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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 742 Dec 10th.,  2002. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2500+

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

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. Must know.
Starting Dec. 16, all active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz
employees will have access to the Employee Travel Site (ETS), formerly known as
the Employee Travel Website (ETWS). The site is enhanced with the new travel
features, such as ticketless travel, harmonized priority and segment pricing.
Changes made to the 2003 partner travel program, such as unaccompanied travel
for non-dependent children and a designated partner, for single employees only,
come into effect on January 1, 2003.
A User Guide, explaining the new processes, is currently being sent to all
active employees through company mail, and externally (by mail) to retirees and
employees on leaves of absence. In the meantime, we can confirm that procedures
to access the web site at have not changed. You’re
required to logon by using your six digit employee number (012345) and the PIN
(Personal Identification Number) provided to you when we first introduced ETWS.
If you’ve misplaced your PIN number, contact the Employee Travel Call Centre at
Here are some of the highlights of ETS’s new functionality and enhancements to
make trip planning easier:
·       Flight Shopping for personal or business travel
·       Enhanced display of flight schedules and seat availability, and greater
ease to book or list yourself on flights
·       Ability to view cost of travel at time of booking
·       Selection of billing options - Active employees and retirees, in
of a pension, will have the option to pay for travel by credit card or payroll
deduction. Individuals who do not receive a pay statement from Air Canada and
Air Canada Jazz will only be able to pay by credit card
·       Review travel itinerary
·       Option to verify, change or cancel bookings
·       Travel History
·       Review of your travel record - flight sectors travelled and billed
your employee number
·       My Travel Profile
·       Access to information on your travel privileges, and an account of
travel taken with the applicable charges
·       Ability to add your nominated partner (if you are single) or your
non-dependent children who will be eligible for unaccompanied travel effective
Jan. 1.
·       The credit card payment option can be made securely on ETS.
·       As credit card payment is only one option, indicate your “default”
method of payment (your “default” method of payment will also apply to all
registrations made using Speech Recognition).
·       News & Policies
·       Review rules and regulations about Travel Privileges.
*Please note that the ability to order and price other airline (OAL) Zed fares
will be introduced in the near future.
Transition Period – Billings, allotments and PNR Harmonization
If you plan to travel the week of Dec. 16, ensure you make your arrangements
before Friday, Dec. 13. To prepare for the new site, the ETS and Speech
Recognition applications will be unavailable on Dec. 14 & 15.
·       All travel on or after Dec.16 will be billed on a per-segment basis.
·       If your trip is scheduled to begin before Dec. 16, with a return or
onward journey on or after this date, you will not be billed twice for the same
·       All travel using your 2002 allotment of passes must begin before
Jan. 1,
2003 and completed by Jan. 10, 2003.
·       The PNR you created before Dec. 16 will be converted automatically to
reflect your new travel priority for the return portion – if applicable (i.e.
an Air Canada employee travelling on JAZZ with a C2/Y10 priority as of Dec.
All this week, through a special Flash edition of the Daily, we will provide
you with other important travel changes starting Dec. 16. Stay tuned for
details on travelling ticketless, Speech Recognition, the new billing process,
new sector pricing, Parent/Partner travel program and your travel profile.
Employee Communications, YULNNAC

