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Your crew is: Chief Pilot  - Vesta Stevenson
Co-pilot     - Terry Baker

number 238     date Feb 17th 1998

Published since October  1995.

. Welcome to K. Horton, living in Langley, BC
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Ernest Rushton retired from Avionics Tech,
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Bill and Mary Willows, retired from Sales USA, living
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. Found on the Internet.

SABENA selects Airbus for future aircraft replacements, ordering
(28) A319, (5) A320, (3) A321 and (2) A340-200.

A consortium of South American carriers have placed orders in
excess of 100 Airbus jet aircraft. The consortium was formed to
obtain a more advantageous pricing for the aircraft.
(Bulk buying at its best! - eds)

SABENA will code-share with Belgian carrier CityBird on the
Montreal, New York and Sao Paulo routes.

An ALITALIA Boeing B747-400 has been painted up in a giant
chocolate wrapper to advertise an Italian brand of chocolates.

A Vickers VISCOUNT, originally delivered to British Eurpoean
Airways on Jul 18th 1958 and believed to be the last UK registered
passenger carrying Viscount left the UK during January for further
service in South Africa by Helijet Aviation, who hope for another
10 years of operation from the aircraft. Previous owners of the
Viscount registered G-APEY were BKS Air Transport, Northeast Airlines
British Airways, British Air Ferries, Virgin Atlantic, British
World Airways. Those people with UKP3995 and time to spare could
have enjoyed a leisurely 11 days flight to Johannesburg.

Live Air Traffic Control - listen live to aircraft at O'Hare
Chicago Airport on http://www.cyberair.com/audio/chiapp/index.html

US low cost pioneer Southwest Airlines has placed an order for an
additional 59 737-700 aircraft from Boeing, bringing the carrier's
firm orders total for Next-Generation 737 aircraft to 129. Southwest
is the world's largest 737 operator and the largest Next-Generation
737 customer. Deliveries will be extended until 2004.

Air UK, which might be the most affected by the new competition
of British Airways GO low cost airline because both carriers are
based at London's Stansted Airport, is expected it will be known as
KLM UK from now on .


. Airshows for 1998.

SBAC International Air Show '98 at Farnborough, UK. Sept 7-13th.

Toronto Aviation Aircraft Show  May 1-3rd.

National Capital Air Show, Ottawa May 30/31st.

London International Air Show, London, Ontario Jun 6/7th.

Comox Valley International Airshow, Comox, BC. Jul 26th.

Airshow '98, Victoria Airport, BC. Jul 26th.

Canada Remembers International Air Show, Saskatoon, Sask. Aug 15th.


. News from the Districts.

From the Pionairs - USA newsletter.

The New York Ticket Office has moved to The Satellite Airline
Terminal, 125 Park Ave. Hours: Mon-Fri 0900 - 1700.

Friends of Dan De Guerre, Sue & Dave Young and Rhanda Spotton may
wish to know that they plan to attend the AGM at Toronto.

Anyone from the U.S. group who wish to participate in the
Pionairs Bonspiel scheduled Feb 27/28th at Montreal West Curling
Club should call Don Patterson at (819) 849-7915.

To celebrate the company's 60th anniversary, some New York Pionairs
participated in a cruise from LGA around Manhattan on Jul 16th last
year. Hosted by the La Guardia staff led by Mary Wynne, it was a
most memorable occasion.

Attending the semi annual meeting last November were -
Art Bedford - SFO, Peter & Margaret Bogart - West Harrington NY,
Bob Carberry - MIA, Bob & Marion Corsiglia - SEA,
C.M.Francis - SFO, Bruce & Irene Hembroff - SFO,
Bob & Margaret Henderson - FLA, June Marcum - Coral Gables,
Ian McMurray - SFO, Mimi Parant - Mia, Pete Pemberton - BDL,
Ray Stevens - MIA, Art & Swan Suffron - Dallas, Molly Whyte from
Miramar, FL, Ian McMurray your Director - see the fun you missed!

The Pionairs - USA executive are -
Ian McMurray - Director, Jim Christie - Treasurer,
Art Bedford - Secretary, Rhanda Spotton - Newsletter editor.


. Ron Munson of LHR sends us an update -

An American conman tried to buy a £700 ticket to Toronto with someone
else's credit card but Air Canada at LHR made checks and police were
waiting when he turned up to collect the ticket.
It was said that the conman had phoned asking for a ticket to Ontario
but, on being told Ontario was a province and not a city, he switched
to asking for Toronto and paid for the UKP731.50 ticket with a card
number which did not match up with his details.
Police searched his baggage and found a credit card which did not
belong to him and in his filefax was a list of credit card numbers
and expiry dates.
He admitted using the numbers to obtain a flight from Amsterdam to
LHR and for purchasing more than UKP700 of clothing in London.


. Interline stuff.

Wendy Patriquin National Sales Manager & Group Coordinator
Canadian Interline Travel Ltd sends us
this message -
Subject: Mexico special
I have a great deal for Mazatlan, in Mexico

one week 7 nights for US$249
Feb 28-Mar 07/98
Marina el Cid Hotel & Yacht Club,
a very popular resort in Mexico, breathtaking views,
great health club, beach & pool on site, resturant, studio

Call Toll Free at: 1-800-665-3100 mention Pionars.

Canadian Interline Travel Hot Cruise Deals!
CRUISE LINE: Norwegian Cruise Lines
SHIP: Norwegian Star
DATES: 7 Night Cruise, March 1, 8, 29, 1998
ITINERARY: Houston, At Sea, Calica/Cancun, Cozumel
Roatan/Bay Islands, At Sea, At Sea, Houston
COST: from US$349.00
Call Toll Free at: 1-800-665-3100 mention Pionars.


. Smilie.
Sent to us by Gordon Dalziel.

United Airlines FA: "Ladies and Gentlemen, as you are all now
painfully aware, our Captain has landed in Seattle. From all of us
at United Airlines  we'd like to thank you for flying with us today
and please be  very careful  as you open the overhead bins as you
may  be killed by falling luggage that  shifted during our so called
"touch down."

About an American Airlines flight into Amarillo, Texas on a
particularly windy and bumpy day. One could tell during the final
that the Captain was really having to fight it, and after an
extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant come on the PA and
announces, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo.
Please remain in  your seats with your  seat  belt fastened while
the Captain  taxies what's left of our airplane to the  gate!"

Another flight Attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing:
"We ask  you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us
to the terminal."


.  That's it for this time, please we need your input, send
comments and email addresses of any others who may be
interested to Vesta with a copy to Terry.


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