2007 NetLetter #967 - March 24th 2007

#967 - March 24th 2007
Airbus News
A380 A380 development aircraft MSN7, with more than 500 passengers onboard and operated with assistance from Lufthansa, made a smooth landing at New York JFK shortly after noon on March 18th., following a quiet flight from Frankfurt that took 45 min. less than the 7 hr. 45 min. scheduled flight time and becoming the first of the aircraft type to land at a US airport
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
Canadian Aviation Historical Society The CAHS Annual Convention is being held on May 23rd to May 25th, 2007 at the Montecassino Hotel, Chesswood Drive, Downsview.ON
Several sessions will be presented in recognition of the 70-year of TCA/Air Canada
On Thursday, May 24th
  • Time: 08:30 until 10:15,  Air Canada - The beginnings - speaker Peter Pigott author and historian.
  • Time: 10:45 to noon will be  Air Canada - the expansion years - a panel of former TCA/AQC employees.
  • Time: 13:30 to 14:45 Air Canada - the present and the future..

Further details are on the web site at http://www.cahs.ca/convention2007.html

Air Canada employees and retirees are welcome to this event. Why not become a member of the CAHS?   See the CAHS web site for details, www.cahs.ca
Air Canada News
Air Canada Announced on March 19th., the withdrawal of service from the Abbottsford, BC to Calgary flights effective May 31st., 2007
First Boeing 777 in YUL
Air Canada B777
Come welcome our first 777 in YUL! Our first Boeing 777 is expected to arrive in Montreal on Saturday, March 31st.

Be there to welcome the 777 at a special employee event that coincides with a celebration of Air Canada's 70th anniversary - all employees, retirees and their families are invited *. Come and see the 777 fly by and land - heralded by the L10A, Air Canada's first aircraft -witness Montie's 'christening' of our first 777, eat a piece of anniversary cake and join in the exuberance. Following the welcome ceremony, you will have a chance to tour the brand new 777 featuring lie-flat beds in the Executive First cabin, personal in-flight entertainment at every seatback and mood lighting. And while waiting to board the aircraft, you'll get to check out the displays and information booths on site, let your kids enjoy some games and entertainment, or buy a hot dog from the Dreams Take Flight volunteers. The event will take place at the Montreal Line Maintenance hangar - Air Canada Base, 750 Côte Vertu West; Building 7, Bay 8/13 (West end), Gate entrance 5. Wear warm clothes as the hangar doors may be opened. For employees in other cities, events with our new 777 will be held across the country throughout the year. Stay tuned to The Daily for event timing and information.

In the event of a delay or time change : As can be expected with aircraft deliveries, delays may occur which would cause the event to be postponed or cancelled.

Go/no-go confirmation for the event will be posted on the Portal. Please check the "My News" page at http://acaeronet.aircanada.ca as of Friday, March 30 - after 4 p.m. as well as the morning of the event
  • Bring valid employee ID. Family must be accompanied by employee - maximum 3 guests. If you plan on travelling to YUL, travel charges are at your own expense.

More about the Boeing 777

Star Alliance News
Star AllianceThe members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network.

Air China, Shanghai Airlines and Turkish Airlines have all been accepted as future members and are expected to join Star Alliance soon.
A visit to New York
New York City John Buchanan sends a memory of a visit made 10 years ago -

A Visit to New York

In August, 1997 my wife and I went to New York to visit our daughter who had moved there in April. We travelled from Southampton onboard the QE2 - duration six nights. The QE2 is described as glamorous and sophisticated - simply incomparable. We begged to differ because were none too impressed by the service onboard.

This trip fulfilled a lifetime's dream of mine - to arrive at the port of New York by sea to see the marvelous Manhattan Skyline. At six o'clock on the morning of our arrival in New York I reckon all the passengers were on deck to view our final approach as we passed under the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge. I was not disappointed.

During the passage we had lectures and concerts which we attended and enjoyed very much. We had a famous passenger onboard one Melvina Dean who as a baby survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was interviewed and her story was very interesting.

We stayed for four nights at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which impressed our daughter, no end because of the famous people who had stayed there in the past. One day we took a helicopter ride around Manhattan, which was most impressive.

This was not our first visit to New York - a city which had been well know for its violence, its dirt and above all the rude New Yorkers. We were delighted to note that thanks to Mayor Rudi Giuliani all has changed for the better.

Our return was by Concorde to Bournemouth thus realizing my wife's lifetime desire to fly on this incredible aircraft. The flight took just 3 hours and 8 minutes at a height of 55000 feet (you could see the earth's curvature from this altitude) and we travelled at a speed of 1350 M.P.H. (Mach 2). This is an experience neither of us will ever forget and we feel privileged to flown Concorde. The day following our arrival I was out sailing on a yacht there being no jet lag symptoms - something I could never have done following a normal transatlantic crossing. This was the second time that Concorde had landed at Bournemouth and plane spotters surrounded the airfield. We were met by the late Peter Bath the Chairman of Bath Travel - he greeted us all personally. A piper to add to the jollity of this marvelous occasion accompanied him.

It was thus that apart from seeing our daughter this trip achieved both of our objectives at the same time.

Later this year we're flying out to New York and returning on the QM2. Once again courtesy of Bath Travel as full revenue passengers.
North Star response
Regarding the article on the North Star in NetLetter nr 965 -
Cle Lamb sends us this information -
I found the item on the North Star aircraft very interesting as I was part of the aircrew involved in the beginnings of CPAir overseas operations. As you noted CP called their machines  C4-1. One item in your article caught my eye. It mentioned the YVR- Anchorage -Shemya -Tokyo - Hong Kong  flight as being inaugurated Sept 1st, 1951. My logbook shows I was on my first flight on that route departing YVR on Sept 6th 1949. I cannot remember if that was the first flight on that route or not but it was not the first flight on the orient run. At least one, or more, survey flights were completed prior to my first trip. This is a bit of geewhiz information that is of world shattering importance.
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(More information was in NetLetter 957 and 958 - eds)
CP Air Web site
CPAir Attention ex CPAers -
Bill Woods advises us of this new site -
http://cpair.blogspot.com It's filled with CP Air photos, articles, schedules and memoriabilia.
Terry's Travel Tips
Terry Baker Alamo Rent A Car is pleased to offer all ACE family employees based in North America an additional discount simply by applying the following promotional code. The code AD2478JDA, can be used by booking online at www.alamo.com or through the toll-free number 800 GO ALAMO - (800 462-5266). The offer is valid until April 1, 2007.
(Perhaps this applies to retiree too! - doesn't hurt top ask - eds)
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Smilies
Brussels Airlines, Belgium's largest carrier, has had to ground its fleet for repainting after superstitious passengers refused to fly the aircraft decorated with the new company logo featuring the number 13.
The airline flies to 13 destinations in Africa - hence the logo: a capital B made up of 13 dots. A 14th dot has now been added.

Although the number 14 is superstitious in China, Brussels Airlines do not operate into China -yet!