2003 Netletter #766 - Apr 16/03 The NetLetter

#766 - Apr 16/03 The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 766 Apr 16th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Must know.
Fuel surcharge now applies to employee travel. Starting April 9, a fuel
surcharge of $10 Cdn one way will be collected for all personal travel,
starting on or after this date. Although the fuel surcharge currently will not
display when you price travel, it will be collected. The price quoting
feature will be corrected to reflect the fuel surcharge as soon as possible.

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. Need to know.
Searching your travel history. With the new travel policy and procedures in
place since Dec.
16, many of you are wondering how to check your travel history to get an
itemized account of your travel charges using the Employee Travel site. Go to
Travel History, scroll to the bottom and change the default from “Billing
Reference” to “Billing Type.” Once that's done, you can search your history.
Currently, there is a system error with the default “Billing Reference” option.
Air Canada anticipate that this will be fixed this week. You will need this
tool, as paystubs will no longer itemize travel taken after Dec. 16.

Problem with U.S. medical coverage rectified. Last week, some of our employees
in the United States reported that their medical insurance claims had been
refused by Great West Life. Unfortunately, as a result of our CCAA filing,
Great West Life put an administrative "hold" on the program, which meant
employees' insurance coverage was suspended. The situation, which we did not
anticipate, has now been rectified with Great West Life, and U.S. employees are
once again fully covered. We sincerely apologize for the disruption this has
caused

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. Air Canada news -
Air Canada has completed the
installation of enhanced cockpit doors on all of its over 200 aircraft in
service. With the installation of the new reinforced cockpit doors and
security devices on fin number 467, an Airbus A321 aircraft, at the carrier's
Winnipeg maintenance base recently, Air Canada mechanics have completed the
flight deck security enhancement program in compliance with Transport Canada
and FAA requirements.

Toronto Pearson Airport opens Infield Terminal. On April 6, Toronto Pearson
Airport's new 11-gate Infield Terminal opened. Some of our international
flights are being gated at this new facility, as earlier this month we had lost
some of our gating capacity at Terminal 1 as a result of the construction
requirements of New Terminal One.

Tango by Air Canada is the first air
service in Canada and the only low cost air service in the world to offer
customers greatly enhanced and faster online services including itinerary
changes and cancellations.

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.  Fraser  O'Shaughnessy, National President of the Pionairs has advised us -

Details and Changes to the sechdule of the Pionairs A G M
The AGM schedule of events as contained in the AGM Registration package did not
detail which meeting was the Pionair General Meeting and which was the meeting
where Air Canada Personnel brief the Pionairs.   Below are the details/changes
to the meetings

SATURDAY APRIL 26, 2003
BUSINESS MEETING - VICTORIA BALLROOM

0900 - 0930        RETIREES REPRESENTATIVE FOR AIR CANADA
PENSION PLAN - CANADA REPORT

0930 - 1000        DIRECTOR, BENEFITS REPORT ON COMMITTEE
FORMATION TO OBTAIN FINANCIAL AND LEGAL
ADVICE ON PENSION PLANS ON BEHALF OF
PIONAIRS & ALL RETIREES

1000 - 1200        BRIEFING ON AIR CANADA AND PENSION PLAN
AND BENEFITS STATUS WHILE AC UNDER THE
COMPANIES' CREDITORS ARRANGEMENT ACT.

SUSAN WELSCHEID, VICE PRESIDENT, PEOPLE
MICHAEL OCONNELL, SENIOR DIRECTOR TOTAL
REWARDS

1200 - 1230        INTRODUCTION OF 2004 AGM SITE
ELECTION OF 2003-2005 EXECUTIVE BOARD
DRAWING FOR 7 DOOR PRIZES
ADJOURNMENT

The Pionairs Annual General (Business Meeting) will be on Sunday, April 27th,
0900 - 1200 hours

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. Found on the internet.
*** End of the line for Concorde
The Concorde era of supersonic aviation will be over within
weeks. Embarrassing technical problems and a slump in transatlantic travel
have persuaded British Airways and Air France to retire the iconic plane. The
two airlines are preparing to reveal the date when the aircraft will be
withdrawn from service. Concorde has suffered a series of technical
glitches since the Air France crash in Paris three years ago, which killed
114. The aircraft has also fallen  victim to a slump in business travel
accentuated by the global economic slowdown and the war in Iraq. BA has
seven Concordes in its fleet and Air France five.

Virgin considers Concorde takeover
Virgin Atlantic is investigating the possibility of taking over the
Concorde fleet from British Airways which last week said it would be retiring
the
aircraft. Virgin ceo Richard Branson said his company had been "flooded with
calls
from the public, including BA staff asking us if we can keep the Concorde
flying". "When the Conservative government gave British Airways Concorde for
one
pound they said that if another British company ever wanted to operate it, they

could,” he said. "As a result of the public’s response, I will be asking
British Airways to provide me with full operating figures." BA is believed to
be
planning to make the Concordes available to museums.


NAV CANADA TO RAISE AIRLINE FEES
Nav Canada, the not-for-profit company that runs the navigation system
at Canada's airports, says it will have to raise fees this year to cover
a deficit that is expected to hit $157 million, up from last fall's
prediction of $84 million.

