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T H E                    _| TCA |_
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N E T L E T T E R   >  CANADA   <
( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 826 May 16th.,  2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+

Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker

To get in touch with either editor/pilot our  email address is
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Our co-pilot is off again - two more cruises to go! No NetLetters until
early June.
Vesta is still in the left hand seat, so anything urgent will still be handled.

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. Dreams take flight news -
More kids off to meet Mickey and the gang. – For the 15th year, Toronto,
the original chapter of Dreams Take Flight, turns wishes into reality.
Early in the morning
of May 12th.,, 255 physically, mentally and socially challenged children
from Ontario and Buffalo, New York, waved goodbye to their parents,
siblings and volunteers of the Toronto chapter of Dreams Take Flight, and
boarded two Air Canada Boeing 767s bound for Walt Disney World. For many of
these children it was their first time on a plane or being away from their
families. But the dream of going to Orlando, Florida to meet Mickey Mouse
and all his friends, and trying out as many rides in a day as possible,
kept the smiles on their faces. Much later tonight, they will return happy
and very tired children with memories that will last them a lifetime.
Congratulations to all the volunteers who’ve worked hard all year long to
ensure these children’s dreams turned into reality.

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. Star Alliance news -
Lufthansa, Boeing prepare to roll out inflight Internet service
In a world premiere, Lufthansa passengers onboard an A340-300 flight from
Munich to Los Angeles that will take to the air May 17 will be the first to
experience high-speed broadband Internet service on a routine flight at
cruising altitude.

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Stuart F Russell, VP, Business Development, BBE, Calgary
O - 403-208-4638 F - 403-241-9054 C - 403-512-4909 E - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
sends this notice -

Reliving the Excitement - 20 years later

Hercules Canada Reunion Association - Hercules Reunion 2004

Where:  Ramada Edmonton Inn - Edmonton, Alberta

When:   Fri 17 Sep 2004 - 1700/2100 - Hospitality Room
Sat 18 Sep -------- 0700/1000 - Breakfast Buffet
Sat 18 Sep -------- 1200/1600 - Hospitality Room
Sat 18 Sep -------- 1700/0100 - Dinner and Dance
Sun 19 Sep ------- 0800/1100 - Breakfast Buffet

Price:  for $95.00 per person you get:

1 Fersten Form Fit Reunion 2004 ball cap
1 Reunion lapel pin.
2 Breakfast buffets
2 Open house sessions for slides, photos & beer talk.
1 Dinner and dance with all wine supplied
a number of really cool door prizes
and ....................
a chance to spend time with your fellow Herc Rats.
Payment:       Mail cheque payable to to HCRA before 01 July:

Hercules Canada Reunion Association
228 Scenic Glen Place NW
Calgary, Alberta, T3L 1K3

Hotel:  Special Reunion Room Rate $79.00 Single or Double
Ramada Reservations Edmonton @ 780-454-5454
Toll Free Number:               @ 800-661-7264

Details:        Stu Russell     403-241-9105     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PWA Hercules Reunion 2004 - Attendee Information

Attendee #1

First Name ------ ____________________________
Last Name ------ ____________________________
Street Address -- ____________________________
City ------------- _____________________________
Province -------- _____________________________
Country -------- ______________________________
Postal Code ---- ______________________________
Email Address -- _____________________________
Phone number -- _____________________________

Attendee #2

First Name ------ _____________________________
Last Name ------ _____________________________
Street Address -- _____________________________
City ------------- ______________________________
Province -------- ______________________________
Country -------- ______________________________
Postal Code ---- ______________________________
Email Address -- _____________________________
Phone number -- _____________________________


Hercules Crew - Position ___________________
PWA Employee - Position -_________________
Hercules Customer - Client _________________
Persona Non Gratis - Other _________________

Deadline for booking is 01 July 2004
Deadline for payment is 01 Aug 2004

Entry Fee: $95.00 per person - paid in advance

Refund policy: All monies are non refundable.

