The NetLetter #950
Since Oct/95 Nov 24, 2006


Number 950

About us!

Need to know...

Nice to know...

Air Canada Related

Star Alliance News

Reader Feedback

Albert Guay Affair

Where are we?

Found on the Internet

Terry's Travel Tips


A great Christmas Gift!



NetLetter Archives

About us!

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.

Dear NetLetter,

Welcome to the 950th issue of "NetLetter". We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2737 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 published courtesy of the ACFamily Network at

  • Need to know...
  • Vesta

    Air Tourists to the U.S. given a passport reprieve.
    Canadian travellers flying to the U.S. will get a brief reprieve on new requirements to carry passports and pay a US$5.00 fee when entering the country. The January 8th deadline will be missed, but travellers are warned against holding off on obtaining a passport as the new implementation date is January 23rd., 2007.

  • Nice to know...
  • FedEx offers all ACE employees and Retirees a special discount shipping rate of 75% off on a "space available" basis subject to load limitations.

    To send your shipment, a valid picture identification card must be presented at any of the FedEx shipment locations.
    If the FedEx agent is unsure about the policy for retirees, ask him or her to refer to DRS in COSMOS, screen 4, category 12, and use the keyword "airline" for a complete list of who's eligible.

    Further information can be found on the FedEx website at or by calling 1-800- GoFedEx.

  • Air Canada Related
  • In NetLetter nr 949 under Remember When - AC first, we noted the start of Reservec:
    Brian Mahoney sent us this observation -
    In regard to the AC FIRSTS. The reservec system was nor instituted in 1953, but probably in 1963.
    Brian Mahoney, retired CSS & S agent 1960-2001 YOW
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    and Vesta responded to Brian -
    Thanks for pointing that out to us. I started working for TCA in 1953 and at Transat Dorval teletype relay centre ULX. I think reservations where kept on cards at Bloor St then. I retired in 1983 ex YYZXNAC

    So here are a few more "firsts" -
    * Air Canada was the first airline in Canada to operate the Airbus A320, and the first North American carrier to operate the A319, the first of which was introduced on the Toronto Boston route.
    * Air Canada became the first airline in the world to offer all its customers telephones at arm's reach on all of its aircraft.
    * The Electronic ticket made its debut in Canada when Air Canada began testing the service on selected Canadian routes. It was phased in across Canada and on transborder routes during 1996.
    * Air Canada became the first major airline in Canada to offer E-mail sell-offs with AC WEBSAVER.

  • Star Alliance News
  • Star Alliance

    US Airways Group continued its one-airline assault on the US airline market structure with an $8 billion bid to merge with Delta Air Lines as part of that carrier's bankruptcy restructuring

  • Reader Feedback
  • Jack Logan sends us this information -
    With reference to the comment in your recent NewsLetter re the Moose Jaw accident in 1954, it may be of interest that in June of this year a cairn and plaque was erected in Moose Jaw in memory of those killed. It is located at the rear of the Moose Jaw Armouries, (outside the Armoury perimeter fence).

    According to Piggott's history of  TCA, the TCA personnel lost at that time were -
    Capt. I.H. Bell, F/O D.Guthrie, Steward L.Penner, Stewardess M.Quinney, and company employees Alan Craig (passenger service supervisor, YVR), James Crossen (budget assistant, YVR), Mr. Carol Nelson (passenger agent, YYZ), and Andrew Smart (lead stockkeeper, YWG.

    Jack Logan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    (This aircraft was originally delivered to CPAL as CF- CPP and later sold to TCA registered as CF-TFW c/n 150 fin 223 - eds)

    Another book written by a Pionair -
    THE TRAVELING MAN Trevor C. Trower, Self-published. 2006. [ISBN 0-9780514- 0-8]

    Memories, yarns, tales and stories of travel on the job and away. 35 years in the air. An Air Canada Memoir.

    To purchase a copy at $29.00
    Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Tel 905 877-4352

  • Albert Guay Affair
  • Help wanted
    From Richard Donovan -
    I reside in Spain, and am currently writing a novel based on the Albert Guay Affair, of 1949, when a Quebec jeweller sabotaged the C.P.A airliner his wife was travelling aboard. A major part of the book involves the story of the lost flight's stewardess, Mrs Gertrude Mackay. I traced her surviving family last year and, after spending time with them, have their absolute backing in the project. We held a memorial service for Gertrude, in her home town of Trochu, Alberta, which was attended by her surviving friends. Coincidentally, I recently became involved with a small, but expanding, group of people who are attempting to create a permanent memorial, to all of the disaster's victims; to be erected near the crash site, at Cap Tourmente.
    We are trying to trace as many surviving relatives and friends as we can, to attend the proposed un- veiling ceremony next summer.
    I am currently trying to trace two hostesses/room- mates of Gertrude, in the hope that they are still with us, and might wish to be part of the planned gathering.
    If there is anyway we can use your site as a communication link to C.P.A retirees, who may hold useful information, or if you could direct us to other agencies who might help, it would be immensely appreciated by all involved.
    Here are the names of the lost flight's crew, as well as the two stewardess colleagues of Gertrude (Trudy) who we hope might be interested in attending the memorial opening.
    Capt. Pierre Laurin
    Capt. Gordon Alexander
    Flight Engineer Emile Therrien
    The two stewardesses are:
    Raymonde Oulette, Trudy's room-mate, who was interviewed by the press at the time. Lucille Brunet, a senior hostess, who was called to testify at the murder trials in Quebec City.
    Just in case anyone wishes to contact me other than by e-mail, my details are: ''Los Limones'' Lomas del Sol 18, Benajarafe, Malaga, Spain E29790 Ph/Fax Spain 95 2514563

