The NetLetter #944
Since Oct/95 Oct 14, 2006


Number 944

About us!

Need to know...

Nice to know...

Other Items of interest

Project North Star


Where are they now!

Terry's Travel Tips




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.


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Dear NetLetter,

Welcome to the 944th issue of "NetLetter". We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2732 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

    U.S. pre-clearance in Halifax. Halifax International Airport now has pre-clearance for customers travelling to the United States. Passengers travelling on non-stop flights to the U.S. will now check in on the second level in the North End of the terminal, above the arrivals area. Passengers who are connecting to the U.S. will proceed to the walkway leading to U.S. pre- clearance across from Gate 23.

  • Nice to know...
  • Air Canada to launch non-stop service between Montreal and Rome. Today we announced the launch of daily non-stop service between Montreal and Rome to meet peak seasonal travel demand, beginning June 1, 2007 until September 30, 2007

  • Other Items of interest
  • The Nanaimo Area Coffee Klatch was held on October 11th, with the following attendees -
    - Terry Baker - Air Canada
    - Terry Charles - CP
    - Peter Hartman - Air Canada
    - Cec & Arlene McCulloch - Air Canada who told us they were off to visit with their daughter in Houston, and then taking a back to back cruise in the Caribbean.
    - Bryan & Carol Humphrey - Air Canada who are back from their recent U.K. visit and they stopped off in Toronto to visit with their daughter.
    - Eric & Barbara Nicholls - CAIL, who recently moved from White Rock, BC to settle in Nanaimo.
    Our next get together is November 8th.

    SpaceShipTwo Gets Its Curtain Call
    Richard Branson, the U.K. airline mogul who has joined with Burt Rutan to build spaceships for tourists, unveiled a mockup of SpaceShipTwo last week at the Wired NextFest event in New York City. The ship, as expected, is a larger version of SpaceShipOne. It's designed to carry six passengers and two pilots. It will be carried aloft to about 60,000 feet on a carrier named White Knight Two, then detach and rocket into space at about Mach 4. Virgin Galactic has also launched a spiffy new version of its Web site, with lots of new movies and information about the project. According to the site, flight testing of the prototype is expected to start next year. It was also reported last week that Branson is negotiating with British TV networks to develop a reality show where six contestants will compete for a spot on a ride into space. Branson's first commercial craft will be named the VSS (Virgin SpaceShip) Enterprise, and is expected to be ready to go in early 2009. Space tourists ! will undergo three days of pre-flight preparation. Seats will cost about $200,000 each.

    In other space news, Rutan is working with Transformational Space Corporation to build a two-stage vehicle that could reach orbit and would act as a taxi to the International Space Station. And also last week, Jim Benson, founder of SpaceDev (the company that built the rocket motor for SpaceShipOne), said he is starting a new company called Benson Space Co. and aims to be the first to offer space flights for tourism. His Dreamchaser ship looks similar to the space shuttle. It would take off vertically and glide to a runway landing.

    Read more about SpaceShipTwo
  • Project North Star
  • Jim Riddoch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. sends this reminder -
    Re the article on the North Star in NetLetter nr 943, here’s a timely reminder from Project North Star Association working on the last remaining North Star, 17515 at Canada Aviation Museum that we need more members (only $25 thru 2007) to keep this project going. Currently we only have 116 paid up members which is insufficient to maintain operating costs. Please visit our website at to get membership form and join up this most worthy cause.

    Jim Riddoch

  • Help!
  • Albert Siegmann needs help in locating fellow workers
    I was in London maintenance with Paul Papillon & Ned Kay and would like to contact two good friends of Ned, namely Jimmy Boyle and Tommy Game if any reader, by chance, knows their addresses or phone number or email addresses, I would be very grateful. Thank You Albert Siegmann This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Where are they now!
  • B747-433 fin 341 c/n 24998 C-GAGL Retired 30/10/04 - Sold 14/12/04 as N998GP 01/08/2006 now with Air China registered B-2477 Converted to freighter in IAI

    B747-433 fin 342 c/n 25074 C-GAGM Stored at Marana 30/10/04 as N770PC on 26/04/2005 Air India leased from Wells Fargo Bank registered as VT- AIM .

    A319-112 fin 297 c/n 1886 C-GKOC was returned to Oasis International Leasing on July 16th., 2006, and repainted for Hainan Airlines and reregistered B-6297. After this deal failed to materialize, the aircraft was reregistered in the Cayman Islands as VP-CAN for National Air Service of Netjets Middle East. The plans are to commence scheduled service in Saudi Arabia under the name of SAMA.

  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • Looking for some sun, sea and sand now that winter is here?

