The NetLetter #902
The NetLetter
Since Oct/95 Oct 31, 2005


Number 902

About us!

Need to know...

Nice to Know

Air Canada News

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Reader Feedback

Found on the Internet

Star Alliance News


Terry's Travel Tips



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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.

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  • Need to know...
  • Vesta

    This winter Air Canada will operate up to 1,300 flights per day to 60 destinations in Canada and 50 in the United States. Our network is back in a growth mode," says Gordon Ng, Manager, Network Planning and Evaluation."We’ve introduced new nonstop service in hub and point to point markets such as Montreal to Hamilton. We’ve also increased frequencies on key routes such as Calgary to Houston and Toronto to Denver." With the introduction of the CRJ 705, the EMBRAER175 and the upcoming EMBRAER 190, Air Canada will provide Executive and Hospitality Class services on routes such as Toronto to Atlanta and Washington, and Winnipeg to Montreal and Ottawa.

    New routes and an expanded North American schedule were announced in the August issue of Horizons.

    Some other interesting highlights for the winter season include:
    - Up to 147 roundtrip flights per week between Canada and California (up from 119 from last year) .
    - Up to 126 roundtrip flights per week between Canada and Florida (up from 109 from last year) .
    - Up to 42 roundtrip flights per week between Canada and Las Vegas (up from 16 last year) .
    - Upgauge Toronto­ Narita flight to an A340-300 from a B767-300 .
    - Upgauge Toronto­Sao Paulo flight to an A340-300 from a B767-300 .
    - Daily service from Toronto to Santiago and Buenos Aires.
    - Daily service to Delhi via Zurich

  • Nice to Know
  • AC documentary now available
    For six months last year, aviation writer and TV producer John Lovelace and a film crew were given behind-the-scenes access to Air Canada’s operations and archives. The result is a one-hour documentary on the 68-year history of the airline. During the filming, John talked to 45 past and present employees, telling Air Canada’s history from the employees’ perspective.

    "I wanted the story to evolve from the recollections of the employees that built the airline and from the viewpoints of the employees that will take Air Canada into the future," said John. The Air Canada story aired in February and will be broadcast on over 60 U.S. and Canadian outlets over the next three years. John worked closely with Air Canada this year to produce air-to-air footage of the newly painted A340- 500 and other film projects.

    John is making copies of the one hour DVD available to employees at a reduced rate of $29.95 plus taxes until Nov. 15.

    To order, call: 1-866-909-4647 or 604-681-3327 (Vancouver)

    Be sure to mention that you are an Air Canada employee.

    Onboard Café – about to go continent wide. On Nov. 1, we will complete the expansion of our Onboard Café product in Hospitality Class to include all flights over one-and-a-half hours in Canada and the Continental U.S. The new menu features products from Subway, Montana's, Kelsey's, and Swiss Chalet as well as the general expansion of choice and variety based on customer and flight attendant feedback. You can check out the menu at www. and to learn more about our newest onboard product, check Online Extra at

    Vancouver Island Chapter Canadian Aviation Historical Society members, guests and friends;

    CAHS Meeting - Wednesday, November 9, 2005 BC Aviation Museum - Norseman Room, (Victoria Airport) at 1:00pm

    There will be a short business meeting followed by a guest speaker. This months speaker will be Jim Baillie, who will tell about his RCAF experiences during WW II. Jim flew Halifax's over Europe as well as a peace time military career.

    Guests are welcome, as are all aviation history enthusiasts. Non Aviation Museum members will be charged admission.

    Lunch at Mary's Bleue Moon will be at 11:30 am. Please confirm with Stoney Jackson (250-478-7567) if you wish to attend. We look forward to visiting and sharing another great day with other aviation enthusiasts.

    Jacqueline Frampton, 250-544-2183, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Air Canada News
  • On Oct. 22, both Embraer and Air Canada celebrated the arrival of a significant aircraft in Montreal ­ Embraer’s 100th E170/175 series aircraft and Air Canada’s 10th E175. All decked out in a special 100th anniversary livery which includes a flurry of maple leafs, FIN 380 will undergo a pre- service modification and enter service by month's end. The washable decal will be removed before the aircraft goes into service.

  • News from the Districts
  • The Comox Valley Pionairs on Vancouver Island send the following - We are booked at the Old House Restaurant in Courtenay for Decemer 21 (Wednesday) at 11:30 for lunch.

    Make a note on your calenders and more info will follow.

  • Reader Feedback
  • Ron Meldrum sends us this info -
    Hi; FYI, I tried using the new APIS system to enter required info. When I went to the destination section, I entered "ship name , cruise line" in the field for "number and street name" as per the instructions for "going on a cruise".

    Message returned saying there were illegal characters in this field.

    I called the Help Line (India) and was told that the instructions for this were incorrect and that the ship name and cruise line were to be entered all in lower case and all one word ie no spaces or commas.

    Ron Meldrum
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    We are taking the Carnival Cruise out of Rome May 7 to May 19. Want to spend a week prior. Does anyone know of a medium price hotel to stay.

    Thank you

    John Gallagher
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    My wife and I have registered to go on the Australian Great Barrier Reef Interline Tour next May. On our return flight, we would be interested in spending a little time in Hawaii. Any information from the readers regarding accommodations or other helpful tips would be gratefully received.

    We look forward to your replies.

    Regards, Carole & John Lowe
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  • Found on the Internet
  • At 30,000 feet, Virgin Atlantic Airways has created THE place to see and be seen. At the first and only bar in the sky, moguls, artists, innovators, and industry rockstars mix and mingle while sampling signature Virgin drinks such as the "Virtini" and the "Suite Dream."

