45th Annual Pionairs Conference and Members Meeting

Our 45th Annual Pionairs Conference and Members Meeting was held in Ottawa on May 4, 2022.

The Slide presentations from the Conference are now available to Members


Please see the AIR CANADA UPDATE to the Share Trust FAQ's at this link.


Members – You must log in to Register for these courses

Explorations Courses – May 2022

Stress 911 – English – May 25 –

Introduction to Windows 11 – English – May 26 –

Please watch this space for new courses to be added.


A warm welcome to all new Pionairs members who have joined us recently.

We hope you'll take a few moments to check out:

  • our FREE to members Explorations courses. (See the list at the top of this page)
  • The Canadian Federation of Pensioners petition to protect our Defined Benefit pensions. You can access the petition by clicking here.
  • what your District may have posted recently. (Just click Districts at the top and select yours)
  • information – coming soon – May 5: watch for our Annual Pionairs Conference and presentations to be posted on our website in about a week.

We hope you



Draws for two POS passes kindly provided by Air Canada were made at the close of our Pionairs Conference in Ottawa on May 4.

Congratulations to Kathy Corken, winner of the draw for those attending in person, and Ruth Campbell, who won the random number draw

for those attending on-line.


Our Membership Campaign is over, but we are always looking to welcome new members. Please encourage your friends to join!

As a Pionairs member, you will be kept up to date on pension news, local District social events that are gradually opening up again, and you’ll also receive a monthly e-newsletter that provides other valuable information. Our website regularly updates the FREE Explorations courses available to members and provides easy access to Aeronet and ETS.




Pionairs Executive Board


Deedee Lannon

Vice President

Larry Johns

Director Communication

Laurie Lincoln

Director, Membership

Dave Conley

Please note the following name and/or Title and/or email changes effective Sept. 1, 202

Past President

Barry Hoeppner

Executive Assistant

Bev Lotocki

Director, Digital Media

Laura Logan

Director, Member Support

Brian Colgan

March 2022 – Canadian Federation of Pensioners and

Pionairs Pension Committee

You may have recently received an email from Michael Powell, President of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners (CFP), requesting you to (electronically) sign a petition relating to Canadian Pensions. The CFP's mandate is to protect pensions for all Canadian pensioners, and Air Canada Pionairs is a member of this important organization.

The objective of this petition is to compel the government to ensure that pensioners receive 100% of their pension that their employer committed to. The petition is intended to get support for Bill 228 which would provide for Defined Benefit Pension protection.

High participation in this online petition will send a powerful message to our politicians, and we therefore ask for your support once again. Please note that signing the petition is completely voluntary on your part.

You can access the petition by clicking this link.


Is all your Pionairs Profile information correct?

Be sure you get all the news from Pionairs! Incorrect profile information may limit what you can see or receive. 

To check your Profile, click this link 

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Your Aeronet profile must be updated separately as well. You can check that by logging into the Aeronet and looking under Personal Information.



Explorations is a free program that provides training on courses of interest to Pionairs members.

Watch our website Home Page for updates on new courses and Registration links.

AC Life app

The AC Life app is undergoing a major update. You can still upload the old version at https://appstore.aircanada.com.

Please note you can only load the app on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. It is not designed for desktop or laptop devices.

Watch this space for information on the new AC Life expected to be launched in June 2022.


Rose Ann reflects on how supportive her Air Canada family has been throughout her career and how they have continued to be an integral part of her life as she writes her next chapter.


Nicole has followed her passion for art and enjoys sharing this passion and her time with other Pionairs members. The sense of belonging her fellow Pionairs give her reassure her that the bonds of friendship will last far beyond her retirement.



During our time at Air Canada, we forge strong bonds that can be described more like family than just friendships. The Air Canada Pionairs allows us to maintain those relationships while exploring the next chapter in our lives. These are bonds that helped define who we are and help prepare us for what comes next…



Pionairs is the official organization recognized by Air Canada to represent retired employees. We are available to answer your questions and provide you with relevant information, updates on travel privileges and industry news, pension and benefits, and more…


Pionair members now have the ability to:Subscribe / unsubscribe from any Newsletter lists on your profile

Change your email address shown in your profile

Change your password.

All you have to do is go to pionairs.ca/ > login > click on Edit Profile

These new features will be displayed:

After Subscribing or Unsubscribing – select “Save changes” 

After changing your email – select “Change Email”

After changing your password – select “Change Password”


January 14, 2022

New Employee Travel Enhancements!!!

Based on employee and retiree feedback, Air Canada Employee Travel has just introduced some exciting new enhancements to retiree travel privileges:

· As of January 17, 2022, each retiree will be granted an annual “Flex bundle” of four (4) C1/J passes. These passes will be topped up to four (4) C1J passes at the beginning of each calendar year. As you know, C1/J passes are a higher priority than the current C2/J passes, and so these passes can be of great value to a retiree with many years of service standing by for a full flight

· There will be a one-time carryover of remaining passes (“Conversion bundle”) where any C1 passes a retiree may have now which have no expiry dates would stay with the retiree until depleted.

· The new, simplified cost structure (for bundle passes only) is great – all service charges for the bundle passes for retirees, spouses, nominated partners and dependent children are waived. For any additional travel companions and non-dependent children using bundle passes, the service charges will be based on the new zonal concept.

· Your regular unlimited allotment of C2/Y10 passes will remain unchanged.

· For more information, please consult the Employee Travel Website (“What’s New”, “Exciting Enhancements to Employee Travel”). Page 6 addresses retiree travel benefits.

January 2, 2022

Please note: as previously announced, your VSHP deduction is waived for January and February 2022. Regular deductions – at the 2021 level – will occur from March 31, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022.

Explorations Courses – January 2022

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Organizing your Photos and Videos on A Windows PC Computer – English

January 18 –

Organiser vos phots et videos sur unordinateur PC Windows – Français

janvier 21 –

Please watch this space for new courses to be added.