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.
Welcome to the 936th issue of "NetLetter". We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2727 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 www.acfamily.net
Must know... (for US based employees and retirees)
New online feature for U.S. paid employees and retirees. iPay is a new online feature now available for all U.S. paid employees and retirees. This new tool will allow for online viewing of pay cheque and tax statements. Certain basic status changes can also be performed through the site as well as "what if" scenario calculations. Complete information including details on how to register are included in a letter that is being sent to all Air Canada active and retired employees on the US payroll. More information is available on the Portal on the "My HR" page, under ePay or on the internet at https://ipay.ad p.com
Air Canada News
Helping our customers with new security regulations. - The restrictions in place for cabin baggage has changed several times over the past week. It is important to keep up-to-date with the changes in order to ensure that we're providing consistent information to our customers. Some of the highlights of regulations currently in place include: * The complete restriction of liquids and gels in containers of any size as part of carry-on baggage. * Customers travelling to LHR are no longer required to claim their checked baggage and are now able to check their luggage through to their final destination. * On flights from the U.K. only, passengers are permitted one item of cabin baggage with a maximum dimension of 43cm x 33cm x 16cm (17" x 13" x 6.3" approx), which is smaller than our standard carry-on allowance. * For passengers who have connecting flights in LHR, carry-on baggage must comply with U.K. regulations. * Customers with connecting flights are still advised not to purchase any liquid or cream products from duty-free, as these items will be confiscated prior to boarding the connecting flight.
Checked baggage policy. The airports are currently experiencing high volumes of checked baggage due to the new carry-on baggage restrictions. In order to help with the high volumes, please try to consolidate all restricted items into one checked bag. Other carry-on sized items can continue to be carried on board. The checked baggage policy for employees allows for two checked bags per person with a maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lbs) per bag.
Another alternative to help your travels proceed smoothly is to take advantage of our employee discount with FedEx. FedEx offers all ACE employees and retirees a special discount shipping rate of 75 per cent 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 www.fedex.ca or by calling 1-800-GoFedEx.
Buoyed by a 39.6% increase in second- quarter net profit to C$236 million ($210.4 million), Air Canada parent ACE Aviation Holdings announced Friday its intention to launch an IPO of a minority stake in the mainline and to "monetize" Air Canada Technical Services later this year.
Badminton 2006 Retirees and Active employees - Come and enjoy the fun and games in Montreal from 6th - 8th October
ITINERARY Friday Evening Welcome Evening
Saturday & Sunday Play at the Carrefour Multisports Club Laval
Sunday Evening Presentation Dinner/Dance
Accommodation Delta Centre-Ville, on University, Montreal Tel. (514) 879-1370 Fax. (514) 879-8589 RATE PER ROOM Double Room $110 CAD + Taxes Extra 3rd or 4th Person $20 CAD per person
This year please book your own room with credit card
Registration Entry Fee (Full Package)/Forfait $105 CAD Non- Playing Guest/Non-participant $65 CAD Special Early Bird Offer, (Register & Pay before August 18th) $95 CAD
Closing Date/Date limite d'inscription 5th SEPTEMBER 2006
Mirabel International Airport (YMX) was touted as the most modern airport and the gateway to Canada from Europe and Africa? Then the airlines shunned the airport due to lack on ground high speed connection with Dorval for internal flight connections, and favoured Toronto. Then Mirable advertised itself as the "White Elephant" and was used for cargo and charter operations.
Well YMX has got a new lease in life - as an airport? Never. The owners Aeroports de Montreal has agreed to become an 'indoor recreational multiplex" called AeroDream (Reveport en francais), complete with a beach, aquarium cinema's etc,. One attraction could be a ride on the baggage carousel, or a mystery bus tour in the "passenger transfer modules".
Remember the North Star? - Visit the web site for Project North Star Association for information regarding the restoration of a North Star at Ottawa Museum.
This stamp depicting a TCA North Star was issued by Barbados to commemorate Expo 86.
CF-TCC is off again
L10A takes to the skies at the Festival de l'aviation. From Aug. 18 - 20, Air Canada's L10A, along with other vintage aircraft from the 1930s and 1940s, will take to the skies at the Festival de l'aviation in Lac-à-la-Tortue, Quebec. The festival, in its third year, is open to the public, and is featuring aviation from 1930 to 1945. For more information on this event, go to www.festivalaviation.com
See the "Quick Links" in the left column for photos of CF-TCC from previous years.
