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.
Terry and I are sorry to tell you this but during the month of April, 2005, and as of this NetLetter 879, neither Terry or myself will be available, for personal reasons, to bring you our NetLetter on a weekly basis.
Did you set your clock ahead an hour last night?
We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2700 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter out and give them out to their friends.
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Nice to Know...
F.Y.I. Ferdie Vachon was an airline mechanic for various Canadian airlines and Repair Depots in Canada. After his retirement he continued in the business as an Instructor at B.C.Institute of Technology at YVR for a number of years. Ferdie died this month (at 93 years) and a group of friends and workmates decided to hold a Hangar Bash to celebrate his liife and raise funds for a scholarship at BCIT. it will be held at a hangar at YVR South."
As of this time of writing, we (the NetLetter) don't have full details of this event yet.
Found on the Internet
Executive desk chairs made from a genuine BA Concorde cabin seat are being manufactured and offered for gbp5,850 each. There are only 500 available.
Items of Interest
I am not a retired Air Canada employee, but rather the son of one. Capt. E.R.T. Park is my dad, and I had been getting the netletter for many years. (as a courtesy /VS.) Thank you very much.. As a ham radio operator of 40 years, I have also checked into the TCA/Air Canada net in the past to chat with people who know my dad, who lives in West Bank BC by the way. I am happy to report that he turned 85 this past March 10th and is still going strong. Not happy that he turned 85, but am happy that he is still going strong. :-)
regards Reed Park
From: Dawn Shannon on Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Dear Vesta: Once again I am coming to you for help. Does anyone out there have a complete list of all the aircraft TCA/Air Canada has ever operated. If so could they please send me a list. I am also looking for pictures of various aircraft interiors. CMWA has a reunion coming up in May and I need these to use as part of an entertainment we are putting together. Our theme is Sentimental Journey - A Trip Down Memory Lane. If anyone can help me with this info I would be most appreciative. Thanks Dawn Shannon
Pacific Airway by Chris Weicht, volume two of a seven volume series of aviation history in the northwest of Canada. Contains original photographs and many first hand recollections and memorabilia often provided by the airmen from 1919 to 1960. Available from Chris Weicht, 846 Joe Road, RR#26, Roberts Creek, BC, V0N 2W6 . Cost ca$41.95 + ca$7.00 shipping.
Southwest Airlines recently retired its Boeing B737- 200. To fill the seats of this final flight, a staff wide competition was held, and 95 employees were chosen Employees were encouraged to wear pajamas for this final flight to put the aircraft "to bed". For the short flight, the 95 chosen were issued with special pj's. On board bottles of champagne were opened.
Where are they now?
At one time, Boeing B707-100B was sold by QANTAS to Pacific Western Airlines and registered as CF-PWV, then operated by several US companies as a corporate airplane before acquisition for use by Prince Bander of Saudi Arabia, registered HZ-123. Finally, in August 1999 it was flown to Southend in the UK, repainted an ownership transferred to BAe. .
Terry's Travel Tips
Some deals from KVI Interline -
Ship Name: Zaandam Destination: Caribbean Departure Date: April 16, 2005 7 nights Ports of Call: Starting in Port Canaveral with stops in Road Town, St Thomas, Half Moon Cay $449 (USD) / Inside $499 (USD) / Outside Obstructed $519 (USD) / Outside Non-obstructed $899 (USD) / Balcony
Ship Name: Zuiderdam Destination: Caribbean Departure Date: April 16, 2005 7 nights Ports of Call: Starting in Fort Lauderdale with stops in Half Moon Cay, St Thomas, Road Town, Nassau $499 (USD) / Inside $599 (USD) / Outside Obstructed $649 (USD) / Outside Non-obstructed $799 (USD) / Balcony $999 (USD) / Superior Suite $1299 (USD) / Deluxe Suite
Ship Name: Explorer of the Seas Destination: Caribbean Departure Date: April 17, 2005 7 nights Ports of Call: Starting in Miami with stops in San Juan, Philipsburg, Charlotte Amalie, Nassau $599 (USD) / Inside $909 (USD) / Balcony
Ship Name: Millennium Destination: Caribbean Departure Date: April 24, 2005 7 nights Ports of Call: Starting in Fort Lauderdale with stops in Casa De Campo, San Juan, Charlotte Amalie, Nassau Rates: $680 (USD) / Outside Ship Name: Carnival Victory Destination: Caribbean Departure Date: May 01, 2005 7 nights Ports of Call: Starting in Miami with stops in San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas Rates: $469 (USD) / Inside
Ship Name: Century Destination: Europe- Norwegian Fjords Departure Date: August 13, 2005 7 nights Ports of Call: Starting in Amsterdam with stops in Flam, Olden, Alesund, Bergen $1180 (USD) / Inside $1435 (USD) / Outside $1700 (USD) / Concierge Class Ship Name: Century Destination: Europe - Mediterranean Departure Date: September 02, 2005 10 nights Ports of Call: Starting in Barcelona with stops in Marseille, Villefranche (Nice), Florence, Civitavecchia (Rome), Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Valencia $1380 (USD) / Inside $1720 (USD) / Outside $2050 (USD) / Concierge Class $3525 (USD) / Sky Suite
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