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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 807  Jan 19th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+
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Chief Pilot - Vesta Stevenson   -      Co-pilot  - Terry Baker


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. Must know.
Tammy Steubs of Employee Communications sends this information -
Employee Travel Changes for 2004

Starting January 19, the Employee Travel program will be refreshed for
another year. Employee Travel profiles will be updated to reflect the
number and type of passes you are eligible for during 2004. Furthermore, a
few changes have been introduced so that we can continue to offer all
active and retired Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and ZIP employees improved
and simplified travel options. These changes are meant to make it easier
for employees to book travel and have more flexibility and control over the
entire travel planning process, while at the same time provide significant
cost savings for the company. They will also allow the Employee Travel and
Recognition team more time to focus on continuing to improve the Employee
Travel program. 

Employee Travel priority and entitlement changes

·    The C1/J10 program has been extended to include all Jazz and ZIP employees.

Parent and Partner program
·    Parent travel will be unlimited on Air Canada and therefore is no longer
considered as part of the partner allotment of 10. Consequently, parent
eligibility for ZED travel on Air Canada will be cancelled. ZED fare
eligibility on other airlines remains the same.
·    Parent pass service charges remain at the same levels, i.e., same as
partner charges.
·    The partner pass program for 2004 remains unchanged with the allotment of
10 partner passes per year.  (4 partner passes for widows)
·    Employees or retirees, married or single, continue to have the ability to
register their non-dependent children for unaccompanied travel anytime
during the year.
·    Only single employees or retirees will continue to be able to nominate a
partner of their choice for unaccompanied travel anytime during the year -
up to two people for the year. Example: Mike nominates Cheryl in January
2004, but then nominates Chris in March 2004. Chris will remain the
unaccompanied travel partner for the rest of the year.
·    When travelling without the employee, nominated partners or non-dependent
children will travel at the C5/Y10 priority.

Travel billing
Starting Jan. 19, all employee travel service charges can only be paid with
a valid credit card. The payroll deduction process will no longer be
possible. This change is a cost-savings initiative that will allow the
company to offer a more efficient and streamlined payment process.

Travel billing will be as follows:
·    All travel completed and billed before Jan. 18 will be considered as part
of your 2003 allotment of passes.
·    Any travel completed and billed on or after Jan.18 will be deducted from
your 2004 allocation.
·    If the credit card authorization fails or the credit card limit is
exceeded, your travel profile will be deactivated. To re-activate your
travel profile, you will need to provide Employee Travel with a valid card
and allow 24 hours processing time
·    If you have any questions about the charges to your credit card, please
call Employee Travel & Recognition at 1 866 473-4732; do not call your
credit card company directly.

Other employee travel news
All personal travel agreements with other airlines have been converted to
ZED agreements and need to be booked using the ETS. Exception: ID travel
(ID 90, ID 75) for Delta and Singapore Airlines.  These are done through
the Call Centre at 1 800 413-1113

The ID 80 confirmed space travel program will be cancelled.

Self-service travel tools
In line with the company’s continued efforts to be a more productive and
cost-efficient airline that delivers quality customer service, all travel
planning for active and retired employees, their spouses, parents and
partners can only be made using the Employee Travel Site (ETS) or Speech
Recognition (SR).  Call Centre agents will no longer be able to assist with
employee travel bookings.

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. Nice to know.
BLACKOUT
REDUCED RATE POSITIVE SPACE TRAVEL IS SUBJECT TO BLACKOUTS AS LISTED BELOW

RAPIDAIR

NOTE: RAPIDAIR BLACKOUTS DO NOT APPLY TO PASSENGERS WITH
CONFIRMED CONNECTIONS TO/FROM AC OR TIER FLIGHTS
-WAIVER-
YYZ TO YUL MON-FRI 0700, 0800, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900 
YUL TO YYZ MON-FRI 0700, 0800 . 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800
YYZ TO YOW MON-FRI 0710, 0810, 1610, 1710, 1810 
YOW TO YYZ MON-FRI 0700, 0800, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800

