2003 Netletter #789 Oct 8th., 2003- The NetLetter

#789 Oct 8th., 2003- The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 789  Oct 8th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Must know.
A reminder that the  annual allotment for the C1/J10 pass is now 4.
Originally the policy was two per year, but this was changed 1/2 way through
2003.

An update on payroll trip pass deductions. Since Dec. 16, 2002, enhancements
were made to the Employee Travel Site (ETS) and the system's ownership now
falls under Employee Travel. However, some outstanding charges, dated before
Dec. 16 continued to be reconciled by YWG payrolls. Employees who have any
questions on trips taken to this date, must note that the Winnipeg Payroll
employees involved in trip pass matters are being reassigned to handle other
payroll concerns. Consequently, Payrolls will no longer be able to respond to
any questions related to u-write travel passes. You are asked to submit all
queries related to u-write travel passes by Oct. 31 for handling. Please send
to Winnipeg Payrolls, Box 768, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2N2 or through company
mail to Payrolls, Winnipeg ZIP 3849. For any information about travel after
Dec. 16, 2002 visit the “Review Trip” section of ETS.

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. Need to know.
Employee Travel Site (ETS) update – on-line ZED pricing and ticket creation
on other airlines now possible
All eligible active and retired Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, Zip and Tier III
employees are able to create and order an open ZED fare space ticket for
themselves and eligible travel dependents on other airlines (OAL) with whom Air
Canada has negotiated ZED fare employee reduced rate transportation agreements.
This includes partner travel on participating STAR carriers.
What does this mean for you?
This enhancement allows you to calculate the ZED fare service charges, the
applicable ZED taxes and applicable airport fees on line before you travel. You
must continue to book ID 90 and ID75 fares through the Employee Call Centre at
1(800) 413-1113, for North American based employees. Employees overseas must
book ID 90 and ID75 tickets through their nearest Air Canada office.
How to price and create your own ZED fares
To set up ZED fares and price travel, log on to ETS at www.travel.aircanada.ca,
click on "Flight Shopping", then "Other Airlines Ticketing".
Similar to flight shopping for Air Canada flights, you can add flight segments
to a booking workspace while creating an ZED fare PNR. Only flights that Air
Canada has negotiated will display.
Different OAL carriers cannot be contained in the same booking, therefore you
will have to create a separate PNR for each OAL carrier. The process is easy to
follow. If you need assistance check on the "Help" key that will link you to
the useful OAL User Guide.

Possible Restrictions
A "possible restrictions" link shown under each flight choice will confirm
whether the carrier may be restricted because of blackouts, embargoes or
restricted flight segments. You will still be able to book on these flights, as
tickets are valid for 180 days and the restriction may not apply at the actual
time of travel.
OAL eligibility of family and friends
Accompanied partners are eligible to travel on ZED fares on several Star
Alliance™ carriers on an allotment basis which is stored in your employee
travel profile. For more information read the "News and Policies" section of
ETS.
Employees must accompany partners for travel on applicable Star Alliance
carriers – a maximum of two partners per trip. This responsibility cannot be
transferred to the employee’s spouse.
How much will the trip cost?
The cost of travel including taxes varies according to who is travelling, such
as employee and spouse, parents and accompanied partner and whether the
passenger is a child. Another factor that affects pricing is the mileage of the
flight segments within the itinerary.
Getting your tickets
For North American-based (Canada & U.S.) employees, requests to have your
tickets delivered by courier and by mail must be paid by credit card. Tickets
are issued in Canadian Currency and if couriered, are subject to an additional
charge of $20.00 Cdn, plus taxes to cover the cost of delivery. Tickets sent by
mail will be sent at no additional cost. In either case, they will be sent to
Canadian and North American addresses only. Allow six (6) business days for
courier delivery and ten (10) business days for mail delivery.
The option to pick up tickets at a local ticket office, at employee ticketing
hours, is still available to everyone. After you’ve priced your tickets, insert
the three letter city code on the screen, to obtain location details and
restrictions for office locations. You will not need to have payment
information to pick up your tickets. Ticket pick up at airports outside of
Canada will be charged in local currency or U.S. currency as applicable.

