The NetLetter #920
The NetLetter
Since Oct/95 March 25, 2006


Number 20

About us!

Nice to know...

Need to know...

Star Alliance News

Reader Feedback

Other News

Where are they now?

Terrys Travel Tips

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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Air Canada Heritage Poster


Dear NetLetter,

This is back issue from March 25, 2006 that was published on the ACFamily Network but never sent to the mail list as I was away.

We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2712 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.

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Thank you

Alan Rust - ACFamily Administrator

  • Nice to know...
  • Vesta

    Air Canada is having a FAM flight to Dublin Ireland during June - could this be a new destination?

    Park 'N Fly has your parking needs covered for the busy travel season.

    Planning to travel and you don't know where to leave your car? No problem.

    The locations we have are Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

    Active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz employees can take advantage of a 50 per cent discount for leisure travel on Self Park and Valet Parking at any Park'N Fly location across Canada at Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. You will be required to present your Air Canada identification card. Retirees who present their identification card at any Park N'Fly will receive the discount. Park'N Fly is Canada's only national parking company and all locations are conveniently open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Your Code for use (if required) at Exit Pay Machines is : 31033#

  • Need to know...
  • New Check in times!

  • Star Alliance News
  • Star Alliance

    Swiss International Air Lines plans to officially join Star Alliance on April 1, becoming the 17th member of the alliance.

  • Reader Feedback
  • I am planning to take a trip to Grenada WI.shortly, and would appreciate any information on reasonable accommodations in St. George's, A quick response would be greatly appreciated. Thank You,

    Walter W. Jacyk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    I was fortunate to work with Air Canada as a Lead Station Attendant, from 1967 to my retirement in 1993, after the demise of Canada's railways passenger industry, both CNR & CPR. I had worked on the C N Trains as a Porter.

    My new book "A Struggle to Walk with Dignity" has gone far beyond my retirement dreams, as I have had a number of write ups in magazines and a local paper. I thought I should expose my work to our fellow Pionairs and retirees to show that there are many things that one can get involved with in our retirement years.

    My book was published by Trafford Publishing of Victoria, BC. I also have a web site for you to view, and my phone and fax no. is 1.905.646.0679. Catalogue no. ISBN 1-4120-4194-5, it is also available at the major book stores such as Chapters, Coles etc. My book is a life story about a new immigrant struggling to find his way through many complexities.

    Sincerely, Gerald A. Archambeau

    Fred Spriggs passed away on March 6th 2006 in the Ottawa General Hospital. Fred retired in 1991 with approx 37years service. Fred worked in the Airframes Section at the Dorval Engineering Base and he was well known for his extensive experience in the design and re-furbishing of all aircraft interiors. Colleagues in the Engineering dept. O'Haul and Line Hangars as well as those in the T and F, Sheetmetal and Paint Shops will remember Fred for his energy and dedication and friendly approach to getting the job done.

    Submitted by Friend and Colleague Don Edwards. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    (Our condolences go out to the family - eds)

    Carol Humphrey sends us this -

    RYANAIR introduces sweeping changes to its rules on luggage this week - and the new charges could penalise thousands.

    On all flights booked with Ryanair after March 16, passengers will have to pay for every piece of luggage they check into the hold.

    Although the weight you can take increases from 15kg to 20kg, you will be charged £2.50 if you check in your suitcase at the time of booking or £5 per item if you do it at the check-in desk.

    But a change to Ryanair's rules introduced in January with little fanfare, means you will now no longer be able to pool your luggage allowance with fellow passengers on the same booking.

    It means families and couples face the ridiculous task of taking a suitcase per person to avoid paying excess baggage charges. And with Ryanair charging for every suitcase checked into the hold, this increases the airline's revenue.

    Unsuspecting travellers are discovering that packing one case for a weekend break lands them in hot water with excess baggage, charged at eight euros ­ £5.50 ­ per kilo.

    "One family was told they would have to fork out £36. They emptied their luggage into black binbags provided by Ryanair, then took them on as hand baggage."

