PDA

You are viewing a trimmed-down version of the SkyscraperPage.com discussion forum.  For the full version follow the link below.

View Full Version : YVR-Airport & Sea Island Developments Discussion



Pages : 1 2 3 4 5 [6] 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62

phesto
Jun 6, 2007, 6:39 PM
The customs area at YVR just received a huge LED marque over the customs booths. It shows short clips of Vancouver, Arrival baggage carrousel information, customs info, a clock, etc. I had my hands full so I did not take a photo, will try to when back through in a couple of weeks.

Sounds interesting. Going through tomorrow, I'll try to get a photo if I'm not too tired to forget.

nname
Jun 11, 2007, 12:02 AM
Air Canada to introduce the only daily non-stop flights from Vancouver-Yellowknife (http://micro.newswire.ca/release.cgi?rkey=1506072125&view=13213-0&Start=0)

VANCOUVER, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that it will
expand flights to the diamond capital of North America with the launch of the
only daily, non-stop service from Vancouver to Yellowknife. Jazz will launch
seasonal service on December 1, ending April 2008, with 50-seat,
made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ aircraft. Tickets are now available for
purchase.
"The introduction of the only non-stop flights from Vancouver to
Yellowknife links the vibrant and growing economy of Canada's north to Air
Canada's global network with convenient connections to and from Japan," said
Daniel Shurz, Vice President, Network Planning. "We expect these flights to be
popular with both business travellers from Vancouver as well as leisure
travellers from Asia. The Yellowknife to Vancouver fights will complement our
current services from our most northern Canadian destination to Edmonton and
Calgary."
Flights will depart Yellowknife at 09:05, and arrive in Vancouver at
10:40. Flights will depart Vancouver at 12:15, and arrive in Yellowknife at
15:45. Flights have been timed to offer convenient connections to and from
Tokyo, Osaka, and points within British Columbia.

Jazz operates a fleet of 58 CRJ-100/200s.

Montreal-based Air Canada provides scheduled and charter air
transportation for passengers and cargo to more than 170 destinations on five
continents. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in
the world and serves 32 million customers annually with a fleet consisting of
335 aircraft. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the
world's most comprehensive air transportation network.

mr.x
Jun 11, 2007, 12:36 AM
^ i question the success of this route.

smasher000
Jun 11, 2007, 1:37 AM
does anyone even go there =S

deasine
Jun 11, 2007, 1:44 AM
^Haha... might be another Air Canada disaster

mr.x
Jun 11, 2007, 1:57 AM
They should be using these Cessna planes instead of a 50-seater. :D
http://www.beloblog.com/KGW_Blogs/travel/archives/Cessna%20210.jpg

SFUVancouver
Jun 11, 2007, 6:00 PM
http://www.roadsideattractions.ca/slingshot.jpg

SpongeG
Jun 12, 2007, 12:05 AM
the yukon gets a lot of travel - i know a guy who works all over the province and flies in and ot f places all the time - every week - he must have to go to prince george at least once a week comes home next day flies to the okanagan, next day has to go the island

don't envy his job but he says the airmiles he collects are fantastic

yogiderek
Jun 14, 2007, 12:59 AM
Domestic Pier C expansion. In todays SUN, there was a request for expression of Interest. They are set to expand the C pier, which is the Air Canada- Jazz pier. Which was just opened a short time ago. The project involves 14,500 sq meter of new building space, 2,000 sq m of renoavted building space and 5 new air craft gates. The estimated value of construction is 70 million. Construction would commence in June 2008 and be completed in November 2009. So with the completion of the new air side domestic terminal construction, plus this renovation. Only the old B wing will have any resemblance to the original structure built in 1968.

yogiderek
Jun 14, 2007, 1:01 AM
Want to make clear that, the new expansion is set in the adjascent area of the new Jazz gates. Which are a set of G 38 gates. The new addition would be around C40 through c 37.

muzhav84
Jun 15, 2007, 6:10 AM
WRT the new Yellowknife flights, you would be surprised how much travel there is from Vancouver to the north. Don't forget Vancouver is a major mining headquarters as well, and NWT is where a lot of the exploration is. Calgary and Edmonton each have 2 daily flights, so Im sure Vancouver can do one daily, easily. and as someone mentioned earlier, travel to the yukon is HUGE, both cargo and passenger wise. i think this new route is a long time coming, its good to get new domestic routes, even if they arent as glamorous as transpacific flights

Hourglass
Jun 15, 2007, 9:44 AM
WRT the new Yellowknife flights, you would be surprised how much travel there is from Vancouver to the north. Don't forget Vancouver is a major mining headquarters as well, and NWT is where a lot of the exploration is. Calgary and Edmonton each have 2 daily flights, so Im sure Vancouver can do one daily, easily. and as someone mentioned earlier, travel to the yukon is HUGE, both cargo and passenger wise. i think this new route is a long time coming, its good to get new domestic routes, even if they arent as glamorous as transpacific flights

I think it's quite long overdue, actually. Note in particular the press release mentions about connections to some Asian flights. Given the huge demand for minerals and raw materials in places like China, this makes a lot of sense.

Incidentally, I noticed that the domestic terminal seems to be going through some renovation/expansion (not the piers, but the facade of the main building facing airside)? Haven't seen any mention of this on the YVR website. Anyone know what this is?

excel
Jun 16, 2007, 5:50 PM
That is the new domestic bag room. Not sure what the upper levels are composed of tho.