    Look no further as the Petchey Travel Shop is offering you a fantastic offer of only £7 per person per night.

    The Grangefield Oasis Club is located on the Costa del Sol, a prestigious stretch of coastline between sophisticated Marbella, with its nearby millionaires' yachting marina of Puerto Banus and the busy, friendly fishing town of Fuengirola with its colourful variety of shops and bars.

    The resort is peacefully located in the hills just above the busy coast road and with its sports, leisure entertainment facilities, it is perfectly self-contained. The Grangefield Oasis offers luxurious apartments and unbeatable leisure facilities for the perfect family holiday. One, two and three bedroom apartments beautifully designed and furnished, all with televisions, telephones and everything else you might need on a self-catering holiday. Most apartments have a private balcony or terrace.

    This rate is only valid until 31st October 2006 - SO GET BOOKING NOW!

    Promotional Code: STT3

    If you would like to book this holiday, call us now on 44 845 4300 888 to speak to one of our representatives.

    Terms and Conditions:
    1. Rate is for accommodation only. Flights and other travel arrangements are not included.
    2. To take advantage of the rate, travel must be between 1.11.06 and 31.3.07
    3. Christmas, Half Term & Easter weeks are not included.
    4. Offer is subject to availability.
    5. This offer is valid until 31st October 2006
    6. This offer is valid if you book online or via our call centre, quoting the promotional code.
    7. The offer is based on two people sharing a one bedroom apartment
    8. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
    9. This offer may not be used against past bookings and may not be exchanged for cash.
    10. Petchey Travel Shop reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time due to technical difficulties or otherwise.
    Tel: 845 4300 888

    Winter Tours For Star Alliance StarTrips Members

    All aboard the Snow Train to Jasper for John Steel's great line up of Independent Winter Tours! Depart from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, or Toronto and enjoy a fun-filled snowy adventure in the fabulous Rocky Mountains. Relax en route aboard VIA Rail's transcontinental train as it travels through Canada's winter landscapes. Extend your holiday with a visit to beautiful Banff or an entertaining stay at the fabulous West Edmonton Mall. Pack your bags for a four-day escape to British Columbia's fantastic Whistler-Blackcomb resort. Take in some serious skiing or snow boarding and discover the unique shops, dining establishments and lively ambiance in Whistler Village.

    W1 - Snow Train Circle - Vancouver to Jasper - 6 days

    A super holiday awaits you in Canada's prime winter resort destination? the spectacular Rocky Mountains! Hop aboard the Snow Train in Vancouver for an overnight journey to one of Alberta's fabulous ski destinations in Jasper National Park. Travel across British Columbia in comfort to the picturesque town of Jasper for a three-night stay in one of its cozy lodges. This circle tour conveniently departs Vancouver two days a week.

    Departs: Tuesday and Sunday From November 2006 to April 2007.

    Contact Us
    John Steel Rail Tours
    Creating Rail Journeys for StarTrips Members
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    Mailing Address
    #2 - 703 Gibsons Way
    Gibsons, British Columbia
    Canada V0N 1V9

    Toll Free Numbers Toll Free in North America Telephone 1-800-988- 5778
    Toll Free in North America Fax 1-866-890-9370
    International Toll Free Telephone 1-800-7245- 7245
    0900 - 1700 PST ~ Monday to Friday.
    Telephone: (604) 886-3427
    Fax: (604) 886-2100

    Minotel Awards StarTrips to be the first Interline company to sell Minotel Interline Rates!

    From cosy chalets to historical buildings, from typical country inns to modern properties, Minotel offers moderate first-class hotels in all major cities and famous resorts in Europe, North America, Costa Rica and China. Our properties are of easy access from airports, railway stations and downtown areas. Moreover, comfortable rooms and a dedicated service are the keys to ensure you have an enjoyable stay.

    Whenever you would like to enjoy the tranquillity of the country or pursue the rush of metropolis charm, staying with Minotel is your perfect choice:

    * Employees and retirees save 10% off our already low prices.
    * Prices are inclusive of breakfast, service and taxes.
    * Benefit from special promotion 3 for 2 available at many Minotel properties throughout the year.

    Book 7 consecutive nights in the same hotel, pay only 6 nights. This offer is valid in all the Minotels throughout the year.

    We look forward welcoming StarTrip Members to Minotel!

  • Smilie
  • Smiley

    When a student flew from Belfast to Madrid via Manchester the luggage was lost in transit. Not to worry as the airline promised that it had merely missed the plane and that they had traced it and would send on by taxi the next day to the address that the student was staying at. True enough, the luggage arrived the following day and the student was mortified to see that they had stamped "MAN MAD" all over it. Those were the days before the student started working in airlines and learning 3 - letter city codes.

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

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