  • Other News
  • Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame, Invitation to the 2006 Induction Ceremony

    The Induction Ceremony will be held April 18, 2006, at the International Civil Aviation Organization headquarters (ICAO), 999 University street in Montreal (Qc).
    Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the ceremony will start at 7:30 PM.
    Reception wine will be served before the ceremony. For ticket information, contact:
    Fondation Aérovision Québec, 5430 chemin Chambly, Saint-Hubert (QC), J3Y-3P1
    Tel: (450) 678-1720 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web site: [and]

    This year's inductees include Annette and Géralde Brunelle, -

    Annette (1909-1997) and Géralde (born in 1911) Brunelle. Two sisters, members in 1939 of the first air stewardess class in Canada. More than 1000 women applied on the competition held by Trans - Canada Air Lines (now Air Canada), for about only fifteen open positions.
    Among hiring conditions, candidates had to be certified nurses, single, with a mandatory resignation clause upon marriage. Starting on 10-passenger Lockheed 10A Electras (unpressurized and unable to fly high enough to avoid bad weather and turbulence), the presence of a nurse as a crewmember helped passengers feel secure and provided expertise to handle discomforting situations, a reality of early commercial flying. Pioneers in their own right, the Brunelle sisters and their colleagues built the foundations of a new profession, essential to later development of commercial aviation.

  • Where are they now?
  • B737-217 fin 712 C-GCPQ c/n 22256 returned to Pegasus Apr 21,2004 now leased to Aerolineas del Sur registered CC-CGM

  • Terrys Travel Tips
  • Looking for some really good deals? try

    Modern 172-room Hotel and Conference Centre located 25 minutes from Downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport. Located close to major Toronto-area highways, close to restaurants and shopping.

    Airline staff receive 25% off current seasonal rates - based on availability, advance reservations required. Phone 1-905-479-5000 or 1-877-703-4656.

    London Apartments
    We have two apartments available. They are right across the street from each other. So if you are traveling with another family, you can both stay close together. Both apartments are studios. They will sleep four people, have a private bath and a small kitchen for cooking. All the utensils and linens are supplied. Come stay in Chelsea!
    Incredible price of $115 per night (5 night minimum). NO extra costs for cleaning, 3rd or 4th persons. Our Price: us$115 per night

    Paris Historic Apartment
    The Historic Apartment has two seperate rooms. One is the bedroom area with a couch and the other is a room with a table and chairs. The bathroom and kitchen are off of the dining type room. The location is great! Right in the 2nd district, but close to the Louvre.
    Come stay for a five night minimum for $115 per night. NO extra charges for cleaning, 3rd or 4th persons. Our Price: us$115 per night
    Contact: Aero-Marine Interline
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    voice: 800-255-2376 (ALL-AERO)

    For our U.K. readers -
    Travel Industry Services
    Call 0870 041 1100
    USA and Canada British Airways logo flights
    Instant Confirmation on flights
    All airfares exclude all taxes

    World Offers: New York from GBP122, Boston from GBP141, Washington from GBP141
    Atlanta from GBP156, Los Angeles from GBP171, San Francisco from GBP171
    Miami from GBP171. Phoenix from GBP191, Orlando from GBP177'
    Tampa from GBP176, Chicago from GBP181, Detroitfrom GBP211, Dallas, from GBP216
    Houston from GBP218, Seattle from GBP201, Denver from GBP221
    Montrea lfrom GBP176, Vancouver from GBP286, Toronto from GBP176

    World Traveller Plus and Club World fares also available.
    For competitive rates on hotels please call us or visit
    CALL 0870 041 1100 today!

    Terms and Conditions:
    All airfares are per person and will be subject to ALL known taxes. Our reservation team will advise of the total tax at time of booking. Offers are open for current travel industry staff only.
    These offers are for travel industry staff and MUST NOT BE ADVERTISED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
    Once air tickets are issued, 100% ancellation/change penalties apply. All offers and prices are subject to availability at time of booking, applies to new bookings only,are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice. World Traveller Plus and Club World are applicable for departures until the end of June 2006, seasonal variations apply. World offers are valid for departures until the end of December 2006, seasonal variations apply

  • 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
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    Please support the ACFamily Network
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