Delirium
Jun 16, 2007, 6:14 PM
here's some pics of the new international wing;

60 Meter West Coast Themed Creek
http://www.pcl.com/media/files/Projects/22_BC_Region/2200428_5_300.jpg

http://www.pcl.com/media/files/Projects/22_BC_Region/2200428_1_300.jpg

http://www.pcl.com/media/files/Projects/22_BC_Region/2200428_2_300.jpg

30,000 Gallon Aquarium
http://www.pcl.com/media/files/Projects/22_BC_Region/2200428_3_300.jpg

http://www.pcl.com/media/files/Projects/22_BC_Region/2200428_4_300.jpg

mr.x
Jun 16, 2007, 6:42 PM
^ wow, nice....but i was expecting more. aren't there suppose to be fish in that stream too?

muzhav84
Jun 17, 2007, 12:53 AM
the new addition to the domestic terminal is, like excel said, the new domestic bagroom. it is supposed to be more like the transborder bagroom in that all bags will collect in a central area and be sorted to each airline, rather than each airline having its own belt. but not exactly sure how all that works

the upper stories are going to be expanded airplane viewing areas, plus more shops, restaurants, etc... looks nice from the outside tho. i cant wait to see the airport once this plus the link building are finished. take a look at globalairphotos airport pics, the place definitely looks very substantial now with the expanded international area and this domestic expansion

deasine
Jun 17, 2007, 1:42 AM
Ha... this really isn't on the YVR Website. They really should update it more often now. And change its overall design.

excel
Jun 19, 2007, 6:43 AM
International wing looks pretty fancy. Thanks for the pics.

Coldrsx
Jun 19, 2007, 6:50 PM
does anyone even go there =S

you should see the thousands of japanese and chinese tourists in Edmonton during the middle of winter to see the lights and to head up to yellowknife.

muzhav84
Jun 23, 2007, 4:59 AM
not sure if this has been posted or not, but that horrible low resolution video screen in the international food court has been replaced by a nice hi-res one. definitely a great improvement, if anyone remembers the old one... uggghhh

excel
Jun 23, 2007, 8:51 AM
^good news thanks.

Delirium
Jun 23, 2007, 3:26 PM
good video of the new BCIT aerospace campus being built on yvr lands: http://www.bcit.ca/planning/projects/atc.shtml (middle left where it says "check it out"). nice looking facility!

webcam (though it hasn't been updated in a while):
http://www.camcentral.net/ledcor/bcit/directurl/bcit_directurl.php

http://camftp.oss.ca/bcit/hiresquarter4.jpg
http://camftp.oss.ca/bcit/southwest8.jpg
http://camftp.oss.ca/bcit/northparking8.jpg

SpongeG
Jun 24, 2007, 2:00 AM
i've driven past that new BCIT thing for months now - looks nice indeed

like to hang out in the park there sometimes

i don't get the big doors - i guess they are just for show or something as there is now way to just get an airplane there

mr.x
Jun 24, 2007, 2:44 AM
Pretty amazing.


http://www.bcit.ca/files/planning/img/print0lrge.jpg

http://www.bcit.ca/files/planning/img/print1lrge.jpg

http://www.bcit.ca/files/planning/img/print3lrge.jpg

http://www.bcit.ca/files/planning/img/print2lrge.jpg

http://www.bcit.ca/files/planning/img/print4lrge.jpg

http://www.bcit.ca/files/planning/img/superimposed_over_land.jpg



we need to get rid of Burkeville.

deasine
Jun 24, 2007, 2:55 AM
Who the hell would want to live near the airport anywayz... and why is it even there... It's in the way of everything

hollywoodnorth
Jun 24, 2007, 3:01 AM
i agree......burkeville should be expropriated.

SpongeG
Jun 24, 2007, 8:42 AM
i like burkeville - i would love to live there

SpongeG
Jul 6, 2007, 4:14 AM
SATELLITE AQUARIUM OPENS IN NEW INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL AT YVR IN VANCOUVER

Vancouver, BC: Vancouver International Airport opened its new international terminal yesterday, which includes two aquatic exhibits operated and maintained by the Vancouver Aquarium.



Located at the end of the stream that runs through the new terminal wing, the 114,000-litre main aquarium houses a rich collection of marine life native to B.C., including several rockfish species, anemones, sea stars, sea cucumbers, greenlings and perch. A smaller, dramatic exhibit features moon jellies that are reared at the Vancouver Aquarium by its resident jelly expert.

Some of the rockfish in the main aquarium were carefully chosen to further the Vancouver Aquarium’s rockfish conservation research. Researchers know very little about reproduction of some very important species of fish, and this exhibit will allow Aquarium scientists to investigate ongoing questions about rockfish reproduction and offspring.

The Vancouver Aquarium rotates its aquarists in maintaining the YVR aquarium on a daily basis. Divers will continue to fine-tune the exhibit over the next several months, carefully placing rocks, kelp and anemones, as well as performing regular cleaning and feeding dives.

YVR estimates that more than one million people a year will pass through the terminal, providing the Aquarium with a wonderful way to help people to connect with B.C. wildlife, even if they don’t have the chance to explore B.C.’s underwater wild coast or even stroll the seawall in Stanley Park.

As a non-profit organization devoted to the conservation of aquatic life, the Aquarium is excited about the opportunity to showcase the brilliance of marine life in B.C. and teach people how important it is to ensure that our natural environment stays pristine for future generations.




http://travelvideo.tv/news/more.php?id=11828_0_1_0_M

Coldrsx
Jul 12, 2007, 10:45 PM
how was vancouver's june for comparison?

Edmonton's june 2007

dom-434,105 up 20.2%
trans-54,525 up 15.2%
intl 17,487 up 182.9%
------------------------
total 506,117 up 21.7%

phesto
Jul 13, 2007, 4:02 AM
how was vancouver's june for comparison?

Edmonton's june 2007

dom-434,105 up 20.2%
trans-54,525 up 15.2%
intl 17,487 up 182.9%
------------------------
total 506,117 up 21.7%


Where do you get YEG's stats? On the YVR website there is usually a 2 month lag in getting traffic stats.

Anyway, YTD growth was 5% as of April. I'd expect June to have been a bit better than 5%, but I doubt it would be anywhere near YEG, or YYC for that matter.

phesto
Jul 13, 2007, 4:04 AM
From the Sun today:

Airline biz finds Oasis at party

Malcolm Parry, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2007

OASIS IN THE AIR: B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon had to raise his voice over the hubbub at a lavish launch party for Oasis Hongkong Airlines at Yaletown's Goldfish restaurant recently. "All you people talking by the window there," he said to no apparent effect, "we're going to draw a business-class ticket to Hong Kong. So, if you don't hear your name, you're going to miss it."

Many have heard their names called since May, when airline chair Rev. Raymond Lee, 55, began scattering biz-class tickets like manna among the city's influential. After all, Oasis has 81 such seats, at $1,399 per, on the 747-400 aircraft it has scheduled for six-days-a-week Vancouver-Hong Kong service. There are 278 more in economy class, with tickets from $299.

