2000 Netletter #452 Febuary 2000

#452 Febuary 2000


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Number 452   Feb 25th, 2000,  We first Published in October 1995


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


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. Need to know.
Family Affair sell-off extension.
Our Family Affair sell-off just got better!
Sell-offs from Canada to Barbados, Hong Kong, Orlando, Paris,
Phoenix, St-Lucia, and Taipei are in effect until March 24.
Some conditions apply. Return travel must be completed by March 31.
Reservations must be made through the Employee Call Centre.


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.  WELCOME ABOARD
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Bob Arnett Montreal QC Manager -
Aircraft Evaluation & Specs
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it George Bromfield Toronto ON Manager,
Cargo Planning & Resources (YYZ)
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Jim & Phyllis Parker
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Alan Withington Arizon US
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Jack Morath LHR Pionair social dir
Corrections to E-mail address
Subject: Leo S. Styrczula's E-mail address
My apologies to Chief Pilot Vesta & Co-Pilot Terry
for not paying more attention in writing my Brother's address!!!
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Sorry about that...Ted


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W-hoop it up at the February 29 Toronto Raptors game at the Air Canada
Centre. If slam dunk and dribble are part of your vocabulary you're in
for a treat! Air Canada, Canadian Airlines, and their respective
Regional Carriers' employees, friends, and family can take advantage of
a one-time reduced rate ticket offer when the Raptors tip off against
the Chicago Bulls at 7:00 pm. You can cheer from the lower bowl end zone
or balcony prime_ at half price! A ticket in the lower bowl is $33.50
while a seat in the balcony is $19.00. Tickets can only be purchased
with a credit card by fax and must be ordered by February 25. Fax (416)
359-9198 with your name, telephone number, number of tickets and
preferred section, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express),
card number, expiry date, and name on card. Tickets can be picked up at
the Gate 1 box office on game night with a valid photo employee
identification card.

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. Industry News: JetBlue reaches US $1 million in sales before its first
flight. According to Aviation Daily, JetBlue accumulated more than $1
million in sales on flights between Buffalo, NY and Fort Lauderdale, FL
before its first aircraft even became airborne. Twenty percent of all
sales came from the Internet.


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. Help!
Since I am part of our ACFamily and have access to e-mail, I am
inquiring for Pionair member Edna Jamieson, who would like to find the
whereabouts of one Robbie Robinson, a retired purchasing agent, who
worked at Dorval. Edna may be reached through me >> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it <<
Thanks for any help


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. Rumour mill -
February 11, 2000 No 7

Rumour: Seniority lists will be merged.
Truth: As Robert stated in his message to employees on February 10,
there are no plans for merging seniority lists: "I want to be very
clear about this. I have no interest in forcing merged seniority lists
on anyone. If the majority of employees want it, we'll do it. But if
you decide it's not in your best interest, I'll accept that too." To
hear Robert's entire message, call the InfoLine in North America at
(877) 234-4636, or outside North America at (514) 422-4636.

Rumour: AC is merely satisfying the Canadian government by trying to
restructure CDN, but will ultimately put them into receivership.
Truth: This is completely false. As Robert has stated many times, Air
Canada is committed to restructuring the debt and other long-term
obligations of Canadian Airlines.

Rumour: AC is increasing its debt to assist CDN's financial problems.
Truth: This is false. Here is an excerpt of Robert's message to
employees on February 2, 2000: "I know many_employees are concerned
about the amount of funding being channeled to Canadian. I want to
reassure you that Air Canada is getting good value for its money. The
bottom line is, Air Canada's finances are not being compromised in any
way."

Rumour (a): AC and CDN reservation offices will be merged into the
same buildings.
Rumour (b): CDN's lease in YUL is up for their call centre, and their
agents will be moving into AC's Call Centre in Place Vendome.
Truth: The AC/CP Call Center integration team is currently reviewing
opportunities to make better use of under-utilised AC and CP Call
Center and City Ticket Office facilities. As the integration team is
currently in the initial phase of facilities review, we have not
completed the evaluation of various options and, therefore, no
decisions have been made.

Rumour: With WestJet starting operations in Hamilton, AC will now be
blocked from starting a low-cost carrier.
Truth: For domestic flying, the Canadian Competition Bureau's
conditions for Air Canada's start-up of a low cost carrier in Eastern
Canada specifically exclude WestJet. If a carrier other than WestJet
begins operations in Eastern Canada, Air Canada is prohibited from
starting a domestic low-cost carrier operation until September 30,
2001. If no other airline, or if WestJet is the only carrier to begin
operations, Air Canada is permitted to begin operating domestically
after September 30, 2000. Air Canada is not prohibited in any way from
starting a low cost carrier for Transborder routes.

Rumour: AirBC is going to be sold.
Truth: AirBC is part of the consolidation of the Air Canada Regionals
(AirBC, Air Ontario and Air Nova), announced on January 19. Robert
Milton is on record as saying AC has no intention of selling its
regional carriers.