On Dec. 16, you will have access to new and enhanced tools to help you plan,
list and book your business and personal travel, including parent/partner
The new Employee Travel Site (ETS) and Speech Recognition products will now be
the only tools you’ll need to make all your travel plans. ETS is a secure site,
as it is only available to all active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada
Jazz employees. Accessing the site remains the same, simply log on to, and use your six digit employee number and your PIN
number. If you have trouble using your PIN, contact Employee Call Centre at 1
(800) 413 -1113
Highlights of the enhanced Employee Travel Site
- Ability to make your service award, C1/J10, award of excellence or other
prize pass travel bookings
- Selection of payment options: Employees on payroll and retirees in receipt of
a pension will have the option to pay by credit card or by payroll deduction.
- Other Travel Privilege holders, such as individuals who are not in receipt of
a pension, employees on Leave, Destina™, Aeroplan® and Air Canada Vacations®
employees can now use these automated tools, and must pay for their travel by
credit card
- Your new Employee Travel Profile will detail your individual travel
privileges, display your travel allotment and track the number of passes used
- Your travel history will include a detailed record of trips taken and their
applicable charges
- ETS will confirm whether or not you require a flight coupon for travel from a
non-DCS station
- ETS will automatically notify you if your destination requires you to travel
with a visa, passport or any other necessary travel document. It’s your
responsibility to ensure that you have in your possession all required travel
documents. If you fail to do so, you will be liable for charge-backs or fines
that Air Canada incurs
Speech Recognition (SR) – Limited capabilities
Speech Recognition can:
- Continue to serve your travel needs for flight schedules, registrations and
- Allow you to register a designated partner (single employees only) or a
non-dependent child as long as he/she is featured in your profile
- All PNRs registered through SR will be billed via the default payment option
you have set-up in your web profile.
It cannot:
- Permit you to price a travel itinerary or register a travel partner
- Alert you that a travel coupon is required for a non-DCS station. Please
refer to your user guide for this information
- Advise you that you may require specific travel documents. It’s your
responsibility to ensure that you have in your possession all required travel
Post implementation Support
If you experience any difficulties with the ETS connectivity or application,
contact the IBM help desk at 1 (866)274-5444.
For questions about your privileges and travel policies, review the ‘News and
Policies’ section of the Employee Travel Site from the menu bar on the home
page, or contact Employee Travel and Recognition.
*Please note: The ability to book your ZED travel on other airlines will be
introduced in the near future. In the meantime, you must continue to arrange
this type of travel through the Employee Travel Services Centre at
If you plan to travel the week of Dec. 16, ensure you make your arrangements
before Friday, Dec. 13. To prepare for the new site, the ETS and Speech
Recognition applications will be unavailable on Dec. 14 & 15.
Employee Communications, YULNNAC

" ' "

. Nice to know.

Retirees ARE eligible to use the FedEx discount. Recently, there has been some
confusion of whether retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz employees are
entitled to the FedEx discount to ship their personal goods. As this is a new
part of the Air Canada and FedEx agreement, some FedEx employees may not have
learned about the change. To make it easier for you, retirees are asked to have
the FedEx agent refer to DRS in COSMOS, screen 4, category 12, and use the
keyword "airline" for a complete list of who’s eligible. Your understanding is

From Gord Dalziel -
The following is the very latest as of December 10th, 2002 contact made with
Fed Ex.
It is sent in an attempt to assist all Members who have been experiencing
difficulties in making shipment arrangements.
Please Read this Carefully.. We believe that since this is a Discount being
offered to Retirees that discretion should be used with all Fed Ex staff on
this matter.
Please remember it is a very busy season for all their staff.
Thank You; Gord.... ----------------------------
A phone call was made to FEDEX at 1-800-463-3339 for clarification.

FEDEX advised that their staff was briefed on Air Canada retiree eligibility
this past week.
The discount information is in the FEDEX computer under discounts "QRG". (Not
accessible on the FEDEX website).

To obtain the FEDEX Discount retiree's must deliver the parcel to the nearest
FEDEX office (it is not available through FEDEX agents.

For those without Air Canada photo ID cards. An Air Canada ID together with
other photo identification (drivers license, passport, etc.) will be accepted.

During the Christmas holidays hours for obtaining the reduced rates are
restricted. Please phone ahead to get these hours for your area.

Air Canada retirees anywhere in the world are eligible for the FEDEX Air Canada
discounted rates.