CANADA** EXCL RAPIDAIR

NOTE: ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - CANADA
08APR04 - 12APR04
13DEC04 - 07JAN05

* YYZ YWG YYZ - DAILY
YYZ TO YWG 1630 - 1730
YWG TO YYZ 1130 - 1430

* WITHIN CANADA
YUL TO YEG/YYC/YVR/YYZ                26FEB04 - 02MAR04
YYZ TO YUL                                       05MAR04 - 07MAR04
YVR TO YYZ/YOW/YUL                      11MAR04 - 22MAR04
YYC/YEG TO YYZ/YOW/YUL              01APR04 - 07APR04
13APR04 - 19APR04
YYZ TO YEG/YYC/YVR/YLW/YYJ       11MAR04 - 22MAR04
YWG TO YYZ                                     25MAR04 - 04APR04
YOW TO YYZ                                    12MAR04 - 14MAR04
YYZ TO YOW                                    19MAR04 - 21MAR04
YHZ TO YYZ/YOW/YUL                     12MAR04 - 14MAR04
YYZ/YOW/YUL TO YHZ                     19MAR04 - 21MAR04
YSJ/YFC TO YYZ/YUL                       27FEB04 - 29FEB04
YYZ/YUL TO YSJ/YFC                       05MAR04 - 07MAR04

TRANSBORDER** EXCL LAS VEGAS/FLORIDA/HAWAII

NOTE: ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES-TRANSBORDER
DAILY 08APR04 - 12APR04
DAILY 13DEC04 - 07JAN05

LAS VEGAS/FLORIDA/HAWAII

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - SUN SAT/SUN - YEAR ROUND

* FLORIDA/LAS VEGAS
27FEB04 - 26MAR04
15DEC04 - 09JAN05

* HAWAII
21FEB04 - 21MAR04
14DEC04 - 08JAN05

MEXICO

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - MEXICO
SAT/SUN - YEAR ROUND
21FEB04 - 21MAR04
15DEC04 - 08JAN05

CARIBBEAN AND PUERTO RICO

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES
- SAT/SUN - YEAR ROUND
CARIBBEAN AND  PUERTO RICO
20FEB04 - 21MAR04
19JUN04 - 12AUG04
13DEC04 - 11JAN05

SOUTH AMERICA

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - S.AMERICA
21JUN04 - 12AUG04
15DEC04 - 13JAN05

SOUTH PACIFIC

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - AUSTRALIA
02MAR04 - 21APR04
21JUN04 - 12AUG04
14DEC04 - 25JAN05

EUROPE

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - EUROPE
18JUN04 - 26SEP04
09DEC04 - 09JAN05

TEL AVIV

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - TEL AVIV
01APR04 - 30APR04
24MAY04 - 31MAY04
01JUL04 - 15OCT04
09DEC04 - 09JAN05

ASIA** (CHINA/HONG KONG/TAIPEI/JAPAN)

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - ASIA
12JUN04 - 30SEP04

IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE:
* CHINA 16JAN04 - 02FEB04
* HONG KONG 16JAN04 - 02FEB04
* TAIPEI 16JAN04 - 02FEB04
* JAPAN 26APR04 - 06MAY04

INDIA

NOTE: C CLASS BOOKINGS ONLY PERMITTED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEP
ALL BLACKOUTS ARE WAIVED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF DEPARTURE

**ALL ROUTES - INDIA
15DEC04 - 20JAN05
(Note: Any queries on travel dates should be directed to Employee Travel &
Recognition - eds)


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. News from the districts.
Courtenay & Comox district holding their moonthly luncheon on Thursday
Jan 29th
in the White Spot restaurant on Cliff Avenue, Courtenay. Start at noon.
All retirees are welcome.

