2001 Netletter #553 Jan 19th, 2001

#553 Jan 19th, 2001
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( For retirees of the new Air Canada family)

Number 553 Jan 19th, 2001,  We first Published in October 1995


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

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. Need to know -
Kansai International Airport Passenger Service Facilities charge is
yen2,600 per adult and yen1,300 child 2-11 years.

Captain Thususka, retired, brought this matter to our attention -
Have just returned from trying to ship a parcel on Fed EX...using employee
interline discount rates which has been available up to now.
I was told by the agent that the discount shipping privilege for AC
employees and retirees is no longer available to RETIREES effective
immediately...
AC retirees will now pay full rates when shipping FED EX...
The only exception I was told are those Canadian Retired Employees  who
will continue to be offered discount shipping.
This info was provided to me by the agent at Fed Ex new shipping facility
at PIA in Toronto on Tuesday the 16 January, 2001.

We checked this out and here is the response from Industry Travel -

This is just to confirm that Federal Express has gotten back to me to
confirm that Retirees of Air Canada are permitted to use the FX
discounts.
I have asked them to ensure that the following is communicated to all
their locations.
Thank you for bringing this up to our attention,
Industry Travel Coordinator

New daily non-stops from Calgary to San Jose and London, ON.
Yesterday, Air Canada announced two new routes from Calgary.
Effective June 29,  year-round daily A319 non-stop service to San Jose, CA.
AC785 will leave Calgary at 10:45 a.m. and arrive in San Jose at 12:18 p.m.
From San Jose, AC784 will depart at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in Calgary at 4:48 p.m
On that same day, Air Canada will  inaugurate daily non-stop A319 summer
service to London, ON. The new service will be offered until October 27, 2001.
AC1035 will leave London at 8 a.m. and arrive in Calgary at 9:50 a.m.
From Calgary, AC1036 will depart at 4 p.m. and will arrive in London at
9:12 p.m

Air Canada welcomes Canada-US preclearance.
As a result of an agreement, a simplified, one-stop inspection process for
US-bound in-transit customers will be available to international customers
travelling to the US through Calgary, Toronto, or Montreal.

From the YYZNEWS issued by Brian Dunn -
.Although no official announcement has been made it would appear that
Air Canada is quietly getting ready to drop the Toronto-Amsterdam route due to
poor loads and low yields.  Although the flights are still displayed in the
computer reservation systems, no new reservations are being accepted
beyond January 27th.  This route was started up in July of 2000.

REMEMBER - You can get member and other retiree/employee e-mail
addresses via  the "Members Online" page.
This is a password protected "ConList"  provided by the ACFamily Network.
You can obtain access by registering for this, and other offerings
such as the ACFClassified Ads and ACFTravelGuide,
at www.acfamily.net

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. Our eagle eyed Chief pilot - Vesta - spotted this -
MONTREAL HACKER ADMITS GUILT
A teenage computer hacker known as Mafiaboy has pleaded guilty to most
charges he faces in connection to crippling several major Web sites such
as Yahoo and Amazon.

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. News from the C.A.I.R.E. Chapters -
The next CAIRE Chapter II (YVR Island & Gulf Islands) luncheon/meeting
will be as follows:
DATE:       JANUARY 25, 2001
PLACE:    COWICHAN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
4955  TRANS  CANADA  HWY.
JUST SOUTH OF DUNCAN
TIME:   1130 HOURS
COST:    $12.00 PER PERSON FOR LUNCH

And once again ALL ARE WELCOME.

Please  contact Mrs. Linda Hodson, Phone Chairperson, CAIRE Chapter Two
by noon on Monday, January 22/01 if you plan to attend so that sufficient
catering   can be ordered.
Linda can be reached via phone at (250) 468 - 5234

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The perfect combo. Ski and save on the slopes of Whistler/Blackcomb.
Industry Travel in Vancouver has tickets for sale for you and your family—
tickets are available to Air Canada, Canadian Airlines, and Regional Carrier
employees.
Check out the savings: Adult $50, youth (13-18) $45, and child (7-12) $25.
If you go to the mountain: Adult $63, youth $54, and child $32.
It’s enough to make you love snow!

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. From the YYZNEWS issued by Brian Dunn -
An  Air Canada 767-333 (C-FMWU) enroute from Vancouver to Seoul Korea
on January 6th had to divert to Cheju (CJU) Korea due to bad weather/snow
at Seoul. The crew and aircraft overnighted there and ferried up to Seoul on
January 8th in time to do a return trip back to Vancouver.

Tenzing Communications Inc. has announced a Beta trial of the Tenzing
airborne email and Internet system on select Air Canada aircraft, marking the
first passenger trial of in-flight email and "Best of the Web" browsing capabilities
on a commercial airline.   Five Boeing 767s flying North American routes have
been outfitted and travelers will access the Tenzing system through Bell Mobility's
existing on-board communication system.
Passengers will be able to use their own laptop, POP3 e-mail account and
browser, and can receive the necessary software through the Air Canada Web site.

