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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 805  Jan 8th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Need to know.
Tammy Stuebs of Industry Travel & Recognition sends this rerminder -
Employee Travel and Recognition has the answer to your travel questions. As
a friendly reminder, if you have any travel questions about your profile,
payments or charges or about Employee Travel policies themselves, you’re asked
to call the Employee Travel and Recognition office at 1 (866) 473-4732.
Furthermore, all travel bookings are to be made using the Employee Travel Site
at www.travel.aircanada.ca or through Speech Recognition at (888) 834-6660. If
you need to contact the Call Centre, the number to call is 1 (800) 413-1113,
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please remember that your calls will only be
handled once our customers have been served.

When travelling please make sure you check in on time. When travelling on
business or on standby, you should be checked-in well before the 30 minute
cut-off time (prior to departure). This will both enhance our
on-time-performance and ensure you are not left behind when check-in closes for
your intended flight. Your co-operation is appreciated.

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. Nice to know.
Look Communications celebrates 5th anniversary by offering employees a special
offer. To help celebrate their fifth anniversary, until Jan. 31, Look
Communications is offering all active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada
Jazz employees the chance to take advantage of a special rate on Digital
television and Internet access. The exclusive corporate deal includes 75 per
cent off installation and a free digital receiver. You can also take advantage
of a unlimited Canada-wide dial-up offer of $17.95 a month. If you’re
interested, call 1 (877) 394-5665 and quote “Look Corpo” to obtain this special
offer. For more information, you can also log on to www.look.ca/lookcorpo/.

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Ref to Airport tax at YVR as listed in NetLetter nr 803 -
Syd Jacobs sends this observation -
Under Exemptions - item 2
It states Transit/Transfer passengers (Next possible connectin: 24 hours -
international - 4 hours Domestic/Transborder.
In order to make the flight at 08:45 a.m. YVR to HNL we must over nite in
YVR. This means arrriving YVR by the late flight the previous evening. We
have been charged the Airport Tax even though it was pointed out that we
had arrived YVR by the last flight to connect with the HNL flight the next
morning. This is the only possible way to make the connection. In this
instance we feel that the 4 hour connection for Transborder flight should
be extended to cover overnite lay overs. Might be interesting if this is
brought to the attention to the Airport authorities.
Cheers.
Syd Jacobs # 47378

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. Vesta found these on the internet -
GREAT DAYS IN AVIATION HISTORY
At about 12:35 p.m., at Kill Devil Hills, N.C, Dec 16,2003. EAA's Wright
Experience replica Wright Flyer pilot Kevin Kochersberger and crew attempted
a launch ... and failed to fly. In front of 35,000 visitors (still wet from
a morning downpour) and millions of worldwide television viewers, the very
expensive, very time consuming project ended its historic journey into the
past slightly damaged and in a puddle at the end of a 200-foot portable
runway/rail. EAA President Tom Poberezny said that the wind dropped below
the minimum 10 knots required for liftoff from the length of rail and high
humidity reduced engine rpm and output by several horsepower. But apparently
the team thought it best to try anyway.
...SHOWCASES AVIATION'S OLD FOILS (WEATHER)...
The planned 10:35 a.m. launch was delayed by a downpour that soaked visitors
and would have made the Flyer too heavy to fly well, according to The Wright
Experience founder Ken Hyde. A subsequent flight, following the first (less
successful) one was anticipated later in the afternoon, but a frontal
passage accompanied by shifting, gusty winds prevented it. No subsequent
public flight of the Flyer was announced. The aircraft was purchased for
display in the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. President George W. Bush
talked exclusively about the achievements of the Wright Brothers and other
aviation heroes and dispelled rumors by making no announcement of a new
manned-space program. The President's party arrived and departed in
helicopters a few hundred feet from the site where Orville Wright flew the
Flyer 120 feet in 12 seconds 100 years ago.

PHOTOGRAPHING, FINGERPRINTING BEGINS FOR U.S. VISITORS
For many travellers, getting into the United States just got a lot more
complicated. As of Jan. 5, visitors from many parts of the world will be
fingerprinted and photographed before being allowed to enter.

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. Found on the internet.
DUBAI AIRPORT GOES UNDERGROUND
A $4.1 billion underground terminal is the centerpiece of an ambitious
expansion
at Dubai International Airport. The new facility is being burrowed into the
desert sand in what workers call the "mother of all holes." The excavation
measures more than 1,000,000 square feet and when the terminal is finished,
passengers will park their cars, check in and relax in restaurants and lounges
35 feet under the airport apron. Locally based Emirates Airlines will be the
only tenant.

Singapore Airlines receives its first Airbus A340-500. Last Friday, Singapore
Airlines took delivery of its first ultra long-haul aircraft, a new Airbus
A340-500. This is the first new aircraft type for Singapore Airlines since
1997. The aircraft will offer the longest daily non-stop commercial service in
the world when it commences operations between Singapore and Los Angeles on
Feb. 3. The scheduled flight duration will be 16 hours, while the return flight
is expected to last 18 hours and 30 minutes. Some minor changes were made to
the seating configuration to ensure that passengers on these longer flights are
more comfortable. One such change includes the removal of a line of seats in
economy class cabin. By mid-2004, Singapore Airlines will introduce a similar
daily service from Singapore to New York which will take 18 hours in each
direction.

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. We regretfully advise the passing of one of our readers -
Ernie (Ernest Rushton) passed away December 21, 2003. He had never had a
sick day in his 83 years of life until he was diagnosed as having a
malignant brain tumor. It was less than two months until sadly his was
gone. He is sorely missed.Your truly, Mrs Nona Rushton

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. Terry's travel tips.
Carnival's Jubilee from San Juan for 7 nights:
Route: San Juan, St.Thomas/St.John, Antigua, St.Lucia, Dominica, La Romana
(Dominican
Rep.), San Juan.
(you can board and disembark at La Romana on Fridays - but the rates will be
higher)
Jan. 10: $110 $150 $160
Jan. 17: $150 $190 $220
Jan. 24: $110 $150 $160
Jan. 31: $110 $150 $160
Feb. 7: $140 $180 $210
Feb. 14: $210 $250 $240
Feb. 21: $160 $200 $210
Feb. 28: $160 $200 $210
Mar. 6: $160 $200 $210
Mar. 13: $160 $200 $210
Mar. 20: $160 $200 $210
Mar. 27: $160 $200 $210
Apr. 3: $210 $250 $240
Apr. 10: $240 $280 $290
Apr. 17: $160 $200 $210
Apr. 24: $160 $200 $210
May 1: $160 $200 $210
(after the May 1 sailing the Jubilee ends its San Juan sailings)
(plus port & taxes of $187.20)
The above means:
1st - interline rate for at least better inside
2nd: rate for 3 or 4 more cabins when actrive employee is on the cruise for at
least a better
inside
3rd: rate for a 'run of ship' (cabin & type assigned by cruise line at
departure) for friends
on their own.
(of course all prices are subject to change without notice - book now)
For reservations:
Usual terms & conditions apply, including these are all per person - based upon
at least two in a
cabin, USA funds, port charges & taxes extra. Prices & availability are NOT
guaranteed to
last, and can and do change fast and without notice. However, your price is
guaranteed once
you book & pay.

JAMES F. C. ROSE - YOUR Cruise Expert
information: (204) 889-3885
fax: (204) 889-3885
reservations: (204) 889-3885 & (800) 414-8091

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