Since October 1995, Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker have been issuing an email newsletter for those ex Air Canada types who have provided us with their email addresses. The Newsletter was created by Vesta, who gave the name 'NetLetter' and added 'Between Ourselves' - a TCA periodical with which you are probably familiar with from the 50's and 60's. It was then changed to "Between Yourselves" to avoid confusion when "Horizons" resurrected the name. Then finally simplified to just "The NetLetter".
We believe that our NetLetter, which originates from Vancouver Island, was the FIRST to use this medium to disperse information for retirees of Air Canada.
The NetLetter contains airline related information such as anecdotes or stories supplied by some of the recipients, Internet tips, travel news, cheap... excuse me, "inexpensive" accommodations, tours, interline travel, and, in some small way, we help keep our Air Canada family together and in touch.
Our 'NetLetter' is NOT sponsored by any Pionair group, nor are we seeking any financial support, only the Internet email addresses of those who would like to receive our 'NetLetter'. Please forward this to other retirees who can then subscribe right from the forwarded link at the bottom of this email.
This is the last "NetLetter" for 2006 and we'd like to thank our dedicated readers for all the comments, suggestions and feedback we've received from you throughout 2006. Your input is greatly appreciated and welcomed. We will be changing the format a bit for 2007 and also upgrading our website as well.
May great things happen to you and yours for 2007 and beyond. - Vesta, Terry and Alan
We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2742 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.The "NetLetter" is written by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker from Vancouver Island (see sidebar) and also with articles and comments from "you" our readers. It is published courtesy of the ACFamily Network at www.acfamily.net
Nice to know
Air Canada offers more than 600 non-stop flights per week to 49 sun destinations.
Caribbean Edmonton Punta Cana, DR weekly December 21, 2006 Halifax Holguin, CU weekly February 10, 2007 Mexico Edmonton Cancún 1 time weekly December 20, 2006 Toronto Mexico City 2 times daily July 1, 2006 Toronto Cozumel 2 times weekly November 4, 2006 Toronto Ixtapa 1 time weekly December 23, 2006 Montréal Cancún 1 time daily December 16, 2006 Montréal Mexico City 1 time daily June 17, 2006 Halifax Cozumel 1 time weekly February 8, 2007 Las Vegas Vancouver Las Vegas 9 times weekly October 29, 2006 Edmonton Las Vegas 2 times weekly September 7, 2006 Winnipeg Las Vegas 2 times weekly September 7, 2006 Montréal Las Vegas 2 times daily October 29, 2006 California Edmonton Los Angeles 1 time daily May 1, 2006 Calgary Los Angeles 3 times daily October 29, 2006 Calgary Palm Springs 1 time daily December 15, 2006 Toronto San Diego 1 time daily July 1, 2006 Florida Calgary Fort Lauderdale 3 times weekly October 29, 2006 Calgary Orlando 4 times weekly December 16, 2006 Toronto Sarasota daily as of December 13 2006 Toronto Fort Myers 2 times daily December 16, 2006 Toronto Fort Lauderdale 4 times daily December 16, 2006 Toronto West Palm Beach 2 times daily December 16, 2006 Montréal Fort Lauderdale 4 times daily December 16, 2006
Park & Fly Discount update
The saga of the Park & Fly Discount
Special Announcement on Park N Fly Discount - 25% only Until April 15, 2007, Aeroplan® partner, Park ‘N Fly, is offering all active and retired ACE family employees an opportunity to save 25% when parking at all Park ‘N Fly airport facilities across Canada. To take advantage of this discount, present your Air Canada identification card, business card or letter confirming employment and quote the following coupon code: 31732. The airports are YVR, YEG, YYC, YYZ, YOW, YUL and YHZ. Note: The code will change every three months, but fear not, the folks at PNF will allow a 15- day overlap (to allow travellers some wiggle room) You can also print of the coupon by following this link.
Our readers were quick to respond to the new changes (before it was officially announced). Here is a sampling of what we received.
