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Subject: [The NetLetter] NetLetter nr 797 Nov 17/03 - The NetLetter
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)


Number 797  Nov 17th., 2003. We first published in October 1995.
Circulation: 2700+


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


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. Need to know.
What would we do without you?!! I booked 2 family affairs on Nov. 2 to
travel to BGI and was quoted 385.00 plus tax. Today in your netletter I read
that there is a sell-off for family affair to the Caribbean effective Nov. 1
and the fare is 299.00 plus tax. So I promptly called AC and the agent is
arranging for a refund. I'm passing this info along first of all to thank you
and secondly so that maybe you could inform others who may be in the same
situation.
Dolores Huard (retired AC CS&S Montreal)

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. Nice to know.
The old agreement with Lufthansa for the pass exchange ended  31st Oct.
This is the information for ZED travel.
LUFTHANSA (LH)                                  STAR ALLIANCE     

* TAX *                                                           
Interline/reduced rate tickets are subject to applicable tax      

RESTRICTION                                                   

Travel permitted as follows:                                      
LUFTHANSA                    (LH)                               
LUFTHANSA CODESHARE                                             
-AUGSBURG                   (LH)                               
- CONDOR                     (DE)                               
- LUFTHANSA CITYLINE GMBH    (CL)                               
- CONTACTAIR FLUGDIENST      (LH)                               

EXCLUDED:                                                         
LH GROUND TRANSPORTATION                                        

DEFINITION-ZED - SPACE AVAILABLE PERSONAL TRAVEL**              
ZONAL EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT (ZED)                                     

ELIGIBILITY-ZED                                               
ELIGIBLE FOR UNLIMITED ZED - ZL FARES:                            
Active employee of ac/tier 2 & 3 with 6 months service          
Retired employee                                                
Spouse - legal & common-law partner (o/s & s/s)                 
Dependent children under 25 years of age                        

ELIGIBLE FOR UNLIMITED ZED - ZH FARES:                            
Parents of active/retired employee

ELIGIBLE FOR MAX EIGHT (8) PER YEAR ZED - ZH FARES:               
Accompanied travel partner of active/retired employee           


THE CHILD OF AN EMPLOYEE IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING:             
- Under 16 years must be accompanied by a person                  
at least 16 years of age and also on zed                        
- 2-11 YEARS PAY 67% of the applicable zed fare                   
- Infant - free of charge if not occupying a seat                 
- Require a separate tkt for international travel.                  

PARTNER-ZED**                                                   
PARTNER TRAVEL ON PARTICIPATING STAR ALLIANCE CARRIERS            
IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING:                                      
- Must be accompanied by eligible employee - max two (2)          
- Employee/retiree entitlement max eight (8) per year - ZH level          
- Child ineligible for 67 percent of fare                         
- Infant permitted in addition to max two (2) partners but        
may only be carried by a parent holding a partner ticket        
- Infant under 2 pays 10 percent of ZH fare for international travel.      
- INFANT INELIGIBLE TO OCCUPY A SEAT                              

ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL PARTNER OF ACTIVE/RETIRED EMPLOYEE           


THE CHILD IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING:             
- Under 16 years must be accompanied by a person                  
at least 16 years of age and also on zed                        
- 2-11 YEARS PAY 67% of the applicable zed fare                   
- INFANT - free of charge if not occupying a seat                 
- Require a separate ticket for international
travel.                   

VALIDITY                                              180 days from date of
issue.                
RESERVATION ENTITLEMENT              Sandby                       

ID50 POSITIVE SPACE REDUCED RATE - PERSONAL     

ELIGIBILITY:                                                      
Active employee of ac/tier 2 & 3 with 6 months service          
Retired employee                                                
Spouse - legal & common-law partner (o/s & s/s)                 
Dependent children under 25 years of age                        

DISCOUNT:                                                         
50% PERSONAL TRAVEL                                               
BUSINESS AND NORMAL ECONOMY FARES                             
NORMAL ECONOMY EXCURSION FARES                                
CHILDREN FARES PERMITTED                                      

