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number 285 date July 14th, 1998 1st Published in October 1995
. Need to know information -
SJC ( San Jose ) is added to the US Zone 'South West US' for the Family
Affair program effective July 13th.
*** SPECIAL FAMILY AFFAIR SELLOFFS ***
THESE SPECIAL FARES ARE OFFERED TO ALL PERSONS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE
FAMILY AFFAIR PROGRAM AS PER CONDITIONS.
*** SELL-OFF BETWEEN YHZ-FRA-YHZ ** EFF 29JUN98
FARE: $249 CAD // VALID ON AC826/AC827 ONLY
TRAVEL PERIOD: ALL TRAVEL COMPLETED BY 14AUG98
Call Winnipeg Call Centre 1-800-413-1113 for details.
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. We recently welcomed Joe Lee, and he sends us his bio -
I started on the ramp in Sudbury on Feb 02, 1961 with good old T.C.A.
and retired at the early age of 55 on Feb 01, 1990, as a Station Agent
11. Many stories can no doubt be told that occured during that 29
Years. Going to camp this morning to do some fishing and golfing, isn"t
retirement wonderful. Imagine getting paid to fish and golf.
Will talk later, have a great day.
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. News from the Districts -
The Edmonton Pionairs summer barbecue will be held on Wednesday, August 12th
at the Kinsmen River Valley Place - 1600 to 2000 hours.
Out of town guests are very welcome.
For more information, contact Shirley Jay 436 0866 or Bob Anderson 988 6111.
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. In 1966, a group of 6 employees from the Flight Operations
Headquarters in Dorval flew to Prestwick, Scotland for some
golf. It was decided that this event should be an annual
event, and be known as "The Prestwick Closed".
This year, 33 years later, the group has swelled to some 20
plus spouses who will again try to master the game.
Venues in the past have included Ireland, PEI, New York area
and this year will again be at Fairwinds Golf & Country Club,
Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, BC. in October.
Arriving Oct. 4, golf 5th and 6th departing Oct.7.
This includes 3 nights accommodation, breakfast and dinner each day,
hospitality room and two days of golf including cart.
As of this date there are 20 Air Canada couples attending.
Anyone interested in joining the group please contact Ralph Tisdall
at 388 Nim Nim Ave, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 3W3, or Tel. 250-338-5788
Weather is guaranteed!
Our thanks to Heather & Ralph Tisdall for the information.
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. Your Chief Pilot - Vesta sent us this -
An email from Canada3000 -
It advises that they will give a special 13% discount for the
advance booking of any of their flights on December 31, 1999
(Yes...I kid you not...it says 1999!).
They don't know the prices yet but whatever they are, one will
get the discount if booked now.
CHRISTMAS '98 & NEW YEAR 2000
Canada3000 want to let you know that we are accepting pre-
registration for flights over Christmas '98 and the new
millennium New Years Eve '99. To register for these flights just
call our office at the numbers below and speak to an agent. You
will be required to give a deposit of $200 CAD per person, this
is to hold a seat on the requested route and it is fully
refundable. We will hold the seat and when fares and schedules
become available you will have the option of canceling or
confirming the reservation. There is no information available on
fares and schedules until about 6 months prior to departure.
The 13% discount also applies to package rates for this time.
The discount will be applied at the time of confirmation.
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. Bill Norberg has put fingers to keyboard again -
It has been a while since I sent you an oldie so here goes:-
It was around late 1959 or early 1960. I was on a flight from the old
terminal at Dorval to Winnipeg with my boss at the time, Jim McLean. We took
the 1:30 PM flight from Dorval via Toronto which in those days utilized a
Super Connstellation. It was the top flight from the East to the West and a
very popular flight. We were seated in the First Class section and were
looking forward to a normal comfortable flight.
The flight to Toronto was routine and after the normal stopover were soon
on our way west. About an hour after leaving Toronto the Captain made an
announcement that was to change our plans considerably.
He said they had an overheat warning light on # 3 generator and would have
to return to Toronto. He said he would be in contact with Toronto and would
advise of the plan to deal with this problem. A while later he said that we
would be arriving at Gate 6 at 5:30 PM and would be re-departing from Gate 8
in a Viscount aircraft at 6:00 PM to continue our flight west.
