The NetLetter #938
The NetLetter
Since Oct/95 Sept 2, 2006


Number 938

About us!

Must know...

Nice to know...

Vancouver Island Chapter CAHS

Pancake Breakfast Reminder

Remember when

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 938th issue of "NetLetter". We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2728 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

  • Must know...
  • Vesta

    Carry-on baggage procedure for travellers transiting through LHR - a reminder.
    We have been advised by our airport staff at London Heathrow that customers arriving on Air Canada flights to LHR with connections beyond LHR still have too much carry-on baggage to be allowed to use the transit facilities. This means that these customers will then have to "land" themselves, which includes clearing customs, reclaiming baggage and checking in again, which can potentially make them miss their connecting flights.

    When transiting through LHR, it's important to remember that one small carry-on bag is allowed, with the following dimensions: 43 cm x 33 cm x 16 cm (17" x 13" x 6"). This standard size business article must not contain any liquids, cosmetics or toiletries, including gel, pastes, lotions and aerosols. Those items should be packed in checked luggage as they are not permitted to be brought onboard by passengers as carry-on baggage on any flights.

    Think about it!
    Fewer carry-ons means faster boarding, longer luggage wait...

  • Nice to know...
  • Interline travel - changes in ZED Fares. ZED airline members have recently done their annual review of the ZED fares. Effective Sept. 1, 2006, when you book for travel on Other Airlines, you will notice a change in the fares. For more information, visit the Employee Travel Website. The new Fares Grid can be found under Policies/ Personal Travel OAL.

  • Vancouver Island Chapter CAHS
  • All Vancouver Island Chapter CAHS members and friends;

    Notice, Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 1:00 pm in the Norseman Room at the BC Aviation Museum, 1910 Norseman Road (Victoria International Airport).

    We will begin with a short business meeting, with any old or new business, including updates from National CAHS.

    Our featured speaker for the meeting will be; Sean Steel, Victoria Flying Club President. His topic will be;"Victoria Flying Club, 60 Years of Aviation and Flying Training Excellence". Sean is an enthusiastic and informed speaker and will be talking about the 60 years of British Columbia aviation history through the experiences of the Victoria Flying Club.

    Everyone is welcome to the meeting. Interested members and friends meet for lunch prior to the meeting, Mary's Bleue Moon Cafe, 11:30 am. Good friends good (aviation) conversation. Contact Stoney Jackson, (250-478-7567) or myself, (250-544-2183) to have a chair reserved.

    Note; anyone not a BC Aviation Museum member will be charged museum admission: adults $7, seniors $5 BC Aviation Museum memberships cost $ 25 per calendar year.

    Jacqueline Frampton
    Treasurer/ Membership
    VI Chapter CAHS

  • Pancake Breakfast Reminder
  • The Air Canada Employees' and Retirees' Charitable Foundation Pancake Breakfast is being held on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 More info can be found at at:
    This Breakfast is an Annual Event put on with the assistance of several active and retired employees, many of them are Pionairs. The cost is very reasonable (only a Toonie - $2) and profit will go toward the Foundations causes throughout the year.

  • Remember when
  • July 29th., 1981 the day HRH Prince Charles and Diana got married.
    On board our flights, the Connaisseur Service had a special menu. The copy pictured was sent us by Jack Morath of the UK Pionairs.

    (Click on images for full size version)

    George Brien has an article at the following web site of a career move he made befoe joining Trans-Canada Air Lines. Some of you may wish to view it.
    Hopedale, Labrador - 1953 - Pinetree Project -
    George Brien See:

  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • Here are some of the many deals offered by Interlining Plus -

    Statendam for 14 Nights from Sydney to Auckland Australia & New Zealand
    Starting in Sydney to Auckland with stops in Melbourne, Burnie, Milford Sound, Fjordland Pk, Dunedin, Christchurch, Picton, Wellington, Napier and Tauranga.
    Dec 08 - Inside: $1499 Oceanview: $1699

    Statendam for 14 Nights from Auckland to Sydney Australia & New Zealand
    Starting in Aukland to Sydney with stops in Bay of Isles, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Dunedin, Fjordland PK, Milford Sound, Burnie, Melbourne.
    Dec 22 - Inside: $2399 Oceanview: $2599

    Majesty of the Seas for 4 Nights from Miami Bahamas
    Starting in Miami return with stops in Nassau, Cococay, Key West.
    Sep 18, 25 - Inside: $149 Oceanview: $149
    Oct 02, 09 - Inside: $149 Oceanview: $149
    Oct 16, 23 - Inside: $149 Oceanview: $149

    Norwegian Spirit for 6 Nights from New York Bahamas
    Starting in New York with stops in Orlando (Port Canaveral), Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay.
    Sep 10 - Inside: $199 Oceanview: $249 Balcony: $499
    Sep 24 - Inside: $199 Oceanview: $249 Balcony: $599

    Norwegian Dawn for 7 Nights from New York - Bahamas
    Starting in New York return stops in Port Canaveral, Grand Bahama Island, Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau.
    Oct 15 - Inside: $349 Oceanview: $399 Balcony: $629
    Oct 22 - Inside: $349 Oceanview: $399 Balcony: $599
    Oct 29 - Inside: $349 Oceanview: $399 Balcony: $629

    Sensationsm for 3 Days from Port Canaveral - Bahamas
    Starting in Port Canaveral return with stops in Nassau.
    Sep 07, 21 - Inside: $179* Oceanview: $199*
    Oct 05 - Inside: $179* Oceanview: $219*
    Ships' Registry: The Bahamas and Panama

    Fantasysm for 4 Days from Port Canaveral Bahamas
    Starting in Port Canaveral return stops in Nassau, Half Moon Cay.
    Sep 07 - Inside: $159 Oceanview: $179
    Sep 21 - Inside: $149 Oceanview: $179
    Oct 05 - Inside: $149 Oceanview: $179
    Ships' Registry: The Bahamas and Panama

    Zenith for 7 Nights from Port Liberty - Bermuda
    Starting in Cape Liberty return with stops in Hamilton, St. George Island.
    Sep 09 - Inside: $449 Oceanview: $499
    Sep 23 - Inside: $449 Oceanview: $499

    Norwegian Crown for 7 Nights from New York - Bermuda
    Starting in New York return with stops in St. George's, Hamilton, King's Wharf.
    Sep 10 - Inside: $399 Oceanview: $449
    Oct 08 - Inside: $429 Oceanview: $479
    Oct 15 - Inside: $429 Oceanview: $479

    * All rates are subject to change, availability and eligibility. All offers apply to new bookings only, are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice.
    All cruise rates based on a per person double occupancy rate in USD. Some restrictions may apply. All resort rates are per person per night in USD based upon double-occupancy with a 3 night minimum stay. 1 800 665 3100
    (604) 606 1700
    Fax: (604) 606 1720

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    This e-mail address has been set up so that both of us Terry & Vesta (exclusively) will get an automatic copy and so we can keep up with the continuity of news for the NetLetter.

    To make changes to your e-mail address or to unsubscribe, please see the links at the bottom of the page for "Update Profile/Email address" and SafeUnsubscribe. This is now automated so that you can remove yourself from the list or change your email address (or name) without our assistance. We will still do this manually if you have any difficulties.

    Many of our members are having difficulty finding these links. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page, the link is similar to the following image. (The image below doesn't work but your links at the bottom will).

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

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