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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 739 Nov 30/02 - The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 739  Nov 30th., 2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2500+

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

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. Must know.
FedEx offers reduced rate shipping for employees and retirees. On Oct. 15,
Air Canada and Federal Express – the Company’s preferred courier provider –
renewed their strategic alliance for another five years. FedEx ships Air Canada
materials ranging from documents to aircraft parts. Employees of Air Canada,
Air Canada Jazz, Air Canada Vacations, ZIP, and Destina, with minimum six
months service, enjoy the benefit of receiving a 75 per cent discount on all
personal shipments. Great news, these benefits have now been extended to
retirees! A valid picture ID or photocopy must be presented at any of the FedEx
shipment locations. For spouses, a photocopy of the employee or retiree’s Air
Canada identification must be presented. This year, the holiday blackout
periods are lifted, but it’s recommended you ship early.

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. Need to know.
Parent/Partner Travel Program 2003 details on achorizons. Recently, we
a few changes to the existing Parent/Partner program. Some employees expressed
confusion about the limited “unaccompanied” partner travel introduced on a
one-year trial basis. To clarify, starting next year, “unaccompanied” partner
travel will apply only to the non-dependent children of all active and retired
Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz employee, and to single employees and retirees
who will be able to designate a partner. Complete details of the new program
are available in "Streamlining Employee Travel" which is available on, in the article entitled “New employee travel policy to be
introduced in the new year.”

Air Canada cancels Charleston-Toronto service. Effective Jan. 18, 2003,
due to
continued weak profitability, our Charleston-Toronto weekend service will be
cancelled, and daily service will not resume in April

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Order a holiday bundle of joy from IBM today! IBM is offering all Canada-based
Air Canada employees and retirees, the chance to order a bundle of joy through
the internet. For a limited time only, take advantage of even greater savings
on selected online bundles, including a NetVista A30p bundled with a 17” CRT
Monitor for $1,299 and a ThinkPad R32 with a carrying case for $1,999, all
shipping is free. For more information,  visit Hurry,
these bundles are only available until Dec.12, 2002, or while supplies last.
Order today! NOTE: As this is a limited offer, we will be extending the
Employee Computer Purchase Program contest. The New deadline for the draw is
midnight Dec. 14, 2002 EST. Winners will be selected on Dec. 16, notified and
then announced on by Dec. 27.

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. May Day!
Keith Hamilton sends this -
I am looking for some travel information please.  Is there anyone out there
that has had any experience or knowledge of travel  to and within Cuba?  I
would appreciate any information at all regarding renting a house or apartment
and a car rental for a period of up to three months.  Possibly in the Havana or
Santiago de Cuba area or any other suggested areas.  I would like to learn more
about Cuba as a winter escape location.  Thank you in advance. I am a former
Canadian Airlines employee.
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From Wilfrid (Bill) Willows
Our son Pete planning to spend Xmas & New Year's in New Zealand over his
extended University break, have booked him on the Family Affaire
YYZ-YVR-SYD but now have to figure how to get him SYD-AUK and return
without costing a leg and an arm - anyone out there have any
suggestions? And can anyone brief me on VISA requirements for Australia
and New Zealand? and whether there are any other requirements health or
Many thanks,
Bill  Wilfrid (Bill) Willows <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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. News from the Pionair Districts -
The Vancouver Island & Gulf Island Christmas lunch on December 5, 2002 at
Tigh-Na-Mara Resort – 1095 East Island Highway in Parksville. A superb menu is
planned with all the Christmas goodies you can dream of plus gifts for a lucky
few.  Social hour is 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m..
Be aware that there is construction within the grounds, so follow the signs to
'Office' which is located next to the restaurant parking lot. The lunch is
being held in the Strathcona conference
centre. An alternate more direct way is taking the entrance marked 'Grey Crest'
which, southbound left side, is just past the Tign-Na-Mara signed entrance or,
northbound right side, just ahead of the Tign-Na-Mara signed entrance.

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. Star Alliance news -
Lufthansa will begin a 3 month service demonstartion, starting January
2003, bringing
real-time, high-speed internet, intranet and e-mail services to
trans-Atlantic flights
linking Frankfurt and Washington as part of the 'Connexion by Boeing' Trial.

Air New Zealand selects Airbus with a us$400 million order for 15 A320
with an option for 20 more. 

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. Found on the internet.
Staff at United Airlines, several months ago, began stencilling a name of a
recently retired
captain on the nose of aircraft, that is until management noticed them and
ordered them
removed and the practice discontinued.

