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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 852,  date  2004. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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Robert Milton speaks to CTV and CBC October 1st. You may want to tune into
CTV’s Canada AM at 6:15 a.m. (EST) and again at 6:45, or CBC’s Newsworld at
7:20 a.m. to watch Robert's interviews about Air Canada’s future. Robert's
Canada AM interview will also run through out the day on CTV Newsnet.

Subject: [president_message] President's message

Hello, it’s Thursday September 30 and a terrific day for all of us at
Air Canada.
Today we have exited from CCAA -- and after eighteen long months we’re
now well positioned for success.


The CCAA process allowed us to do many things that we couldn’t have done
otherwise.  We’re now on a firm financial footing. Our balance sheet is
strong with debt down from $13 billion to $5 billion. With your
contribution and that of our aircraft lessors and suppliers, our annual
operating costs have been reduced by $2 billion. We’ve implemented new
ways to offer our customers automation, simplicity and value.  We’ve
launched new routes and ordered new regional aircraft to optimize our
domestic and transborder flying. And we’ve implemented rigorous
discipline on improving key customer services.


Even in the face of record fuel prices and heavy loads, these changes
are already proving their value.  We’ve had five straight months of
record load factors. We’re seeing steadily increasing web bookings under
our simplified, value-based fare structure and on-time performance is
improving system wide.


In short, we’ve challenged what had always been and we’ve embraced what
needed to change.  We’ve re-invented ourselves and as difficult as it
was, it was worth it and it’s already yielding encouraging results.


There’re plans underway to mark these achievements and to highlight key
elements of our business plan. I invite you and members of your
immediate family to join me at events in Montreal and Toronto on October
19th and in Vancouver on October 20th, when we’ll highlight how we’re
going to re-invest in the airline and thereby in your future as a member
of the Air Canada family.


There’s no doubt that there will continue to be challenges and factors
beyond our control. We’ll need to continue to think innovatively,
differently and progressively in what is guaranteed to remain a rapidly
evolving and highly competitive environment. More than ever, I need you
to vigilantly control costs, give our customers your best and always,
always operate with the highest of safety standards.


We’ve worked long and hard for this day, so take a moment to reflect on
not only all that we’ve accomplished together, but also on the promising
future that lies ahead.

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. Need to know.
John Rodger - President of Pionairs sends this message -
I notice your info about Park' N Fly. Could you please send out a
correction on it as the pound sign should be at the end of the numbers
31033#. I have used this many times in YUL and it is really a good deal for
us. In YUL there are no attendants so you must pay by credit card. Keep up
the good work.
Best regards
John Rodger

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Reunion in Regina. All active and retired employees are invited to a
reunion in Regina on Oct. 23 at the Regina Flying Club to catch up with old
friends and reminisce about airline days gone by. This event will reunite
former PWA, CP Air, Canadian Airlines, Canadian Regional and any current
Air Canada and AC Jazz employees who have worked in Regina or who may not
have worked in Regina but are interested in attending. For more
information, contact Laurel Baldwin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Oct. 7.

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. News from the districts.
QUEBEC  DISTRICT HOLDS  PIONAIRS  DINNER
November 17th, 2004 at 18:30
Plan to attend the Pionairs Dinner November 17th, 2004 at École Hôtelière
des Laurentides and send a cheque payable to Air Canada Pionairs for 25.00$
per person (taxes and service included)

TO: Murielle St. Germain, 30 chemin Clover Leaf, Morin-Heights QC, J0R 1H0
Following information required with your cheque -
emp#,  NAME : email:,TEL:,# PERSONS:
Car-pooling : can accommodate .... persons or need ride for .... persons
table share :______________________
Space is limited so we urge you to send your registration and cheque to
reach us  no later than November 8th, 2004.
Tickets will be ready for you at the door.   Please detach this section and
forward it with your cheque as noted on the form.

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QUEBEC  DISTRICT  HOLDS  LUNCH & FALL CRUISE

A lunch and a cruise under the magic of the fall colours on October 6 a
"lunch & cruise"  in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts  will replace the cancelled
October 20th Coffee-social.    The luncheon will be followed by a cruise at
2:30 or 3:30 PM in the afternoon.
It's a rendez-vous :  11H30 - OCTOBER 6TH -  Restaurant DEL POPOLO
Address : 1 Principal street East, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Mid-day Table d'hôte  $10 - $15
FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL  819-326-4422
Email :  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Internet link - http://www.delpopolo.com/TopAnglais.html
CROISIÈRE ALOUETTE   Weather - good or bad
Cost is $8.75 PP for a minimum group of 15 (otherwise $10 PP)
After lunch, in a few minutes, just walk over to the municipal dock
Alouette of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.
Dparture 14h30 or 15h30 for a 50 minute cruise commentated in french and/or
english by the ship's captain.
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts is located : 60 minutes north of Montreal - 15
minutes north of Saint-Sauveur
Directions from Montreal - Autoroute 15 North - exit 86 -
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Follow directions to city center. We are at the end of rue Principale on
Alouette dock.
Internet link  http://www.croisierealouette.com/

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OTHER    PIONAIRS    EVENTS  

For additional Pionairs Events,  Please visit the Pionairs Web Pages at:
www.pionairs.ca

We recommend you come out and Support your Volunteer Pionairs  District
Directors and their Teams, who work hard at these Events.