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. Star Alliance Employee news -
Trish Arbique sends this information-
ALASKA HIGHWAY SPRING ODYSSEY
Canadream Campers is happy to welcome you to the World Airline Alaska Highway
Overland Adventure! We have a number of motorhome units in Calgary Alberta and
Vancouver British Columbia Canada that we require delivered to Whitehorse. All
you have to do is 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.
Eight fabulous days…only Interliners could have this much fun at these rates!
Here’s the deal for $598.00 Canadian!!
That's about $360.00 USD or $335.00 EUR.
LIMITED NUMBER OF UNITS AVAILABLE - RESERVE EARLY!!
INCLUSIONS
Your choice of our available motorhomes.
8 Days use of the units from May 9th to 17th 2003 (Pickup 9AM to 2PM).
Your choice of Departing from Calgary or Vancouver.
3500 free kilometers (2,174 miles). Whitehorse is about 2400 kilometers (1,553
miles) from either center.
Insurance.
Convenience Kits that contain dishes, cookware, pillows, linen, towels,
sleeping bags, lawn chairs, & cleaning equipment.
First supply of propane and toilet chemicals.
Full itinerary with side trips and suggestions to help you plan your great
overland adventure.
Hotel pick up in Calgary and Vancouver. Airport drop-off in Whitehorse.
Taxes and Northern surcharges.
EXCLUSIONS
Fuel.
Camping Fees. Plan on about $20.00 CAD per night.
Fishing licenses or recreation fees and associated taxes.
For complete details please see http://www.startrips.tv

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. Terry's travel tips.
Travelling to Malaysia?
Canadians travelling to Malaysia now need a visa and a doctors health
certificate     confirming that they do not have SARS and that they do not show
any symptoms of     the SARS desease. For more information contact the
Malaysian High Commissioner.

Chestnut Tree Bed and Breakfast
2280 Douglas Cres.
Richmond, British Columbia 
V7B 1E9   Phone : (604) 273-1198
Your Host(s) : Penny Shaffer/Ross Nicholson
Breakfast Service: Full,
Beds Available:    Single,  Double,
Bathrooms Available:  Shared,  Ensuite, + Washbasin in
room
ca$55.00(single room) Suite ca$65.00. Special rates
f r airline personnel
Handy to airport (transport provided).
Need a one night stopover ?-No   problem.
Cosy, warm and tastefully furnished bedroom , with
ensuite toilet and
washbasin. Private sitting room with cable television.
Good food tailored to your taste. Home baking , home
made jams and  marmalades.
Please phone us at 604 273 1198 either before your
trip or when you arrive and we will happily  direct you.

Homeland River Cruises!:
Delta Queen is back with interline rates! Most sailings in April & May are now
available for $99 per person per day (plus port charges). Here are a few
examples:
Delta Queen ­ May 12 ­ 6 nights ­ Pittsburgh / Wellsburg / Marietta /
Blennerhasset / Huntington / Maysville / Cincinnati / Louisville - $694
Mississippi Queen ­ April 26 ­ 8 nights ­ Chattanooga / Decatur / Savannah /
Paducah / Louisville / Madison / Cincinnati - $892
American Queen ­ May 31 ­ 7 nights ­ Memphis / New Madrid / Paducah /
Louisville / Madison / Cincinnati - $793
Luxury - Riviera:
SeaDream II ­ 7 nights ­ Roundtrip from Monte Carlo - $1600
Itineraries:
May 10 - Monte Carlo, Monaco; Cannes, France; Portofino, Italy; Livorno
(Florence), Italy; St. Tropez, France; Cassis, France; Porquerolles, French
Isle; Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 14 - Monte Carlo, Monaco; Porto Azzurro, Elba, Italy; Sorrento, Italy;
Capri, Italy; Porto Cervo, Italy; Bonifacio, Corsica, France; Calvi, Corsica;
Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 21 - Monte Carlo, Monaco; Calvi, Corsica; Bonifacio, Corsica, France;
Porto Cervo, Italy; Porto Vecchio, Corsica, France; Portovenere, Italy; St.
JeanCapFerrat (Villefranche); Monte Carlo, Monaco
Berlitz’ #1 rated cruise line of 2003!
Interline rates are per person, in US dollars, and INCLUDE port charges unless
otherwise specified. Government fees are additional on all cruises and are
usually between $0 and $50 per person.
Interline rates are unpredictable but are generally at their lowest
approximately 30 days prior to sailing. However, very popular cruises may sell
out earlier than this.
The following people are eligible for interline rates:
- Airline/Courier/Military/Air Traffic/IATA employee or retiree, spouse,
dependent child under age 19, parent, parent-in-law.
- Anyone sharing a cabin with one of the above people. Cabins can be ‘split’
(e.g.: to allow an interline couple to bring friends along at the same rate,
call me for details).
- Extended family & friends can often obtain special rates without an eligible
interliner.
Kyle Oram Your Independent Travel Specialist Toll-Free: 1-888-768-8555
Fax: (250)
768-3171

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