The NetLetter #894
The NetLetter
Since Oct/95 August 6, 2005


Number 894

About us!

Nice to know...

Found on the Internet

Air Canada News

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

Terry's Travel Tips


ACRA System Badminton Tournament

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,

John Keith Edmiston, 1931 - 2005 AC Flight Dispatch On July 29th, at his home in Thornbury, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, John Keith’s spirit quietly left his diseased body. Any desired tributes should kindly be donated in John’s memory to one’s own church or charity.

The Victoria Pionair's summer picnic will be held August 17, 2005 at MOUNT DOUG Park. The picnic will start at 11:00am. The cost is $2.00 per person. Please bring your lunch, folding chairs and join us for a day of socializing, fun and games.

Directions to the Park

Coming from Royal Oak you would take Cordova Bay Road thru Mount Doug area and then just before entrance to Ash Road make a left hand turn into the Park area. .

Coming from Shelbourne when you come to Cordova Bay Road and Ash Road you drive right into the Park area. The picnic spot is on the left hand side can't miss it only area there - lots of parking along the side.

For our new readers

We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2700 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.

To get in touch with either the Editor/Pilot or Co- Pilot our email address is still This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 in similar to the following image. (The image below doesn't work but your links at the bottom will).

Thank you

Alan Rust - ACFamily Administrator

  • Nice to know...
  • Vesta

    Air Canada announced that by Oct. 30, Air Canada Jazz will have converted the following routes from Dash-8 turboprop to 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jet service.
    • Vancouver and Prince George (British Columbia), Fort St. John (British Columbia)
    • Calgary and Saskatoon, Regina, Fort McMurray
    • Edmonton and Saskatoon, Regina,
    • Winnipeg and Saskatoon, Regina, Thunder Bay (Ontario)
    • Toronto and Baltimore, Detroit
    • Ottawa and Boston
    • Montreal and Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Halifax and Boston and Goose Bay (Newfoundland)

  • Found on the Internet
  • Nav Canada announced that the company has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers/Canadian Air Traffic Control Association Local 5454 representing air traffic controllers.

    French President Jacques Chirac has again urged world leaders to impose a levy on airline tickets to finance extra aid for Africa.

  • Air Canada News
  • Embraer announced they have delivered the first three of 15 Embraer 175 jets to Air Canada, the launch customer for the model.Deliveries of all 15 Embraer 175s to Air Canada are expected to be complete by the end of the year. Deliveries of the first two Embraer 175 jets to Air Canada took place last week.

    The Embraer 175s for Air Canada are configured in two classes. They will carry 73 passengers, nine in Executive Class (three abreast at 38-inch pitch) and 64 in Hospitality Class (four abreast at 34- and 32-inch pitch). Registrations are;
    fin 371 c/n 00083 registered Jul 19 C-FEIQ,
    372 00085 Jul 26 C-FEIX,
    373 00086 Jul 27 C-FEJB

    Air Canada Cargo Plan Faces Government Set- Back - Report

    An application by Air Canada Cargo to operate a Toronto/Calgary/Shanghai cargo flight has been turned down by the Canadian government after a domestic cargo operator objected. And the National Post reports that the government says it plans to investigate the company's other dedicated cargo operations, all of which currently are operated by foreign operators on a wet-lease basis.

    Air Canada had wanted to operate the Shanghai service through a wet-lease arrangement with Atlanta-based World Airways. Air Canada already has wet-lease agreements with operators for flights to Germany and China, but this flight would have stopped in Calgary. According to the report by the National Post, Air Canada's bid was opposed by Cargojet, a Canadian cargo operator, because the company says the arrangement would have amounted to cabotage, which is prohibited under the current Canada/U.S. bilateral agreement.

    Cargojet reportedly alleged in an affidavit that Air Canada had solicited business for a Toronto/Vancouver flight on wet-leased aircraft, an allegation Air Canada reportedly rejected initially, but then admitted.

    Cargojet, which operates 10 Boeing 727s on scheduled overnight service to 13 Canadian cities, is among the private Canadian cargo carriers that are fiercely protective of the restrictions that keep U.S. freight operators out of the Canadian market. Much of their business comes from ferrying cargo traffic from gateway airports to other Canadian cities - Cargojet for UPS, among others. Air Canada supports liberalization.

  • ICE (In Case of Emergency)
  • A simple yet important suggestion. See below then pass it on.

    As long as everyone knows what ICE (In Case of Emergency) stands for, this is not a bad idea. It was thought up by an ambulance man/paramedic who found that at the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones on the victims, but the emergency personnel didn't know which numbers to call and he thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name to file "next of kin" under.

    Following the disaster in London, East Anglian Ambulance Services have launched a national "In Case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign with the support of Falklands war hero, Simon Weston. The idea is that you store the word " ICE " in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency." In an emergency situation, ambulance and/or hospital staff would then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them.

    It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do. And also email this to everybody in your address book. It won't take too many "forwards" before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. You can put more than one contact name in your cellphone's address book. Just use ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

    More info...
  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • ACV Sun travel – more destinations now available for winter travel. Air Canada Vacations (ACV) is now accepting confirmed, advance bookings to more destinations for travel this winter. In addition to Barbados and Puerto Plata, eight additional destinations—Antigua, Grand Cayman, Grenada, St. Lucia, Nassau, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Turks & Caicos—are now open to book for travel on or after Nov. 1. Remember, instead of using the Employee Travel Site (ETS), until further notice, employees and retirees who wish to book their winter vacation to these destinations need to do so by contacting Staff Travel via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This temporary change in staff booking procedure is a result of ACV’s transition to a new reservation system. Once the transfer is completed, we will return to booking through ETS. Please note, if you plan to travel before Oct. 31, you may still book your vacation on ETS.

    Deals from Caesar Hotels Interline Vacations - China - the perfect fall destination!

    Golden China 13 Days/ 11 Nights with confirmed air from $2299*
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    Adventure on the Roof of the World
    Call 800 422 3727 for more details.

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  • ACRA System Badminton Tournament
  • Retirees Welcome!

    Agenda Thursday, October 20, 2005
    Welcome evening. Register and meet the other players

    Friday, October 21, 2005 Play all day at the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Hall.

    Friday Evening
    Fun evening! (optional)

    Saturday, October 22, 2005
    Play all day

    Saturday Evening
    Presentation Dinner/Dance

    For complete info and signup, please follow the link below.

    Badminton Tournament Info
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    NetLetter Archives Link
  • New Pionairs Members can now sign-up Online!
  • Are you an Air Canada retiree? If so, are you a member of the Pionairs yet? If not, you can now sign up to the Pionairs Online and even pay by Credit Card.

    The Pionairs members are retirees of Air Canada, Canadian Airlines International and its constituent airlines.

    As a member you will be entitled to the full privileges offered by Pionairs, including periodic bulletins from the District in which you reside and from the National Executive Board.

    You will also have the opportunity to attend coffee meetings, luncheons, and the Association's Annual General Meeting.

    Pionairs represent the interests of its members in matters related to pensions, group health benefits, and travel privileges.
    Your membership will help keep you in touch and strengthens the Pionairs' voice as your official representative to Air Canada.

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