2007 NetLetter #975 - May 26, 2007

#975 - May 26, 2007
Air Canada News
Air Canada
On April 5, 2007 Air Canada was named the official airline for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with several hundred employees gathered in the Montreal narrow-body hangar to hear the exciting announcement. In the background was C-FZUB adorned with the official Olympic emblems.
Our first 70 years

1937
  • Bill 74 Trans-Canada Air Lines act introduced into the House of Commons by C.D.Howe. Royal assent received April 10th.
  • HQ established in Montreal.
  • Overhaul base at Winnipeg.
  • Employees numbered 71.
  • First proving flight left YVR July 7th., Flying time YUL-YVR was 17 hours 34 minutes.
  • One Stearman and 5 Lockheed L10A aircraft formed the fleet by year's end.
1938
  • Feb 1st YVR-YWG L10A cargo service began.
  • First Lockheed L14H delivered and entered service in May.
  • First 2 stewardesses, Lucille Garner and Pat Eccleston hired July 1st.,
  • 2,086 passengers carried during the year.

1939

  • First class of stewardesses graduated in March and one stewardess sold to Northern Airways(!)
  • Passengers totalled 21,560.
Nice to know
Vesta Stevenson
The federal government plans to introduce legislation designed to shorten the long lines and lengthy waiting times that have become part of the passport application process.

The new Passport Canada Act would, in particular, simplify the process for passport renewals, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay
said Monday in Ottawa.

"[The Act] will deal with some of the perceived and real difficulties around the application process including the renewal
process," he said. "We hope to be able to streamline that."
A spokesman for MacKay couldn't say when the government will bring the bill before Parliament for debate, adding that the legislation was still in the "talking stages."

Canadian passports are typically good for five years after being
issued, but the application process for a renewal is just as
cumbersome as it is for getting a new passport. There have been long lineups at many passport application centres across the country since late last year, just before new U.S. travel
document requirements came into effect.

Under the new rules, anyone flying into the United States now needs a passport. Passports will be needed at land crossings as early as January.

The government wants to make sure the passport application process is carried out flawlessly, MacKay said.
"The issue of complaints around the initial applications and that
information not being pristine has everything to do with security,"
MacKay said.
"We cannot have false Canadian passports in the system," he added.
"There's nothing that will have a worse impact on Canada's
reputation internationally than having false passports out there
that are being used for nefarious purposes, including terrorism."
'Get a passport,' U.S. ambassador tells Canadians
In another development, the U.S. ambassador to Canada warned
Canadians Monday not to take any chances at land border crossings and get their passports ready.
"What I tell Canadians is the same thing I tell Americans, with all due respect, get a passport, that is the sure thing," David Wilkins said.
He said there are a lot of "mixed messages," but he pointed out that a passport law has been passed and is in place.
"It requires passports for air travel now and it will require
passports for land travel something between January '08 and June of '09," he said.
He also suggested Canadians may want to acquire a NEXUS card, a pre-approved card designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the U.S.
© The Canadian Press, 2007
Found on the Internet

After the Boeing 737 and Airbus A 320 families of aircraft, the DC-9 family is considered the third most successful aircraft program ever produced.

In the 1990s, Air Canada's DC-9s were commonly spotted around YVR, but they have all since been replaced by newer Airbus aircraft. Today, one lone DC-9 departs YVR in the evening just before 6 p.m. It can be easily spotted with its bright yellow DHL Cargo paint job.

A BA flight attendant that for whatever reason didn't like the food being served by BA so brought his/her own curry and proceeded to heat it up in the Microwave on board.
Seems they are not the same as regular microwaves and before they got the fire out it had done $35000 in damage. Oops.

Terry's Travel Tips

Terry Baker INTERLINE WORLD VACATIONS

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Columbus Isle

Bahamas

An exceptional site on the Atlantic coast, facing the Caribbean. Three
restaurants including one seafood and one specializing in Brazilian cuisine.
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May 26 thru Jun 15 - 3 Night Min. $285 USD, Add-On Nights: $95 USD
Jun 16 thru Jun 29 - 3 Night Min. $315 USD, Add-On Nights: $105 USD
Minimum 3 Night Stay - Rates per person based on double occupancy
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Turkoise
Turks & Caicos
Turks & Caicos Island is a dream destination and an absolute heaven for
divers. The resort is exclusively for adults, so guests can devote their
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Jun 16 thru Jun 29 - 3 Night Min. $315 USD, Add-On Nights: $105 USD
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Cancun
Cancun, Mexico
Over $20 million in renovations have been made to our Cancun Yucatan resort, offering a more luxurious and enjoyable vacation. This family resort is swimming in refined upgrades, improvements and redesigns, each with unique flavor of the local Mexican culture.
Standard Rooms
May 12 thru Jun 15 - 3 Night Min. $375 USD, Add-On Nights: $125 USD
Minimum 3 Night Stay - Rates per person based on double occupancy
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Sandpiper
Florida, USA
Experience the soothing Florida atmosphere brought on by the warm sun.
Invigorating breezes and excitement fill the air as adults and kids alike take part in everything there is to do. Sandpiper invites families to spend moments together that they'll never forget.
Standard Rooms
May 12 thru Jun 08 - 3 Night Min. $255 USD, Add-On Nights: $85 USD
Minimum 3 Night Stay - Rates per person based on double occupancy
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Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Waters of sapphire blue, jade green and turquoise, coral reefs inhabited by myriads of tropical fish, harmonious rows of coconut trees along stretches of white sand, put them all together and you have Bora Bora.
Standard Rooms
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Minimum 3 Night Stay - Rates per person based on double occupancy

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Smilies
SmileyWhy an aircraft is better than a woman or a man -
- Aircraft skin doesn't wrinkle as badly.
- Aircraft don't take so long to warm up.
- You can keep an aircraft from stalling.
- An aircraft does not get mad if you "touch & go".
- An aircraft moves when you tell it to.
- An aircraft does not object to a pre-flight inspection.