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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 833  June 28th, 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+

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

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. Need to know.
For internationally-bound flights from the Infield Terminal in Toronto,
travellers are asked to be at the gate for boarding 60 minutes prior to
departure. Customer boarding passes will show the adjusted boarding times.
Furthermore, anyone connecting through Toronto to international destinations is
asked to go directly to the Infield Terminal by using the shuttle bus from T1.

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. Nice to know.
From the Pionairs newsletter issued by Gord Dalziel -
A Spouse who maybe traveling without the Retiree, may need Air Canada
Identification when traveling on Other Airlines.   It is suggested, spouses
should photocopy the I. D. Card of the Retiree  when traveling without
him/her.   Also a  Printout of the web confirmation page as well as your photo
I. D. ( i.e.:  Passport )  should be all that is required.

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. Air Canada news -
ARINC Global Maintenance Services has received a 4-year contract from Air
Canada to maintain all of the airline's 3,200 UHF ground radios and systems
located at 18 airports across Canada. The fixed-rate contract, which became
effective May 1, was awarded in competitive bidding.

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. News from the districts.
The inaugural coffee morning for the retirees in the Nanaimo area on
Vancouver Island
will take place on the second Wednesday of OCTOBER at 10:00, in the ABC Country
Restaurant on Mary Ellen Drive, just north of the Woodgrove shopping centre, in
Nanaimo, and every subsequent second Wednesday of each month.
All airline retirees most welsome. Contact is Terry Baker at 250-751-1937.

Vancouver Island & Gulf Island district mid-island luncheon was held on
Thursday June 24th
at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Nanaimo, Emcee'd by Harold Thomas - Director. 38
attended and heard from the guest speaker, Saville Hambleton, who dissected the
letter recently received on our pensions, with some succinct opinions.
Marilyn Goulet won the 50/50 draw valued at $24.00.

From the London England monthly newsletter - July -
from Tony Coleman: Director Pionairs

I was privileged to be invited to travel on the flight described below and it
was very rewarding to see how much enjoyment the kids had on their special day.

“Dreams  Take  Flights”   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 12th May, 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 that night they returned, 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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Dreams Take Flight plan a big fundraiser in Calgary. Dreams Take Flight Calgary
will hold its 10th annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans dance and silent auction July
11, to raise money for the program. The auction includes signed Calgary Flames
items, and an autographed Shania Twain guitar. Grand prize is a trip for two to
Honolulu. Last year, the evening raised more than $100,000.

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. Found on the internet.
Munich has become Eurpoe's first airport for Airbus A380 operations. Only five
other airports worldwide - all in Asia - currently meet the exacting standards
imposed for operations by the future airlines. The first A380 is expected to
enter service with Singapore Airlines two years from now.

Mexico Glitterati will soon be able to travel in unique style - courtesy of a
converted Boeing B727 limo. The B727 has been transformed into a state of the
art vehicle, modifying the fueslage and installing a six cylinder engine in the
rear. Naturally the wings have been removed. Equipped with hi tech video, bar,
dance floor and beds. The vehicle is available for hire at us$1000 for a three
hour ride.

Virgin Atlantic chairman Richard Bransan announced that later this summer, some
Virgin Atlantic Upper Class customers will be able to transfer from London’s
Heathrow airport to the city via the Thames River by boarding an amphibian

The Italian government recently approved a short-term bridge loan for
financially struggling Alitalia while the airline works out a new business
plan, according to media reports.

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. Where are they now?
Boeing B767-300 fin 654 reg C-GGOH c/n 26200 was returned to lessor in Nov
2003 and  is now operating with Nationwide, a South African domestic carrier
and registered ZS-PBI

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. May Day!
From Sandie Dexter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Can help me track down a former work colleague, Jenny Hurley?
I know Jenny and her husband moved to Vancouver Island from Montreal after
she retired. I was thrilled to see her again when I did a presentation at a
Nanaimo Pionairs lunch in the late 1990s (I recall it was just prior to the
Pilots' strike). I lost her contact info, the years rush by, but now I too
am retired and want to renew acquaintance with lost friends.
I appreciate your help. Thanks. Sandie Dexter

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. Terry's travel tips.
Ryanair, Europe's No.1 low fares airline,  announced it is to increase cabin
baggage maximum allowances from 7kilos to 10kilos to take effect from Tuesday
29th June 2004.

FLASH UPDATE. June 24, 2004
Holland America Repositioning Cruises - Just Released !!

