Annual Fall Information Session (AFIS)

Pionairs AFIS takes place October 19th in Moncton NB.

Pionairs members – Join us for a Meet and Greet on October 18, 1700-1830 and attend our Information Session on October 19, 1000-1200 followed by lunch. If you’re not a Pionair yet, click JOIN PIONAIRS above and join now!

Coming soon – a new website!

Watch this space for further information on a completely new website!!


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The following courses are being offered in October 2023

What is WhatsApp and How Does It Work? – October 24 – English

Mastering Gmail – a Beginners Course – October 26 – English

Should You Upgrade to Windows 11? – October 31 – English

Explorations courses are FREE to Pionairs members.

Click on “Join Pionairs” above to enjoy this and many other member benefits.


A warm welcome to the 402 new Pionairs members who have joined us so far in 2023.

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


Unravelling the mysteries of employee travel

With our employee travel privileges, we have the opportunity to share the world with friends and family.

Navigating standby travel can be daunting, especially those that do not travel often or those that have not done so for some time. This is why the Employee Travel team has come up with a standby travel playbook, which acts as a guide to making the most out of your employee privileges. The playbook goes over every aspect of travelling on your employee passes, from how to shop for flights, to what to do on the day of departure, to how to adjust when things don’t go according to plan.

To access the Playbook, click the red ETS button near the top of this page then look under Travel Tips – Standby travel playbook – Travel 101. If you have any questions not covered in the playbook, feel free to reach out to the Travel team: 1 (833) 847-3675 or


Pionairs Executive Board


Larry Johns

Vice President

Cathy Olson

Director Communication

Laurie Lincoln

Director, Membership

Dave Conley

Governance and Privacy

Barry Hoeppner

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

Past President

Deedee Lannon


Marilyn McMullen

Director, Digital Media

Laura Logan

Director, Member Support

Doug Olson

AC 85th Anniversary Discount Promo

As a result of PIonairs advocating for retirees to be part of Air Canada’s 85th Anniversary 35% Employee Discount plan, we are pleased to announce that retirees are now included.

Johnson Insurance is


For his outstanding contribution to Canada’s aviation industry, Rhys Eyton was inducted as a member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at the 47th Induction Ceremony on June 23, 2022, at the Marriott Calgary Airport Hotel. Mr. Eyton was joined by five other inductees, who were also honoured at the Ceremony for their advancement of aviaiton in Canada. Read More.



LastPass Phishing Scam

Please read this article. It’s particularly important if you use LastPass for password management, but is still a warning on what to watch out for when it comes to phishing scams.

And if you’re not using a password manager, it is strongly recommended you do. There are many to choose from but any are better than no password protection!!


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Slide Presentations from the Pionairs 45th Annual Conference held in Ottawa on May 4, 2022, are available to members


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…

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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 > 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.