**NO OTHER DISCOUNTED FARE PERMITTED**                        

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. More niceities!
From the Pionair newsletter issued by Gord Daziel -
CHRISTMAS PARCELS REMINDER
Reduced Rate on both Air Canada Cargo and Federal Express are in effect for
Retirees, including Widows and Widowers.
Details on Air Canada can be found by Phoning Air Canada Cargo at:
1- 800 - 361 - 2159, select option # 2 ( Rates ).
Federal Express, Express Service worldwide is allowed the Discount. This can be
up to 150 Lbs per box as long as the combined Width and Length does not exceed
130 inches. The Discount is in the range of 75 %, I was told. Also I was told
there is no Special Restrictions for Shipments to the U S A, as we have heard
with some Cargo shipments, do to the 9 / 11 incident.
Present your parcel along with your Travel Card I.D. at a Main Fed Ex Depot,
preferrable in off hours.
Note: This Discount is NOT available through Fed Ex Agent offices.

Danka and Conrad Karsen sends this information -
In re Netletter 790 and FEDEX, I can understand how it might be
frustrating not to have an office convenient but we were just in
Bradenton, Florida and FEDEX saved us approximately $160.00 over DHL in
shipping a bag left behind by a friends who was leaving for Europe from
New York in two days. By the way, we are very impressed by the
pleasantness of every FEDEX person we have dealt with in different
locations.
Cheers,

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. News from the districts.
Victoria Christmas Luncheon
Christmas Lunch - Tuesday December 9 - This luncheon will be held in the West
Ballroom of the Harbour Towers Hotel, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria - social hour
11:30 - 12:30 followed by lunch (hot buffet, desert, tea/coffee) - cash bar.
Cost is $23.50 pp. includes gratuities and taxes. Send cheque to our Treasurer:
Marjorie Thorpe, 1769 Astra, Comox, B.C., V9M 3B6, by November 30th. The
entrance to the New West Ballroom is not thru the hotel lobby but directly off
Quebec Street at the west end of the hotel.


Edmonton District Christmas Luncheon
November 30/2003
Nisku Inn, Airport road.
1100-1400 hrs.
Supplied by Shirley Wood -- District Director - Edmonton
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Hope to see you all at our Eastern Ontario Christmas Luncheon, December 3rd,
2003. It will be held at Capone’s, Richardson Room, Nepean Sportsplex. 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. Please mail your cheque to Mr. Bruce
Wanamaker, 313 River Rd., Ottawa, Ont. K1V 1H2 ------- PAYABLE TO : PIONAIRS
EASTERN ONTARIO -- otherwise the Bank will send the cheque back -- only other
option is to make the cheque payable to Bruce Wanamaker.
Deadline for reservations is Nov. 28, 2003.
We will be served a turkey dinner. Bruce has arranged for Jim Brough and a few
young people who performed in the Kiwanis Music Festival this year to perform
for us. We will be having a draw of several door prizes, complimentary.
Look forward to seeing you and meeting new members of Pionairs.
Supplied by Jess Rougeau -- District Director - Eastern Ontario
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Sidney, B. C. area Pionairs meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at Smitty's,
Beacon Ave in Sidney, Vancouver Island at 9:30am. Contact Bob Walker for
details.

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. Star Alliance news.
Mexicana and Star Alliance agree to termination of membership. Yesterday, all
members of the Star Alliance mutually agreed that Mexicana Airlines’ membership
will end March 31, 2004. In a joint statement, both Mexicana Airlines and the
other alliance members expressed their commitment to maintain the current Star
Alliance product offering including frequent flyer and lounge access benefits
to their customers until the set date.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Danka and Conrad Karsen sends us this information -
In re Netletter 789 and the exorbitant rate for renting a baggage cart
at DCA Reagan Airport.
The rate and return is the same at TPA $3.00 with .25 as your "reward".
However, unfortunately now at Pearson, at least at Terminal II, it's now
$1.00 with .25 for returning.
Cheers,

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