On September 14th 1986, my wife was a Flight Attendant working an Air Canada B747 charter from Venice (italy) to Toronto. The aircraft hit a large flock of gulls just after takeoff and I believe sustained a flameout on one engine and a partial on a second as well as severe damage to the airframe, leading edges and flaps. After dumping fuel they made a successful landing without further incident.
My wife is attempting to locate as many of the In- Flight crew as possible for a possible re-union. Sheila Turner, Amy Fernandez, Claude Brussiers, Anne Michaud, Pietro Pricella, Krista Rahn, Erica Moghul, Lois Brooks Gino Farrugia and Bruno Ciaramicoli.
I cannot vouch for the accuracy in the spelling of the names.
ACFamily Network contribution
Our issuance of our NetLetter has been handled by the ACFamily Network at www.acfamily.net for many years now, and in the last year or so has been enhanced by using software from Constant Contact. All this is due to the efforts of Alan Rust, webmaster for acfamily.net, who takes the editted version which Vesta and Terry issue, and emails your copy. If you wish to make any financial contribution for the operation of the acfamily.net, you can donate at: www.acfamily.net/donations
Terry's Travel Tips
From the StarTrips web site - Visiting Victoria BC - Oct 15 through Apr 30 1 bed suite at Executive House Hotel for ca$90 Guest room ca$75 plus 10% tax and GST of 6%. 1-800-663-7001 Or perhaps in the UK at the Thistle London Heathrow gbp94.00 double includes breakfast and tax. 44-870-414-1516
Caesar Hotel Airway Vacations Book Now Travel in 2007 Plan for Spring Break Now! Confirmed air...takes the worry out of getting there Cancun with confirmed air from $415* Depart Dallas Ft. Worth on Sunday Jan. 7 through Feb. 4 Stay 4 nights All Inclusive Club Carrousel Cancun Depart Denver on Wednesdays Jan. 3 - 31 Stay 7 Nights Radisson Hacienda Cancun from $412* Depart St. Louis on Wednesdays Jan. 3 - Feb. 7 Stay 7 Nights Radisson Hacienda from $482* Depart Minneapolis on Wednesday Jan. 3 - 27 Stay 7 Nights Radisson Hacienda from $472* Depart Detroit on Wednesdays Jan. 3 - Feb. 7 Stay 7 Nights Radisson Hacienda from $502* Depart Detroit on Saturdays Jan. 6 - 20 Stay 7 Nights Hotel Casa del Mar from $503*
Los Cabos with confirmed air from $470* Depart DFW on Mondays April 9 - 23 Stay 4 nights All Inclusive Posada Real Los Cabos from $470* Depart Detroit on Saturdays Jan. 27 through Feb. 10 Stay 7 Nights Posada Real Los Cabos All Inclusive from $983*
Riviera Maya with confirmed air from $866* Depart Denver on Wednesdays Jan. 3 through Jan. 31 Stay 7 Nights All Inclusive Real Playa del Carmen
Negril with confirmed air from $563* Depart St. Louis on Sundays Jan. 7 through Feb. 11 Stay 7 Nights Hotel SamSara from $563* Depart Minneapolis on Sundays Jan. 7, 14, 28 through Feb. 11 Stay 7 Nights Hotel SamSara from $583* *price per person, based on double occupancy and include hotel taxes but do not include all air taxes, charges and gov't fees.
Absolutely no service charges! 800 422 3727 Call today! Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 6 pm CST Saturday Hours 9:30am to 1pm CST
Flying in Essex county in England, one day: Southend ATC (having radio trouble): G- ABCD, Southend, radio check. [no response] Southend ATC: G-EFGH, Southend, radio check. [again no response] Southend ATC: G-IJKL, Southend, radio check G-IJKL: Roger Southend, your readability, 4. Southend ATC: Well... One outta three ain't bad.
Columbia House DVD deal
Buy one DVD get two free*sweet deal from Columbia House. Thanks to the Aeroplan relationship with Columbia House, active and retired ACE family employees, their friends and family members can take advantage of a special offer on the purchase of DVDs. Until August 30, 2006, buy one DVD for $9.95* and get two more DVDs*free*and earn 500 Bonus Aeroplan Miles! With a selection of more than 10,000 DVDs, there's something for everyone to enjoy! In addition, you can purchase a fourth and fifth DVD for $14.95 each (plus applicable taxes). All shipping costs are waived on the initial order. To join Columbia House and take advantage of this offer, go to ht tp://qj.columbiahousecanada.com
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