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HALIFAX   RESERVATIONS  ( YHZRR )
TEN-YEAR  REUNION
Ten years ago Halifax Reservations office closed it’s doors.  A reunion is
planned to renew old acquaintances and keep the threads of camaraderie alive.
WHEN:            NOVEMBER 04, 2004 1700 HRS ONWARD
WHERE:       BREWSTERS RESTAURANT
961 BEDFORD HIGHWAY
MILL COVE
BEDFORD, NS
(AT THE FOOT OF HAMMONDS PLAINS ROAD)
Please spread the word amongst those you are still in touch with,
especially those living abroad and  “away”  so they have time to make plans
to attend.

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. Found on the internet.
Vesta spotted this -
Canadian da Vinci Project, the closest team on Rutan's heels, has
postponed the launch planned for Saturday (Oct. 2) in Saskatchewan. The
da Vinci team said a key component of the spacecraft was not ready, and
will cause a delay of several weeks. "We're still a go for launch," said
Brian Feeney, leader of the project. "We've made milestone progress
since the early August arrival of our title sponsor, Golden Palace.com,
and we intend to prove that Canadians can and will put a man into
space." Starting Sunday, the Discovery Channel will broadcast a series
of programs about the X Prize competition, called "Black Sky: The Race
for Space."

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. Star Alliance news.
Should United Airlines decide to terminate its employee pension plans as
part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, as is considered likely,
"competitive dynamics will force other carriers to follow suit, potentially
requiring bankruptcy in some cases," reasons Citigroup Smith Barney analyst
Daniel McKenzie.

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. Terry's travel tips.
New York Break-Away Take some time out for a little early holiday
shopping in New York City with our 3 night package. The Hotel Bedford is
located just 2 blocks west of Fifth Avenue shopping and within short
walking distance to many of the cities attractions. Get the most out of
your trip by adding a New York City Pass and see all the sights too. Our
Price: $309 pp dbl
Buenos Aires Go on an adventure in Argentina with this 5 night package with
tours. This is a phenomenal price for a vacation that includes: ·5 nights
in a 4 Star hotel ·Breakfast daily ·Half Day City Tour ·Tigre Delta Half
Day Tour & Cruise ·Gala Dinner & Tango Show ·Full Day Gaucho Fiesta with
Lunch From: $299 pp dbl
Paris for the First Time Oct 16 (departure) is your last opportunity to
take advantage of our Paris for The First Time tour in 2004. See all the
sights in the "City of Lights" and get comfortable enough to return again
on your own. Our guide Thea is outstanding and you will have the experience
of a lifetime. PLUS this tour has been discounted $50 per person (new
bookings only) off of the already low  regular price. First night
accommodations are Oct 17 with check-out Oct 22. Now: $629 pp dbl
Cancun 5 Star All-Inclusives Gran Caribe Real offers an unsurpassable
mixture of excellent European service with warm Mexican hospitality. Enjoy
the beautiful blue Caribbean from sumptuous facilities in a modern
Mediterranean style, while the resort staff takes care of every single
detail to bring you an exceptional vacation, with the best All-Inclusive
concept around. Caribe Real is a classic yet modern property located on the
most popular beach in Cancun.
Gran Costa Real has a magnificent location in the heart of the Hotel Zone
and only 5 minutes away from the downtown area. It's close to golf,
shopping centers, discos, restaurants and all the good things Cancun has to
offer.Priced From: $66 pp per night in Junior Suite at Gran Caribe Real &
$75 per person per night in Deluxe Room at Gran Costa Real. A 3 night
minimum stay is required.
Reservations can be made by calling us at 800-255- 2376. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm ET
and Sat 9am-1pm ET.
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. Smile.
Helicopter pilots have discovered all kinds of useful, and profitable,
niches for their flying machines, but New Zealand farmers may be
popularizing a new use for the big eggbeaters -- they can help keep their
precious grape vines warm at night. Many of the vineyards on the South
Island are tucked into valleys and slopes where a gentle airflow prevents
frost from forming. But on the plains of Marlborough, according to The
Nelson Mail, late winter can bring overnight inversions that trap cold air
near the surface and ruin the delicate vines with frost. The solution --
hire a helicopter or two to beat about all night long and mix up that
atmosphere. Apparently, if a vineyard has $120,000 worth of grapes at risk,
paying $4,000 or so for a night of wind-whacking makes sense.

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