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December 16, 2012 - Issue 1233
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Our First 75 Years
Star Alliance News
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Reader Submitted...Photos
TCA/Air Canada People Gallery
Alan's Space
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc
Reader's Feedback
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Terry Baker
Welcome to the NetLetter!

We welcome you to allow the NetLetter to be your platform, and opportunity, to relive your history while working for either TCA, AC, CPAir, CAIL, PWA, AirBC, Wardair, etal and share your experiences with us!

Terry Baker and the NetLetter Team

Our First 75 years - Compiled by Terry Baker

Image Blank 200px Front covers of "Between Ourselves" magazine issue
#100 Jan. 1952  through #110 Dec. 1952.

1938 - When the year opened, T.C.A. had 71 employees and five Lockheed Electra's, carrying ten passengers, pilot and co-pilot.


By December, the staff had increased to 332 and nine Lockheed Fourteens had been added to the fleet.


During 1938, the Vancouver-Seattle operation was continued, and air mail and express shipments were carried between Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, and between Lethbridge and Edmonton. Hangars were completed at Winnipeg and Lethbridge and another begun at Toronto. A repair base and overhaul shop was established at Winnipeg. Stations with complete radio facilities were opened. (source 1942 annual report)

1975 - November - First round the world cargo charter was operated.

1975 - December 1st - Chairman of the board and CEO Yves Pratte departs.

1976 - June - Inauguration of service between Montreal and Portland Maine.

Star Alliance News
Star AllianceShenzhen Airlines joins Star Alliance - Alliance Expands in China. Shenzhen Airlines became the latest carrier to join the Star Alliance network on November 29th, 2012.
Avianca Taca ready to fill gap for departing TAM Star Alliance member. Avianca Taca Airlines is ready to fill the gap in Brazil if TAM Airlines leaves the alliance, as expected.

Air Canada News
Air CanadaNon-stop service to Istanbul beginning June 4. Subject to government approval, Air Canada will begin flying three-times weekly. Flights will be operated with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. It will be the only early evening departure from Toronto to Istanbul.

The launch on June 2 of a new Toronto- Seoul service operating three times a week, creating a fifth Asian destination from Air Canada's Toronto hub. The year-round service, operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

An addition of three more weekly departures between Toronto and Beijing starting June 1, bringing the total number of departures from Toronto to Beijing to ten a week. The flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Four additional departures each week between Vancouver and Beijing starting June 1, for a total of 11 weekly departures, including a new late night flight.  The flights will be operated with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
The upgrading of our Calgary-Tokyo Narita service starting May 1 to offer daily departures, up from five a week last summer. The flights are operated with a Boeing 767-300ER.

Reader Submitted Photos - Compiled by Terry Baker

Readers PhotosReader Submitted Photos -  The photos and information below have been submitted to us by our faithful readers.  


Tom Singfield sent us this information recently:
I am an aviation historian in the UK. I have spent five years researching and writing a book on the history of aviation in BERMUDA.


This will be published by the National Museum of Bermuda in 2013.


Over the years I corresponded with many TCA staff who were involved with the TCA Bermuda operations. Navigator Ron Peel was especially helpful as were Ross Smyth and others.

(Note: In NetLetter nr 977 in 2007, and NetLetter nr 1012 in March 2008 we received a similar email, so Tom has been working on the inaugural flight details of the TCA North Star serving Bermuda on May 1st 1948 - eds).

Tom sent these photos of posters relating to Bermuda which he has accumulated, including a first day cover.  

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TCA/Air Canada People Gallery - Compiled by Terry Baker
TCA/Air Canada  LogoBelow we have musings from the "Between Ourselves" and "Horizons" magazine, Air Canada publications from years gone by, as well as various in-house publications.

The NetLetter has been fortunate enough to have our readers donate vintage Trans-Canada Air Lines and Air Canada publications from as far back as 1941 to share with you. These have been scanned and are being prepared for presenting in a special area of the ACFamily Network for archival and genealogy research.

Issue dated - December 1975
From the "Horizons" magazine -
Image Blank 200px On November 5th, Saskatoon's new terminal was opened, the first Air Canada flight AC277, a DC-9 inbound from Winnipeg enroute to Calgary and Victoria. For Bob Armstrong the opening meant a chance to try out the new 300SL tractor for push back.

Image Blank 200px On the ramp and taking a well earned breather between D-Day flights are: Training Instructor Ed Pisco, A/Lead Station Agent Gord Turnbull, and Station Agents Bill Kloppenburg, Roger Dyck, Don Hanowski, Bob Armstrong and Barry Coakwell.

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The sales staff of Air Canada-France were all dressed for action at a recent two-day meeting to set up their new sales campaign.


Sporting "Get a Friend to Fly" t-shirts are, from the left; John Barnes, General Manager, France and Western Europe; Michel Schott, Sales Manager, Lyons; Sales Representatives Jean Munoz, Martine Bridoux, Maurice Demont, Jean Rousse, Alain Pelle and Passenger Sales & Service Manager Fernand Leroux.

