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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 811  Feb 9th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Nice to know!
Abbotsford base to close. On March 1, ZIP will no longer fly to Abbotsford
B.C.,
in order to concentrate on flying more profitable routes. Air Canada Jazz began
flying to Abbotsford in the summer of 2001. ZIP took over Abbotsford flying
last spring, utilizing Jazz agents at the airport. In the current low-yield
environment, the B737 aircraft currently serving Abbotsford will be redeployed
to more profitable routes. As the smaller Bombardier and Embraer jets enter the
fleet, the company will look at returning to markets such as Abbotsford.

Air Canada provides more flight choices for “sun” destinations. Starting this
weekend the company is expanding service to “sun” and “fun” destinations. As
of  Feb. 7, we’re offering customers weekly Saturday flights from Halifax to
Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic, and on Feb. 8, we’re launching weekly
Sunday flights from Halifax to Cancun, Mexico.

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. In case some of your friends who travel at regular fares, these are the
additions -
From the British Airways web site relative to fares from the US -
Additional taxes/fees: Prices shown are for one adult and are subject to
additional charges, including, without limitation: the September 11th Security
Fee of $2.50 for each flight segment originating at a U.S. airport, with a
maximum of up to $5 per one-way or $10 per roundtrip; Passenger Facility
Charges of up to $18, depending on itinerary; Federal Segment Fees of $3.10 per
segment; and, for international travel, up to $200 in government-imposed fees
per roundtrip, a portion of which may be collected by the foreign government,
depending on routing and destination. A segment is defined as a takeoff and a
landing.

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. George Brien sends these memories -
I was just a kid of 18, fresh out of Radio School in
Saint John NB, when my twin brother Gord
and I decided that to work in Aviation Radio in the
busiest airport in Canada would look good on future resumes.
Flying up on a TCA DC3, we were met by a fellow D.O.T
(Transport Canada) employee who took us over to the
"Mercroft Inn/Boarding house" on the lakeshore.
Many Airport/TCA employees used these accommodations, and
the owners gladly let us stay there on credit for 6 weeks until the first
paycheque arrived. They were used to these situations.
Dorval Airport was originally planned to be a BCATP airfield
but St Huberts was becoming to small to handle TCA flights along
with the new "Ferry Command" aircraft. About the fall of 1941, civil
operations were moved to Dorval.
Even in 1952, except along the Lakeshore, the area had not
built up too much. The little Train Station stood between the town
of Dorval and the Airport and other than the Airport complex,
open fields were prevalant. On a fine day,a leisure walk of the
couple of miles to work from the Mercroft was possible.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/transport/chap-2c.html
Scroll down and take a look at the terminal on this picture from
TCA Archives taken in the late 40's.
In Peter Pigott's History of TCA, he notes that the
terminal was modelled on the one at Washington's National Airport,
with its wide lobby like a 4 star hotel.
Looking from airside, to the left would be TCA North Star and
DC3 on the ramp. Inside the Terminal , on the left was TCA
checkin, about 3 positions plus ticketing and behind were
TCA operations/radio etc along with baggage assembly.
I dont recall any conveyor belts so baggage was likely
"man handled" back to the carts.
Across the lobby were small counters for Northeast Airlines
/Colonial/ and CPA. Parked on that side of the ramp appears
to be a Colonial DC4 and a NEA Convair 240 and a CP or NE DC3.
The terminal did have a small restaurant with counter stool and a few
tables,
located just to the right of the main entrance.
Transport Canada's Radio Operators handled all radio operations
except TCA and we were located on the second floor.
Four positions were normally manned,including CPA, Northeast Airlines,
Colonial Airlines plus a position for regular weather broadcasts
and other aircraft.
The operating position was similar to this BC Aviation Museum mockup.
http://www.bcam.net/displays/display1.htm
CPA used a fleet of DC3's to cover their route extending down the
St. Lawrence including YQB/Bagotville/Rimouski/Mont Joli/
Sept Isles/Magdelans.
West route included Rouyn and Val D'or. Some of these CPA
stations would also send us, by Morse Code, the hourly airport weather
which we would relay to the weather office.
These were the routes that were traded off to TCA later in 1956
Northeast Airlines, like TCA, started out as an offshoot of a Railway
in the early 1930's. First with the Boston&Maine and then the
Central Vermont ( The CNR interesting enough,owned part of the C.V.)
Originally named National Airways, it flew a couple of Lockheed 10a's
and added DC3's in 1941 and DC4's in 1946 along with Convair 240's in 49..
The name was changed to NEA in 1940 and eventually became Delta.
A look at an old schedule shows how their "milk run'
followed closely the rail line.
http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/ne3403i.htm
Colonial Airlines, originally called Canadian Colonial, a Canadian
owned company, also had an early history flying into Montreal.
As early as 1930, scheduled flights were operating LGA/ALB/YHU
LGA/BTV/YHU and in 1937, on to YOW. Their Timetable indicated
DC3's in the late 30's and 40's.Flying skiers north to enjoy the
Laurentiens was popular as this picture shows.
http://www.krohn.org/links2/pages/Detailed/969.html
After the war, they added DC4's and routes were extended to
include BDA and DCA along with cities in NY State.
The Canadian Colonial name was changed to Colonial in 1942
and eventually to EAL in 1955.
All inter national flights were handled from the Intl Terminal.
This was located up the ramp,to the right of the Domestic Terminal.
I,m not too familar with this Terminal although I worked the
Trans Atlantic radio circuits from this building for a while.
I believe it was an old wooden building built for wartime use
and Airlines using it would be TCA/BOAC/KLM.
This is only a brief outline as I remember YUL
Hopefully, some of the readers will add some memories too.
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(Yes, we hope some of our readers will send in their memories too - eds)