Event planning - how many will attend:
Fri - 1700/2100 - Open House _____
Sat - 0700/1000 - Brunch _________
Sat - 1200/1600 - Open House _____
Sat - 1800/0100 - Dinner / Dance ___
Sun - 0800/1100 - Brunch _________
Dinner wine preference:

Red ______________
White _____________

Special dinner meal requirements:

Vegetarian _________
Other _____________

Special requests for the Open House(s):

Slide projector ---- _______________
DVD player ------- _______________
VHS VCR player - _______________

Hats & Pins - Do you want to buy extras? - ( we will send info )

Herc Reunion Ball hats - _______
Herc Reunion Pins ----- _________

Videos - Do you want to buy one?? - ( we will send info )

Denny Ranson historic PWA DVD - _______
Triad PWA Reunion 1991 DVD ---- _______

Golf - Are you interested in playing?? ( Bryan Benay to co-ord )

Fri - ________________
Sat - ________________
Sun - ________________

Volunteer - Are you interested / able to help with the event? _____

RETURN COMPLETED INFO to: Stu Russell @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAIL CHEQUE to: 228 Scenic Glen Place NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3L 1K3

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. Where are they now?
DC-9 fin # 707 CF-TLH c/n 45845 last revenue flight was Feb 15th.,
2000, has been cut up and scrapped at YUL May 6th., 2004
DC-9 fin # 709 CF-TLJ c/n 47019 last revenue flight was Feb 17th.,
2000, has been cut up and donated to John Abbott College, on the west
Island of Montreal.

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. Found on the internet.
B747's as water bombers!
By July 4 of this year, Evergreen International Aviation hopes to gain
independence from firefighting the old-fashioned way. The McMinnville,
Oregon-based company is working with the FAA to obtain certification for
Evergreen "Supertankers") -- retrofit Boeing 747s capable of carrying
24,000 gallons of fire retardant each. Supertanker spokesman Justin
Marchand tells AVweb the flight-test aircraft has made more than 50 flights
and 82 drops and carried 536,000 gallons -- 1.5 million pounds -- of
retardant. Why a 747? "I like the analogy 'why send in a single soldier
when you can send in the army,'" says Marchand.

Airbus 'creams' Boeing.
Citizens of Toulouse, France, and European aircraft maker Airbus celebrated
as a "gigantic" new assembly line for the new super-jumbo A380 was unveiled
to acclaim and many other fine adjectives last week. Airbus, the consortium
of European companies, has (according to the numbers) displaced Boeing as
the world's leading producer of commercial aircraft. That sits very poorly
with Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who railed against U.S. inaction during
comments Thursday on the Senate floor. Murray, who is up for re-election
this year, says Europe is engaging in unfair trade practices that are
resulting in the "subsidized slaughter" of American companies.

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Subject: Gordon McGregor honoured
Gordon R. McGregor, first full time president of TCA/Air Canada
(1948-1968), was inducted into Canada's Business Hall of Fame in Toronto
on  May 4. Conducting the induction of McGregor was chairman emeritus Claude
Mr. Taylor's guests included captains Rob Giguere, Ron Dennis and
wives, Peter Taylor and Ross Smyth and wife.

The gala celebration dinner recognized 26 years of business leadership in
support of Junior Achievement of Canada. Living inductees were Richard
Haskayne, David O'Brien and Gerald Schwartz.

Gordon Roy McGregor, fighter pilot and aviation pioneer, was born in
Montreal, educated at St.Andrews in Toronto and at McGlll University with
a  degree in engineering. Upon graduation he joined Bell Canada. In 1932 he
was promoted district manager in Kingston, Ontario. There he indulged his
childhood love of aviation and began taking flying lessons. When war
broke  out, McGregor, now a central district manager based in Montreal,
in the air force.