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. Nice to know.
The following information issued by Gord Dalziel Pionair mail list manager -
FedEx is there to help with your shipments.
Planning to ship gifts to family and friends and you need to get them there on
time? Good news, FedEx, Air Canada’s preferred courier provider, offers all
active and retired Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz, Air Canada Vacations, ZIP
and Destina employees with a minimum of six months service, a discount on all
shipments.
To take advantage of this service, you or your spouse must present a valid Air
Canada picture ID or a photocopy, at any of the FedEx shipment locations.
( Editors Note -- We have recently heard that Widows / Widowers have been able
to also use this service at the Discount Rates ).
For more information on FedEx services, visit their website at www.fedex.ca
(for
Canada) and www.fedex.com (for the U.S.), or call them at (800)-GO-FEDEX.
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Air Canada Cargo Discount
Because of interest expressed by our Pionair Members information has been
obtained with respect to Air Canada Discount available to our Members and
Retirees.
All Discounts apply to shipments made ONLY on Air Canada services. Discounts
apply to the Basic Rate and does NOT include Terminal, Customs, Delivery,
Insurance, Etc charges.
Contact Number: 1 - 800 - 361 - 2159 ( select option 2 ). The Air Canada Web
Site can be accessed at www.aircanada.ca than select Air Canada Family than Air
Canada Cargo and finally Products and Services to obtain shipping options and
general information.
General Air Freight -- A Discount of 80 per cent applies to the first 100 Kgs,
on all Domestic and Transborder Shipments. A Discount of 50 per cent applies to
Worldwide shipments.
Express Shipments -- A Discount of 50 per cent applies to Express Shipments.
Some size restrictions may apply, but generally less than 32 Kgs per shipment
applies.
Discounts are available by presenting the shipment and Air Canada
Identification, when attending the Cargo Terminal.

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. Air Canada news -
Executive Class more affordable then ever – new web-only fares up to 50 per
cent off. Yesterday, we announced new low, web-only domestic Executive Class
fares designed to make flying in the comfort of Executive Class more affordable
than ever before. The new fares are part of the next step in enhancing
aircanada.com to offer maximum ease, transparency and affordability for
customers. Effective immediately, new permanent low Executive Class fares
available at www.aircanada.com, offer as much as 50 per cent off full Executive
Class fares. By booking on our website, customers can now enjoy Executive Class
comfort at economy class prices.
(and before your ask - we don't think this applies to our C1/J10 - eds)

On September 22nd, ZIP turned one  with more than one million passengers
flown.
One year ago today, our new, low-fare airline ZIP launched with 190 employees
and six aircraft that flew to four western Canadian cities. Today, ZIP flies 12
aircraft to 10 cities across Canada and employs 417 people. In its second year,
the airline plans to expand to 20 aircraft and add new cities to its growing
network.

Air Canada donates DC-9. Air Canada will donate one of its retired DC-9
aircraft to Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, during a ceremony
today. The airplane will be used to train aviation students in the newly-opened
Aviation Centre of Excellence at the Thunder Bay International Airport. Air
Canada has donated DC-9s on two previous occasions. The DC-9s served with Air
Canada for 36 years.

Tango takes its last flight. Sept 30th marks the last day that dedicated Tango
flights will operate. Launched in 2001, the Tango product has been extremely
successful and has been well received by our customers. This is in no small
part due to the tremendous efforts of our employees at the Saint John and
Winnipeg Call Centers. They, along with our pilots, flight attendants and
ground staff, contributed to the success of Tango with their team spirit and
belief in the Tango product. Thank you for your dedication over the last two
years which has been appreciated by your colleagues and customers. It’s to your
credit that the Tango brand will live on as it moves into its next phase
tomorrow replacing the Flash fare.

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. Found on the internet.
Australia’s second largest airline, Virgin Blue, has unveiled a new low cost
carrier, Pacific Blue. The airline will make its base at Christchurch, New
Zealand and plans to start flying on Feb. 1, 2004. Chief Executive Brett
Godfrey said the new low fare carrier will follow the lead of its sister
airline, Virgin Blue, offering heavily reduced fares on routes to Australia and
South Pacific destinations.