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. Tony Colemann - Director UK Pionairs sends this -
Clipped wings BA Outbid For Heathrow Slots
Qantas and Virgin Atlantic have trumped British Airways by paying record sums
for scarce take-off and landing slots at London's congested Heathrow airport.
The Australian flag carrier, a BA partner, has paid pounds 20m - up to twice
the normal rate - for two pairs of daily slots, industry sources said. Virgin
has paid a similar sum for four pairs.
"They've certainly paid top dollar, in fact a shedload of money," sources said
of deals which are traditionally conducted in a grey market rather than by open
auction.
The moves by Qantas and Virgin are seen as underlining a more optimistic future
for sales and growth in an industry ravaged by falling passenger numbers and
revenues.
The much prized slots belonged to FlyBE, the low-cost carrier once known as
British European and owned by family trusts set up by the late Sir Jack Walker,
former millionaire owner of Blackburn Rovers.
The loss-making airline, based in Exeter, reported increases of up to 70% in
passengers flown last year from regional airports such as Southampton and
Belfast, Birmingham and Bristol.
BA, which is expected to announce plans for a further pounds 300m-plus
cost-cutting programme next month, paid about pounds 12m last autumn for a pair
of Heathrow slots owned by United Airlines - and, earlier, a relatively modest
pounds 35m for eight Swiss International daily slots. It has 40% of the total.
Virgin said it planned to extend its services from Heathrow to the US, as well
as to Africa and Asia.

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. Found on the internet.
Southwest Airlines is beginning the seventh year of its Adopt-A-Pilot
program,
in which fifth-grade students across the country get to follow the travels of
one of 450 volunteer pilots who take them along for the ride in a variety of
ways. Some communicate by e-mail or send postcards, giving clues and asking
students to figure out where the messages originate. Others take digital
pictures of a toy they take to various U.S. cities while some get their
passengers involved by asking them to write notes to class members. Along the
way, the kids learn about the math, science, writing and geography skills
involved in air travel that can be applied to other areas of their lives.

