Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter Since 1995

Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter

Since 1995

1941, May 11 - Service between Toronto and New York La Guardia commenced with L18-08A Lockheed Lodestar registration CF-TCW (fin #45) aircraft.

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Found in 'Horizons' magazine

Issue dated August 2001

An African Safari by Xavier Ferrandes,

It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip that won't soon be forgotten. I led a group of seven fellow employees from Toronto and Vancouver on a two-week safari to Tanzania's famed Serengeti National Park, the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater National Park, and Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.

The safari group was, left to right: Xavier Fernandes, Stanley Chan Choon, Air Engineers, Toronto; Dan Sherwood, Captain, Vancouver; Pam Woodruff, Lead Customer Sales & Service Agent Toronto; Blain Woodruff, Team Leader, Technical Services, Toronto; Vicky Driver, Flight Attendant, Toronto; Dean Driver (Vicky's husband) and their guide Eric.

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On June 21, 2001, under warm and sunny skies, Calgary Call Centre employees held their annual Stampede BBQ lunch.

Doug Port, Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Gordon Young, General Manager, Call Centres were on hand to meet the agents.

Hearty burgers and chicken dogs were grilled to perfection by, left to right: Barrie Belfield, Call Centre Coordinator; Jim Gillies, Customer Service Manager; Gord McGregor, Operations Manager and Glenda Minor, Customer Service Manager.

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Issue dated September 2001

In 2001, the Air Canada Recreation Association (ACRA) had 25 active chapters throughout Europe, the United States and Canada located in Calgary, Charlottetown, Chicago, Cleveland, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Los Angeles, London (UK), New York, Quebec City, Regina, Saint John, San Francisco, Saskatoon, St. John's, Tampa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington and Winnipeg.

Operation 'Down Under'.

Being a member of the Star Alliance network is more than building a network - it's also about lending a hand when a member is in need. Earlier in 2001, Ansett Australia's fleet of Boeing 767-200's was grounded for mechanical reasons.

In a quick turnaround, representatives from numerous departments from bases in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax made the lease of Fin 638 a reality.

Flight crews were called and were soon ready to head "down under."

The green uniform-wearing crew who spoke a variety of languages, including French, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and German puzzled Ansett's customers, a friendly lot. "Every employee we came across treated us like their own," Flight Attendant, Louise Audet said. "The whole time we were there, employees at each destination made sure all of our needs were taken care of."

Louise says the customers boarding habits are somewhat different from those seen on Air Canada operated flights. The Australians boarded with no carry-on luggage and personal computers were virtually non-existent - seems they don't mix flying and working.

"We'll cherish our fond memories for a long time and probably will never forget that incredible 'Operation down under.'"

In our photo - Making it work -

Sitting, left to right: Captain Cal McCulloughMari Molander; Captain Ken Wichers; Louise Audet; Danielle Sénécal; Pat Skelly, Ansett Australia; First Officer Willie Cove; Robert Hines; Lyne Charron; First Officer Len Crowther, Ansett Australia.

Standing, left to right: First Officer Gary Hayward; Chantal Sentenne; Alain Durand; Darren Selker; Stéphane VincentMonica Siegrist; Annie Létourneau; Gilles Leclerc; Paul Moore; Marcel Langelier; Helen Sweet; Roger Ramos and Tom Moeller (not visible in the photo)

Editors' Note: Our records show Fin #638 B-767-375ER was originally delivered to Canadian Airlines International as C-FTCA c/n 24307 in April 1989. It will soon return to AC service after being converted to a freighter in Tel Aviv.

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Issue dated October 2001

Calgary painted the town.

On August 12, 2001, Air Canada employees, family members, and friends painted a 78-year old woman's house, fence, and patio furniture—and did a fine job of it too! The woman, Mrs. Roth, was delighted and grateful.

Coordinated through the efforts of Volunteer Calgary and Calgary City Links, employees from 20 local organizations paint the exterior of homes owned by a senior citizen or person with a disability.

The home owners want to stay in their own homes, however, due to financial and/or physical limitations they're unable to manage its upkeep. Owners of over 1,300 homes are waiting to take advantage of this service.

Our team of volunteers:

Front row, left to right: Mary-Anne Robeson, General Manager, Customer Service-Alberta; Debbie Iversen, Financial Analyst, Maple Leaf Lounge.

Middle row, left to right: Jean Shimano, Customer Relations-Level 5; Thérèse Lacerte, Administrative Support-Level 3.

Back row, left to right: Zane Pajak; Wendy Kennedy, Coordinator, Community Investments; Neal Jensen, Jim Loates and Vince Lacerte.

Absent: Tammy Davies, Western Canada Events Specialist; Fern Berglind, Customer Relations-Level 5; Dale Berglind; Rebecca Popp, Transitional Project Team Analyst; Serena Callow, Administrative Support-Level 6, and John Callow.

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