this milestone.

A complimentary pasta dinner was served all day long for anyone wishing to come
and  see the aircraft. It has been reported that Capt. Rob Giguere was seen
dishing up large plates of pasta ! Many employees dropped by  to enjoyed the

Following this event TCC was flown to Ottawa, Rockliffe, to be present at the
formal handover ceremonies to the National Aviation Museum of DC9 Fin 711 on
the 26th.

This event  was also well attended by employees and retirees.  A large number
of pilots in uniform turned out for this  event.  Lovely flight attendants
still in their circa 1960 uniforms participated !  Retired Capt. Con Connolly,
Howie Campbell, to mention but two, along with many others were present.  A
complimentary BBQ lunch was hosted by the museum staff. A bright sunny day
topped off the celebrations.

Following the celebrations Capt. Ken Patry flew the Lockheed back to Winnipeg
for preparation for winter storage---or possibly other upcoming events ???

Alan MacLeod.  

" ' "

. Terry's travel tips.
Reference the Advantage 50 Discount Card mentioned in NetLetter nr 720
.....FYI we were told at National Express, and other places in England, it was
necessary to
purchase our Advantage 50 card in Canada prior to our journey.  Read
about the discount card prior to our trip and all indications were that
we could purchase it in the UK..........however, that was not the case
and we were never allowed a senior's discount anywhere as we didn't have
our Card purchased in Canada.
Pearl Piers

" ' "

. Smilie.
Brian Dunn sends this story!
Earlier this year, the dazed crew of a Japanese trawler were recovered
off the Sea of Japan clinging to the wreckage of their ship. Their
rescue, however, was followed by immediate imprisonment once
authorities questioned the sailors on their ship's loss. They claimed
that a cow, falling out of the clear blue sky, had struck the trawler
amidships, shattering its hull and sinking the vessel within minutes.
They remained in prison for several weeks, until the Russian Air Force
reluctantly informed the Japanese authorities that the crew of one of
its cargo planes had apparently stolen a cow wandering at the edge of
a Siberian airfield. They forced the cow into the plane's hold and
hastily departed for home. Unprepared for live cargo, the Russian crew
was ill-equipped to manage a rampaging cow within its hold. To save
the aircraft and themselves, they shoved the animal out of the cargo
hold as they crossed the Sea of Japan at an altitude of 30,000 feet.
Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction....

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