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. May day!
From Don Dowie -
I have lost contact with Mary Cox who used to work with me in the Eastern
Region back in 1979. Does anyone have an email or phone number for her?
Don Dowie
832 Bayport way
Longboat Key, FL 34228
Tel: 941-387-3505
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. Terry's travel tips.
Good skiing for a good cause.
The Air Canada Employees Charitable Foundation offers you the chance to
purchase ski tickets to Whistler-Blackcomb at a fraction of the cost. This is
not only a chance for you to ski at one of the most exciting mountain resorts
in the world, but a portion of your ticket price will be donated to the
foundation which supports the community.
To purchase tickets at an excellent price of $66 Cdn, all active and
retired Air
Canada and Air Canada Jazz employees can visit the People Services Vancouver
Operations Centre from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, call 604-270-5122 or
send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upcoming interline tours by W.A.C.A. -
DODO'S NEST 2004
May 31 - June 5, 2004
Hosted by:
Paille en Queue Social Club of Air Mauritius
Monday 31st May
Arrival of participants
Welcome by the representatives of the Local Club and Tour Operators
Transfer to Coco Beach Hotel (one hour's Drive)
Registration at WACA Hospitality Desk as from 10:00 to 16:00
19:00 Welcoming Cocktail hosted by PEQ members
20:00 Welcome Dinner hosted by PEQ members
Dance to Resident Band
Tuesday 1st June
Breakfast - Buffet at Hotel
Catamaran Tour - Cruise along the East Coast to the famous Ile aux
Cerfs (Including Lunch & Drinks)
Dep : 09:00
Ret : 17:00
Dinner and Dance to the Resident Band
Wednesday 2nd June
Breakfast - Buffet at Hotel
Organize Team activities with the Sports Team (Treasure Hunt, Coco
Olympics )
Mauritian Nite with Local Interliners
Thursday 3rd June
Breakfast - Buffet at Hotel
Curepipe - Country South Tour
Dep : 09:00
Ret : 17:30
Dinner and Dance to the Resident Band
Friday 4th June
Breakfast - Buffet at Hotel
Port Louis and Pamplemousses Garden Tour including Lunch
Dep : 09:00
Ret : 17:30
19:00 Pre Dinner Drinks
Farewell Dinner
Saturday 5th June
Breakfast - Buffet at Hotel
Transfer Hotel / Airport
End of Package
PACKAGE COST
590 USD per person on Double occupancy basis + 10 USD WACA Fee.
Single Supplement 150 USD
Deposit of USD 200 per person (non refundable for cancellation after 30
April 2004) should be made payable to Paille en Queue Social Club of Air
Mauritius by Bank Draft and send (along with your WACA Registration
Form duly signed by your WACA Representative or President) to Mr.
Krishen Cunden c/o Air Mauritius Ltd, Helicopter Workshop, SSR
International Airport, Mauritius by latest 31st March 2004, or via Bank
transfer saving A/C:- 01 0172072 Bank: The Mauritius Commercial Bank
Ltd.
For further information, please contact
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Important Tips
Please bring along your swimming suit. Dress code is casual except for
dinner (smart). A coat is recommended as it can get chilly in the
evenings.
Please bring along educational materials (to be handed over during Gala
Dinner) to support charity program.
Also note that Complimentary Tickets (ID00N2) will be arranged with Air
Mauritius, and granted to registered participants upon reception of
deposits and registration forms!!!