Issue dated - September 1945
Gleaned from the "Between Ourselves" magazines -

Image Blank 200px The DC-4 M's will take a lot of filling and these are the boys who can do it. Five graduates of the 2nd Traffic Training School, they are all Air Force veterans but now directing traffic towards TCA's aircraft from their various locations across Canada.


Left to right; Back row: F/O Bob Slessor, Instructor Al Godbold and F/O Bill Dickinson, Front row: P/O Hugh McElligott, F/L Phil Baby and P/O Kel Turner.

Image Blank 200px Of the eleven graduates of the 13th Passenger Agent Class. nine were Air Force veterans. This brought to 136 the number of repatriated R.C.A.F. men and women who have been assigned to T.C.A. stations as Agents since March. 1942.


In the photograph, left to right. Back row: B. Blight, Moncton and F/O George Mitchell, Winnipeg. centre row: Flt.Sgt. Ed Mann, Winnipeg; F/ O Frank McDonald, Glace Bay; Eric Stull, Sudbury and Winnipeg; F/ O Bob Livingston,Edmonton; FIt.Sgt. Jack Cooke, Edmonton; F/O Barry Kerr, Winnipeg and FIt.Sgt. Howard Barber, Toronto. Frpnt row: P/O B. W. Faggo, Winnipeg; T . W. Kirkham, Supervisor of Passenger Agents; D. R. MacLaren, Superintendent of Passenger Service; Dick Sellors, Passenger Agent Supervisor, Lethbridge and FIt.Sgt. A. MacDonald, Moncton.

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Here we have a photograph of a class of 21 Stewardess-to-be in the summer of 1945, but no names were provided.
Alan's Space - by Alan Rust
Alan's SpaceWhere the Hell is Matt? 2012
I think you will all enjoy the video below. I hope you find it entertaining and it makes you smile. It did me...
Matt Harding who is featured in this video has been dancing around the world since around 2005 and this is the fourth video he has made, released on June 20, 2012.
You can find out more about Matt on Wikipedia or on his own web site at: 
So what has this got to do with aircraft and aviation? See the dance sequence at 3.05 minutes into the video for your answer. Select full screen as it's a high quality video and please turn on your speakers!
Where the Hell is Matt? 2012
Where the Hell is Matt? 2012
Canadi>n/CP Air/PWA, Wardair, etc. People & Events
- Compiled by Terry Baker
CAIL TailsNews and articles from days gone by gleaned from various publications from C.A.I.L. and its "ancestry" of contributing airlines.
Image Blank 200px In December 1987, a booklet titled "Meet the Canadians" was issued containing photos of the North American Sales Group, here we have the fifth page.

April 1982 - CP Air Holidays established a UK based division headed by Frank Basiren, assisted by John Standley

Following DC-8-43 were sold to ARCA of Columbia, fin 605 delivered July 27th 1981 and fin 601 delivered August 3rd 1981.

From Milan, Italy  December 4th, 2012. Maggie van Maarseveen sends us this information: Guess which airline became the first low cost airline in Europe? Yes, Canadian Airlines OF COURSE from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Amsterdam (AMS).

We had the privilege to use our fifth freedom rights from Milan Malpensa (Italy) to Amsterdam (the Netherlands) (for several years during year 1985 onwards. I don't remember exactly when it started). 

As I'm Dutch and employed as a Canadian Sales Representative, our General Manager in Italy gave me the opportunity and the privilege to promote this service to Travel Agencies, The Dutch Consulate  - the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and the Dutch community in Northern Italy as well. Also Italian students from both Universities and High Schools with their professors and teachers used our flights during school break. Round trip started with a special fare: around 250.000 Italian Lira (125,00 euro).  20 kg free baggage - lunch (MXP AMS) and breakfast (AMS MXP) all Included.

It was a great success. We had a lot of trouble with both KLM and ALITALIA. Our flights were always full! After a year of service, the Dutch Tourism Board (V.V.V) opened its offices in Milan, Italy in front of our office! KLM General Manager Italy admitted and congratulated our offices. Regards Maggie van Maarseveen Former Sales Representative - now retired

Issue dated - July 1981
Items from the "CPAir NEWS" magazine -

Image Blank 200px Kathy Davenport was a 31 year old native of Australia in 1981 when she completed ground school in a class of 8 which started April 24th to become a DC-8 second officer and CP Air's second female pilot. CP Air's first female pilot was Sandra Lloyd of Abbotsford, B.C., qualified as a second officer in the spring of 1980.
Image Blank 200px The daily routing of CP Air's planes for operational requirements are handled by Seated Dave Learn, behind left; Paul Carr and Don Getz.
Image Blank 200px Processing and recording of technical information is the responsibility of Linda King and Theresa Beaupre at their desks and Janie Slye, Karoline Karpun and Ben Dulk.
Image Blank 200px Planners Dave Bastien and Ralph Lang help maintain aircraft and engines by compiling all major check information.
Image Blank 200px DC-8 and DC-10 aircraft planners Tom Calvert relaxing at the desk with Ross Bartell and Terry Dukes.
Reader's Feedback - Compiled by Terry Baker
Reader's Feedback
Every week we ask our readers for their stories or feedback on what they have read here in previous issues. Below is the feedback we have received recently.