Holland America - Repositiong - Zaandam - Sept 25th
5 Nights
Vancouver to San Diego
Inside $299 USD / Outside $379 USD / Balcony $649 USD

Holland America - Repositioning - Volendam - Sept 29th
3 Nights
Vancouver to San Francisco
Inside $199 USD / Outside $249 USD / Balcony $389 USD

Please note a $20 USD per person processing fee will be applied to these

More deals from INTERLINING PLUS -
Norwegian Dawn - Jun 27 - 7 Nights
Itinerary: Bahamas and Florida
Departs New York, N.Y. return
Inside :$299 USD, Oceanview: $349, Balcony: $699 USD
Norwegian Majesty - Jul 11, 18, 25 - 7 Nights
Itinerary: Boston to Bermuda Roundtrip
Departs Boston, MA. return
Inside :$499 USD, Oceanview: $599 USD
Norwegian Sea - Jul 24, 31 - 7 Nights
Itinerary: Western Caribbean - Texaribbean
Departs Houston, TX. return
Inside :$539 USD, Oceanview: $559 USD
Norwegian Spirit - Sep 4- 7 Nights
Itinerary: Alaska Sawyer Glacier Roundtrip
Departs Seattle, WA. return
Inside :$539 USD, Oceanview: $599, Balcony: $899 USD
Norwegian Sun - Jul 4 - 7 Nights
Itinerary: Alaska Sawyer Glacier Roundtrip
Departs Vancouver, B.C. return
Inside :$719 USD, Oceanview: $799 USD, Balcony: $899 USD
Celebrity - Summit - Jul 30 - 7 Nights
Departs Seward to Vancouver
Inside :N/A, Oceanview: $750 USD, Balcony: $850 USD
Norwegian - Norwegian Spirit - Aug 21 - 7 Nights
Departs Seattle, WA. to Alaska - Roundtrip
Inside :$819 USD, Oceanview: $939 USD
Royal Caribbean - Radiance of the Seas - Jul 3 - 7 Nights
Departs Vancouver, B.C. to Alaska - Roundtrip
Inside :N/A, Oceanview: $499 USD, Balcony: $599 USD
Royal Caribbean - Grandeur of the Seas - Jul 25 - 7 Nights
Departs Baltimore return.
Inside :$549 USD, Oceanview: $649 USD, Balcony: $1099 USD
Royal Caribbean - Empress of the Seas - Jul 4 - 6 Nights
Departs Cape Liberty, N.Y. return
Inside :$499 USD, Oceanview: $609 USD
Royal Caribbean - Adventure of the Seas - Jul 11 - 7 Nights
Departs San Juan, Puerto Rico return.
Inside :$599 USD, Oceanview: N/A, Balcony: $799 USD
Carnival - Carnival Destiny - Aug 1 - 7 Nights
Departs San Juan, Puerto Rico return.
Inside :$549 USD, Oceanview: $649 USD, Balcony: $699 USD
Norwegian - Norwegian Sea - Aug 28, Sep 4, 11, 18 - 7 Nights
Departs Houston, Texas return.
Inside :$389 USD, Oceanview: $429 USD, Balcony: N/A
Carnival - Carnival Triumph - Sep 4 - 7 Nights
Departs Miami, Fl. return.
Inside :$549 USD, Oceanview: $649 USD, Balcony: $699 USD
Celebrity - Millennium - Aug 13 - 14 Nights
Eastern Europe
Departs Barcelona, Spain to Venice, Italy
Inside :$1000 USD, Oceanview: $1100 USD
Celebrity - Galaxy - Aug 13 - 10 Nights
Best of the Mediterranean
Departs Rome, Italy return.
Oceanview: $850 USD
Carnival - Carnival Spirit - Sep 22 - 12 Nights
Departs Vancouver, B.C. to Honolulu, Hawaii.
Inside :$649 USD, Oceanview: $899 USD, Balcony: $1249 USD
Carnival - Ecstasy - Sept 17 - 15 Nights
Departs Los Angeles,. CA. to Miami, Fl.
Inside :$939 USD, Oceanview: $1079 USD, Balcony: N/A
Trafalgar Tours - Italian Discovery - 11 Days
>From $1480 USD
This fabulous escorted tour ensures you see all the highlights of Northern
Italy. You will start in Rome viewing the Forum, Colosseum and Circus Maximus,
plus visits to St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. From there it is
onward visiting Florence, Pisa, Turin, the Italian Lakes, Milan, Pavia, Mantua,
Venice, Verona, Bologna and Assisi
Tour includes 9 buffet breakfasts and 5 - three course dinners.
Begins on Fridays and Sundays in Rome thru to Oct 9th.
Prices per person, based on double occupancy, including air. Does not include
Transportation taxes and related fees.
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.
Local phone: 604-606-1700 Toll Free: 1-800-665-3100
Fax: 604-606-1720

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A 13-year-old girl was waiting in the car with her 13-year-old friend while her
aunt ran an errand in the airport office at New York's Penn Yan Airport
recently. The aunt looked out the window and saw that the two girls were
driving the car, and ran outside to try to stop them. The girls apparently
panicked, and crashed into a hangar door, which happened to have a $37 million
jet sitting right behind it. The car got entangled with a wing, and the girls
were trapped. Both suffered minor injuries, but were released after treatment.
The jet damage was estimated at $1 million.

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