McGregor's heroism as a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain earned him
the Flying Cross and many other medals of valour from the grateful nations
of Europe. After the war he joined Trans-Canada Air Lines. Within three
years he became its president. The postwar years were turbulent times for
the growing airline. Under McGregor's guidance Trans-Canada Air Lines was
renamed Air Canada in 1965, became a natinal institution and a leading
world carrier. Gordon McGregor passed away in March 1971 at the age of

In accepting the award, Claude Taylor, chairman emeritus of Air Canada,
said he considered McGregor his idol and aviation mentor.

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Your co-pilot recently went on another cruise, here is part 1 of a report -
Mediterranean Cruise on NCL
Sunday Apr 4th
Our trip started today with our friends dropping us off at Nanaimo
International Airport for the 10:35 Jazz flight DH8 en route to Vancouver.
While checking in, we verified the weight of the 2 bags we will use for the
Ryanair flight from the UK, which restricts each person to one checked
luggage no more than 15 kgs, and a carry-on up to 7 kgs.
Our flight from Vancouver to London Heathrow was in J class on an Airbus
A330, which was great. The flight attendants were just that - very
attentive  and the food good. We made good flight time, and arrived at
London Heathrow 35 minutes early, but this saving of time diminished as
there was no gate available  -  an occupational hazard with early arrivals
-  so our flight really arrived on time. Not so our luggage, just six
suitcases appeared on the carrousel after 20 minutes, with the balance
arriving 20 minutes later. What a frustrating wait, during which, we
exchanged our Canadian for Sterling currency.
Our friends arrived to collect us just as we emerged from the terminal,
good timing as the traffic wardens are quite ferocious in moving traffic
along, as no parking was tolerated, all part of the security.
We spent a lazy evening with our friends, catching up on gossip from
the previous years meeting..

Tuesday Apr 6th.
Another lazy kind of day. We went shopping at one of our favourite
store  Marks and Spencers, and made several purchases. As we were due to
get up at some unearthly hour the next day, we did not attempt to do
anything too dynamic.

Wednesday Apr 7th.
At last, the magic day has arrived  the long awaited cruise in the
Western Mediterranean on the Norwegian Dream from Rome to Dover.
Up at 02:00 in the early hours of the morning, for our taxi to Stansted
Airport and the Ryanair flight to Rome. Our taxi was only 5 minutes late in
collecting us, but with the roads virtually devoid of traffic, we had a
fast and comfortable ride.
Upon arrival at Stansted, we had the feeling that Ryanair had taken over
the whole of the airport facilities  they were certainly prominent.
There were no TV monitor screens to tell you which check in desk
operated our flight, so we asked, and were directed to nr 175. Let me tell
you, almost every check in desk had a very very long queue, but the check
in process was very simplified, and we got through quickly, even had time
for a coffee with the rest of our group, whom we met up with in the queue
for the flight, making 8 in total,  the ‘Group of 8’ as we call ourselves,
having done various cruises and trips together.
Seating on the aircraft is ‘first come, first served’, so it is
advisable to get through security and to the gate quickly. Fortunately our
group were able to get seats near each other. The aircraft, a Boeing
B737-800 had 175 same class passengers, and definitely ‘no frills’.
On the back of each seat was a pricelist of food and drink. Sandwiches at
gbp3.75, Hot soup/Coffee/Tea/soft drinks at gbp1.60 each, served on the
aircraft. We had brought our own food, pre packed sandwiches from Marks and
Spencers  at gbp2.10 and salad at gbp1.60. We also had bottled water.
At Ciampino Rome airport, we went quickly through security after
collecting our luggage, and located the driver we had booked for the trip
to the cruise ship which was an hours drive away.
Once at the docks, although we could see the Norwegian Dream amongst the
other cruise ships, we did not know how to get there, but after driving
around for five minutes or so, the driver asked for directions, and we
finally arrived at Pier #8.
Processing was extremely quick, and we had our picture taken, as a
security measure, and ID cards to be used on and off the cruise ship which,
when swipped in the computer, brings up the photograph of the owner for
physical identification.
Our tickets, arranged by Dargal Interline  for the 12 day cruise on the
Norwegian Dream, and gave us ‘run of the ship’. Although the charge was for
inside cabins, we were all assigned outside cabins, with 2 portholes each
cabin  such luxury!
After locating our cabins, we went for lunch, then back to the cabins to
unpack and rest up until the inevitable boat drill. After orientating
ourselves, we went to supper at 18:30, followed by the theatre and an early