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. Found on the internet.
A Shuttle America flight Friday was aiming for University Park Airport
(UNV) in Pennsylvania, when it touched down at Mid-State Regional Airport
(PSB). The airports are 11 nautical miles apart, offer identical runway
orientation -- 16/34 and 6/24 -- with different layouts, and both fields
are non-towered (a reminder to self-announce, listen AND look when
operating near a non-towered field). The two airports also have a VOR
situated roughly between them. "When the pilot walked in, he said 'Here's
one for the news,'" airport worker Joanne Shields told the Centre Daily.
The eight passengers had to wait on board, for security reasons, for about
an hour until a van was dispatched to finish their journey.

Although no one in officialdom has publicly confirmed it, the landing of a
DHL Airbus at Baghdad Airport after being hit by at least one
surface-to-air missile last Nov. 22 has been rumored as one of last year's
most incredible feats of aviation. Extensive damage to the aircraft's left
wing may have rendered the aircraft's three hydraulics systems useless,
leaving the pilots with only differential engine thrust to control the
aircraft. DHL has not publicly elaborated on the attack and the resulting
heroism of the pilots (which stands, regardless of the true extent of damage).

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. May Day.
If anyone  knows of reasonable
accommodation in Munich I would appreciate being informed. Thanks Dawn
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. Terry's travel tips.
The Best of Ireland tour is planned by our Pionairs Eastern Ontario
District Director,
Jess Rougeau.
Jess has worked with Interlinging Plus to put together a memorable Tour of
Ireland in late June this year. She invites all Pionairs to visit the
following Web Site to see the complete details of this tour. It is
essential that you check this site very soon as a time limit is stated on
booking this tour.
http://www.interliningplus.com/groups/IRBOA
Further contact can be as listed on this web site or by contacting Jess at:
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Note: Pionairs are not able to answer Questions on this Tour, as this is
not sanctioned by Pionairs.


James F. C. Rose
Your Interline Cruise Expert sends this informatiom -
I have just heard from Holland America, that starting with arrivals on
March 1, 2004, passports will be required from Canadians and USA for
Barbados.
information: (204) 889-3885
fax: (204) 889-3885
reservations: (204) 889-3885 & (800) 414-8091

Trish from Startrips sends these interline deals -
11th Annual
2004 BANFF LAKE LOUISE
SKI WEEK PACKAGE
Torch Light Two
March 14 - 19, 2004
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
This year's Torch Light Ski Week includes the following:
All Deluxe Brewster Motor Coach transportation to and from the Calgary
International Airport and Banff.
5 Nights Hotel Accommodation at the 4-star Banff Park Lodge.
Sunday Night Reception at the Banff Park Lodge.
3-day tri area ski pass, including first class transfers to ski your choice
of 3 world-class resorts, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Banff Mount
Norquay.
Open Bar and Alzheimer's Silent Auction.
Lake Louise Annual R.A.M. Race, Apres Ski Party, a live band (SUDS) and a
Torch Light Dinner.
Sunshine Village NASTAR Race & Apres Ski!
Huge Buffet Banquet and Door Prizes.
5-Day Parks Canada Pass.
Commemorative Ski Week Pin & Bandanna.
Receive 10% off all Food Menu items at selected restaurants.
All taxes and gratuities.

4th Annual SNOW TRAIN TO JASPER

March 07 - 12, 2004


JOIN US FOR A FIRST CLASS TOUR OF
OUTDOOR RECREATION IN JASPER ALBERTA.


THIS FIRST CLASS PROGRAM INCLUDES:

First Class Via Rail Train transportation from Vancouver, BC. Canada
through the stunning Rocky Mountains to Jasper, Alberta Canada. Total time:
18 hours! While on board the Snow Train you will be welcomed with a
Champagne and hors-d'œuvres reception, a four course dinner AND a full
course breakfast before disembarking in Jasper. That's right, you will
overnight in luxurious First Class Rail accommodations.