Employee communications, YULNNAC


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. Info wanted!
John Gallagher would like some information -
Could someone spell out the various maintenance checks that our
aircraft have. I know there is a daily, and think there is a 100 hour
but are some yearly or every few years or so many hours.
Some have most parts removed. Some were called A,B, or C, etc.,
Would appreciate a simple answer.
John Gallagher  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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. Jennifer Romanko sends this information re the induction of
J.T.Bain -
February 15, 2000 Wetaskwin,
Alberta General (Ret’d) Paul Manson, CMM, CD, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame is please to announce the
Inductees for 2000. James Tocher Bain (posthumous) ­
Born in Scotland, Bain earned his air engineer licenses while with
the RAF.
He moved to  Canada in 1938, taking a position with Trans-Canada Airlines
maintenance and overhaul in Winnipeg, MB and eventually rose to the
position of Director of Maintenance and Engineering of Air Canada.
He is widely known as the man responsible for the specifications and
development of the Canadair “North Star”.  He over saw the design
and construction of the Air Canada jet fleet base at Dorval, QC.
Bain passed away in 1988.
Jennifer Romanko  < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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. News from the districts.
From the London, England monthly newsletter -
Dates for your diary -
March 12th - Olde Tyme Music Hall and a day out.
May 15th   - UK Pionairs A.G.M. Heathrow.
May 16th   - ACRA Theatre trip "The King and I"


The Theatre trip for May 16th is at the London Palladium.
Tickets for Pionairs GBP26.00, non members GBP29.00
price includes coach from Commissary at LHR leaves 18.00.
Note that these tickets are normally priced at GBP35.00.



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. Help!
Henry Hanson sends this information -


>From: Henry Hansen < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
..... my first flight was on an Air Canada DC8 from Calgary to Montreal
- and then to Copenhagen back in 1971 at age 11.
The flight that really caused me to discover how much I loved aviation
was on the return flight from Copenhagen to Edmonton.  We had a stabilizer
problem and were diverted to Heathrow for an overnight delay.  If I had
the date, is there anyway you could tell me which DC8 that was (C-FTIL for
example)?  It would be neat to know what became of that aircraft.
Many thanks,  Henry Hansen. < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


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. Information from Tom Grant on the late George Lothian -
I have put the George Lothian biography sent by Bill Marr as a separate
linked page off the RAPCAN website's Photo Gallery page.
On this page, in the caption opposite the photo of Capt Lothian,
his name is a link to that page.
Why not check out the Air Canada Retired Employees Web Site
http://www.acfamily.net/acrew/
Independently operated by webmaster Tom Grant.

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. Terry's travel tips.
Sky Princess - March  16th 19 nights AustraliaAsia cruise
Itinerary: Sydney, Brisbane, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns,
Bali, Semarang, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City,
Bangkok.
Inside from us$749 ppd ouitside from us$949 ppd.
Sun Princess - starting from May
7 night - Gulf Alaska cruises
7 night - Inside Passage cruises
Priced from us$719 ppd.
Europe 2000 a 19 night TransAtlantic cruise on the Royal Princess.
Sail from Buenos Aires to Barcelona includes stops in
South America, Africa and the Mediterranean.
Inside from us$1249 ppd.
Interested in 'free' interline reward travel?
Check on the Interlining Plus Visa credit card - for employees,
retirees and employee parents. The only credit card reward
Program that allows you to earn FREE Interline Travel with
Complete Travel Flexibility. Now you can replace all your
other credit cards with one that does everything but pack
your suitcase! No annual fee.
This Interlining Plus 'New Royal Bank Visa' is exclusive from
Interlining Plus (formerly Canadian Interline Travel)
Call 1-800-665-3100 for details on the cruises and the card.


Iceland Adventure 2000 hosted by the Interline Club of Iceland.
April 27th - May 1st
Cost us$560.00 dbl single supplement us$100.00.
Package includes: Tickets to/from Iceland (on Icelandair routes)
Icelandair operates to/from following cities -
STO-OSL-CPH-FRA-PAR-AMS-LHR-HAM-GLA-JFK-BWI-
BOS-MSP and YHZ.
2 nights Icelandair flug hotel in Keflavik
2 nights hotels at Hofn and Kirkjubaejarklaustur
with 2 dinners
4 breakfasts, Blue Lagoon dinner.
Bus tour.
Inquiries to be sent to Fax 354-505-0583 attn Th. Jonasson
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DEADLINE March 31st.
This is in association with the World Airlines Clubs Assoc.  (WACA)


May 7th - 11th - Escape to the Cape hosted by the Capetown Interline
Cost us$390 pp dbl.
DEADLINE Mar 6th.
Contact your nearest Interline club for more details.


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. Smilie.
Lawson Tremellen sends this along -
Subject: More Dr Seuss
If a packet hits a picket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.
If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted 'cause the index doesn't hash,
then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!
If the label on the cable on the table at your house,
says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
but your packets want to tunnel on another protocol
that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall,
and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
'cause as sure as I'm a poet,
the sucker's gonna hang!
When the copy of your floppys getting sloppy on the disk,
and the microcode instructions cause unnecessary risk,
then you have to flash your memory and you'll want to RAM  your ROM.
Quickly turn off your computer and be sure to tell your mom!


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