    Many thanks., Richard Donovan
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    (CF-CAU DC-3 c/n 4518 fin nr 280 crashed Sept 9, 1949 - eds)

    More info about the Albert Guay Affair
  • Where are we?
  • Spanair passengers on a recent flight from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostella ended up 370 miles from their intended destination after the aircraft arrived at Saville. The flight was being operated by Nordic Airways on behalf of Spanair. It is believed that, during planning, the IATA code of SVQ for Saville was used instead of SQV.
    In recent years a number of flights have arrived at the incorrect destination.
    One of the most famous was a Boeing B747 arriving at Heathrow from Brisbane whose flight crew mistook the lights on the A4 motorway for the airports northern runway. The approach was aborted minutes from diaster.
    An eirjet A320 flying for Ryanair bound to City of Derry found itself on the runway for Ballykelly Camp. The passengers on a Sky Airlines B737 found themselves at the Krzesiny airbase about 9 miles from the city's Lawica International airport.

  • Found on the Internet
  • Aer Lingus has a new baggage policy, effective Jabuary 2007.
    A levy of 4.00 euro per bag if booked in advance on line, or 8.00 erro per bag if checked in at the airport. It will continue to offer a 44 lb allowance for checked baggage despite having increased the allowance on long haul to 79 lbs.

    A third of Cathay Pacific Airways' flight attendants put on a fashion show in the aisles this summer, by wearing vintage uniforms from there airlines 60-year history. Postcards of the uniforms were available to the passengers as souveniers.

    In the early 60's, Braniff International caused a stir by stylishly dressing their flight attendants. In her twenty years with Braniff, Mary Sue Siebold saved her 18 complete uniforms, including handbag, scarves and shoes.These are up for auction with a minimum bid of us$100,000. Interest was high and some museums wanted separate sets, but Mary Sue did not want to separate. Now there is a minimum of us$250,000. Check and make your bid.

  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • Ceasar Hotel deals - Hawaii 4 Night Weekend Getaway with confirmed air from us$299*
    You'd be hard pressed to find a better deal for this winter. Depart on your choice of 9 Thursdays for only us$299* per person. And unlike many deals where you're forced to leave at the last minute, this one gives you plenty of time to plan ahead.
    For us$299 per person you get:
    Roundtrip confirmed air to Honolulu on United Airlines from LAX or SFO
    Depart any Thursday between Jan. 11 and March 8, 2007
    4 Nights accommodations (many hotel upgrades are being offered)
    Fresh flower lei greeting
    You must book by Nov. 30!
    Buy now, this offer will not last long!

    Winter 2006/2007 Specials to Europe

    Athens from $290*
    5 Days/ 4 Nights, includes hotel acocmmodation with breakfast daily, arrival transfer, half day city tour and dinner at a typical local taverna. Land Only pricing from Nov. 1 - Dec. 15, 2006 and Jan. 1 through March 26, 2007 Confirmed air available

    Madrid from $395*
    5 Days/ 4 Nights, includes hotel accommodation with breakfast daily, arrival transfer, hop on hop off city tour and tapas dinner with Sangria at a local restaurant. Land Only pricing from Dec. 1 through Dec. 15 & Jan. 1 through March 31, 2006 from $445 from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2006

    Paris from $545*
    5 Days/ 4 Nights, includes hotel accommodations with breakfast daily, arrival transfer, 2 day hop on, hop off tour & Museum Pass and 1 hour boat cruise on the Seine, Land Only pricing from Nov. 1 through Dec. 22, 2006 Jan. 3 through Jan. 26, Feb. 5, through Feb. 14 and Feb. 24 through March 31, 2007

    Istanbul from $243*
    5 Days/ 4 Nights, includes hotel accommodations with breakfast daily, arrival and departure transfer, full day city tour Land Only pricing Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and Jan. 4 through March 2, 2007

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    Rome from $470*
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    Costa del Sol & Madrid from $475*
    7 Days/ 6 Nights flexible package visiting Madrid and Costa del Sol. Includes hotels, transfers, sightseeing as per itinerary.

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  • Smilie
  • Smiley

    Bumper sticker - "Flight Attendants are here to save your a**, not to kiss it"

  • A great Christmas Gift!
  • Order now for Christmas Gift giving!

    Enjoy this visual display of Air Canada’s historic fleet from its beginning in 1937 to the present including aircraft from:
    - Trans-Canada Airlines
    - 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.

    A donation is made to Dreams Take Flight for each poster that is sold. Any other profits support the operation of the ACFamily Network which brings you this newsletter.

    More info here
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    Vesta, Terry and Alan thank you for your co- operation.

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