The discount that Park and Fly are offering employees and retirees is now 25% the same as Park and Jet. They stopped the 50% last fall. I confirmed with them yesterday and was told 25%. By the way Park and Jet rates are about $2.00 cheaper per day than Park and Fly. Cheers
For your non-AC friends and family, they can also get 20% off of Park and Fly up to $25 by using the Entertainment Book of Coupons. (Please don't give them the AC Coupon code)
Air Canada News
New seasonal non-stop flight launched from Edmonton to Cancun. AC 1894 departed Wednesday December 20th., marking the launch of the only non- stop, scheduled flights from Edmonton to Cancun. This seasonal service will operate every Wednesday until April 11, 2007 departarting Edmonton at 08:20 arriving in Cancun at 14:45. AC 1895 departs Cancun at 16:00, arriving back into Edmonton at 21:05.
December 21st of December saw the launch of the only non-stop flights from Edmonton to Punta Cana. Air Canada flight AC 1896 marks the launch of the only non-stop, scheduled flights from Edmonton to Punta Cana, one of the most popular leisure destinations in the Caribbean. This seasonal service will operate every Thursday until April 19, 2007. Air Canada flight AC 1896 departs Edmonton at 08:00 arriving in Punta Cana at 17:40. Air Canada flight AC 1897 departs Punta Cana at 18:55, arriving back into Edmonton at 23:30.
December 23rd departure of AC 1892 marks the launch of new, non-stop scheduled flights from Toronto to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, an increasingly popular leisure destination on the Mexico's Pacific coast. This seasonal service will operate every Saturday until April 14, 2007. Air Canada flight AC 1892 departs Toronto at 8:15 a.m., arriving in Ixtapa at 12:40 p.m. Air Canada flight AC 1893 departs Ixtapa at 1:30 p.m., arriving back in Toronto at 7:15 p.m.
Star Alliance News
Air New Zealand said it would buy a further four Boeing 787s to meet expected growth over the next decade. The order brought the company's purchase to eight 787s with options on a further eight production slots. Air New Zealand expected to introduce the first plane in 2011 and the last of the eight in 2013.
George & Noreen Brien has sent us this information - Subject: more TCA history Some more TCA Airport historical stuff with some links to previous posted items in past NL's.
Pennfield Ridge YPN This airport was constructed in the early 40’s as part of the BCATP program and used as a training airport by the Air Force. It is located 30 miles sw of YSJ, on the highway to the US Border www.geocities.com/blacksharbour/pennfield. html
On April 1st 1947 it was taken over the Ministry of Transport and TCA moved its operation from Blissville to this location to serve YSJ. At this time the new Trans border service began on the route YHZ/YQI/YPN/BOS. The Station Manager was Bill Hegan and Customer Service Supervisor was Freddie Robinson. Ziggy Ziggerchuk and Bill Scott were two of the Radio Operators. Bob Anderson was one of the Ramp crew. TCA ended its operations into YPN when the new YSJ airport was opened in 1951. There is still one runway operational and used by JD Irving Ltd
Sheila Moscoe - concluding espisode
Sheila Moscoe has finally returned from her "round the world" tour, and this is her concluding episode -
Hi everyone! The last time I wrote you I was in Rotorura, New Zealand. Well, after we left that smelly town (sulphur smell that is!), we drove via the interior road to Napier. Shirley thought it would be nicer to see some green pastures and sheep instead of twisting and turning mountainous/coastal roads. And sheep we saw! In fact, we were able to stop by the side of the highway to watch the farmer and his dogs round up thousands of sheep. That's something we hadn't seen yet.
We arrived in Napier which is a coastal town on the east side. We found our motel and were glad that we had booked ahead as all the motels had a "No Vacancy" sign. We were right across the street from the ocean.
Napier is an Art Deco town, very laid back, lovely brick sidewalks, 2 storey buildings built in the 30's after the earthquake. We thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour with an excellent guide who explained the designs on the buildings. So, we're now experts on Art Deco!!
This area is the wine region so we were able to visit a few of them near the town, and had lunch at The Mission winery with spectacular views of the vineyards. We were able to enjoy our meal out on the patio. We had tasted the wine before lunch! This was the first winery I had been where there was no charge for wine tasting.
We then drove to Hastings, another town close by, and managed a few more wine tastings. Fortunately, you only get a small amount in the glass and if you don't like the taste, you just spit it out. And since I was driving, and it was in the middle of the day, I spit out a lot of wine!
