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Old November 8th, 2011, 01:44 PM   #161
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Sorry if this sounds stupid but I have always wondered why Canadian IATA codes for some of its airports begins with Y. :
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:14 AM   #162
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Sorry if this sounds stupid but I have always wondered why Canadian IATA codes for some of its airports begins with Y. :
Probably because at the time, Y wasn't widely used in other places of the world. And there was a desire to create a more uniform code across the country.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 10:09 PM   #163
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Ok understood. Thank you!
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 08:44 AM   #164
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Hey guys I have a quick question. On all of the concept diagrams and sketches for YVR's newest international wing, the arm appears to be longer than the real thing. On google earth, there appears to be some space without tarmac for future developments. I know that the airport will go through another terminal expansion within the next few years, and I'm wondering if this will be a part of it.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 09:56 AM   #165
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Hey guys I have a quick question. On all of the concept diagrams and sketches for YVR's newest international wing, the arm appears to be longer than the real thing. On google earth, there appears to be some space without tarmac for future developments. I know that the airport will go through another terminal expansion within the next few years, and I'm wondering if this will be a part of it.
Correct. In fact, the boarding gates are numbered in a way that allows for the expansion without having to renumber all the boarding gates again:

http://www.yvr.ca/Libraries/Maps/Terminal_Map.sflb.ashx

Boarding Gates 59-63 are missing, meaning there would be room for at least four more boarding gates, and I'd reckon that there boarding gates would be able to accommodate A380-sized aircrafts (currently, I believe Boarding Gates 58 and 64 can do this).
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Old November 24th, 2011, 06:13 AM   #166
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Correct. In fact, the boarding gates are numbered in a way that allows for the expansion without having to renumber all the boarding gates again:

http://www.yvr.ca/Libraries/Maps/Terminal_Map.sflb.ashx

Boarding Gates 59-63 are missing, meaning there would be room for at least four more boarding gates, and I'd reckon that there boarding gates would be able to accommodate A380-sized aircrafts (currently, I believe Boarding Gates 58 and 64 can do this).
Thanks! That's very interesting.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 06:16 PM   #167
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Probably because at the time, Y wasn't widely used in other places of the world. And there was a desire to create a more uniform code across the country.
Actually that is not correct.

The U.S. National Weather Service initially established airport codes many many years ago. Canada was allotted a “Y” for all airports associated with a weather office.

FYI Toronto's CITY CODE is actually YTO and it includes YYZ, YKZ and YTZ airports.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 03:22 AM   #168
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YVR Improvements

Bit of old news, but YVR will be launching its strategy to better place itself as an Asian pacific gateway. As YVR is not a "main" hub so-to-speak (Air Canada's presence at YVR is more of a tertiary hub rather than a primary hub like YYZ, or secondary hub like YUL), it's hope that these improvements and lowering costs for airlines will attract more airlines to fly to YVR.

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History of YVR:


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Along with big modifications to Pier A and B (the domestic pier for WestJet and other airlines), a new baggage system is expected to be installed to speed up luggage transfer. Passengers connecting from International to Domestic flights, with the system, will not need to pick up their luggages for customs clearance. Instead, passengers will go through a connections area of customs and will be asked to identify their luggage via pictures and declare their items. Bags may be brought out of the system for identification if necessary. Similar system is already in place for connecting International-US passengers (YUL is the only other Canadian airport that uses this). This domestic improvement will be the first system in Canada and will greatly improve transferring process.

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Old February 28th, 2012, 06:41 PM   #169
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Fire after plane crash near YVR compromised ‘survivability’ for two pilots who died
The Province
February 10, 2012

Two pilots who perished in a small aircraft crash near Vancouver International Airport in October could have survived their injuries if not for a fire that engulfed the wreckage, an interim Transportation Safety Board report has found.

Pilot Luc Fortin, 44, of North Vancouver and first-officer Matt Robic, 26, of Mission died when their Northern Thunderbird Air flight with seven passengers on-board suffered a malfunction and went down on a busy Richmond road before they could land it safely. Fortin died shortly after the Oct. 27 crash. Robic died after three weeks in hospital. Their passengers suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Their plane had taken off from YVR bound for Kelowna, where the passengers planned to attend a business conference, but turned around about 15 minutes into the afternoon flight somewhere over Golden Ears Park after the pilots reported a problem. It crashed just short of the runway.

