2003 Netletter #783 Aug 18th., 2003- The NetLetter

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N E T L E T T E R   >  CANADA   <
( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 773  June 16th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+

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

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. Must know.
An update on the billing process using the Employee Travel Site (ETS)

All employee travel billing charges are now up-to-date. However, if you’ve
travelled since the launch of the new billing process and still haven’t been
charged for your trips, there is an issue with your payment selected options.
If you have travelled and have not been billed, you’re asked to speak with
Employee Travel and Recognition (ETR) at 1-866-473-4732 to update your travel
billing file.  It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure valid payment
options are on file prior to commencing new travel.

Credit Card
Credit Card errors are either due to a wrong card number, expired or wrong
expiry dates or the credit was denied. As a result, the full amount you
intended to have debited from your credit card for trips taken, since the
beginning of the new billing process, will default to payroll deduction without
an applicable deduction limit. Therefore, to avoid this inconvenience in the
future, you’re encouraged to call Employee Travel and Recognition with a new or
valid credit card number. Note: If you’re not on the payroll and your credit
card is rejected, the non-payment will result in the deactivation of your
travel profile.

If you have any concerns about your travel charges, you’re asked not contact
your credit card company to discuss the charges. Instead, first verify your
trip information using your travel profile on ETS and if you’ve found an error
contact the ET&R team.

There were instances where payroll deduction was requested for various trips,
but complete travel charges could not be deducted through payroll because of
insufficient monies earned OR the employee was not on active payroll at time of
billing.  Employees who aren’t on active payroll and who have made their flight
registration with the Call Centre or using Speech Recognition must contact
Employee Travel and Recognition to provide your credit card number to cover the
charges for all travel taken to date.
Note: There is no limit as to the amount that can be deducted on payroll, and
partial deductions will not be considered.  Employees who exceed $300 worth of
travel charges per month are urged to use a credit card for payment. 

Remember also, you should only use one payment option per trip. You cannot
split your outbound and return using two different forms of payment, nor can
you split the same trip for different travellers, using different booking
references and two different forms of payment.  Employees who have booked
travel using two forms of payment will have the round trip deducted entirely
from their credit card. Again, you’re asked to ensure the credit card is valid.

Charge it! Air Canada Jazz employees move to credit card as the only payment
option for travel. Starting July 11, Air Canada Jazz employees and travel
privilege holders must pay for their travel with a valid credit card. The next
time employees use the Employee Travel Site to register, they’re encouraged to
enter their credit card number as the default payment choice. Those who use
Speech Recognition, or call the Employee Call Centre, to book travel must
contact Employee Travel and Recognition at 1 866-473-4732, and provide a valid
credit card number. Employees who don’t provide a valid method of payment
effective after July11, or whose credit card is denied for payment, will have
their travel privileges inactivated until full payment is received.

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. Air Canada news -
New cinema snacks now offered on long haul N.A. flights. On May 1, in
addition to regular meal service, we introduced a unique Cinema Snacks Program
on our long haul North American flights (over three hours, 16 minutes). With
this program, we’ve recreated the theatre experience for our customers, with
one exception – the snacks come to them. Following a type trial of the program,
feedback showed our customers welcomed the addition of a convenient, reasonably
priced movie theater style snack during the in-flight film and indicated the
Cinema Snacks program enhanced their overall onboard experience. In addition,
the program is a positive revenue generator. Now, for $6 Cdn, our customers in
hospitality class can select their own cinema combo (two snacks and one Dasani
Mineral Water) from a choice of six premium snack products, then sit back,
relax and enjoy the film.

New life insurance premium rates. Effective June 1, 2003, the premium rates
applicable to the Manulife Supplementary Life Insurance Plan (for all Canadian
and foreign, active and retired employees, except in the U.S.) will be reduced
by 15%. Please note that, as is the case presently, your premium will be
increased by the 9% provincial tax if you live in Quebec, and by the 8%
provincial tax if you are an Ontario resident. A complete list of the new
premium rates can be found on www.achorizons.ca under Online Extra.