The airline began daily Hong Kong-London service in 2006.

"For us to introduce a jumbo jet to Vancouver increases [existing] capacity by 40 per cent," Lee said. A Faith Community Church pastor and graduate of Hong Kong's elite Diocesan Boys School and Harvard University, he claimed Oasis will not need to raid other carriers.

That might occur only if transpacific boardings were to remain static. Lee calls that a red ocean strategy, based on analysts and traditional observers seeing no more than 500,000 passengers annually. "But we believe our blue ocean strategy has identified an untapped market we estimate at 1.5 million in five years," he said, meaning those specifically attracted by lower fares as well as the 380,000 ethnic Chinese living in Greater Vancouver and the 250,000 Canadians in Hong Kong.

"The sky's the limit," said wife and Oasis executive director Priscilla Hwang Lee. She's also a New England Conservatory of Music-trained pianist, whose recitals of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich concertos doubtless accustomed her to thinking big.

The two reportedly own some 60 per cent of Oasis, which has postponed an initial public offering of HK$10 billion ($1.35 billion Cdn) until 2009 or 2020, when it proposes to operate 15 or more aircraft.

As on the London route, economy passengers get reasonable leg room, TV-seatback entertainment and hot meals. But there's no pie in the sky about the Lees' blue-ocean policy for serving non-traditional customers. They've applied it since 1995 to their Oasis Development Enterprises, which is based in Massachusetts' former Boston Stock Exchange building and owns a portfolio of 30 U.S. properties that includes the Wells Fargo & Co's Las Vegas regional headquarters and is rumoured to be worth close to $1 billion.

For that business, the policy is called the 50, 75 and 25 per-cent rule, said Raymond Lee. "At 50 per-cent occupancy, we plan to break even. At 75 per-cent occupancy, we look to making a 25-per-cent return. So, with the remaining 25 per cent, we have the opportunity to do some good."

That means providing low- or no-cost office space for Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations. It also means an average occupancy of 96 per cent, Lee said.

The firm reports 90 per-cent occupancy for its extensive holdings in once-decaying Lynn, a Massachusetts industrial community, once known as Sin City, that began calling itself City of Firsts a decade ago. ODE's policy, Lee said, is "to catalyse prosperity in regions of despair through strategies of public participation and local empowerment,"

As for getting the less financially empowered aboard his aircraft, Lee said: "I really take pleasure in offering superior service. I find that a spiritual undertaking. If I were in church, people might say, Amen."

Coldrsx
Jul 13, 2007, 3:54 PM
Where do you get YEG's stats? On the YVR website there is usually a 2 month lag in getting traffic stats.

Anyway, YTD growth was 5% as of April. I'd expect June to have been a bit better than 5%, but I doubt it would be anywhere near YEG, or YYC for that matter.

they email then usually within the 1st 14 days of the next month to people who sign up or they are usually posted about 3-4 weeks later on the site.

phesto
Jul 14, 2007, 5:34 PM
^I'll post YVR's stats when they come in, but they won't compare to YEG, truly impressive.

Here are a few pics I found of the expansion at YVR:

http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/5779/yvrao2.jpg

A couple of larger ones of the inside -

http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/3126/5984963891e480e81b9bxz4.jpg

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/6607/598831932fe2ac73a0cbmh0.jpg

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/8684/5988449669889fe4942bdg0.jpg

deasine
Jul 15, 2007, 3:55 AM
thanks! these ones are nice and big =D

SpongeG
Jul 15, 2007, 7:30 PM
so the new expansion - what part is new? from the rotunda or from the bend?

westcoast604
Jul 15, 2007, 7:45 PM
the entire new wing you see....
with the different coloured roof than the rest of the ITB.

muzhav84
Jul 15, 2007, 8:09 PM
yah the entire rotunda is new, and of course the wing leading from it. the only thing still to be completed are some of the duty free's... and that is a week old info, so even that may be open now too.

SpongeG
Jul 15, 2007, 8:20 PM
ah ok thats what i was thinking - so basically it was like a one wing kind thing and now its two

will they be doing the same to domestic side eventually?

excel
Jul 16, 2007, 6:13 AM
^ you can find all the construction plans and proposals here:
http://www.yvr.ca/authority/construction/

But no recent expansion to the domestic wing is planned. The main plan with the terminal is to build a brand new terminal east of the transboarder wing, which would be connected to a canada line station. This terminal would be all transboarder and the existing transboarder would become international. So if you were arriving transboarder and transfering to either domestic or international you would take the canada line to the link building.

excel
Jul 17, 2007, 5:43 AM
From YVR's eNewsletter:

July 2007

School's Out, Travel's In


YVR is gearing up for summer, the busiest time of year with close to 70,000 passengers travelling through the terminals on peak days. With a record 17.5 million passengers forecast for the year, this summer promises to be the busiest YVR has seen.

August is the busiest month at YVR with close to 900 take-offs and landings expected each day. Typically, passenger traffic reaches a high in the third week of August from an increase in charter aircraft, student traffic and cruise ship passengers.

Passengers flying through YVR this summer can save time and stress by taking a few minutes to prepare before coming to the airport. With some changes to I.D. requirements and continued restrictions on taking liquids and gels through security, knowing the rules will help save time at YVR.

For the latest info on security, baggage restrictions and I.D. requirements, travellers can visit the Latest Information section on our website, where they can also find real-time flight information, terminal and parking maps, and links to airline websites.

Another time-saving tip is to utilize one of YVR's expedited check-in processes. From Common Use Self-Service kiosks, which allow passengers to access multiple airlines from one machine, to a growing number of kiosks at downtown and Richmond locations, passengers are discovering alternatives to traditional check-in.

Another option is to check in online from your home or office. Links to online check-in for most airlines serving YVR can be accessed online through our website.

To help passengers keep their cool throughout the summer season, the Airport Authority is ramping up its customer service team. Dressed in distinctive red vests, customer service representatives and summer students are easy to identify and are available to answer questions, while YVR's Green Coat volunteers are quick to offer a smile or a helping hand. Speaking a combined 26 languages, up to 85 customer service staff will be on hand every day.

