2006 Netletter #954 - Dec 23, 2006

#954 - Dec 23, 2006

The NetLetter #954
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Number 954

About us!

Need to know

Nice to know

Air Canada News

Star Alliance News

Found on the Internet

Terry's Travel Tips

Smilie

AC Heritage Poster

Sponsors

Submissions

NetLetter Archives



About us!

Since October 1995, Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker have been issuing an email newsletter for those ex Air Canada types who have provided us with their email addresses. The Newsletter was created by Vesta, who gave the name 'NetLetter' and added 'Between Ourselves' - a TCA periodical with which you are probably familiar with from the 50's and 60's. It was then changed to "Between Yourselves" to avoid confusion when "Horizons" resurrected the name. Then finally simplified to just "The NetLetter".

We believe that our NetLetter, which originates from Vancouver Island, was the FIRST to use this medium to disperse information for retirees of Air Canada.

The NetLetter contains airline related information such as anecdotes or stories supplied by some of the recipients, Internet tips, travel news, cheap... excuse me, "inexpensive" accommodations, tours, interline travel, and, in some small way, we help keep our Air Canada family together and in touch.

Our 'NetLetter' is NOT sponsored by any Pionair group, nor are we seeking any financial support, only the Internet email addresses of those who would like to receive our 'NetLetter'. Please forward this to other retirees who can then subscribe right from the forwarded link at the bottom of this email.



 


Air Canada Heritage Poster

 



Dear NetLetter,

VESTA, ALAN AND TERRY WISH ALL READERS OF OUR NETLETTER A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE VERY BEST FOR 2007, HAPPY TRAILS




Welcome to the 954th issue of "NetLetter".

We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2741 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.The "NetLetter" is written by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker from Vancouver Island (see sidebar) and also with articles and comments from "you" our readers. It is published courtesy of the ACFamily Network at www.acfamily.net


  • Need to know
  • Vesta

    Parking Discounts at any Park'N Fly

    Parking Discounts for all Air Canada Employees at any Park'N Fly location across Canada. Active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz employees can take advantage of a 50 per cent discount for leisure travel on SelfPark and Valet Parking at any Park'N Fly location across Canada, including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Windsor, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. To obtain the discount you will be required to quote the applicable coupon code, which is posted on the Employee Discounts page of Aeronet. You will be required to present your Air Canada identification card. Park'N Fly is Canada's only national parking company and all locations are conveniently open 24- hours a day, 365 days a year.


    Note: To obtain the discount you will be required to quote the applicable coupon code, which is #31033 . You will be also be required to present your Air Canada identification card.

    This info is for Vancouver employees and retirees using the services of an AC agent at the YVR Park n' Fly facility.

    I went in to process a refund on an un-used zed fare ticket and discovered that new parking rules have recently been put in place for those us who are just popping in to pick up tickets/process refunds, etc. You now need to enter the Park n' Fly facility by driving IN the exit, make a sharp left before the exit barrier, drive around the side and park in the lot behind the building, adjacent to the side street. My refund was speedily handled by filling in a form, and the CSSA asked me to spread the word about the new parking rules.
  • Nice to know
  • From the London England monthly Pionairs newsletter

    Pass Allotments will be refreshed on 6th January so if there are any changes you wish to make to your profile now would be a good time. 4 C1/J10 passes will be included as well as your 10 partner passes.
    Travel completed and billed prior 6th Jan will come out of your 2006 allotment however any travel that occurs on and is billed on or after 6th Jan will come out of your 2007 allotment, even if it's only the return portion of a trip.


    First Airbus A319 went into the Winnipeg hangar for its Extreme Makeover. Like the A320 it will feature new seats, seat covers, curtains, carpets and personal in-flight entertainment and in- seat power systems at every seatback.
  • Air Canada News
  • On December 16th., Air Canada inaugurated a daily, non-stop flight from Calgary to Palm Springs, California. Air Canada Jazz operates the flights with CRJ-705 aircraft. This seasonal service will operate until April 10, 2007.

  • Star Alliance News
  • Star Alliance

    On 11 December, a jet belonging to the Austrian Airlines Group landed according to schedule at the international airport of Erbil in Iraq. By so doing, the Austrian airline had taken the first step integrating this destination into its global route network.


