2009 NetLetter #1069 - May 16th, 2009

#1069 - May 16th, 2009
Air Canada News
Air Canada Our first B777 was delivered to YUL on Saturday March 31st.
Check out the short movie on the following web site. L10A and 777 fly-by on YouTube. If you missed the event on Saturday in Montreal, you can check out the fly-by of the L10A aircraft followed by the fly-by of the 777-300ER as well as the landings of both aircraft on YouTube.
Flights between St. John's and London, UK
New non-stop seasonal service between St. John's, NL and London, U.K., with daily flights during summer peak travel.
April 1st, saw the departure of Air Canada flight AC 830 and marks the return of seasonal non-stop service between St. John's, NL and London, U.K. until the end of October 2007.
Air Canada's service to London will operate three times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in April 2007, increasing to five times a week in June 2007, and to daily service from July 1, 2007 through the end of September 2007. Air Canada flight AC830 will leave St. John's at 12:55 p.m. arriving in London at 9:25 p.m., and flight AC831 will leave London at 10:40 p.m., arriving in St. John's at 12:45 a.m.
Readers comments

From Terry Champion
Subject: Re: The NetLetter #968
Hi   ---   The reference to Pacific Western Airlines appears to indicate that Canadian Pacific bought PWA in December 1986.  In fact, Pacific Western bought Canadian Pacific Air Lines to form Canadian Airlines International.A correction to this effect would be appreciated.

From: "Art Cameron" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: RE: The NetLetter #968

Hi "The Netletter Team";
I assume it is a glitch in your printing but your history is a touch mixed up on the sequence of events surrounding the evolution of CP Air to Canadi>n, for example, where is Ward Air? Suggest you check the record, Art

Just a couple of notes about the chronology of Canadian Airlines International, as noted in the "Netletter" of March 31st, 2007.

The article stated that Canadian Pacific Air Lines came into being in 1942 after Canadian Pacific Steam Lines purchased ten smaller regional carriers in Canada. In fact, CPAL was a creation of Canadian Pacific Limited - the holding corporation for each of the functioning companys of the CP empire. CPAL was, for it's entire existence, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Limited, as was CP Ships, CP Rail, etc.

During 1984, CP Air, as it was then known, bought out Eastern Provincial Airlines - and during 1985 absorbed Nordair and QuebecAir.

But, in January of 1987 it was Pacific Western Airlines, Ltd., that bought CP Air from Canadian Pacific Limited, to form Canadian Air Lines International. Unfortunately, it is now often thought that the larger international airline had bought the smaller regional carrier, but that is not the case. PWA bought CP Air.

William Cameron
Okotoks, AB
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(William Cameron has sent us a concise sequence of events which we will print in a later NetLetter - eds)

(We thank our readers for their responses and for helping to set the record straight - eds)

Super Constellation update

Super Constellation - To the many subscribers who supported the effort to keep the ex TCA Super Constellation CF-TGE in Canada at the Toronto Aviation Museum as part of Canada's airline history.

Unfortunately, after many months of effort, this was not to be.

Please read the full information release on the Canadian Super Connie website at:
Remember when

From the "Between Ourselves" date October 1946 -
Vancouver (YVR) aka 'You're very rainy'

During the jubilee celebrations in 1946, a Trans-Canada Air Lines Lancastrian flew from Prestwick to Vancouver, staying for 2 days, during which time 2 courtesy flights were made before returning to Montreal (YUL) with a full load.

The airline rate for accommodations at the Dorval Inn was $1.00, discounted from the usual $4.00 - $5.00 charge.

Remember who
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Found some more files in my files supplied to me by Caterina Trotto who was let go by Air Canada Archives Calgary 1954

(We will run a few of these from time to time. Can anyone identify the people? - eds)

Where are they now

A340-300 ex C-FTNP fin 982 c/n 093 was at BWIA, but BWIA has now been renamed Caribbean Airlines.
Widow/Widowers Checklist
This information may be of interest - the Air Canada Pionairs have put together a widow/ers checklist at:
www.pionairs.ca/pdfs/widows/ers-checklist-en-July2006.pdf and a comprehensive help page at: www.pionairs.ca/faqs.htm
Amelia Earhart update
Our chief pilot, Vesta Stevenson found this information -

A diary that was kept by a journalist who was covering Amelia Earhart's round-the-world flight when she disappeared has recently resurfaced and is fueling new speculation about her fate. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished over the South Pacific 70 years ago in July 1937. The diary raises questions about the early hours of the search and what transmissions were sent from the aircraft. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is planning an expedition this summer to return to Nikumaroro, a tiny island where they believe Earhart and Noonan may have landed when their Lockheed Electra ran out of fuel. The investigators will search for artifacts, and they also hope to find human remains that could be used for DNA testing.
Terry's Travel Tips

Terry Baker

Travel advisories issued during March were for
- Tel Aviv
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Bogota, Columbia
- Sao Paula, Brazil
Full details are in
AC aeronet

Annual General Meeting for the World Airlines Clubs Association.

Sep 16 - Sep 21 2007 40th WACA Annual General Assembly (AGA)
Cape Town, South Africa
Registration deadline: September 01, 2007
Cost:   ZAR 5,425.00 (approx. USD 743.00)
Some post annual General Meetings have been arranged with deadline dates for registration of Apr 30th -

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