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Terry BakerTerry Baker, co-founder of the NetLetter scours the internet for aviation related Trivia and Travel Tips for you, our readers, to peruse.

Answer for the mystery airline in 'Odds and Ends'.

All Nippon Airways' (ANA) Pokémon-themed flights, on a Boeing 747, were introduced in 1998 to delight the young and young at heart. On ANA Pokémon Jets, cabin attendants wore Pokémon Jet Aprons to welcome you aboard, and the ANA Pokémon Jet theme appeared on headrest covers and paper cups. 

Photo from commons.wikimedia.org

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During the recent ZOOM session with the UK Pionairs group, members related some stories about using the helicopter service between London Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick airport (LGW).

The service, operated by Airlink, was the brand name of a helicopter shuttle service which ran between London's two main airports, Gatwick and Heathrow, between 1978 and 1986. Operated jointly by British Caledonian Airways and British Airways Helicopters using a Sikorsky S-61 owned by the British Airports Authority, the "curious and unique operation" connected the rapidly growing airports in the years before the M25 motorway existed.

This photo shows the Airlink shuttle Sikorsky S-61N G-LINK arriving by the old South Pier at Gatwick sometime in the mid 1980's. Previously this service was flown using Westward Airways twin-engined BN-2A Islanders but as the passenger and baggage loads increased the S-61N was used. 

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airlink_(helicopter_shuttle_service)

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Here is an aerial view of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) 2021.

Source: yvr.ca/en/blog/2021/carbon-neutrality

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