The report, posted Thursday on the TSB’s website, stated that the crash was classified as a “loss of control accident,” yet added they were working to determine what role critical control speed played and what effect aircraft design had on post-impact fire survivability.

The board noted it had made a number of mechanical and design retrofit recommendations to improve post-impact fire survival rates in a 2006 report, recommendations that have been ”largely ignored” by industry regulators.

The report stated the pilots noted an oil leak from the left engine and headed back to YVR without declaring an emergency, as the engine did not lose power. But then, about 300 metres above-ground and less than half a kilometre from the runway, “the aircraft suddenly banked left and pitched nose-down.”

It said the pilot did his best to right the plane. “The approach to the runway at YVR was normal until the last moments before the anticipated touch down. The aircraft slowed below its target approach speed and seconds later, the aircraft banked left (about 80°), and pitched nose-down (about 50°). The captain was able to level the wings and pull the nose up slightly before impact with a paved road.”

In the process, an oncoming car swerved to get out of the way and was clipped by the plane’s left wing. As it hit the ground, the plane’s landing gear collapsed and as it skidded on its belly it shed parts and fuel and burst into flame near the right wing. The TSB reported the first fire crews were on scene within three minutes. By that time, all but one of the passengers had escaped through the main door; crews rescued the seventh and then tried to get the two pilots out of the cockpit amid the flames. After putting out the fire, they succeeded in getting the two men out.

“While all the persons on-board sustained serious bone fractures from the impact deceleration forces, those injuries were survivable,” the TSB found. “The post-impact fire compromised that survivability. Both pilots suffered burns as a result of the post-impact fire and later died as a consequence.”

The plane, a Beechcraft King Air 100, was powered by an engine model — a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-28 — that had recently been the subject of advisories about faulty replacement parts.

The TSB reported it had completed its field work and was now in the second phase of its investigation, analyzing its data, before writing its final report.

“The team has now begun the work of analyzing the considerable amount of data in order to determine what happened, why it happened and, what can be learned to help ensure it does not happen again,” the TSB stated.

The investigation is being overseen by Bill Yearwood, a former pilot with 18 years’ experience and 13 years as an aircraft accident investigator, with assistance from Northern Thunderbird Air, NAV Canada, the RCMP, the BC Coroners Service, engineering firms, the Vancouver Airport Authority and fire and rescue experts.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Fire...#ixzz1nhB3Ou9f
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Old March 31st, 2012, 02:21 AM   #170
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I heard that YVR is losing lots of passangers to Bellingham,WA due to the high price at YVR.

For example a ticket from Vancouver to NY would cost 500 dollars and from Bellingham you could find tickets to NY for 200 dollars.

DOes anybody have any extra information?

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Old April 1st, 2012, 08:46 AM   #171
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I heard that YVR is losing lots of passangers to Bellingham,WA due to the high price at YVR.

For example a ticket from Vancouver to NY would cost 500 dollars and from Bellingham you could find tickets to NY for 200 dollars.

DOes anybody have any extra information?

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Yes, Bellingham takes a fair share of passengers away, but these are generally only to select vacation destinations. At the end of the day, even if YVR reduces fees to a null, these destinations served by Allegiant Air (the primary airline at Bellingham) will always be cheaper (lack of transborder taxes, cheaper cost of business, etc.).

These, at the end of the day, are vacation/recreation passengers, and not the majority of the flyers at YVR.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 08:51 AM   #172
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Yes, Bellingham takes a fair share of passengers away, but these are generally only to select vacation destinations. At the end of the day, even if YVR reduces fees to a null, these destinations served by Allegiant Air (the primary airline at Bellingham) will always be cheaper (lack of transborder taxes, cheaper cost of business, etc.).

These, at the end of the day, are vacation/recreation passengers, and not the majority of the flyers at YVR.
Not to mention, these passengers are low dollar visitors. They tend to be outgoing pax, not incoming tourists. In other words, BLI offers a lower-cost alternative for Vancouverites, but it's not a direct threat.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 06:21 AM   #173
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Vancouver, you’re no San Francisco – at least not in the eyes of U.S. airlines.



As Air Canada (AC.B-T0.900.033.45%) applies to launch new flights from British Columbia’s most populous city to Washington, D.C., rival U.S. carriers are painting Lotusland as a small “local market” that is not on the same scale as the California destination.

The Canadian airline is seeking U.S. approval to introduce daily non-stop service between Vancouver and Reagan National Airport, backed by glowing letters of recommendation for Canada’s West Coast, including one from B.C. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom, who touts the ability to “ski, golf and sail on the same day,” and its “remarkable dining.”

