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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 827  June 2nd., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+
Circulation: 2700+

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

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. Nice to know.
Vancouver’s AIF rolled into ticket price June 1. Vancouver’s Airport
Improvement Fee will be added directly to airline tickets beginning June 1,
and will no longer be collected in the terminal after that date. Most other
major airports add the fee to tickets. The Airport Authority announced in
February a $1.4 billion Cdn capital improvement program that will include
nine new international gates, domestic terminal renovations, the addition
of a rapid transit line to the airport and other improvements. The airport
is raising the AIF for North America destinations from $10 to $15 starting
Jan. 1, 2005. The fees for B.C. and international destinations will remain

Air Canada news.
Non-stop service from Toronto to Hong Kong with A340-500 will begin this
summer. With the delivery this summer of our first A340-500 aircraft, we
announced the introduction of first-ever non-stop service from Toronto to
Hong Kong. The A340-500 is the world’s longest range airliner and features
lie-flat seats, and state-of-the-art entertainment.  Effective 1st August,
our new daily non-stop service, with a flight time of 15.5 hours will link
eastern North America and southeast Asia with daily flights that will cut
more than four and a half hours travel time compared to other carriers’
best routings.

Making the travel experience easier  Air Canada introduces free Internet
access at selected airports. Over the next few weeks, Air Canada will
introduce Internet Podiums for customers to use free of charge to purchase
tickets, modify existing online changeable reservations, as well as to use
a Latitude pass flight credit. The Internet Podium will be linked to . In addition, it may be used by active or retired
employees to access the Employee Travel Site, at,
to list for flights.

Employees to use new London kiosks. If you're travelling from London,
England, you should be aware that employees are to use the new common-use
check-in kiosks recently installed by the airport authority. The kiosks are
similar to the ones in Canada that can be accessed by using your company ID
or a credit card. As mentioned earlier in the Daily, active and retired
employees who use the kiosks, but are not assigned a seat, should go to the
"Triangle" counter at D46 for seat assignment. D46 is adjacent to the
kiosks, which are located at the front of cul-de-sac D.

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Dreams Take Flight invites you to the “Dreams Take Sail Salsa Cruise.” The
Vancouver chapter of Dreams Take Flight would like to invite you to join
them on June 18 for the “Dreams Take Sail Salsa Cruise.” During the
tantalizing 3-hour cruise aboard the MV Britannia, you will be able to
enjoy tropical rhythms and sultry dance shows, taste a delicious array of
hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and win some nifty prizes. The cost is $39 Cdn
per person. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster. For more information
call (604) 270-5437.

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. Found on the internet.
Due to the spike in crude oil prices during the first quarter of this
year, purchase prices for aircraft fuel have experienced a similarly sharp
rise. At the time of writing, the cost of one ton of kerosene had already
hit US$ 390.

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. News from the districts.
From the Pionairs newsletter issued by Gord Dalziel -
The dates of the  Pionairs  Golf  Days is now comfirmed, as  September
13th and 14th, 2004.
The Location will be  Prince  Edward  Island, using one of the coarses
which was used last year.  Now the Weather is what we are all hoping will
cooperate as it did last year.
Mark your Calendars, put together your foursomes and keep a watch for
further details on this Pionairs Event.
Volunteers are  needed to assist with this Event, from the  Halifax
District.  Please contact our President,   John  Rodger if you can help at
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Offering you the hottest tickets to the hottest show in Toronto
When was the last time you lost yourself in another era - 1962 Baltimore to
be exact? If you want take some time out to enjoy a fun-filled play that
will have you dancing in the isles, then " Hairspray " - Broadway’s big fat
musical comedy hit, is the play for you.
Active and Retired Air Canada employees are offered a special price of $62
a ticket on premium tickets for specially selected June performances of
"Hairspray" playing at The Princess of Wales Theatre. This offer is valid
on first level category tickets and subject to availability.
To order your tickets, call (416) 872-1212 or (800) 461-3333 and quote code
LC0604. You can also go online at and enter the coupon code.

From the London England monthly newsletter issued by Tony Coleman -
The UK AGM will be held at the  Savill Court Hotel  in Egham  at 11.00 am
on 6th  July, when light refreshments will be provided.  We look forward to
meeting you there.

Gordon  Adley has kindly agreed to act as travel advisor for the UK
Pionairs.   He will be happy to answer queries in respect of  flight
routings, ticketing and travel on other carriers, but will not be expected
to make travel bookings for members.  His contact information is Telephone
01483 476942  Mobile 07989 56595.

Annual membership due will be deducted from your June pay cheque in the
amount of gbp6.00 (retired employee) or gbp3.00 (widow/widower of employee).

Dates  for  your  Diary:

8th June    -    ACRA Fishing trip  Hayling Island  Full day gbp30
14th June    -    London Evening tour  very popular event.
6th July        -    U.K. AG M at Savill Court  - light refreshments provided
28th July    -    ACRA Riverboat shuffle, departing Kew - gbp20 for members and
gbp22 for non-members
4th August     -    ACRA Kempton Park race night (Irish evening) gbp11.00.
First race 6.30 pm
6th September  -    ACRA Theatre visit  “Jailhouse Rock”.
7th September     -    Day trip to St. Omer  cross channel coach and train.
15th-17th Nov    -    North American Trip to Phoenix
Hotel accommodation 15th & 16th November.
5th Dec                -          Christmas Lunch at Savill Court Hotel
10th Dec        -    ACRA Christmas Dinner Dance at BA Concorde Club

JULY 29TH, 2004
1600-2000 HRS
COST       $ 16.50
This will be a Pig Roast complete with all the trimmings, salad, roast
pig, turkey, pineapple pork and beans, baked potatoes, Pineapple & coconut
cake, cream puffs for dessert.Hawaiian punch is served (alcohol and non
Hawaiian shirts, Muu Muu's, grass skirts, shorts are the dress of the day.
Family and friends are invited.