4 nights Hotel Accommodation at the Lobstick Lodge.

2-Day Lift Pass to ski n' board the awesome wonders at Marmot Basin Ski
Resort, Jasper.

Sunday Night Welcome Reception at the Lodge.

2 meal vouchers for on-hill eateries.

"Marmot Mayhem" Fun Race. And it is for fun!

Apres Ski Party with chicken wings, nachos, and beverages.
Buffet Banquet at the Lobstick Lodge with race awards and door prizes.

Farewell Jasper Buffet Brunch.

Commemorative Pin and Bandanna.

All Taxes and Gratuities, National parks pass.

An afternoon of touring the Columbia Icefield Parkway with Deluxe Motor
Coach provided by Brewster.

Brewster Deluxe Motor Coach transportation to The Calgary International
Airport.

You don't have to be a skier or boarder to enjoy this program.
There is a Non Downhill program available too!

The Jasper area has over has over 300 kilometers of cross-country ski
trails to offer!
Dogsledding, Snowshoeing, Ice fishing, and Skating, are but a few of the
wonderful activities that await you!
Simply enjoying that new book, coupled with winter walks, and sightseeing
can make this week a wonderful way to slow down and spend some quality time
in the Canadian Rockies!

We are sure you will agree that nowhere in the world of Airline Travel will
you ever find a ski week package anywhere close to this one!

Alaska Highway Motorhome Adventure .

Welcome to the World Airline Alaska Highway Motorhome Adventure!
Sponsored by CanaDream Motorhomes
Just fly into Calgary (YYC) or Vancouver (YVR), travel the Alaska Highway
to the Yukon, drop your motorhome in Whitehorse (YXY) and wing your way
back home.
Nine fabulous nights....only Interliners could have this much fun at these
rates!
Here’s the deal for:
$598.00 Canadian!!
That's about $450.00 USD or $361.00 EUR.
May 12th - May 21st 2004
INCLUSIONS
9 nights use of the units.
Your choice of available motorhomes. Available Motorhomes
Your choice of departing from Calgary or Vancouver.
3500 free kilometers (2,174 miles). YXY is about 2400 kilometers (1,553
miles) from either center..leaving you lots of room on the odometer!
VIP Insurance.
Convenience Kits that contain dishes, cookware, pillows, linen, towels,
sleeping bags, lawn chairs, & cleaning equipment.
First supply of propane and toilet chemicals.
Side trip suggestion itinerary.
Hotel pick up in Calgary and Vancouver. Airport/Hotel drop-off in Whitehorse.
Taxes and Northern surcharges.

Fraserway RV Rentals .

Welcome to
The World Airline British Columbia & Alberta Spring Camping Adventure!
W.A.B.C.A.S.C.A.
pronounced: "wabkasca" meaning: way much fun!
All you have to do is fly into Vancouver (YVR), drop your motorhome off in
Calgary (YYC) and wing your way back home.
SIX Fabulous Days!
$175.00 Canadian!!
That's about $125.00USD or $110.00EUR.
May 10th - May 15th 2004

INCLUSIONS:
6 days use of the motorhome.
Your choice of available motorhomes. See Our Motorhomes below
1200 Kilometers. That's roughly 750 miles
Preparation Fee
Insurance
Convenience Kits that contain dishes, cookware, pillows, linen, towels,
sleeping bags, lawn chairs, & cleaning equipment
First supply of propane and toilet chemicals
Itinerary with side trips and suggestions
Hotel pick up in Vancouver and Airport drop-off in Calgary.
Pretty much just show up with a change of clothes!
EXCLUSIONS:
Taxes,GST and Fuel. Campground fees.

Full details on these deals at  http://www.startrips.tv

Al Jones recently told us about the gbp9.00 air fare London UK to
Manchester UK with BMI, and sends this further message -
For the same flight in Feb  its 11 Pounds just thought it might interest
somebody who might be going over to the U.K.Cheers Al Jones

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