But six American rivals are objecting to Air Canada’s plans, saying Vancouver would be merely a pit stop in the Canadian airline’s plans to siphon traffic from the U.S. capital and send passengers to Asia, bypassing U.S. connections.

San Francisco International Airport is much busier than the B.C. terminal, said California-based Virgin America Inc., which is pushing for its San Francisco-Washington service and playing down Vancouver as a local market, compared with the Bay area’s high-tech advantage with Silicon Valley.

“Building a stronger transportation link between downtown Washington, D.C., and the Bay area will enhance the opportunity to connect the Bay area’s focus on innovation with leaders in Washington who are seeking to provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace for U.S. workers,” Virgin America said in its regulatory filing.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV-N7.91-0.31-3.77%), which is pitching an Austin-Reagan route, argues that Air Canada is aiming for the transpacific market through the Vancouver hub to connect to Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo – “not for the convenience of local travellers” in what the industry calls origin-and-destination traffic.

JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU-Q4.61-0.17-3.56%) of New York also takes a shot, saying Vancouver’s “local market is not large enough to support daily non-stop service” on Air Canada’s proposed schedule. JetBlue, which deems the Vancouver market to be “insufficiently large,” is advocating a new route between Washington and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines Inc. is playing the patriotic card. “It is difficult to justify elevating a non-U.S. city over a host” of American communities, said the airline, which submits that the best tickets to ride would be flights from Portland, Ore., and San Diego to Washington.

A deserving U.S. city would be deprived of prized non-stop service to and from Reagan airport if Air Canada’s application is approved, Alaska Airlines said. The U.S. Department of Transportation can authorize only four daily long-haul round-trips at Reagan to new entrants or airlines with limited access.

The other two U.S. carriers vying for the Reagan slots are Frontier Airlines Inc. and Sun Country Airlines.

Air Canada said that as the lone foreign applicant, it would provide valuable access to “Vancouver, the commercial heart of Western Canada” and increase choices for connections within Canada and to Asia.

Larry Berg, president of the Vancouver Airport Authority, provided a gushing endorsement of the region: “The largest city in Western Canada – and a vibrant financial and commercial hub, including being home to Canada’s largest and busiest port.”

In its submission to U.S. Department of Transportation, Air Canada envisages deploying 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, with daily flights leaving Washington in the morning and Vancouver in the afternoon.

“Vancouver is the most important point in Air Canada’s Canadian network that lacks non-stop access to the D.C. market,” the airline said, proudly noting that the city hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

The list of superlatives, however, has failed to impress U.S. carriers competing for new takeoff and landing slots at Reagan, an air terminal that’s handy to downtown Washington and preferred by most business travellers over Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia.
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Sichuan Airlines starting 22JUN12 is launching its first long-haul service, as well as North America, where it’ll operate 3 weekly Chengdu – Shenyang – Vancouver route, on board Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Sichuan will be the 4th chinese carrier to serve Vancouver.

Reservation is now open. [Schedule]:

3U8579 CTU0900 – 1200SHE1330 – 0820YVR 330 257
3U8580 YVR1020 – 1140+1SHE1310+1 – 1635+1CTU 330 257
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YVR will be North America's first airport with direct service to Shenyang and Chengdu. Quite frankly, I'm not sure how sustainable this route is, but if Sichuan Airlines, and its partner owner, China Southern, can feed additional traffic from other areas in Mainland China, this may work well in the long run.

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May 18, 2012

Sichuan Airlines to provide new Chengdu-Shenyang-Vancouver service



Richmond, B.C. (May 18, 2012): Vancouver Airport Authority today announced the upcoming arrival to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) of Sichuan Airlines, offering North America’s first and only direct flight to China’s interior. Beginning June 22, Sichuan Airlines will offer service three times per week between Vancouver and Chengdu, via Shenyang

“The service to Sichuan Province marks not only a new destination, but a new airline for YVR. This means more options for passengers and greater opportunities for business and for tourism,” said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We are extremely pleased that Sichuan Airlines has chosen YVR as its first entry point into North America. It is a testament to YVR’s position as a premier global gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, and to Sichuan Airlines’ confidence in the market.”

Chengdu and Shenyang are both important economic, transportation and commercial hubs. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is home to 14 million people and the famous Giant Panda. Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province, has a population of 8.1 million and is one of the ten largest cities in China.