Picnic BBQ at Sun Oka in Summerland
Tuesday, June 22nd. 2004 at Sun Oka Beach in Summerland.
11:00am, meet & greet, 12:00 our BBQ lunch, and at 13:30 games and fun.
Cost will be $13.00 per person. There will be door prizes.
Bring a hat for the sun, some dimes for the games and a lawn chair for your
Note: There may be a parking charge of $3.00 at the Park.
Please make your cheque out to: "Air Canada Pionairs" and mail to:
Gretchen Aird #317-1056 Bernard Ave. Kelowna, V1Y 8L7
Deadline for receipt of your cheques is: June 18th. 2004
(If you commit to this event, due to the Catering charges, you will be
responsible to pay if you do not show up. Cancellations are accepted up
until June 18th. 2004)

George Bett sends this message -
Here are the results of the local Pionairs Golf tournament,which was held
on May 20th at Country Meadows Golf course in Richmond B.C;
Mens low gross 65-Phil Easterbrook-,
Ladies low net 71, Betty Carr.
Mens low net 63-Roy Geddes.
The KP's were won by-Bob Comack, George Agnew, Phil Easterbrook and Bob
A big thank you to Charlie Burtch, Roy Geddes, Art Allen for organizing the
tournament and tabulating the results. Also, lots of thanks to our
sponsors; Country Meadows Golf course, Legends Pub,Ohares Pub, Art Allen,
YVR Airport authority, HMY/Harmony Airways and Air Transat.
A very enjoyable day was had by all.

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. Terry's travel tips.
The following tip from the London England monthly newsletter issued by Tony
Coleman -
When travelling to the USA, and using a non-ticket pass, i.e. the
electronic-type paper ticket, it is advisable to have a printed-out
itinerary of your travel routings.   One of our colleagues had a problem
with the pre-clearance at Toronto.
Also, don’t forget you must have the first night’s accommodation booked in
advance so that you have the address handy to give to the pre-clearance

The Radisson Edwardian group, with 8 splendid hotels in central London,
UK., and one at Heathrow airport have given us access to real-time ‘live’
availability searching just for ‘id’ rates ! This means that with just one
click from idDeals you can now search for the dates you want and Radisson
Edwardian will instantly respond and let you know if ‘id’ rates are
available. And if an ‘id’ rate is not available they will always give the
option of the next best public rates. Have a test drive now, at Use the ‘Deal Search’ menu for UK / Central London.

Some of the many deals available at KVIINTERLINE -
Celebrity Line -
30-May-04, 6-Jun-04
7 days
$   600.00 inside,  $   700.00 outside $    850.00 balcony

Dover (London)/England, Paris/France, Taha’s (Motu Mahana), Oslo/Norway,
Copenhagen/Denmark, Berlin/Germany, Gdynia/Poland, at sea, Tallin/Estonia,
Helsinki/Finland, St. Petersburg/Russia, overnight Stockholm/Sweden
14 days  $1,400.00 inside

Holland America
Civitavecchia (Rome)/Italy, St. Tropez/France, Mahon/Spain, Ceuta/Spanish
Morocco, Cadiz/Spain, Lisbon/Portugal, Cruise Tagus River,
Leixoes/Portugal, La Coruna/Spain, Cruise Celtic Sea, Dublin/Ireland,
Oban/Scotland, Cruise Hebrides, Kirkwall/Orkney Islands,
Edinburgh/Scotland, Amsterdam/Netherlands, Cruise North Sea Canal,
14 days  $   999.00 inside,  $   849.00 outside,  $  1,399.00 Balcony

Amsterdam/Netherlands, Cruise North Sea Canal, Cruise North Sea,
Vik/Norway, Flaam/Norway, Cruise Aurlandsfjord, Cruise Sognefjord,
Stavenger/Norway, Cruise Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock, Skagen/Denmark,
Ystad/Sweden, Cruise Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg (Moscow)/Russia,
Helsinki/Finland, Mariehamm/Finland, Cruise Aland Archipelago,
Stockholm/Sweden, Cruise Stockholm Archipelago, Visby/Sweden, Cruise Baltic
Sea, Copenhagen/Denmark
14 days  $   999.00 inside  $   929.00 outside $ 1,499.00 balcony
Royal Caribbean Line - 
7 days  $   499.00 inside,  $   549.00 outside, $    599.00 balcony

All rates are quoted in US dollars, per person, cruise only, based on
double occupancy. Rates include port charges, however, government taxes &
trip cancellation insurance is extra.
Interline verification must be faxed (775) 305-7900 or E-mailed
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Patti Gordon
YOUR Interline Specialist
KVI Interline Cruises & Tours
Toll Free in N.A.: 1.866.765.3694
Collect to Canada: 250.765.3697
Fax to Canada: 775.305.7900
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