- Our cruise visits ports in the European Community and, Non EC guests
may get their certificates of purchase stamped by customs at the airports
upon departing the country. When you make purchases from any store, ensure
they display a decal advising that they are participating in the duty free
sales, and get your certificate validated by the store, together with an
envelope in order to mail your signed certificate for a refund of the Value
Added Tax.
- When exchanging currencies at airports, especially when served by Air
Canada, you may be able to avoid the commission by showing your Air Canada
ID card.
- Cost of a taxi from Watford to Stansted Airport was gbp54.00
- Ryanair airfare from Stansted to Ciampino, Rome was gbp18.99 plus
gbp13.80 tax plus gbp1.75 credit card fee total gbp34.54 per person one way.
- We had a Mercedes Sprinter van which comfortably accommodated all 8 of
us plus our luggage. and the charge was euro135 for the hours run on
excellent roads to Civitavecchia.
- The company we booked for our shuttle was one of several we contacted
prior to leaving for our trip.
Natuarally, we chose this one Autonoleggio Italiano Ruinito had a web site email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   attn Elena and charged
us the euro135 VAT included.
Two others we contacted were Travel in Reservation Services web site email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will charge
euro140 for 2 persons, euro170 up to 6 persons and euro206 up to 8 persons.
Plus 10% VAT
and Airport Connection Service S.R.L. web site
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will charge euro155 including tax for up to 8 persons.
- Cost of the 12 day cruise  was us$552.00 p.p., booked through Dargal
and handled by Rob Corey with a minimum of fuss and expeditiously.

Part 2 in a later NetLetter.

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. May Day.
Planning travel to SYD, Austrailia in near future using a pass with my
brother. Any info regarding hotels, car rentals, tours etc in Sydney or
day/overnight trips from there would be appreciated. Thanks Helen
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. Terry's travel tips.
These deals are from the Star Alliance web site
Interline Spring Camping Adventure
SIX Fabulous Days!
$699.00 Canadian!!
Anytime within the month of JUNE
Pick up and Drop off in Vancouver
6 nights use of the motorhome, Your choice of 27' OR 29' motorhomes
1000 Kilometers.
Preparation Fee
Convenience Kits that contain dishes, cookware, pillows, linen, towels,
sleeping bags, lawn chairs, & cleaning equipment
First supply of propane and toilet chemicals
Itinerary with side trips and suggestions
Taxes,GST and Fuel. Campground fees.
Telephone: 604.527.1102
Toll Free: 1.800.661.2441
Fax: 604.527.1105
EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Active and retired employees, family members and friends. Friends must
reserve & travel with retired / active employees.

Welcome at the Chateau de Garrevaques .
Marie Christine and Claude Combes former Air hostess and pilot
will welcome you at the château. They are the 15th generation living in the
residence constructed in 1450.
You will be a privileged guest whether you come for a short stay
or a long visit. If you  wish you will have dinner with us at "Table d'hôte"
to enjoy
regional products, foie gras  or cassoulet.
The rate for a room is 130 Euros per night, breakfast at 10
Euros. Interliners save with a 10% discount on room prices.
Bonjour Interliners...and Welcome to your Castle!
Sports facilities at the property or near by: swimming pool, spa with
massages like hot stones  ayurvedic and beauty farm, bicyle and horse
riding, golf, sailing. Airfield with a 750 m runway at 1 km.
The château in a 8 acres garden with secular trees, is located at the
same distance from Toulouse, Albi and Carcassonne about 40 minutes driving
and one hour flight from Paris to main airport Toulouse or Carcassonne. As
well we organise customized touring itineraries for our guests
Marie Christine and Claude Combes
Telephone: 335 63 75 04 54
Fax: 335 63 70 26 44
Visit our website:

Royal Solaris Los Cabos All Inclusive .