“Opening this new route will further expand Vancouver International Airport’s reach into China’s domestic network,” said Zhang Huiyu, Vice President of Sichuan Airlines. “This will accelerate deep and multi-scope cooperation between Canada and China’s western and northeast regions in agriculture, technology, commerce, trade, tourism and education.”

Sichuan Airlines’ service to and from YVR will use an Airbus 330 aircraft with capacity for 245 passengers. Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at YVR at 8:20 AM and departing at 10:20 AM.

“The new service being offered by Sichuan Airlines will boost tourism, provide more choice for Canadian travellers, and have a significant impact on our economy,” said The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “We welcome Sichuan Airlines to Vancouver and look forward to further building our ties with China.”

Sichuan Airlines’ service is estimated to generate 56 person-years of employment, $2.6 million in wages and contribute $5 million to British Columbia’s gross domestic product annually. With more than 23,600 people working on Sea Island, YVR is one of British Columbia’s key economic and employment generators. And as the closest major North American airport to Asia, it has more frequencies to China than any other airport on the continent.

“This new service from China further strengthens our already excellent air connections to Asia and will add more jobs at the airport and in the community,” said British Columbia’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom. “Attracting new air passenger and cargo routes is part of our Pacific Gateway strategy, and this new connection to central and northeast China gives us access to a growing new market.”

Given Canada’s recent Approved Destination Status from China, the new service also supports British Columbia’s Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy targeting an increase in the number of passengers and cargo travelling through YVR.

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served approximately 17 million passengers in 2011 and handled more than 258,000 aircraft landings and take-offs on its runways. Sixty-three airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 100 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The Airport Authority is committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.

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YVR will be North America's first airport with direct service to Shenyang and Chengdu. Quite frankly, I'm not sure how sustainable this route is, but if Sichuan Airlines, and its partner owner, China Southern, can feed additional traffic from other areas in Mainland China, this may work well in the long run.
I agree with you - I think this is a bit of a crap shoot of a route. I personally think this route will either not survive or it will canabalize other Asian traffic at YVR. It will be almost exclusively O&D traffic so passengers flying via PEK now, for example, will no longer need to. The question is whether or not some of those routes will suffer as a result.
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Given the amount of capacity flying from PEK and PVG, I don't think this will greatly affect other Asian routes. However, this may put some of YVR's future rumored Mainland China routes in question: CZ hinted of a PEK-YVR to directly compete with the Star Alliance monopoly earlier before. PEK is one of CZs hubs, and definitely a route like that will really undermine the viability of Sichuan Airlines route. Still, if they want to give it a try, bias aside , YVR is the perfect North American gateway to test it out.

In other news, VS inaugural flight took down today:

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I agree with you - I think this is a bit of a crap shoot of a route. I personally think this route will either not survive or it will canabalize other Asian traffic at YVR. It will be almost exclusively O&D traffic so passengers flying via PEK now, for example, will no longer need to. The question is whether or not some of those routes will suffer as a result.
Just to follow-up on this routing, originally going to end in October, Sichuan seems so confident of the route that it will go to extend it to year-round.
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Just to follow-up on this routing, originally going to end in October, Sichuan seems so confident of the route that it will go to extend it to year-round.
Just a bigger crap shoot now
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Whilst not directly related, it's a pretty funny story:

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Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun : Tuesday, May 29, 2012 7:03 PM




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VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark lashed out at British billionaire Richard Branson Tuesday for a blog post where he suggested Clark should take off her clothes and kite surf on his back.

"I didn't think it was very respectful," Clark told reporters in Victoria Tuesday.

"Lots of young women I hope want to run for politics," she added.

"I think when you meet with the CEO of a billion dollar company who wants to do business with your province, you can get a little bit more respectful treatment than that."

Branson was in Vancouver last week to mark the launch of his Virgin Atlantic Airlines non-stop service between Vancouver and London Heathrow Airport.

While in town, he held a media event at Vancouver International Airport alongside Clark and other VIPs.

Branson posted a blog item after his departure, where he said Clark had "accepted my invite to come for a kitesurf ride on my back."

Branson included the picture of a naked woman on his back while he kite surfed in shorts and a long-sleeved shirt, adding he'd "forgot to tell [Clark] about the dress code."

While Clark was mostly serious in her response Tuesday, she also took a parting jab at the rogue billionaire.

"Somebody said to me as a joke that if that's his best pick-up line then maybe there's a reason he called his company Virgin," she said.

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