. Need to know.
Rumour: Pensioners have already started to have 10% removed from their pension.
Fact: This is incorrect. No changes have been made.

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. Hurry Hurry Hurry!!!

$68.00 CAD PER UNIT!!

Available Anytime for 5 nights starting JUNE 20TH from Toronto, must be in
Montreal by July 15, 2003
Check out www.startrips.tv for booking information.

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. News from the Pionair districts -
- Pionairs NS/PEI District are holding a Special Meeting at the Waverley
Legion, Waverley at 1030, Friday morning the 20th of June ...(FYI ..they serve
a great "fish & chips" if anybody wants to stay for lunch!!)
- also there will also be a meeting on Wednesday, July 2nd at the Armdale Yacht
Club at 1100 ..normally we take the summer months off but due to the current
situation we have decided to have a July session...the usually excellent fare
is there as well following lunch and now we have the sailboats to watch at no
charge, what a venue for our Pionairs meetings!!....no decision yet for
Ken Mcleod- Director NS/PEI

Here are the results of the YVR Pionairs golf tourney held May 22nd -
Low gross-               Peter Rose
Ladies low net-         Belinda Lum
Mens low net-          Chris Nichols
KP's-                      Art Allen,Charlie Burtch,Wayne Wooldrich
Putting Contest-      Al Crystal
A big thank you to:Country Meadows Golf Course, HMY Airways, Legends Pub, Doris
Grant, Charlie Burtch, Roy Geddes, Art Allen and Phil Easterbrook.
Out of Town guests:Bill Sim and Madeline Dunk from Montreal.
George Agnew

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. Star Alliance news -
US Air invited to join Star Alliance. On the weekend, Star Alliance
unanimously approved the application of US Airways to join the world's largest
airline alliance, which will significantly expand the alliance's network
throughout the eastern U.S. and the Caribbean. No date has been set for US Air
to join the alliance, but it’s anticipated it will occur in the next 12 months.
The airline has been working closely with both United and Lufthansa, two
founding members of the alliance. US Air has 28,000 employees, a fleet of 279
aircraft and is based in Arlington, Virginia.

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. May Day.
Jean Bryan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: Re: [The NetLetter] Tips on Ireland

I am planning a trip to
Ireland with an also retired friend in September and because neither of us
has enough nerve to drive over there we were figuring on a Trafalgar Tour
but I was wondering if anyone knew of any Irish tour companies that they
would recommend. Any other tips would also be appreciated.
Thanks for any help - Jean

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. Terry's travel tips.
Summer offers special rates at the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza on South Beach.
Aug. 28, the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza resort is offering all active and retired
Air Canada employees a special rate to stay at the new oceanfront hotel located
in South Beach, Miami. The discounted rate is $89 US a night for a standard
room. You will be required to show your airline identification card at
check-in. To take advantage of this offer, call 1-305-604-5700. For more
information, you can also visit the website royalpalmcp.crowneplaza.com.

Dargal has this  AMAZING Hot Deal.
A fabulous Mediterranean cruise for less than $45 per night!
This one is sure to go fast - so call DARGAL to book right away! 1-800-690-3223
The following is a spectacular deal for you... Don't wait or you could miss out
on the opportunity of a lifetime as you
trace historic paths to Northern Italy via Athens and Istanbul.
July 6 ~ 7 Nights ~ Orient Lines ~ Crown Odyssey
ITINERARY: Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey;
Mykonos, Greek Isle; Cruise Adriatic Sea; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy;
Venice, Italy
RUN OF SHIP only $302!
Rate is quoted in U.S. dollars per person (based on double occupancy) and is
subject to change, availability and eligibility. PORT CHARGES ARE INCLUDED.
Offer applies to new bookings only, is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn
without notice.
For more information on this and other Dargal Interline specials:
Call Toll Free: 1-800-690-3223
International Toll Free: (International Access Code)-800-2832-7425
Fax: (250) 861-3283

