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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 785 Aug 29/03 - The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 785  August 29th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+
Circulation: 2700+

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

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. Nice to know.
Air Canada News:
(An airline with a heart!! - eds)
Air Canada supports British Columbia forest fire victims. Air Canada is
offering its support to family members whose homes have been destroyed as a
result of the forest fires in British Columbia. The Company wants to
provide those individuals who have suffered this devastating loss with an
option to be with family and friends who may reside elsewhere in the
country. All family members whose place of residence have been destroyed by
the fires in the Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops region are eligible for
complimentary round trip travel from these BC communities to any Canadian
destination served by Air Canada or Air Canada Jazz. Complimentary travel
is available for booking effective Aug. 27 and must be completed by Sept.
30. Passengers are only required to pay the applicable taxes and
surcharges. For details, eligible families and individuals are advised to
contact their local British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program Office
(PEP). Air Canada is also coordinating efforts with the Red Cross and
providing complimentary travel to fly relief Red Cross staff to the areas
affected by the fires.

Daily, non-stop flights to St-Louis, Kansas City and New Orleans resume
next week. Here’s good news for anyone wanting to catch some authentic
blues or jazz music, or for travellers who simply want to get to St-Louis,
Kansas City or New Orleans quickly and directly. In September, Air Canada
will resume its daily, non-stop service from Toronto to these three U.S.
destinations – the service will include convenient connections to Ottawa
and Montreal. On Sept. 1, service will resume between St-Louis and Toronto;
Sept. 2, from New Orleans to Toronto; and on Sept. 4, between Kansas City
and Toronto.

Air Canada news -
Effective October 26, 2003, Air Canada
will commence daily non-stop service between Toronto and Delhi, the only non-
stop air link between North America and India. The new service will shave at
least three hours off traditional best routings offering travellers the
convenience of early arrival times that allow for connections to many key
onward destinations. Flights will be operated using state-of-the-art 282-seat
Airbus A340 aircraft featuring Air Canada's recently redesigned premium
Executive First service. Air Canada flight AC051 leaves Toronto at 1715 and
arrives in
Delhi at 1745 the next day with convenient connections to Mumbai (Bombay),
Calcutta, Chennai (Madras), Bangalore and Colombo. From Delhi, AC052 leaves at
0110 and arrives in Toronto at 0610 the same day providing customers
convenient connections on Air Canada's extensive network throughout North

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.  Must know.
Employees, retirees, spouses, widow/ers, their dependents, parents, travel
partners and interliners are expected to be neat, clean, and well-groomed
at check-in when using travel privileges as space available/positive space
Airport customer service agents have the authority to deny boarding to any
individual whose attire does not conform to the guidelines. The non-revenue
passenger should therefore consider the intent of the dress code and avoid
any questionable attire which may create an undesirable situation for
themselves and the airport customer service agent.
The dress code does not state what should be worn but rather what is
absolutely unacceptable and cannot be worn to travel as a contingent
passenger on AC/Tango/Jazz/Zip operated flights.
Unacceptable apparel:
· Any type of beach clothing
· Any type of sports attire including jogging suits, seat pants, rugby
pants or work-out clothing
· Tank tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts or aloha shirts
· Any type of cut-off clothing including those with ragged edges or with holes
· Shorts, Bermuda shorts or leggings
· Extremely short or micro-mini skirts
· Any type of clothing with offensive graphics or writing
· Clothing which exposed midriffs
· Any type of provocative, tight-fitting, revealing, sheer or see-through
Unacceptable footwear:
· Athletic footwear (including sports/Velcro type sandals)
· Beach footwear (including flip flops)
· Hiking or military-style footwear
· Very casual sandals (ie cork/wood/foam/plastic soles)
· Men’s shoes without socks
Note: Children under the age of 12 may wear casual clothing and footwear
provided they are clean/in good condition.
Executive Class:
Clothing in executive class should be in the mode of casual business attire
and contingent passengers should be aware that unless dressed in an
acceptable fashion, upgrade to executive will not be permitted, even if the
hospitality cabin is full or for any other reason.
In addition to the guidelines noted in Unacceptable apparel/footwear,
contingent passengers will be denied access to the executive class cabin if
wearing the following;
· Any type of denim or chambray clothing ie jeans, denim dresses
· Above the knee skort (split skirt)
Note: men are not required to wear a jacket and/or tie.
Other Airline:
Other Airlines may have dress codes which differ from Air Canada’s, all
contingent passengers should be aware of the standards to which they may be
required to comply by contacting the other carrier(s) directly.