Ryanair, Europe's No.1 low fares airline, on 24 September 2003 held its Annual
General Meeting in Dublin and celebrated the event by releasing 260,000 seats
for sale at just GBP1.00 one way (excluding tax).

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. Star Alliance news -
Star Alliance, the airline network for Earth, has been voted 'Best Airline
Alliance', at the prestigious Business Traveller annual awards.

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. Tom Martin sends this information -
Condensed below from the Times Colonist. Dick was one of the originals. -
Dick Leigh Jan. 18, 1912 to Sept. 16, 2003. Employed as a licensed Air
Engineer in the North from 1933 to 1937 when he joined Trans-Canada Air Lines
as its 19th employee. Worked in Lethbridge, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Dorval.
Was Supt. of Shops then helped develop the design and construction of the
747 hanger at Dorval. Retired 1971. Moved to Sidney, B.C. Served two terms
as mayor. Memorial service held Oct. 6, 2PM St. Andrews Anglican Church,
Sidney.

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.Terry's travel tips.
In NetLetter nr 788 we mentioned the following -
Great interline specials for airline employees. If you’re a member of
ID90.com, a worldwide interline discount resource available exclusively for
airline employees, they have a really great deal available for the month of
September. Their newest travel partner Hyatt International Hotels and
Resorts is offering unbelievable rates starting at just $40 US a night ­
includes breakfast for two. This is the first time the Hyatt has offered
rates this low, so hurry because the offer ends Sept. 30. For more
information call 888-895-2510.
Bob Pasquale sends this information regarding this offer -

Be careful with site above...their payment software can overbill you

Bob


BEWARE -
Your co-pilot recently travelled through Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington
DC (DCA), and used one of the luggage carts for us$3.00 BUT, upon returning,
you only get .25c (a quarter) refund - at least in Toronto YYZ, you rent for
ca$1.00 and get ca$1.00 refund.



.1. Ski Austria
Ski Austria offers great value for either a 5-night or a 3-night stay.
Innsbruck will be your base for this popular interline ski package which
includes breakfast and dinners, ski bus shuttle service to the slopes and ski
tickets for the your stay. Rates for the 5-night package are priced from $329
pp double/triple and from $229 pp double/triple for the shorter package of 3
nights.
New for December 2003 and Jan 5 - Apr 1, 2004, try our Ski and See with 5
nights in Innsbruck and 2 in Salzburg. The inclusions are accommodations in 4
star hotels with buffet breakfast daily, 4 days of ski tickets for Innsbruck, 5
dinners, shuttle service to the ski area and back to the hotel, rail ticket to
Salzburg with a visit to Mozart's birthplace and home, and all taxes. This is a
great value at $579 pp double or triple. Call us at 800 255 2376 or email us at
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2. Normandy Cooking Tour
If your idea of exercise is cooking and enjoying the results, experience
Normandy in the delightful B & B at Le Mas Normand. Your 4-night stay includes
3 half days of cooking with an experienced chef, breakfast, dinner and a car
rental to explore this must see region. Priced from $499 pp from Oct 1 to March
31, 2004 only.
3. Chateau Lignan
If you have been dreaming about staying in a castle, Chateau de Lignan offers a
great rate to indulge your fantasy. Until March 31, 2004 your 4 nights stay
with breakfast and dinner, and a car rental is $409 pp.
Remember, these specials are only confirmed upon a definite booking. If it
looks good, try to book ASAP by calling us at 800 255 2376.

and from Interlining Plus -
NORWEGIAN DAWN
7 night Bahamas Cruise
October 26; November 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14

New York, NY - Port Canaveral - Miami - Great Stirrup Cay
Nassau - New York
Inside: $399 USD / Outside: $499 USD / Balcony: $599 USD
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NORWEGIAN WIND
7 night Exotic Western Caribbean Cruise
October 18, 25; November 1

Miami - George Town - Roatan - Belize City - Cozumel - Miami
Inside: $399 USD / Outside: $449 USD / Balcony: $799 USD
1 800 665 3100
(604) 606 1700
Fax: (604) 606 1720

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