We stopped at a strawberry farm and were able to pick strawberries to our heart's content! The woman didn't even charge us because we didn't have enough to fill a pail and the picking season was starting the next day! But, we did have a berry ice cream cone.
We drove up to the highest point, on the Te Mata Peak Road. Talk about a stomach churner. This one took the cake. Thank goodness there weren't any cars coming in the opposite direction. When we got to the peak to look out, we were swarmed with sand flies! Anyhow, been there, done it!
After spending 3 days in Napier, we then drove to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. It was a magnificent drive, the scenery was spectacular and just before we reached Wellington, we went through another mountain pass. By this time, I was a pro!
Arrived late Friday afternoon in the big city with lots of traffic. Somehow, we managed to find our way to the motel. If you think your city has one way streets, think again! Wellington tops them all.
It's a lovely city with lots of restaurants, good food, wonderful museums (Te Papa is THE museum to visit), but, no casino! So, like Rotorura and Napier, we played the pokies (slot machines) in the local pubs. Thank goodness they're only 2cent machines, so not much to lose, but you can still win some good money as Shirley will agree!
We took the cable car up to the Botanic Gardens and walked through them. On our way down the huge hills, we joined in on a wedding party, then visited the magnificent rose gardens, and finished the walk through a cemetery which brought us right back down into the city.
After 3 nights in Wellington, we flew back to Sydney and stayed with Peter and Glenn and spent the whole day unpacking and repacking over and over again. Thank goodness I knew an airline person who was able to have Air Canada waive our excess baggage charges. The new weight limitation is only 23kg for each suitcase. But, we were allowed to max it out at 32kg. We had 2 bags each to check in.
We flew to Honolulu and had to clear Immigration and Customs and check in again! and then we flew to Vancouver and had to clear Immigration and Customs and check in again to Toronto.
Needless to say, it was a very long journey. We had 2 Tuesdays after crossing the International Date Line, and Australia is 16 hours ahead. So, if you can figure it all out, we were travelling for approximately 25 hours!
It was great to see my brother David at the airport, and it was great to see my bird Blue, and it was great to see my apartment again!
Life has been very hectic since returning 10 days ago, and believe it or not, I am going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on the 19th December until the 30th! This time I will be relaxing in an all inclusive adult resort with nothing to think about except what to eat and how they make a martini!
So, folks, at this time I would like to wish you all a Happy Chanukah and a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
Terry's Travel Tips
Fancy Thailand for a vacation?
Frank Shettlesworth is an ex-Air Canada-er from London Enagland and operates a travel office, here are some details -
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS -- AVIATION STYLE Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp, Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ. The aircraft were fastened to tiedowns with care, In hopes that come morning, they all would be there. The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots, With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots. I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up, And settled down comfortably, resting my butt. When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter, I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter. A voice clearly heard over static and snow, Called for clearance to land at the airport below. He barked his transmission so lively and quick, I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick". I ran to the panel to turn up the lights, The better to welcome this magical flight. He called his position, no room for denial, "St. Nicholas One, turnin' left onto final." And what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer! With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came, As he passed all fixes, he called them by name: "Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun! On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'? While controllers were sittin', and scratchin' their head, They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread, The message they left was both urgent and dour: "When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower." He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking, Then I heard "Left at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking." He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho- ho..." He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk, I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks. His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust. His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale, And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale. His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly, His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly. He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red, And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low- lead." He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump, I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump. I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work, And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk. He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief, Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief. And I thought as he silently scribed in his log, These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog. He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear, Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, "Clear!" And laying a finger on his push-to-talk, He called up the tower for clearance and squawk. "Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction, Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion" He sped down the runway, the best of the best, "Your traffic's a Grumman, inbound from the west." Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed through the night, "Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight."
AC Heritage Poster
Enjoy this visual display of Air Canada’s historic fleet from its beginning in 1937 to the present including aircraft from: - Trans-Canada Air Lines - Canadian Airlines - Pacific Western - Eastern Provincial - Nordair - Transair - Wardair
This 68 x 96 cm (27 x 38 inch) poster is printed in full colour on high quality paper and depicts over 300 aircraft and liveries flown by Air Canada throughout its history.
The cost of the poster is $24.99 plus tax and shipping where applicable. This is a great gift for Christmas, reunions, retirements and birthday gifts, etc.
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