. A thank you from Bill Willows -
Hi Friends:
A month or so ago I sent a Mayday appeal via "The NetLetter" seeking
advice/info on how best to get my son Pete to Cairo to complete his
Linguistic studies. Numerous readers responded with excellent advice. I'd
like to thank one and all for their interest and input.
The good news is that he is now in Cairo, drinking Egyptian tea at the Cafe
du Paris & attending Orientation at the Amer. Univ. of Cairo. He will be
there at least a year, perhaps longer.
These are some of the pertinent facts for travel to Egypt:
Get your immunization shots in Canada and although not covered by OHIP; the
cost is one third of the cost in the U.S. - What a great country we live in.
One must be in possession of return transportation or a ticket to a
destination beyond.
Unless you have access to Free & Reduced transportation. Call Egyptair and
get the name of a Consolidator in your area. In our case it was in
Mississagua, Ontario.
Fares quoted via European cities ran from $3,000 CA up return; whereas the
ticket purchased through my consolidator was less $1900 CA. Ticket validity
is one year, is non-refundable but rsvns may be changed without additional
Egyptair fly nonstop YUL-CAI twice weekly, Tuesdays & Fridays. They also
fly ex JFK.
His ticket read YYZ-YUL AC then MS YUL-CAI, This turned out to be a
blessing in disguise. For travel YYZ-YUL on Fridays is almost impossible on
Space Available basis.
If one has excess baggage, pay the XBG charge. A/F is cheaper but can be a
hassle due Customs' red tape.
I could go on but enough has been said. Should any of your readers want
additional info simply email me at " This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "
Thanks again to one and all,


. News from the districts -
Gerry Damskov Ok District Pionair Director
Our next Okanagan District Pionair function is our annual
September outing on Sept. 09th. 2003 at Manhattan Point in Skyreach Place
in Kelowna, BC. Together with an unescorted tour of the Wine & the BC
Orchard Industry Museum. For more info on the museum try: www.kelownamuseum.ca
The itinerary is: Wine Museum at 11:00am. located across from Skyreach on
the corner of Cawston and Ellis St. Address is: 1304 Ellis St. If you are
not planning on the trying the museum, the Meet & greet at 12:00 noon, and
Lunch at 1:00pm. back at Manhattan Point.
The cost is $13.00. Per Person. Price includes a lunch buffet. The Menu
consists of: An assortment of Fresh Salads, Crudités & Relish Tray, Freshly
Baked Breads & Butter, Seasonal Veggies, Wild Mushroom Rice Pilaf, BBQ Pork
Loin, Herb Roasted Chicken, and we are asking the Restaurant to replace
“Penne with Mussels in a Tomato Basil Sauce” with another seafood selection
due to the health alerts concerning mussels. An assortment of Cookies &
Pastries. Coffee, Tea and Water. Table seating is for Six & Eight people.
Since time is running out it is our hope that you call our treasurer
"Gretchen Aird" as soon as possible to commit to this event. For those
attending they should make their checks out to: Air Canada Pionairs and
mail them to our Treasurer as soon as possible. Her address is 317-1056
Bernard Ave. Kelowna, BC V1Y 8L7 and her Phone # is: (250) 860-4401. You
may also pay at the door, but you still must let Gretchen know if you are
NOTE: If you commit to this event and you do not show up, you will be
obliged to pay for the missed function. (Due to our commitment with the
We hope to see you all on Sept.09th.