Questions? Comments? Email airmail@yvr.ca.

SpongeG
Jul 17, 2007, 6:05 AM
^ you can find all the construction plans and proposals here:
http://www.yvr.ca/authority/construction/

But no recent expansion to the domestic wing is planned. The main plan with the terminal is to build a brand new terminal east of the transboarder wing, which would be connected to a canada line station. This terminal would be all transboarder and the existing transboarder would become international. So if you were arriving transboarder and transfering to either domestic or international you would take the canada line to the link building.

so its gonna look kinda lopsided with only one on the south side :haha:

excel
Jul 17, 2007, 7:51 AM
^yea it definitely will. But there are also further future plans to expand the south side.

twoNeurons
Jul 17, 2007, 3:51 PM
^ you sure? I though it was an either or thing?

What's planned for the south side?

Coldrsx
Jul 17, 2007, 4:12 PM
I found it interesting that YEG has over taken YVR as Westjet's 3rd largest hub.

brento79
Jul 17, 2007, 4:18 PM
Man, YVR sure looks good. Great numbers this year as well.

twoNeurons
Jul 17, 2007, 9:49 PM
I found it interesting that YEG has over taken YVR as Westjet's 3rd largest hub.

Perhaps they're concentrating on Abbotsford? Cheaper to fly out of and in to for sure.

edit: nevermind that doesn't make sense.
westjet Map (http://c1dsp.westjet.com/guest/destinations/ourDestinations.jsp;jsessionid=Gd5HBk8q5r7Ljn21nVY6HyPDgTyvhwVNrHZhGSpxTwK3fvbLFQ01!1672114024)

More likely is that Westjet has a few more destinations from Edmonton because of industry or underserved routes.

For example, YVR - LAX is served well in YVR but not well in YEG.

In addition, there's little need for YVR to have a route to the oil sands in Fort McMurray from YVR.

If I'm not mistaken, Edmonton is underserved by a lot of airlines, so it makes business sense for an Alberta airline to cater to the home crowd. Wins them customer loyalty and is a smart business move.

YVR is positioning itself as more of an Asian / transborder hub, something WestJet isn't really focusing on (at least not yet)

/end edit

muzhav84
Jul 17, 2007, 10:17 PM
Coldrsx, just wondering where you got the info about YEG. I have close contacts in Westjet management, and as of last week, YVR was still their 3rd largest hib for passenger traffic. just curious about your info...

CMD UW
Jul 17, 2007, 11:49 PM
/\ This was disclosed in an article published in the Journal.

Booming Edmonton International setting new records monthly
Leaves Vancouver in its contrail as a destination for WestJet flights
Gary Lamphier, The Edmonton Journal
Published: 1:50 am

EDMONTON - Canada's fastest growing major airport? It's no contest -- Edmonton International Airport takes the crown.

In fact, June was the busiest month on record for EIA, with nearly 508,000 passengers shuffling through the terminal.

That marked the 18th straight month of double-digit growth, says Edmonton Airports CEO Reg Milley, and an eye-popping 22.2-per-cent increase over June 2006, when 416,000 travellers enjoyed the airport.

On a year-to-date basis, traffic volumes rose an impressive 18.7 per cent, to well over 2.9 million, EIA says. Calgary International Airport, the nation's second-fastest growing major airport, posted traffic growth of 10.6 per cent in the first five months of 2007, to nearly 4.9 million passengers.

At current growth rates, Milley figures Edmonton could hit the six- million-passenger mark for 2007.

After mapping out the airport's long-term projections, he's also forecasting double-digit growth rates to continue for the next five years.

"The growth we're seeing is just outstanding. Edmontonians and people throughout the region are really responding to the increases in air service," he says, including more flights to U.S. cities and Air Canada's successful non-stop daily service to London, launched last year.

"In 2006 we added a lot of new destinations -- more than probably any other city in the last decade. That's really helping us to drive traffic," says Milley.

In May, Edmonton topped Vancouver as WestJet's third-largest hub in Canada, in terms of seating capacity. Edmonton now trails only Toronto and Calgary.

"WestJet has just been a fantastic partner for us, as has Air Canada. They've added new destinations, increased capacity and are really working with us on making sure the Edmonton region grows."

Passenger traffic on connecting flights from Grande Prairie, Yellowknife, Fort McMurray and Saskatoon is also up in a big way, rising 42 per cent in 2006, versus 2005. The uptrend is continuing in 2007, Milley says.

"We're seeing our catchment area expand. If you walk through our parkade or parking lot you'll see a lot of Saskatchewan licence plates now. We're getting a lot of people driving in and connecting in Edmonton, so our profile is changing," he says.

On a year-to-date basis, domestic passenger volumes are up 15.3 per cent; U.S. traffic is up 21.3 per cent; and international traffic is up 77.7 per cent.

The latter reflects the impact of Air Canada's non-stop service to Heathrow Airport, as well as strong traffic growth to Mexico -- the top destination for international travellers -- and other vacation hot spots.

International flights have quadrupled since last summer, jumping to 12 departures per week from just three, and Milley says he's hoping to add flights to Texas, New York and either Frankfurt or Munich in the coming year.

Despite its growth, Milley says EIA could do even better if it was able to attract more of the roughly one million local passengers annually who opt to fly from airports in Calgary or Vancouver, rather than Edmonton.

"Every time somebody buys a ticket they cast a vote, and they either vote for the airport in their region or another one. And if you connect through, or drive to another airport you're not going to help us see air service grow here. The more people in the region utilize the airport, the more direct destinations we'll get."

With EIA expecting to achieve new record passenger volumes in July and August, and the terminal already running above its design capacity, Milley says travellers should allow an extra 15 minutes for parking, check-in and clearing security this summer.

Airport expansion is now underway with 1,000 new parkade stalls being added, as well as new de-icing pads and aircraft parking space. Additional terminal construction is slated to start some-time in 2008.

SpongeG
Jul 18, 2007, 12:26 AM
Carriers compete for fliers from Vancouver, B.C., to Hong Kong

An established Hong Kong carrier, Cathay Pacific Airlines, and an upstart, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, are battling for business in the Vancouver, B.C. to Hong Kong market.
The battle is benefitting travelers, not only from Canada but also from the Pacific Northwest who can fly or drive to Vancouver and still save sizable amounts over U.S. Hong Kong flights.