    The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance has today voted to accept the membership application of Turkish Airlines. This now clears the way for Turkish Airlines to begin the integration process which will subsequently see the airline become the alliance's 21st member carrier.
    A380 launch customer Singapore Airlines gave the beleaguered aircraft program a boost recently by ordering nine more of the type along with six options, bringing to 19 the number of A380s it has on firm order
    VARIG Brazilian Airlines will no longer be a member of Star Alliance as of January 31, 2007.
  • Found on the Internet
  • PRINCE CHARLES FLIES "GREEN"

    Well, we don't expect to sit beside him while we're putting our shoes back on after security at the airport, but Britain's Prince Charles says he's going to skip the convenience of private transport as his sacrifice to help save the planet. Starting in February (no point in rushing these things), Charles reportedly intends to make more use of commercial airlines, trains and biodiesel-powered cars to commute between his various castles and his princely appointments, rather than hop on a private helicopter or bizjet. A spokesman for the prince says he's determined to "reduce our carbon footprint" and will be taking a variety of measures to lighten his considerable environmental load.

     


    BA, WestJet discuss potential partnership

    British Airways CEO Willie Walsh is in Calgary this week and plans to meet with WestJet executives today to hold preliminary talks on potential cooperation, Bloomberg News reported. "WestJet is a good airline," Walsh told the news service. "If there was an opportunity to do something, we'd certainly be pleased to look at that. Anything that provides connectivity is a plus." WestJet Chairman and CEO Clive Beddoe told ATW Online earlier this year that the Canadian LCC has held discussions with oneworld and as many as "60 to 70 airlines" about potential cooperation. Defunct Canadian Airlines was a founding oneworld member but the alliance currently has no Canadian partner. "We'd be a pretty natural fit," President Sean Durfy said.
    But before any alliance or cooperation talk becomes serious, WestJet has to migrate to the airRES reservation system produced by Travelport. The switch from its current system, which dates back to 1996, is expected next year. The new system "will allow us to do interlining," Durfy explained.

     


    The UK government recently reasserted the need for aviation capacity expansion in the crowded London market, including the building of a third runway at Heathrow and a second at Stansted, but cautioned that environmental concerns need to be a strong consideration in any expansion plans
  • Terry's Travel Tips
  • Looking for most of the interline deals? Log onto the AC Family Network at www.acfamily.net and key on "Interline Deals" on the Main Menu to check the forum where all the fine details are posted regularly.


    Accommodations in LHR? Try The Cottage Guest House at Cranford.
    Phone 020 8897 1815
    Prices in sterling until Feb 28th., 2007 small single at 49.50 twin double for 67.00 includes breakfast and V.A.T. Charge of 3% for credit card use.
    Prices effective Mar 2007 single 84.50 twin double 74.50
    Travelling over the holidays? Parking discounts at any Park'N Fly location across Canada. Active and Retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz employees can take advantage of a 50 per cent discount on Self Park and Valet Parking at any Park'N Fly location across Canada, including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Windsor, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. To obtain the discount you will be required to present your Air Canada identification card and quote the following coupon code: 31033#
  • Smilie
  • Smiley

    Bangkok recently transferred all scheduled flights to the new Suvarnabhumi Airport from the Don Muang Airport. An unusual feature of the Don Buang Airport was its Kantarat Golf course, built between two runways. A taxiway cuts through the course between the 11th and 12th fairways. The largest golf buggy the course had ever seen was a Quantas B747-400, in Sept 1999, when it aquaplaned and overran runway 21L and ran through the manicured green.

  • AC Heritage Poster
  • Enjoy this visual display of Air Canada’s historic fleet from its beginning in 1937 to the present including aircraft from:
    - Trans-Canada Air Lines
    - Canadian Airlines
    - Pacific Western
    - Eastern Provincial
    - Nordair
    - Transair
    - Wardair

    This 68 x 96 cm (27 x 38 inch) poster is printed in full colour on high quality paper and depicts over 300 aircraft and liveries flown by Air Canada throughout its history.

    The cost of the poster is $24.99 plus tax and shipping where applicable. This is a great gift for Christmas, reunions, retirements and birthday gifts, etc.

    A donation is made to Dreams Take Flight for each poster that is sold. Any other profits support the operation of the ACFamily Network which brings you this newsletter.

    More info here
  • Sponsors
  • The hosting and mailing of the NetLetter as well as the conversion to HTML format is provided compliments of the ACFamily Network and Nerds On Site. Content is researched and submitted by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker. Thank you for letting us into your homes!

    Please support the ACFamily Network
  • Submissions
  • Important reminder, for all new articles, submissions and or comments for the "The Netletter" please send to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text36576 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Please add to your Address Books).

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    Vesta, Terry and Alan thank you for your co- operation.

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