The photo  of the famed Kap Hotel at Kapuskasing in NetLetter nr 1230 prompted Lorraine Nantel to share this memory: 

My husband and I, both AC retirees since July 1st, 2003 always look forward to The NetLetter. It's almost a challenge as to which one of us will get to it first! Never thought I would be the one to be able to clarify an article, but here I am!

I am Loraine Brunelle Nantel, from Kapuskasing, Ontario!
In today's NetLetter, there is a photo of the Kapuskasing Inn, taken from Between Ourselves of 1945... it was indeed a magnificent building, built by Kimberley Clark, owners of our pulp & paper mill. Not only did it accommodate locals, and ''bumped plusers'', but in 1951, Princess Elizabeth, then Duchess of Edinburgh, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, & their entourage, overnighted at the Inn!

Sadly, the Kap Inn was torn down just about 2 years ago, to be replaced by a large Ontario Provincial Police Headquarters. It had, unfortunately, become dilapidated and rundown, following a fire several years ago.

However, for all the years it stood, it was indeed a grand lady befitting a Princess! I might add that as a child... I used to be taken to the airport to see Trans Canada land in Kapuskasing, on its way westward. What a thrill! Unknowingly at the time, the thrill lasted all of my 37 years with Air Canada! Thanks for letting me vent this morning! Sincerely, Loraine

The story on the Kap Hotel mentioned in NetLetter nr 1230 has led Ken Pickford to investigate further and he sends us this information:
Re your query as to whether the "Kap Hotel" in Kapuskasing, shown in the 1945 photo, still exists, I came across the following blog item from 2007 with several photos (they enlarge when clicked on).

Unfortunately it burned down in 2007. There are a few reader comments at the bottom referring to its history. More here:

Also found the following reference in another site:
In 1951 Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip (Duke of Edinbugh) visited Kapuskasing on their first visit to Canada. They stayed at the Kapuskasing Inn. The Inn was closed in 2002 due to a downturn in demand and the building was abandoned. In 2007 the Inn was burnt down by young arsonists. In 2008 the remains were finally demolished. Regards, Ken 

Del Horn's memory was triggered by Jim Griffiths Ramp experiences in a recent NetLetter: Netletter nr 1229 brought back memories of an experience I had while working on the Ramp in Winnipeg (Spring of '53).


We were fondly known as "baggage-bashers" then. A North Star arrived and because the aircraft normally "sat" on the Ramp for many hours it was parked well down the Ramp area. On arrival of the aircraft, I happened to be on the "Honey-Wagon" and attempted to drain the toilets but the drain pipe was frozen (not an unusual occurrence) and I was unable to do the draining. Unbeknownst to us, Flight Dispatch had set up a second section for the aircraft and a couple of hours later a flight departure was announced.


In the meantime (a warm Spring day) the toilet drain had thawed somewhat and the "liquid" was running along the fuselage of the aircraft and dripping off the tail Skid. There was an initial rush of passengers and they bunched up at the bottom of the stairs. Two Gentlemen lagged well behind as obviously there was no rush. 


Approaching the aircraft they noticed the "liquid" leaking from the aircraft, discussed the situation and one of the Gentlemen caught several drops on his fingers, tasted the "liquid" and shook his head and no doubt advised his partner that it was not gasoline and they could proceed safely. Del  

(Those Winnipeggers are a hardy lot aren't they? - eds)

Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips - by Terry Baker

Terry BakerIn the latest issue of Horizons, and Air Canada and Aeroplan emails circulating, is an article with the following information:

"To celebrate our 75th anniversary, Roots Canada has launched an exclusive line of vintage TCA & Roots branded leather products, specially designed to celebrate our 75th anniversary, and highlighting Air Canada's pioneering years as Trans-Canada Airlines."  


Some of the items cost several hundreds of dollars to purchase, one only hopes that the signage on the product is correctly identified as Trans-Canada Air Lines.
Airport and In-flight employees have been asked to ensure carry-on luggage meets our limits. We ask all employees, and retirees, traveling to ensure your carry-on baggage and those in your traveling party are within our limits, and to utilize the space under the seat in front of you for carry-on items to show that we can all do our part to help our flights depart on time. (source Daily)
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Smileys - Compiled by Terry Baker
As we surf the internet and back issues of airline magazines we regularly find airline related jokes and cartoons. Below is our latest discovery.

Image Blank 200pxWe have this cartoon, which appeared after an suggestion for having a DC-8 mounted on a pedestal at the YVR Ops Centre. The caption was "It was nothing until they filled the fuel tanks with booze and threw in the Empress Class. Now the whole town's flying higher than a kite". This appeared in the "CP Air News" magazine issued July 1981 by Fernando Moura, Flight Attendant, YVR.   

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We hope you have enjoyed this issue of the NetLetter, see you next week!  
Your NetLetter Team

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  • Co-pilot - Alan Rust, Surrey, B.C.
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