JAMAICA JUMP-UP 2004
June 3-6, 2004
Hosted by:
JAMAICA INTERLINE CLUB
THUR-JUNE 03
All day transfer from Airport - Montego Bay To Grand Lido Negril
1200 - 1800 JIC REGISTRATION DESK OPENS.
1830 - 1930 Welcome Get Together - Amici Piano Bar
1930 - 2100 Dinner
2100 - 2200 Staff & Guests Star Search - Grand Terrazza
2230 - Pajama Party - Atlantis Night Club
FRI- JUNE 04
0730 - 1030 Buffet Breakfast
1030 - 1230 Beach Games
1230 - 1430 Buffet Lunch
1530 - 1830 Enjoy Sunset Cruise on the M/Y Zein (priority will be given today
to
80 interliners attending the wedding tomorrow) or Afternoon free to enjoy the
facilities of the hotel
1930 - 2230 Grand Gala Buffet Presentation - Main Stage
2230 TGIF Party - Atlantis Night Club
SAT JUNE 05
0730 - 1030 Buffet Breakfast Optional Tour from Tours Desk or bask in the
beautiful sunshine and work on the Suntan
1230 - 1330 Buffet Lunch
1330 - 1530 Pool Party
1530 - 1830 Enjoy Sunset Cruise on the M/Y Zein (for 80 interliners not
attending the wedding or Afternoon free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel
1600 - 1800 Jump-Up Wedding 2004 - Bill and Geri
1930 - 2100 Dinner
2200 - 2230 Reggae Explosion Showcase - Gran Terrazza
2230 - Reggae Party - Atlantis Night Club
SUN - JUNE 06
0730 - 1030 Buffet Breakfast
Check out time: 1200LT
All Day Transfer to Donald Sangster Int'l Airport.
Package includes:- 4 days/3 nights accommodation All activities, meals and
drinks (consumed at hotel)
PACKAGE COST US$435.00 (Dbl Occupancy)
Service Charge Passes are available to airline employees and spouses on Air
Jamaica. Please contact the following:-
MIA/FLL MIASSJM Kaye Chong ORD Bob Joslyn
BWI BWIKKJM Lorna Henley-Black IAH Herman Pekel
JFK/EWR JFKSSJM Claire Cameron LAX Tom Willis
ATL ATLKKJM Joan Williams YYZ TBA
PHL PHLSSJM Yvonne Reid BOS Ralph Jones
LHR LONSSJM Gabrielle DiCio
NAS/MCO/GCM/HAV/BGI - KINIBJM - Sara Long(Pass Bureau)
For further information please contact :- Jacquie Lyseight - KINOSJM
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Telephone No. 92-48331-6
Ian Philpotts Ext. 3532
Jacquie Lyseight Ext. 3634
Annette Foster - 305-526-2000 Ext. 2510
GRAND LIDO IS AN ADULT RESORT FOR PERSONS OVER 18 YEARS OLD. HOW TO
RESERVE: Completed Application signed by your local interline club
representative and yourself with deposit check of $300 per person payable to:
JAMAICA INTERLINE CLUB. Balance of $135 to be paid to JIC at registration
. Please mail to:- Jamaica Interline Club
C/o Annette Foster
P.O. Box 996100
Miami, FLA 33299
Deposits must be received before April 15, 2004. Personal checks and money
orders are not accepted.
GENERAL CONDITIONS:- Neither the Jamaica Interline Club nor the World
Airlines Clubs Association shall be liable for any personal injury, damages,
loss,
accidents, delays or irregularity during this event. Interliners must accept
these
conditions and agree to omit any legal action against either the Jamaica
Interline Club or the World Airlines Clubs Assn. A cancellation fee will be
charged to no-shows and registrations will not be accepted without a deposit.
Deposits are non-refundable.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: APRIL 15, 2004
REMEMBER DEPOSITS MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO JAMAICA INTERLINE CLUB AND MAILED TO
JAMAICA INTERLINE CLUB AT ADDRESS ABOVE.


From Interliningplus -
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TRAFALGAR TOURS - Prices in CDN Dollars
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ROME WEEKEND
4 days from $465 cdn
Includes 4 nights hotel, Rome sightseeing tour, transfers at selected times.
PARIS WEEKEND
4 days from $490 cdn
Includes 4 nights hotel, Paris sightseeing tour, transfers at selected times.
LONDON LONG WEEKEND
3 days from $410 cdn
Includes 3 nights hotel, London sightseeing tour, transfers at selected times.
LONDON WEEK
6 days from $649 cdn
Includes 3 nights hotel, London sightseeing tour, booklet of discount vouchers,
theatre tickets, and transfers at
selected arrival times.
Payment Methods: Certified Cheque, Money Order, Master Card, Visa, AMEX
Local phone: 604-606-1700 Toll Free: 1-800-665-3100
Fax: 604-606-1720
Hours of Operation:
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Saturday: 8 AM - 4 PM PST

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