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Subject: Bristol Britannia
An article from the Netletter in Jan contains a small error.
There is a third Britannia still in existence at Kemble in Gloucestershire, UK.
It was c/n 13508 and was delivered to the Royal Air Force in September
1960 as XM 496. It was withdrawn from RAF service in 1975, and was operated
by several Airlines from Cuba to South Africa. It is now owned by the
Britannia Preservation Trust who are keeping it in working order. Although
not airworthy it is 'taxi'worthy.
Dave Collingwood

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. Familiar?
Been there - done that!

The first time they found themselves at an airport with a few hours to kill,
they were  confronted with several depressing choices.
They  could
a) sit in an uncomfortable plastic chair and listen to Montovani,
b) sit in another uncomfortable plastic chair and insert quarters into a small
black-and-white TV and watch bad soap operas,
c) try to guess the ingredients inside the mystery hot dog at the combination
newsstand/snack bar

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. Star Alliance news -
Brazilian Airlines may merge units
Brazil's flagship airline Varig and the country's second biggest carrier TAM
are reportedly considering merging their international operations.

EU OKs United-US Airways deal
The European Union approved United Airlines' $4.3 billion bid to acquire US Airways.

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. Remember when?
Feb 21st 1961, the first training flight for CP Air DC-8 CF-CPF at Vancouver.
Mar 26th 1961, The first revenue flight for CP Air DC-8 CF-CPF YVR-HNL.
Britannia CF-CPD and CF-CPE were sold to Eagle Aviation UK in Feb & Mar 1961.

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. Found on the internet.
CONCORDE TO FLY AGAIN, SOME ARE FITTED WITH FUEL-TANK LINERS
Air France has been granted a permit to fly one of its grounded
Concordes from Paris to a military base in Southern France, and may make
the flight as early as today.  The Concorde is to be flown only under
strict conditions, with no pax aboard, and undergo testing at the new
location.  Meanwhile, British Airways (BA) has started to install
Kevlar-rubber liners in the fuel tanks of its Concorde fleet.  The
material, which also is used in bulletproof vests, should help to
prevent fuel-tank ruptures like the one that contributed to last July's
crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.  A BA spokesman
said at least one of the supersonic transports may be back in service as
early as this spring.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Dargal has these offerings -
call DARGAL today!
May 11 & 25 ~ 7 Nights ~ Celebrity Mercury
Vancouver/B.C., to Seward/Alaska Inside $299, Outside $499, 3rd & 4th $299
May 18 & June 1 ~ 7 Nights ~ Celebrity Mercury
Seward/Alaska, to  Vancouver/B.C. Inside $349, Outside $549, 3rd & 4th $299
May 18 & June 1 ~ 7 Nights ~ Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas
Vancouver,  to Seward/Alaska May 18: Inside $499, Outside $899
June 1: Inside $549, Outside $949
May 25 & June 8 ~ 7 Nights ~ Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas
Seward/Alaska, to Vancouver May 25: Inside $499, Outside $899
June 8: Inside $549, Outside $949

WE ALSO HAVE SOME GREAT RATES FOR THE MEXICAN RIVIERA!

Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars per person, based on
double occupancy, and subject to change, availability and
eligibility. Applies to new bookings only. Port charges and
government taxes are additional. Offers are capacity
controlled and may be withdrawn without notice.
For more information on these and other specials, contact us at:
DARGAL Interline 1-800-690-3223 (North America)
International 01-250-861-3223

Brought to you by "Interlining Plus" formerly Canadian Interline Travel
...Vacations in Paradise!!       Don't forget, Parents & Friends are welcome!
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Circle Hawaii Cruise 15 day aboard ms. Statendam From $1250 us
San Diego return  February 16, 2001
HAWAIIAN SPECIALS aboard Royal Caribbean Cruises
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11 night Hawaii Aboard the Vision of the Seas
Inside  from $830 us Ocean  from $1130 us Honolulu-Vancouver return
May 09, 2001
Southern Caribbean
7 night aboard ms. Veendam Inside from $360 us Ocean from $450 us
San Juan return   January 19 & 26, 2001
ALASKA/FAR EAST
19 day aboard the Regal Princess Sailing from Osaka to Vancouver
Inside  from $839 us Ocean  from $1139 us  April 21, 2001
AUSTRALIA/ASIA
14 day aboard the Regal Princess Sailing from Sydney to Singapore
from $769 us    March 11, 2001
ORIENT (CHINA)
12 day aboard the Regal Princess Sailing from Beijing to Osaka
from $699 us  April 9, 2001
RESERVATIONS  call toll free 1-800-665-3100
All rates are per person based on double occupancy - taxes + port charges
not are included.

Al Kurys sends us this tip -
A suggestion for the Retirees having problems with Long Distance charges
in the US.  An alternative is to use
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from this site you can make free calls if you prearrange with the other party.
I use it all the time to talk to family in Australia.
(When asked if there was any special software required, Al advises -)
It works great!  You only need to sign up -no costs.  much like having a
Hotmail address.  If you really get fancy you can set up friends.  This will
alert you any time a friend is online so that you can call them up.
As I said we use it all the time to talk to Australia.
Al Kurys  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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