Oasis Hong Kong offers fares as low as $598 round-trip from Vancouver to Hong Kong. Cathay, with a larger customer base and membership in frequent flier programs, has countered with a $698 fare round-trip.

John Gillie, The News Tribune



http://www.thenewstribune.com/business/story/111727.html

clooless
Jul 18, 2007, 8:22 AM
/\ This was disclosed in an article published in the Journal.

Booming Edmonton International setting new records monthly
Leaves Vancouver in its contrail as a destination for WestJet flights
Gary Lamphier, The Edmonton Journal
Published: 1:50 am....<snip>

That's exciting news for YEG. Nice airport. I flew out of YEG both before and after the recent expansion/renovations and the new amenities are a god send. No airport in Canada, except perhaps the new terminal at YYZ, tops the Westjet wing of YYC in terms of convenience and amenities in my opinion. The Air Canada sections of both YYC and YVR are in pretty sad shape in comparison and in desperate need of renovation. The Tim Hortons in the Air Canada wing at YYC, one of only two restaurants in that part of the airport unless you hit the food court outside the security cordon, still does not take Interac. I've been waiting for that to change for a long, long time.

excel
Jul 19, 2007, 12:31 AM
13 July 2007

Vancouver, BC – Cathay Pacific Airways, one of the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines, today announced the permanent addition of three non-stop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong.

Effective immediately, Cathay Pacific is increasing service from Vancouver – the airline’s Canadian headquarters and a major gateway to Asia – from 14 to 17 flights per week. Three additional early morning departures provide West Coast passengers with unprecedented travel options to the award-winning Hong Kong International Airport.

CX836 HKG-YVR Monday, Thursday, Saturday ARRIVES 19:45 A343
CX835 YVR-HKG Monday, Thursday, Saturday DEPARTS 00:30 A343

excel
Jul 19, 2007, 12:37 AM
Cathay also has plans to replace flight 838/839 from an a340-300 to a 747-400 and flight 888/889 will be a 777-300ER.

This means YVR will see 3 different 777-300ERs (Air Canada, EVA Air, Cathay) 2 777-200s (Korean and Singapore) and 1 777-200ER (Air New Zealand)

excel
Jul 19, 2007, 12:45 AM
Air Canada's 777-300ER is running daily from Tokyo Narita into YVR already. It flies YYZ-NRT-YVR-NRT-YYZ. Flight AC4 lands at 11:30 and departs as flight AC3 at 13:30.

excel
Jul 19, 2007, 12:57 AM
Primaris 757 to Macau.
Starting next month. Codeshare with Metis Pacific.

B757-200ER 176 seats aircraft on behalf of Worldwide Charters Inc. 36 flts from August 1st to Oct 31st.

Dep MFM @ 1910 Local Wed & Sat
Arr YVR @ 1510 Local

Dep YVR @ 1335 Local Mon & Thrus
Arr MFM @ 1910

http://www.metismacau.com/corporate/about.php

excel
Jul 28, 2007, 12:27 AM
double post.

Hourglass
Jul 28, 2007, 8:24 AM
:previous:

Now that is a flight I would not want to take. 12 hours in a 757???

I'm also assuming they would need a technical stop somewhere to refuel.

excel
Jul 28, 2007, 9:25 PM
Yea i was wondering that as well. On their website there fleet only includes 747-400 and 747-300. So the info on the 757 may be off. But the site does have Vancouver as their only destination.

excel
Jul 28, 2007, 9:28 PM
BCIT is moving their WestJet 737-200 from the old hangar to the new hangar tonight. Not sure how they are going about doing it but they are.

muzhav84
Aug 1, 2007, 7:07 PM
some sections of the link building are very close to completion. The wall between the link building and the existing international terminal has been totally removed and you can see the checkin counters, computers, and signage already set up, and everything almost complete. the glass tower section still looks a few months away from completion, but the interior link between international and domestic is almost done, few more weeks at most, it seems

SpongeG
Aug 1, 2007, 9:50 PM
Cathay lays on third daily JFK–Hong Kong departure

Two of the planet’s economic and tourism powerhouses will be better connected than ever come November 15. That’s when Cathay Pacific begins a third daily flight from New York Kennedy (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG). The added flight — which pushes back from the gate at 9am — will make for morning, afternoon, and evening departures. Two of the daily sojourns will be nonstop.

Continental Airlines also offers New York to Hong Kong service, out of Newark Liberty International Airport.

Cathay’s morning option will be via a Boeing 777-300ER. The twinjet is fitted for three classes of service: First, Business and Economy.

Cathay has strengthened its North American presence significantly of late. It recently announced a second-daily San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) nonstop, as well as the permanent addition of a trio of nonstops from Vancouver (YVR) to Hong Kong. That means Cathay Pacific will be flying YVR–HKG 17 times per week.

http://news.cheapflights.com/airlines/2007/08/cathay-lays-on-.html

Hourglass
Aug 2, 2007, 1:53 AM
Cathay has strengthened its North American presence significantly of late. It recently announced a second-daily San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) nonstop, as well as the permanent addition of a trio of nonstops from Vancouver (YVR) to Hong Kong. That means Cathay Pacific will be flying YVR–HKG 17 times per week.

http://news.cheapflights.com/airlines/2007/08/cathay-lays-on-.html

With Oasis increasing their YVR-HKG flights to daily, that means there will be 31 flights per week between the two cities! That's a lot of capacity, even with the strong ties between Van and HK. Hopefully that will translate into cheaper airfares -- I can't recall seeing prices for a ticket between HKG and YVR so high as this summer...

Hot Rod
Aug 2, 2007, 4:44 AM
Hourglass, isnt it at least 48 flights per week YVR-HKG route??

Cathay, 17 each way = 34 total
Oasis, 7 each way = 14 total

doesn't singapore airline also to to HKG from YVR?

muzhav84
Aug 2, 2007, 6:57 AM
no, Singapore Airlines flies via Seoul Incheon to Singapore. Hopefully we will see a direct non stop to Singapore in the near future. there was an article a few months ago I read that said Singapore Airlines wanted really badly to start non stop sevcie, but it was something about the bi-lateral air agreement that was preventing them. they said their load factors are close to 100%, and want to expand

Hourglass
Aug 2, 2007, 3:23 PM
Hourglass, isnt it at least 48 flights per week YVR-HKG route??

