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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 831  June 19th., 2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Need to know.
Some small but important steps to improve on-time performance take place in
Toronto for international flights. In an effort to improve customer service
through on-time departures for internationally bound flights from the Infield
Terminal in Toronto, travellers are asked to be at the gate for boarding 60
minutes prior to departure. Customer boarding passes will show the adjusted
boarding times. Furthermore, anyone connecting through Toronto to international
destinations is asked to go directly to the Infield Terminal by using the
shuttle bus from T1. While waiting for a flight at the Infield Terminal,
travellers will be able to browse the duty-free shops, grab a bite, or chat
comfortably over a coffee.

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. Nice to know.
This is the present policy as noted on the Employee Web Site -
Queries should be directed to
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Employee Travel and Recognition office : 1 - 866 - 473 - 4732

C1/J10 Pass
Definition
An allotment of four yearly space available C1/J10 trip passes allow AC active
employees/retirees the choice of travelling in business class as per flight
availability.
In the event travel commences at the end of the year and will be completed the
following year; the year in which travel commences will determine the allotment

year of this priority.
Eligibility
AC active/retired employee or widow/ers
Their spouses
Eligible dependent children
Children must be accompanied by employee and/or spouse on the C1/J10
priority.
Rules & Regulations
Valid for Travel on AC, AC Tango, ACV and AC/LH Joint Venture
Not valid for travel on AC Jazz, AC Zip, Tier 3, Star Alliance or Other
Airlines
Priority
C1/J10 - Active/retired employee and widow/er, spouse, accompanied
dependent child 12-24 years old.
C1/ Y10 - Accompanied dependent child under 12 years of age.
Downgrade
Anyone holding a C1/J10 trip registration wishing to use the C2/Y10 priority
instead
must cancel the C1/J10 registration and re-register with a C2/Y10 priority No
later
than 24 hours prior to departure.
Change is not permitted at airport check-in or at the gate.

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Dreams Take Flight swings in to action with their first golf tournament. If
you’ve always wanted to help a great cause and you love golf, then the
Vancouver chapter of Dreams Take Flight has the event for you. On Aug. 13, they
will hold their first annual Dreams Take Flight Golf tournament at the Surrey
Golf course. The $125 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, a buffet dinner,
silent auction and the chance to win some great prizes. For more information
about this event, log on to www.dreamstakeflight.ca or call (604) 270-5437.

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. News from the districts.
Anyone contemplating going to the Vancouver Island & Gulf Island mid island
luncheon being held at the Howard Johnson in Nanaimo on June 24th - the address
is
1 Terminal Avenue. The cross street is Comox Road and, if you are familiar with
the area, it is the old Tally Ho.

Retirees living in the Central Ontario can now meet friends, share information
and enjoy fellowship by attending the New Barrie, Ontario, Coffee Klatch. In
late May the Inaugural meeting was held and a good turn-out was reported. It is
hoped this response will continue for these Retirees and Pionairs, living in or
on the fringes of Central Ontario's Vacation Lands.
Barrie Coffee Klatch
Date: June 24 th, 2004 ( Last Thursday of the each Month )
Location: Barrie Legion at Cundles and St. Vincent Streets, North Barrie.
Cost: $ 3.00 Per Person, includes bottomless cup of coffee.

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. Star Alliance news -
South African Airways (SAA) formally applied for membership of the Star
Alliance on March 4th, and is expected to become a full member during this
month. SAA is the first African airline to become a member of Star Alliance.

The US Air Transportation Stabilization Board recently rejected United
Airlines' application for a $1.6 billion loan guarantee but apparently left the
door open for the carrier to come back a third time with a revised filing.

Lufthansa Group Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber believes his airline will
enjoy a significant competitive advantage when its A380s begin arriving in a
few years

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. Found on the internet.
KLM has offered one of its last 'old' generation or 'classic'  Boeing
B747-206B to the Aviodrome museum at Lelystad in Holland - for a price of
euro1.00
The aircraft, registered PH-BUK, is fitted with the stretched upper deck. The
museum can afford to buy the aircraft, but there is a problem - it is
impossible to fly the aircraft into Lelystad due to the short runway, therefore
the jumbo will be dismantled and brought to the museum by ship. This is a
mammoth task expected to cost euro300,000.00
The museum is already the home to the DC2, DC3, DC4, Constellation, Fokker F27
and F50.

From science fiction to reality: Britain to get airport iris scanners. Earlier
last week, the British government announced its plan to begin conducting a test
run of an iris-scanning system at Britain’s five busiest airports next year.
Selected foreign travellers would be invited to sign up for the test, have
their irises scanned and then be able to pass through a dedicated immigration
channel at the airports. Expected to begin by mid-2005 at Heathrow, Gatwick,
Stansted, Manchester and Birmingham airports, the new iris-scanning project is
designed to increase security and speed immigration controls. For now, the
system would remain voluntary. Frankfurt airport, continental Europe’s busiest,
began an iris-scanning trial in February that allows selected EU and Swiss
nationals to bypass conventional passport checks.

