The NetLetter #928
The NetLetter
Since Oct/95 June 10, 2006


Number 928

About us!

Need to know...

Nice to know...

Star Alliance News

TCA Memories

Found on the Internet

AC Heritage Poster



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,

Our co-pilot is off on his travels again, back late June.

Chief pilot Vesta will still be in the 'left seat' handling the NetLetter.

Important reminder, while Terry is away - For all new articles, submissions and comments or to just get in touch with either the Editor/Pilot (Vesta) or Co-Pilot (Terry) our email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2720 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.

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.

  • Need to know...
  • Vesta

    Recently a change has been made to travel immediately following the death of the Retiree. In the past upon the death of the Employee / Retiree the Pass Travel Profile was closed.

    The change is the Profile will remain open for a thirty (30 day) period, following notification of the Employee / Retiree's death. This will allow for the Widow / Widower, children and any Non Dependant children to complete their travel needs.
    In the untimely event that the new Widow / Widower Profile has not been completed an extension may be requested from Employee Travel if travel is expected.

  • Nice to know...
  • ACV deals - Head for the sun for lots less! Hot staff deals starting as low as $310 plus tax are now available on select all-inclusive Air Canada Vacations Sun packages * including confirmed air travel. Log on to the Employee Travel Website, click on Air Canada Vacations and follow instructions to see Staff Deal flyers posted under "Deals & Specials" for applicable product. Call toll-free 1 877 752-5510 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Extended Staff Travel Call Centre hours for this special only: weekdays from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET; Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Enjoy "Fame Becomes Me" starring Martin Short for only $20
    Thanks to Aeroplan's partnership with Mirvish Productions, active and retired ACE employees can take advantage of an exceptional opportunity to see the comic genius of Martin Short at the Canan Theatre in Toronto. By going online at or by dialling 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333 (quote code ED), you can purchase the best available seat for any performance until June 11, 2006 for $20; certain terms and conditions apply.

    *Seating is subject to availability. Prices in Canadian dollars, including 7% GST and $2.00 Capital Improvement Fund. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offers. No refunds or exchanges. Service charge applies.

    Buy one DVD get two free—sweet deal from Columbia House
    As part of Aeroplan’s® 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. To join Columbia House and take advantage of this offer, go to Columbia House Canada

    * cost plus taxes. All shipping costs waived on initial order.

    Editor note: Columbia may put you on a list to automatically send you the "Pick of the month". Read the details before subscribing.

  • Star Alliance News
  • Star Alliance

    Spanair tackles OTP for domestic flights. Spanair is extending its "punctuality guarantee" for all domestic flights to Dec. 31. Under the program, business class passengers receive a free ticket and economy class passengers a 25 per cent discount on their next ticket if the aircraft pulls back from the gate more than 15 minutes after the scheduled departure for reasons attributed to the airline. Source: Air Transport World

  • TCA Memories
  • Those early days of T.C.A. - The fleet of Lancaster aircraft were registered as CF-CMS, CMT, CMU, CMV, CMW, CMX, CMY and CNA CF-CMU disappeared over the Atlantic Dec 28th., 1946 CF-CMS caught fire and crashed near Dorval Jun 1st., 1945

    I.A.T.A. fixed the cost of a ticket over the Atlantic , after WW11, at ca$375 each way, To celebrate Vancouver's Diamond Jubilee, the first Lancaster to visit Vancouver July 12th., 1946, after a 28 hour flight from Prestwick, Scotland. All Lancasters were subsequently sold off by the end of 1946 when the North Stars arrived in the fleet.

  • Found on the Internet
  • When Airlines Fight, Children Win

    WestJet, Canada's biggest low-cost airline, "unreservedly apologizes" to Air Canada for an episode of industrial espionage, in a joint statement released on Monday. WestJet, the fast-growing low- cost airline, admitted that it snooped in Air Canada's computer files, using a password provided by a former employee. "This conduct was both unethical and unacceptable and WestJet accepts full responsibility for such misconduct," the statement reads. To settle their dispute, WestJet agreed to pay Air Canada's investigation and litigation costs of $5.5 million and will donate $10 million to children's charities. WestJet, based in Calgary, was founded in 1996 and modeled after Southwest Airlines. The company operates a fleet of Boeing 737s awards for innovative management.

    FLYING WITHOUT AIRPLANES Airplanes, of course, aren't the only ways to get aloft, and creative minds are always inventing new ways to defy gravity. One of the stranger flight modes we've seen is the one chosen by John Ninomiya, who gathers a cluster of small helium balloons together, straps himself in, and takes off. To ascend, he drops sand or water ballast; to descend, the balloons are cut away or popped, one by one. "Even after you've done it many times before, there's still something a bit unreal to it," Ninomiya says. "You wonder: Am I really doing this?" He'll be flying the colorful balloons at festivals around the country this summer.

    The Bush administration is not ready to implement a travel law that would require everyone entering the U.S. to have a passport or some other form of national identification by Jan. 2008, according to a new report.
    FULL STORY: al/2006/05/31/travel-premiers.html

  • 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 Airlines
    - Canadian Airlines
    - Pacific Western
    - Eastern Provincial
    - Nordair
    - Transair
    and 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 reunions, retirements and birthday gifts, etc.

    A donation is made to Dreams Take Flight for each poster that is sold.

    More info here
  • Sponsors
  • The hosting, and mailing of the NetLetter as well as the conversion to HTML format is provided compliments of the ACFamily Network and Nerds On Site. Content is researched and submitted by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker. Thank you for letting us into your homes!

    Please support the ACFamily Network
  • Submissions
  • Important reminder, for all new articles, submissions and or comments for the "The Netletter" please send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Please add to your Address Books).

    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.

  • NetLetter Archives
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