ROYAL SOLARIS LOS CABOS, a deluxe all inclusive resort, offers you
the most
complete  ALL INCLUSIVE system. 400 beautiful Mexican style decorated rooms
with a modern touch,  in a magnificent Mexican-Californian style building.
Perfect accommodations for a great  vacation.
Royal Solaris Los Cabos SPA offers a variety to choose from which
include massage  therapies, beauty salon, special body treatments, beauty
center and an array aromatherapy ,facials, body wraps, physical
conditioning, exercise classes, sports facilities and much  more.
BONUS: July 1 to Dec 23 , 2004 - DELUXE ROOM plus DAILY GOLF AT THE
Additional Bonus:
Book from now and until Dec 14th , 2004 and enjoy a special rate of
$20 usd round trip airport transportation per person by contacting        
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 3 days prior to arrival. Written
confirmation is needed.
Rate Chart    Type of room
Single Double  Triple   Junior    CHD
Apr. 11 to Jun. 30         $95     $65      $60     $52       $33
Jul. 1 to Dec 23. Dlx Rm w/Golf
$95     $65     $60      $40     2 CHD Free
*Rates in USD per person, per night, includes tips and
current taxes.
FREE CHILDREN POLICY: Max 2 children per room free sharing their
parents room.

The Perfect Place to let yourself be Pampered
Some of the many amenities of the All Inclusive program:
Deluxe rooms
Seven theme parties per week
3 Swimming pools
Lobby bar with live music
Snack bar, 4 Restaurants
Please visit our website for the many inclusions.
Every day in Royal Solaris Los Cabos Resort are days full of fun, our
Sports and Entertainment staff has
prepared for you an activity full program for all ages, including:
Beach Volley Ball
Water Polo
Tournaments (Ping Pong, Volley ball, Basket ball)
Dancing Lessons (Salsa, Merengue, Country, etc.)
Rosaura Ugalde
Telephone: 52 (624) 145 6810
Fax: 52 (624) 145 68 11
Visit our website:

. Some deals from InterliningPlus -
Holland America - Amsterdam - May 9 - 7 Nights
Departs Seattle, WA. return.
Inside: $729 USD, Oceanview: $7799 USD
Holland America - Amsterdam - May 23 - 7 Nights
Departs Seattle, WA. return.
Inside: $799 USD, Oceanview: $849 USD
Holland America - Amsterdam - May 30 - 7 Nights
Departs Seattle, WA. return.
Inside :N/A, Oceanview: $829 USD
Holland America - Amsterdam - Jun 6 - 7 Nights
Departs Seattle, WA. return
Inside :N/A, Oceanview: $849 USD
Norwegian - Norwegian Spirit - Jul 3 - 7 Nights
Departs Seattle, WA. return
Inside :$639, Oceanview: $719 USD
Carnival - Carnival Spirit - Southbound - 7 Nights
Departs Anchorage, Alaska to Vancouver, B.C.
May 26 - Inside :$499 USD, Oceanview: N/A, Balcony: $1049 USD
Jun 9 - Inside :$499 USD, Oceanview: $549 USD, Balcony: N/A
Jun 23 - Inside :$449 USD, Oceanview: $749 USD, Balcony: N/A
Jul 7 - Inside :$549 USD, Oceanview: $649 USD, Balcony: $899 USD
Carnival - Carnival Spirit - Northbound - 7 Nights
Departs Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage, Alaska
Jun 2 - Inside :$499 USD, Oceanview: N/A, Balcony: N/A
Jun 16 - Inside :$499 USD, Oceanview: $599 USD, Balcony: N/A
Jun 30 - Inside :$549 USD, Oceanview: $649 USD, Balcony: $949 USD
Interlining Plus
Local phone: 604-606-1700 Toll Free: 1-800-665-3100
Fax: 604-606-1720
All rates are per person based on double occupancy - Port charges are
included taxes are additional, except when specified. All rates are in USD
unless otherwise specified.

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