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. After reading the story of the Mediterranean cruise in NetLetter 829, Clarice
Shtrax
sends this suggestion -
I have a suggestion for you if you ever stop at Livorno on a cruise again.
Get two
more people and take a taxi to Lucca, a charming walled-in typical Tuscan
city.  We were on the Grand Princess about five years ago and stopped at
Livorno.  Since we had
been in Florence before, we did not want to take the long trip into that city.
On
the ship there were some travel advisors (separate from the tour desk) who made
the
Lucca suggestion.  We found another couple who was interested and found a
cab driver who charged us about $70 for the trip.  We first stopped at Pisa,
steps away from the tower, for a few minutes and then proceeded to Lucca.  The
drive
through beautiful countryside took about 20 minutes.  We were dropped off at
the
town square and arranged to be picked up in about 2 hours.  It could not have
been more
perfect!!
Anyway, continue keeping us uptodate on your trips.
Best wishes,
Clarice Shtrax
Miami, Fl.

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GEMINI'S DEMISE
By
Khaled Mansour
FOREWORD
In the great wilderness of competitive struggle no one is safe; Add to that
politics and government and you have a constant shift of wealth and power.
In 1987, Canada airline leaders thought the time was right for the formation
of a Canadian Computer Reservation System (CRS); a common airline
reservation
system to serve all Canadians. Such a system would include value added
services that were desperately needed by would be CRS subscribers. Canadi>n
and Air Canada thought about building a Canadian CRS; They put their
thoughts
into action when they formed The Gemini Group. cont'd.....
This booklet (149 pages) is in PDF format and can be downloaded from
acfamily.net
in the forum/topic of same name.
Vesta.

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. Remember when?
On June 24th., 1968, Trans-Canada Air Lines captain Donald Chamberlin
re-enacted a flight, in a D.H.Tiger Moth, of the first airmail flight in Canada
in 1918 from Montreal to Toronto.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Some deals from KVI Interline -
Brilliance of the Seas
July 01, 2004 - 12 nights
Europe - Mediterranean
Barcelona, Villefranche/Nice, Livorno/Florence, Naples, At Sea, Venice,
Dubrovnik, Corfu, At Sea, Civitavecchia/Rome, At Sea, Barcelona
Inside $1299.00 Oceanview $1499.00 Suite w/balcony $2599.00
Vision of the Seas
July 02, 2004 - 7 nights
Alaska - Northbound
Vancouver, Cruise Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau , Icy Strait,
Cruise Hubbard Glacier, Seward/Anchorage
Inside $399.00 Oceanview $449.00
Serenade of the Seas
July 04, 2004 - 7 nights
Alaska - Roundtrip
Vancouver, Cruise Inside Passage, Cruise Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Juneau ,
Ketchikan, Cruise Misty Fjords, Cruise Inside Passage, Vancouver
Oceanview $499.00 Balcony $649.00
Adventure of the Seas
July 04, 2004 - 7 nights
Caribbean - Southern
San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, At Sea, San
Juan
Inside $599.00 Balcony $799.00 Suite w/balcony $949.00
Vision of the Seas
July 09, 2004 - 7 nights
Alaska - Northbound
Vancouver, Cruise Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau , Icy Strait,
Cruise Hubbard Glacier, Seward/Anchorage
Inside $449.00 Oceanview $499.00
Serenade of the Seas
July 11, 2004 - 7 nights
Alaska - Roundtrip
Vancouver, Cruise Inside Passage, Cruise Hubbard Glacier, Skagway, Juneau ,
Ketchikan, Cruise Misty Fjords, Cruise Inside Passage, Vancouver
Oceanview $649.00
All rates are quoted in US dollars, per person, cruise only, based on double
occupancy. Rates include port charges (unless otherwise noted); however,
government taxes and trip cancellation insurance are extra. Rates are
applicable to NEW bookings only, are capacity controlled, and subject to change
at any time without notice.
Why choose Patti Gordon @ KVI Interline?

·       Personal Service: I am a professional Interline Travel Specialist
who is
here to personally take care of your needs from start to finish. You will reach
me whenever you call my direct toll free number. I maintain personal
relationships with my valued clients and take pride in making sure my clients'
travel experiences are the best they can be. I never recommend a vacation that
I personally wouldn't enjoy.
·       The Most Experience: I have been in the travel industry since 1986 and
the Interline business for over 7 years. My relationship with my suppliers,
allows me to obtain the 'little extras' (where available) - like the best
cabins, special upgrades, unadvertised deals and more!
·       No Service Fees: I do not charge service fees or hide extra charges in
your total booking price. Because of this, you can be assured that I will
provide you with the absolute lowest price offered.
·       Family & Friends Rates: I have access to practically every special
price
on every cruise line and know where to find the special deals for your friends
& family - including air add-ons!

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. Smilie.
There was a red-faced pilot but no real harm done recently when a
Continental Airlines pilot enabled the transponder on the Boeing 737 he was
flying from Cleveland to Boston to transmit a hijack code. The accidental
distress call came about 100 miles into the flight and the pilot tried to
assure authorities on the ground that it was, indeed, a simple mistake. But the
authorities were having none of that. "...We're going to take every precaution
and treat situations as if it was (sic) an emergency until we're satisfied the
passengers were (sic) safe," Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman
Ann Davis told the Boston Herald.

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