Our chief pilot, Vesta, found this -
Canada's airline industry is demanding the federal government cut its
air security fee from $24 for each round trip to $7.65.

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. Robert Haywood  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>  sends this information from the
Bellet of Canada --

We are pleased to offer the following discount to members of the Air Canada
Recreation Association as a part of the promotional partnership being forged
between Air Canada and The National Ballet of Canada. 
·       20% off The Nutcracker performances on December 19 and 20 at 7:30,
December 31 at 2:00pm and January 2 at 2:00pm or 7:30pm.
To receive this special discount, please call 416-345-9595 from10am-4pm, Monday
through Friday or visit the Box Office at The Hummingbird Centre from11am-6pm,
Monday to Saturday.  Please quote S50 if booking over the phone, or show your
employee card when booking at the Box Office.

The following terms and restrictions apply:  
·       Full payment must be received at the time of purchase
·       All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. 
·       Discount not available in sections 1,4,11, 12. 
·       Seating Restrictions apply
·       Subject to availability and may not be combined or used in conjunction
with any other offer
·       Service charges apply to all phone orders
·       Discounts, prices, dates, casting, repertoire subject to change without
·       Not valid on previously purchased tickets
We look forward to welcoming the employees and retirees of Air Canada to our

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. Betty and Roy Laxon sends us this trip report -
We thought that someone might be interested in our recent holiday in
Tuscany. We found a delightful set of 4 villas on a large Fattoria(farm)
known as La Sciolta of several hundred acres near the village of Gambassi
Terme which is between Pisa and Florence. The owners are a young couple
Cristiano and Gabriella Morelli who live in another villa on the farm. The
villas range in size from 2-10 bedrooms and we paid 6300 Euros for 3 weeks
for 6 couples which worked out to about $1500 per couple for the 3 weeks.
If you fly into Pisa it takes about 1hour and half to get to the farm which
is set in the Tuscany hills and from which one can visit lots of interesting
medieval towns and villages. A 20 minute car ride will get you to the local
train station from where one can get to Florence without having to battle
the traffic and have to find parking in that wonderful city.
If you wish you can hire a local cook to come and prepare dinner Tuscan
style (our dining table would sit 16)!! and Cristiano is only too happy to
sell you a case of his very good red wine from his vineyards for 36 Euros a
dozen bottles!!
There are plenty of restaurants within an hour of the farm and all the
villas are furnished with modern facilities although TV is limited in
English to news stations but who wants to watch the tube in Tuscany.
Their web page is and their e-mail is
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Bette & Roy Laxon

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. Terry's travel tips.
Overnight at Gatwick UK?
Lawn Guest House a Victorian B & B 5 minutes from Gatwick Airport and 300
from the railway station. Ensuite accommodations.Full English breakfast.
Free shuttle
between 09:00 and 22:00.  Twin/Dbl gbp55.00  Triple gbp70.00
Phone +44 (0) 1293-775751  fax +44(0)1293-821803

Hotel Waterfront Ivy in Scottsdale, AR
us$69.00 per night Sun thru Thu and us$89.00 per night Fr & Sat.
Includes complimentary US full breakfast buffet and social hour Valid Nov thru
Jan 12th.
phone 1-877-770-7772

Free interline reward travel!
Interlining Plus rewards for airline employees, retirees & employee's parents.
A VISA credit card issued by RBC Royal Bank, the only credit card Reward
that allows you to earn FREE Interline Travel with complete travel flexibility.
No annual fee. Contact RBC at 1-888-254-7587 to receive an application.

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. Smilies.
The UK low cost airline easyJet has recently bought British Airways low
cost airline GO. We wonder of the new name maybe 'GO easy' and, should easyJet
purchase the US low cost airline ComAir whether the name would be 'easyCOM

J. Hayes sent these in -
Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"
One day, the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of
the runway while a DC-8 landed. The
DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee.
Some quick-witted comedian in the
DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, "What a cute little plane. Did you make
it all by yourself?"
Our hero the Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back
with a real zinger: "I made it out of
DC-8 parts.
Another landing like that and I'll have enough parts for another one."
There's a story about the military pilot calling for a priority landing
because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked." Air Traffic
Control told the fighter jock that he was number two behind a B-52 that had one
engine shut down. "Ah", the pilot remarked, " the dreaded seven-engine
A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting
to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known
Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."

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