September 24, 2003 - Fall Luncheon
·       Capone’s Restaurant, Nepean Sportsplex, Richardson Room,. Address
is: 1701 Woodruffe Ave., Parking at the rear of Sportsplex and enter
building at Door #4.
·       Time 11:30 a.m.
·       Cost - $ 20.00 per person. On the back of your cheque would you
please note your choice of meal - Chicken Almondine or Beef Stir Fry.
·       Please mail your cheques to, Mr. Bruce Wanamaker, 313 River Rd.
Ottawa, Ont. K1V 1H2 – payable to Eastern Ontario Pionairs. Deadline: Sept.

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. Short bio sent by Tony Coleman London UK .
Tony has taken over the Directorship for the UK Pionairs from John Baker -
Air Canada (Retired) 40years 9months service
General Manager Customer Service International
Various positions at LHR management & non management 1961-1994
General Manager Customer Service Europe 1994-1996
General Manager Customer Service British Columbia & Pacific Rim 1997-1999
General Manager Customer Service Toronto 2000
General Manager Customer Service International 2001-2002
Tony Coleman

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. Terry's travel tips.
. Terry's travel tips.
Last Chance!
7 Night Alaska Cruises
Limited Space
$199 USD
Ship Sailing Itinerary Inside Outside
Ryndam 29 -Aug-03 Alaska Glacier Discovery (Seward to Vancouver) $199 $279
Statendam 31-Aug-03 Alaska Glacier Discovery (Vancouver to Seward) $199 $279
Veendam 31-Aug-03 Alaska Glacier Discovery (Seward to Vancouver) $199 $279
Zaandam 06-Sep-03 Alaska Inside Passage (Vancouver Return) N/A $639
Statendam 07-Sep-03 Alaska Glacier Discovery (Seward to Vancouver) $319 $279
Veendam 07-Sep-03 Alaska Glacier Discovery (Vancouver to Seward) $329 $429
Volendam 08-Sep-03 Alaska Inside Passage (Vancouver Return) $519 $629
Ryndam 12-Sep-03 Alaska Glacier Discovery (Seward to Vancouver) N/A $619
Ryndam 12-Sep-03 Alaska Glacier Discovery (Seward to Vancouver) N/A $619
CRUISES SPECIALS NEW THIS WEEK -Bahamas: 4 Nights from $199 USD Royal
-Bermuda: 7 Nights from $449 USD Royal Caribbean
-Canada & New England: 4 Nights from $399 USD - Aboard the Serenade of the
-Europe: 10 Nights from $599 USD Holland America
-Hawaii Thanskgiving: 16Nights from $999USD Holland American
-Mexico/California: 7 Nights from $400 USD Celebrity Cruises
-Mexican Baja: 4 Nights from $199 USD Carnival
-Panama: 14 Night from $700 USD Celebrity
Prices advertised are in US dollars, cruise only, per person, double
occupancy, for lowest stateroom category and are subject to availability on
certain dates. Dates listed are meant to give range of sailing date options
- not necessarily to show dates that pertain to the lowest price. Certain
restrictions apply. Government fees and taxes may be additional. Airfare is
additional. Actual cruise itineraries are subject to change and may vary.
Your exact price depends upon selected day of departure, departure city,
length of stay, ship, cabin level selected.
CALL US FOR MORE DETAILS! 1-800-665-3100
International: 001-604-606-1700 / Fax: 001-604-606-1720

Sheraton offers special summer rates. Until Oct. 1, the Sheraton Hotels
of Fort Lauderdale Beach are offering all active and retired Air Canada
employees a special rate to stay at their hotels. The discounted rate is
$69 US a night for either business or pleasure related stays and is not
subject to blackout dates. You will be required to show your airline
identification card at check-in. To make a reservation, call 1-800-958-5551
or 1-954-467-1111. For more information, you can also visit their websites
at www.sheratonclipper.com and www.sheratontrader.com.

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