True to his words that is exactly what happened, at least initially. We
deplaned and were routed to gate 8 where we boarded the Viscount and
departed at the appointed time. We took off in a normal manner but I sensed
the aircraft was not behaving properly. As it was now dark outside I
pressed my face against the window to try and see what was happening. I saw
that the wing flaps were not retracted and said to Jim that we had a
problem for sure. A few minutes later the Captain came on the PA to
say..."We have a small problem,the ground crew failed to close an access
panel and we cannot continue the flight. To make matters worse this
particular Viscount does not have fuel dumping capabilities so we will have
to fly around a while to use fuel and lighten the aircraft for landing. He
then went on to say that they would use the time to serve the dinner."
Later he came on again to say that we would be landing at Gate 8 at
8:00 PM and be re-departing at Gate 6 at 8:30 in a Super Constellation
True to his word that is exactly what happened. When we landed the second
time we were sure that we would lose a number of passengers but that was
not the case. A couple did leave but the majority continued the flight to
Winnipeg and West.
After take off We noted one of the passengers sitting opposite us,
obviously a Britisher, who had taken advantage of a bottle of Scotch he had
stashed in his briefcase. By the time we were airborne the third time he was
getting quite sloshed...but quite happy.
There was a neighbour of Jim's on the flight and we were getting quite
embarrased at the whole process being from the Technical Division of the
airline. Jim also had a bottle of Scotch in his briefcase but as an
employee would not be involved in using it in flight. Jim quite politely
stated this situation to his neighbour and then said..."If I was to give
you the bottle of Scotch would you offer us a drink?" The gentleman was
quite ready to oblige and rang the bell for the flight attendant to provide
glasses and ice. The flight proceeded without further disruption to our
destination. It had taken three aircraft and 11 elapsed hours to make the
normal 6 hour flight.
As it is now and always has been, if passengers are properly advised of
problems and we deliver what we say, they usually are very cooperative
under such difficult circumstances.
(The only way to travel - switch aircraft for dinner only!
Anyone else have any 'travel' experiences to share? - eds)
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. Terry's travel tips.
Canadian Interline Travel -
Steal a Royal Caribbean Cruise for Only!!!
7 Night Alaska Cruises from $514.usd inside from $764.usd outside.
July - Sep/98
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Sat Vancouver, B.C., Sun Inside Passage, Mon Juneau, Alaska
Tue Skagway, Alaska, Haines, Alaska, Wed Hubbard Glacier (cruising)
Thu Ketchikan, Alaska, Fri Inside Passage (cruising),
Sat Vancouver, B.C.
Legend of the Seas
Sun Vancouver, B.C., Mon Inside Passage (cruising)
Tue Hubbard Glacier (cruising), Wed Skagway, Alaska, Haines, Alaska
Thur Juneau, Alaska, Fri Ketchikan, Alaska, Misty Fjords, Alaska
Sat Inside Passage (cruising), Sun Vancouver, B.C.
For Reservations Call 1-800-665-3100 Today!! and mention Pionairs.
GREAT CRUISE RATES
WE JUST RECEIVED SEVERAL GREAT INTERLINE RATES FOR ALASKA IN JULY,
AUGUST, AND SEPTEMBER.
RATES STARTING AT $649.00 PP INCLUDING PORT CHARGES!!!
ALSO UNBELIEVABLE RATES FOR BERMUDA IN JULY, AND AUGUST.
RATES STARTING AT $499.00 PP INCLUDING PORT CHARGES!!!
THE RATES ARE FOR HOLLAND AMERICA, ROYAL CARIBBEAN, & CELEBRITY!
1-800-345-7576 OR 812-474-6744 FOR MORE DETAILS!
THESE RATES APPLY TO AIRLINE EMPLOYEES, THEIR SPOUSES, PARENTS, RETIREES OF
THE AIRLINE, AND GUESTS SHARING THE SAME CABIN WITH ELIGIBLE INTERLINE
PERSONS. CALL NOW - THESE RATES WON'T LAST LONG!
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. 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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