" ' "

. Air Canada news -
Air Canada marks industry first with exclusively electronic ticketing within
Canada. In January 2003, Air Canada will become the first airline in the world
to move to exclusively electronic ticketing for domestic travel. E-ticketing is
a key initiative in our ongoing efforts to reduce costly processes while
maintaining and enhancing customer friendly service. Electronic tickets are
available for travel operated by Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz throughout
Canada to almost all U.S. destinations, and to a number of international
destinations. E-ticketing is a built-in feature of travel to any destination
booked through,,, and

" ' "

. Found on the internet.
AIRPORT GROUND CONTROL SYSTEM LAUNCHED: Stopping runway incursions just
got easier ... in a complicated sort of way. London Heathrow Airport
claims to be the first to use an electronic system to monitor and plot
the position of aircraft and vehicles on the ground. The Multistatic
Dependent Surveillance (MDS) system uses a system of sensors, radar and
transponders to give ground controllers an accurate picture of the
location of everything with wheels on the airport grounds. The system
will be installed at seven more European airports and at 25 in the U.S.

Our chief pilot found these -
Crossing the border to the U.S. is going to become more difficult and
there's no way for Canadians to avoid it, Deputy Prime Minister John
Manley recently.

I found the following item interesting as may some of our readers.
Nightly Note from Peter Mansbridge

In one of my former lives I was trying to be a pilot for the Royal
Canadian Navy. I had a ball the whole time I was in the service...too much
of a ball as it turned out. We parted ways before I was able to finish the
course. Their choice, not mine!
However, as I said, I had a great time and have always carried enormous
respect for the young men and women who go through the pilot training
program with the Canadian Armed Forces. It's tough and they're tough too.
My last posting was in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba where I was in the
advanced flying training program, flying twin-engined C-45's known by their
nickname 'the Expeditor'. The year was 1967 - Centennial Year - and
Portage was home base for something else, something very special. The men
and machines of the Golden Centennaires were stationed there and every day
over the lunch hours our lumbering old aircraft and we were grounded. The
air belonged to the Centennaires and their flashy, relatively new, Tutor
jets. We'd stand there in awe outside the mess watching them perform their
loops and rolls in precision formation. You wondered whether anything
could ever be better or more modern than that.
Well, that was 35 years ago, and some people are still wondering whether
there ever WILL be anything better and more modern than that in the
Canadian Armed Forces. The Tutors are still flying, now called the
Snowbirds, still doing the same aerial tricks, and even though many have
argued it's time for new planes, Ottawa announced today that the Tutors
would be the aircraft of choice for many years to come. Well, they sure
have the memories.

" ' "

. Terry's travel tips.
Visiting Aussie?
Stay 7 nights and Pay only 5 nights for just $90.50 per night including GST
Full Buffet Breakfast.
(Offer valid 1 April to 30 December 2002. Rate is subject to availability).
The DeVere Hotel - one of Sydney's leading three and a half star hotels, is
comfortable and affordable! That is why many guests who have stayed with us
keep coming back! Situated in the trendy bayside suburb of Potts Point, only
from Sydney's CBD and 10km from the airport.
DeVere Hotel  44-46 Macleay Street Potts Point NSW 2011 Australia
Phone: +61 2 9358 1211 Fax: +61 2 9358 4685

Hot Summer Special - 45% Discount Bed & Breakfast Rate
Single Accommodation AUD$84 per night, including all inclusive Buffet Breakfast

Twin/Double Accommodation AUD$99 per night, including all inclusive Buffet
Breakfast Upgrade to a Superior Room, subject to availability
The Goodearth Hotel is only a short stroll into Brisbane's downtown shopping,
theatre and casino.  The hotel is only 16km to the Airport.
Reservation Team Toll Free on: 1800 777 789 or send us your Email on:
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Goodearth Hotel 345 Wickham Terrace Brisbane Queensland 4000 Australia
Phone: +61 7 3831 6177
Fax: +61 7 3832 5919
Valid until 31st January 2003. Offer NOT available on New Years Eve. Subject
to availability, identification required on check-in.

Quay West Suites Melbourne Hot Deal
$139 per studio per night.
Five star hotel luxury with spacious all-suite accommodation. Each One
bedroom suite comprises a large sitting room, stylish bathroom, kitchen and
laundry facilities and a spacious balcony.
Quay West Suites Melbourne 26 Southgate Avenue Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006
Phone: +61 3 9693 6000 Fax: +61 3 9693 6099

" ' "
. Smilies.
Supplied by  Gordon Dalziel
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 approach".

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 position?"
Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."

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