Cathay, 17 each way = 34 total
Oasis, 7 each way = 14 total

doesn't singapore airline also to to HKG from YVR?

I think CX's press release refers to 17 flights weekly (ie arrivals/departures counted as one), so I was calculating on that basis:

CX - 17 flights per week
Oasis - 7 flights per week
AC - 7 flights per week

for a total of 31 flights per week.

Singapore Airlines has indeed stated their desire to increase service frequency to YVR. There was even a rumor floating around earlier in the year that Singapore Airlines was planning to launch a daily SIN-HKG-YVR flight while keeping the 3x weekly SIN-ICN-YVR routing -- depending on the outcome of bilateral negotiations between Singapore and Canada.

Candidly, since the Canadian government seems more intent on negotiating 'blue sky' agreements with destinations like Iceland and Ireland (which are largely irrelevant for YVR) than negotiating with countries such as Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines (which are important), I think that it could be a while coming...

phesto
Aug 2, 2007, 4:28 PM
Candidly, since the Canadian government seems more intent on negotiating 'blue sky' agreements with destinations like Iceland and Ireland (which are largely irrelevant for YVR) than negotiating with countries such as Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines (which are important), I think that it could be a while coming...

I remember hearing the Feds and YVR talking about how Blue Sky would reinforce the Pacific Gateway initiative, but without an announcement on some kind of progress on an agreement, it will be difficult for YVR to continue to put a positive spin on this.

Dug this up from last fall:

For release November 28, 2006
“BLUE SKY TO BOOST
ASIA-PACIFIC GATEWAY” — EMERSON

OTTAWA — The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway welcomed yesterday’s announcement from the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, on a new international air transportation policy called Blue Sky.

Canada’s New Government introduced Blue Sky to create opportunities for travellers, businesses and the air industry. It also hopes to build upon recent successes with the expansion of air services agreements in the Asia-Pacific region, including China and India.

“Blue Sky is a major boost for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, as air transportation will help build fast and efficient linkages between Canada and the growing economies of Asia,” said Minister Emerson. “With increased competition, more goods, services and people will move through our western airports, as part of the Gateway.”

Hot Rod
Aug 7, 2007, 1:29 AM
I think CX's press release refers to 17 flights weekly (ie arrivals/departures counted as one), so I was calculating on that basis:

CX - 17 flights per week
Oasis - 7 flights per week
AC - 7 flights per week

for a total of 31 flights per week.

Singapore Airlines has indeed stated their desire to increase service frequency to YVR. There was even a rumor floating around earlier in the year that Singapore Airlines was planning to launch a daily SIN-HKG-YVR flight while keeping the 3x weekly SIN-ICN-YVR routing -- depending on the outcome of bilateral negotiations between Singapore and Canada.

Candidly, since the Canadian government seems more intent on negotiating 'blue sky' agreements with destinations like Iceland and Ireland (which are largely irrelevant for YVR) than negotiating with countries such as Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines (which are important), I think that it could be a while coming...

Hourglass, typically Airlines count a schedule based on the departure, for instance HKG-YVR would be one departure, but the route itself would typically consist of at least two flights (a departure and a return) to form a round-trip.

For 17 flights a week for CX, that would be 17 scheduled departures on the HKG-YVR; with return departures (of course) to equate to 34 total flights. I assume there are two R/T flights each day, with 3 round trips on 3 days; to give 17 RoundTrips.

The 7 flights for AirCanada and Oasis resp, would be 7 roundtrips each, for a total of 14 flights per airline.

So, given this YVR would have:

HKG-YVR = 62 total flights (31 roundtrips)
OASIS 7 roundtrips weekly (aka a daily roundtrip flight) = 14 flights [all 747]
AC 7 roundtrips weekly = 14 flights
CX 17 roundtrips weekly = 34 flights [all 747]

Let me know if you disagree. :)

I was thinking Singapore was using HKG in its SIN-YVR route but I think it uses Seoul instead. The HKG-YVR route is impressive nonetheless.

The_Henry_Man
Aug 7, 2007, 1:52 AM
^The new Oasis flight between HKG-YVR is needed, and it definitely relieves a lot of pressure and demands for the seats. There's no more low/high season anymore compared to 10 years ago, the seats are usually very full or near full daily. It's a lot of trouble and hassles if you're on 90% off discount tickets, because you're not on high priority and you have to wait until everyone got on the plane. This is according to my dad says, who works at Cathay Pacific.

Hourglass
Aug 7, 2007, 2:31 AM
Hourglass, typically Airlines count a schedule based on the departure, for instance HKG-YVR would be one departure, but the route itself would typically consist of at least two flights (a departure and a return) to form a round-trip.

For 17 flights a week for CX, that would be 17 scheduled departures on the HKG-YVR; with return departures (of course) to equate to 34 total flights. I assume there are two R/T flights each day, with 3 round trips on 3 days; to give 17 RoundTrips.

The 7 flights for AirCanada and Oasis resp, would be 7 roundtrips each, for a total of 14 flights per airline.

So, given this YVR would have:

HKG-YVR = 62 total flights (31 roundtrips)
OASIS 7 roundtrips weekly (aka a daily roundtrip flight) = 14 flights [all 747]
AC 7 roundtrips weekly = 14 flights
CX 17 roundtrips weekly = 34 flights [all 747]

Let me know if you disagree. :)

I was thinking Singapore was using HKG in its SIN-YVR route but I think it uses Seoul instead. The HKG-YVR route is impressive nonetheless.

I think we're into semantics here ;) Like I said, I was basing this off of the CX press release. But yes, we are talking 31 round-trips per week -- or 62 total flights.

It seems that many Asian airlines serving YVR would like to increase service frequency but are constrained by current bilateral agreements. SQ is running at >90% loads year-round. KE and PR have all stated they would like to increase service. It's too bad the Canadian government is moving so slowly on this. YVR risks losing out to SEA and other US west coast hubs.