Interline World Vacations -
For information and reservations, please call 1-866-279-8480
Holland America Lines aboard the Oosterdam
12 Nights Oosterdam Baltic Cruise (London to Copenhagen)
Sailing Aug 3, 2003
Inside $699, Outside $899
Harwich, London to Copenhagen, Denmark
Holland America Lines aboard the Noordam
10 NightScandinavia & Russia Cruise - Copenhagen roundtrip
Sailing June 11, 21, July 1, 21 2003
Inside $499, Outside $599, Balcony $849
7-Night SCANDINAVIAN & RUSSIAN SOJOURN - Copenhagen to Stockholm
Sailing Aug 6, 2003
Price $1575 (Plus Port and taxes - $210)
Holland America Lines aboard the Rotterdam
16 Night Transatlantic Cruise - Boston to Rotterdam
Sailing July 12 Balcony only $1299
16 Night Transatlantic Cruise - Rotterdam to New York
Sailing July 30 Inside $899, Outside $1099
Raisson Seven Seas
7-Night Alaska Cruise Vanciuver round trip
Sailing Sep 3, 2003
Holland America Lines aboard the Volendam
7 Night Alaska Inside passage - Vancouver round-trip
Sailing June 16, 2003 Outside$479
Sailing June 23, 30, 7 July 2003 Inside $379, Outside$479
Holland America Lines aboard the Zaandam
7 Night Alaska Inside passage - Vancouver round-trip
Sailing June 14, 2003 - Inside $379, Outside$479
Sailing June 21, 28, July 5- 2003 - Inside $389, Outside$489
Holland America Lines aboard the Amsterdam
7 Night Alaska cruise Seattle round-trip
Sailing June 21, 28 - Price Inside $399, Outside $499
Clebrity Cruises aboard the Infinity
12- Night Hawaii Cruise Vancouver to Honolulu
Sailing Sep 26, 2003 Price Inside $ 700, Outside $800
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines aboard the Legend of the Seas
12- Night Hawaii Cruise Vancouver to Honolulu
Sailing Sep 19, 2003 Price Inside $ 599, Outside $699, Balcony $899
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines aboard the Radiance of the Seas
12- Night Hawaii Cruise Vancouver to Honolulu
Sailing Sep 27, 2003 Price Inside $ 699, Outside $799, Balcony $999
*PORT CHARGES INCLUDED. Government taxes extra. All prices are in
US dollars, based on double occupancy for new bookings only and apply
only to eligible Airline Personnel and their certain family members.
Proof of employment and/or relationship to employee required. Certain
terms and conditions may apply
For information and reservations, please call
INTERLINE WORLD VACATIONS AT 1-866-279-8480 toll free
or (604) 279-8482

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. Smilies.
From Lawson Tremellen.
Subject: You know you're a Redneck Pilot when ...
Your cross country flight plan uses flea markets as check points.
Your toothpick keeps poking your mike.
You've thought about just taxiing around the airport drinking beer.
You use a Purina feed sack for a wind sock.
You think VNC charts should show trailer parks.
You constantly confuse Beechcraft with Beechnut.
You think GPS stands for Going Perfectly Straight.
You refer to flying in formation as "We got us a convoy".
You've got a gun rack hanging on the passenger window.
You have more than one roll of duct tape holding your cowling
Your preflight includes removing all the clover, grass, and wheat from
the landing gear.
You siphon gas out of your tractor to put in your airplane.
You've never landed at an actual airport, although you've been flying
for years.
There are parts on your airplane labeled "John Deere".
You have to buzz the strip to chase off all the sheep.
You've landed on the main street of your town for a cup of coffee.
You fly to family reunions to meet girls.
You have fuzzy dice hanging from the magnetic compass.
There are grass stains on your propeller tips.
Just before impact, you're heard saying "Hey, y'all, watch this!"

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