    Shares of WestJet Airlines fell over 3 percent recently, after one of the discount carrier's founders left the company

    Boeing is likely to launch a stretch version of its 747 by the end of the year, a senior executive at the US aerospace group announced.

  • Star Alliance News
  • Star Alliance now offers customers flying across its North America network the convenience of using one single electronic ticket. The itinerary can include any combination of domestic and transborder flights operated by member carriers Air Canada, United and US Airways.

    Swiss International Air Lines will join the Alliance later this year, which, currently, has 16 members.

  • DEW LINERS Reunion
  • The Quarter Century Club's lunch meeting has a special event promoting the 50th anniversary of the Dew Line Operation.

    A Reunion of ex DEW LINERS (Distant Early Warning) is planned at the 11 am, November 15th meeting of the Quarter Century Club at the Austrian / Canadian Club 5581 Westminister Highway, Richmond, B.C.

    Non-members and guests are welcome for this occasion. The cost for lunch is $19 Plenty of parking.

    We will have a 35mm slide projector and a 8mm movie projector available.

    Please advise Mr. Bruce Bell 604-277 0772 if you are coming so we can arrange meals for everyone.

    This is an informal get together with a Dew Line theme. Come and see old friends, bring memories and pictures. Our meetings generally have 90-100 members all associated with aviation.

    As a point of interest, a search on Google for Dew Line brings up many interesting websites.

    Hope to see you there.

    Dennis Baxendale
    604 738 2419
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  • Terry's Travel Tips

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    Learning and fun go hand in hand at this family resort. Here also, FD Resorts "Vacation Nanny" looks after your kids while you enjoy a massage, scuba dive or take in the adult oriented activites this all-inclusive features.
    Sep 19 - Dec 22/05 - Superior Room:
    Adult - 3 Night Minimum $282 USD, Add-On Nights: $94 USD
    Children (6-15 yrs) - 3 Night Minimum $39 USD, Add- On Nights: $13 USD

    Caribbean Village Cancun Cancun, Mexico
    Free Upgrade to Oceanview Room for travel between now and Dec 18th. Nov 1 - Dec 23 - 3 Night Minimum $219 USD, Add-On Nights: $73 USD Excluding Nov 24- 28.

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    Mayan Riviera, Mexico Deluxe Room

    Until Oct 31 - 3 Night Minimum $243 USD, Add-On Nights: $81 USD
    Nov 1 - Nov 30 - 3 Night Minimum $330 USD, Add-On Nights: $110 USD
    Dec 1 - 23 - 3 Night Minimum $312 USD, Add-On Nights: $104 USD

    Allegro Cozumel by Occidental

    Cozumel, Mexico
    Nov 1 - 30 - Superior - 3 Night Minimum $156 USD, Add-On Nights: $52 USD
    Nov 1 - 30 - Premium - 3 Night Minimum $177 USD, Add-On Nights: $59 USD
    Dec 1 - 23 - Superior - 3 Night Minimum $198 USD, Add-On Nights: $66 USD
    Dec 1 - 23 - Premium - 3 Night Minimum $219 USD, Add-On Nights: $73 USD

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy in USD.

    Allegro Playacar by Occidental

    Riviera Maya, Mexico
    Nov 1 - 30 - Superior - 3 Night Minimum $255 USD, Add-On Nights: $85 USD
    Nov 1 - 30 - Premium - 3 Night Minimum $273 USD, Add-On Nights: $91 USD
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    Dec 1 - 23 - Premium - 3 Night Minimum $294 USD, Add-On Nights: $98 USD
    Rates are per person based on double occupancy in USD.


    Coral Princess for 10 Nights from Ft. Lauderdale Panama Canal
    Starting from Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Limon, Panama Canal (cruising), Cristobal and Montego Bay.
    Nov 14, 24 - Inside: $699 Oceanview: $779

    Grand Princess for 16 Nights from Rome Trans-Atlantic

    Starting from Rome to Galveston with stops in Livorno, Cannes, Barcelona, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, West End, Fort Lauderdale.
    Nov 10 - Inside: $599 Oceanview: $699

    Regal Princess for 21 Nights from San Diego

    Panama Canal Starting from San Diego return with stops in Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatenejo, Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Corinto, San Juan Dl Sur, Puerto Amador, Puntarenas, Huatulco, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas.
    Nov 15 - Inside: $1099

    Regal Princess for 18 Nights from Ft. Lauderdale

    Ft. Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro
    Starting from Ft. Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro with stops in St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, Port of Spain, Devils Island, Belem, Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador.
    Nov 21 - Inside: $1299 Oceanview: $1499 ------------------------------------------------

    Diamond Princess for 16 Days from Beijing to Bangkok

    Southeast Asia/China
    Starting in Beijing to Bangkok with stops in Nagasaki, Shanghai, Okinawa, Keelung, Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Vung Tau and Singapore.
    Oct 23 - Inside: $999


    Mariner of the Seas for 7 Nights from Port Canaveral Eastern Caribbean
    Starting in Port Canaveral with stops in Nassau, Charlotte Amalie, Philipsburg.
    Oct 30 - Oceanview: $599
    Nov 13 - Inside: $499 Oceanview: $599

    Cruises:- Rates are quoted in USD per person (based on double occupany).
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    How many times have you noticed that, as the flight attendant is instructing us to: 'Place light articles in the bins above with the heavier articles placed under the seat in front of you' you watch a fellow passenger struggle to stuff an oversized, overweight bag into a bin above someone - only to be helped by a flight attendant?

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