Hot Rod
Aug 7, 2007, 2:35 AM
:tup: yeah, I thought we meant the same things. ....

kudos.

excel
Aug 7, 2007, 3:19 AM
CX 17 roundtrips weekly = 34 flights [all 747]



2/3rds are actually a340s.

Hourglass
Aug 8, 2007, 5:10 AM
YVR named best airport in North America and 9th worldwide (the only North American airport to crack the top 10 list) in latest Skytrax airport survey

http://www.airlinequality.com/news/080807-Awards.htm

deasine
Aug 8, 2007, 5:53 AM
That's really good and I think our airport actually deserves it. Now it just needs to add some features, such as airport lounges and free WiFi =)

Maybe just a few renovatiosn too and I think it would go even better.

excel
Aug 8, 2007, 7:13 AM
Must be a typo for 9th cus in the list on this page it shows us in 8th.
http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards_2007/Airport2007.htm

Hourglass
Aug 8, 2007, 9:21 AM
Must be a typo for 9th cus in the list on this page it shows us in 8th.
http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards_2007/Airport2007.htm

Hah! I didn't notice that. I'm sure Skytrax will correct the press release posthaste.

Can't argue with the top four selections (HK, Singapore, Seoul Incheon and Munich). But in my completely unbiased opinion ;) I think YVR stacks up pretty well against the others on the list. They just need to do something about the queues at immigration during peak hours (and I'm not sure that is something the airport authority can even control).

twoNeurons
Aug 8, 2007, 3:37 PM
They have limited control over it, actually. A friend who works with their planning committee was responsibile, for example, for separating incoming passengers into "to US" and International bound. YVRs highest priority is people transferring to the US. They want the transborder stuff.

Hot Rod
Aug 9, 2007, 5:12 AM
Yeah, Osaka Kansai is 9th. I wonder why they slipped from 4th tho.

It is good to see sister cities (Vancouver, Osaka) on lists!!! Sort of validates the whole sister city thing.

twoNeurons
Aug 9, 2007, 3:34 PM
Osaka is Vancouver's Sister City? Really... interesting.

phesto
Aug 14, 2007, 8:45 PM
Airport Authority Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

This year, the Airport Authority is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since assuming responsibility for the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in 1992, the facility has certainly come a long way. That year, YVR had about 700 take-offs and landings a day, and served 9.9-million passengers. Nonstop scheduled service was provided to 10 international and eight destinations in the United States.

YVR now averages about 800 aircraft arrivals and departures each day and in 2007, expects to welcome
some 17.5-million travellers, a new record. Non-stop scheduled service is now provided to 19 international and 25 destinations in the United States.

The face of YVR has changed dramatically in the 15 years since the airport was transferred to the Airport
Authority. Most recently, a new brand identity was announced that better reflects the modern facilities and unique West Coast style of the airport. Below, a few milestones from the past 15 years:

1992: YVR is one of the first four airports in Canada transferred from the Federal Government to local community-based, not-for-profit organizations. At that time, the Airport Authority embarks on an ambitious program to develop the airport.

1994: A portion of the Domestic Terminal is demolished to make way for the construction of a new $250-million, 16-gate International Terminal, which was completed in 1996. That same year, operations begin on the 3,030-metre-long north parallel runway.

1997: An expansion to the east apron and de-icing facilities is completed.

1999: The 400-room, four-diamond Fairmont Vancouver Airport opens, as did the expanded transborder check-in area in the International Terminal. Additionally, the South Terminal—the original terminal built in the 1930s— undergoes a $3.5-million expansion, and Helijet opens its hangar/terminal on the south side.

2000: The $114-million east wing of the International Terminal opens, adding seven gates to the transborder facility.

2001: The first phase of the $53- million upgrade of the Domestic Terminal is completed, transforming
the north half of the building with an open floor plan, natural lighting from floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights, a state-of-the-art baggage system, new flight information displays and selfservice check-in kiosks.

2002: A decade after the Airport Authority began operating YVR, work is completed on the $53-million
upgrade of the Domestic Terminal.

2005: Work begins on the airport’s most recent construction program, the largest to date. This includes the
recently-completed expansion to the International Terminal wing, the Link Building, YVR’s portion of the
Canada Line and other terminal and facility upgrades, and will total $1.4- billion by 2010.

2007: This fall will see the opening of the new Link Building, joining the International and Domestic terminals and providing increased international check-in capacity, passenger screening, additional baggage systems and office space. The five-storey structure’s curved glass facade will present a new face for passengers arriving at the airport. The Airport Authority has no shareholders and all excess of revenue over expenditures is re-invested in airport developments and service improvements.
----------------------------------------------------

Note that they’re still sticking by the projection of 17.5 million for 2007; that’s a 3.6% increase over 2006.

phesto
Aug 14, 2007, 8:52 PM
Btw, here is the YTD Traffic as of July 1 (w/% change)

Domestic 4,240,836 3.0%
Transborder 2,102,999 4.5%
Int'l 1,906,089 2.6%

Unless July and August have unusually busy, 3.6% for the year seems about right.

phesto
Sep 18, 2007, 4:37 PM
Air Canada Increases Winter Service On Key Western Routes

This winter, in addition to introducing non-stop seasonal services from Vancouver to the Mexican destinations of Ixtapa and Los Cabos, and Santa Clara, Cuba, Air Canada will begin its previously announced new routes to Yellowknife and Sydney, Australia.

Starting on December 1, Air Canada Jazz will begin daily, non-stop flights from Vancouver to Yellowknife, using Jazz’s 50-seat CRJ aircraft. The service will complement daily flights from Air Canada’s most northern Canadian destination to Edmonton and Calgary. Flights have been timed to offer convenient connections to and from Japan, and points within British Columbia.

On December 14, Air Canada’s will begin the onlydaily, non-stop flights from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia. Flights will utilize Boeing 777 aircraft that feature lie-flat beds in business class. The airline has also announced that it will continue daily non-stop service to Sacramento launched this past summer.

Service to Tokyo/Narita, Japan will increase to nine flights each week. Also, the carrier will add additional daily flights from Vancouver to: Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

-----------------------------------------------------

July's traffic was less than impressive:

July 07 July 06 %Chg YTD 07 YTD 06 %Chg
Total 1,787,322 1,782,416 0.3% 10,037,241 9,769,790 2.7%

muzhav84
Sep 24, 2007, 10:58 PM
Not sure if anyone's aware, but YVR began the expansion of the C-Pier (Air Canada domestic gates) this morning. Today was the first day, they closed C39 and C41 (gates at the end of the pier, for those who dont know) and they have begun construction. According to operations personnel, they are adding about 6 new gates. In the process, they are renovating the terminal at the end of the pier, around the Legends bar and grill and tim hortons area.

Currently, Air Canada is using the outdated B-Pier for most of its CRJ and CRA flights, as well as more and more of its jet flights. Once the expansion is complete, they will be able to put everything in one pier. Just goes to show how domestic is still such a grwoth area for the airport. all of the attention is usually paid to international, but Westjet and AIr Canada are still constantly increasing flights

mr.x
Sep 25, 2007, 2:45 AM
Not sure if anyone's aware, but YVR began the expansion of the C-Pier (Air Canada domestic gates) this morning. Today was the first day, they closed C39 and C41 (gates at the end of the pier, for those who dont know) and they have begun construction. According to operations personnel, they are adding about 6 new gates. In the process, they are renovating the terminal at the end of the pier, around the Legends bar and grill and tim hortons area.

Currently, Air Canada is using the outdated B-Pier for most of its CRJ and CRA flights, as well as more and more of its jet flights. Once the expansion is complete, they will be able to put everything in one pier. Just goes to show how domestic is still such a grwoth area for the airport. all of the attention is usually paid to international, but Westjet and AIr Canada are still constantly increasing flights

and let me guess, done by 2010 as everything else. :) great updates, thx.

i can't wait to visit the Link Building!

deasine
Sep 25, 2007, 4:20 AM
^so I'm guessing the Domestic piers will look like the rest of the YVR overall design in the long run?

I see that ur a moderator now Mr. X. (just noticed)

muzhav84
Sep 25, 2007, 5:42 AM
yes i believe the ultimate goal is to have all the piers designed to the same standard. the B gates have been due for a massive renovation for ages, but for now, it is being too heavily utilized by Air Canada while C-Pier is updated that renovations will have to wait. after c-pier is done, b gates will be updated. my prediction, westjet will move to the renovated b gates when complete, and the a-pier will be for everyone else. currently, westjet occupies gates A1 - A5... as it is only 5 gates, they too have to overflow into the b gates. they need the extra capacity, and im sure would love to have the whole b-pier to themselves.

excel
Sep 25, 2007, 10:22 AM
Was unaware of this expansion, are there any official documents or renderings available?

muzhav84
Sep 26, 2007, 12:11 AM
not that i know of, i will try to find some and post them. i only know this from talking to operations agents and seeing the construction for myself. air canada agents also confirmed it.

Canadian74
Sep 26, 2007, 2:01 AM
A380 coming to YVR again in mid-October!

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/09/24/217013/engine-alliance-powered-airbus-a380-to-conduct-route-proving-tour.html

Hot Rod
Sep 26, 2007, 3:54 AM
From Toulouse the jet will then travel again to Bogota, before heading for Vancouver in Canada and Osaka in Japan from 15-19 October.


Vancouver + Osaka = LOVE

:kiss:

excel
Sep 26, 2007, 7:59 AM
^Great news. Wonder which livery it will have, maybe just the airbus one.

twoNeurons
Sep 26, 2007, 6:06 PM
Cool.

As an aside, from a flyer's point of view, I'm more excited about the 787, but wouldn't it be cool to have another route from Vancouver-Osaka on an A380 to compete with the overpriced Air Canada one?

As an FYI, Air Canada YVR - KIX (Osaka) is MORE Expensive than SEA-YVR-KIX (Same plane/flight from YVR-KIX)

Mike K.
Sep 27, 2007, 1:30 AM
Something was up at YVR this morning. Our neighbour was supposed to fly in from Victoria for some business in Van but her boss, who was at YVR waiting for her, called her and said that the airport had armed security running around and he kept overhearing something about a "security breach." I think she also mentioned that the airport was apparently in lockdown.

Anyone with more info?

Canadian74
Sep 27, 2007, 2:16 AM
^^ Bomb threat.

Everything is fine now, I think.

SpongeG
Sep 27, 2007, 6:08 AM
yup

Harbour scare
Bomb threat shuts down Harbour Air temporarily

Harbour Air shut down operations for three hours this morning as 60 aircraft were searched by police after a threat against the airline was phoned in to the company's call centre.

The shut down affected approximately 300 passengers who were ready to board planes in Richmond, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria and Langley.

The threat also resulted in a lockdown at Langley Senior Secondary School located on 56th Ave. across the street from Langley Airport.

The school was locked down from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

The threat was received at 7 a.m. but an official with the airline, Chad Wetsch, said he was unable to confirm it was a bomb threat.

"Once the threat was phoned in we followed our emergency procedures and ceased operations," said Wetsch.

The airline began to resume operations at about 10:15 a.m after police had searched planes and installations.

Liberal Senator Colin Kenny said during a recent visit to Victoria that B.C.'s coastal transportation systems are vunerable to terrorist attacks. Float-plane passengers should receive the same security screening required of passengers travelling through ariports, Kenny said.

"These aircraft take off fully loaded very close to buildings and there's just zero reaction time," Kenny told the Victoria Times Colonist.

Wright said he doesn't envision any such changes.

Kenny headed a Senate committee on national security and defence that in March released a critical report on security. The report suggested float planes be subject to the same passenger and baggage checks as those in larger airports. "Instead of checking in 10 minutes ahead of time, you'd have to check in 15 minutes ahead," Kenny said.

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=e2f8affa-60fa-4bda-a94c-826bec2a6c38&k=89010

muzhav84
Oct 12, 2007, 7:05 AM
the link building continues to move ahead, and some really nice lighting features have been added. constantly changing pink, purple, blue, and green lights illuminate hanging art features suspended from the ceiling inside the link building (it is kind of difficult to describe, i will try and get photos to show it better) since the outside of the building is made completely out of glass, you can see inside from quite a distance away! from as far away as the Air Canada hangar you can see the changing multicoloured lights inside the link building, very cool for an airport terminal! if u get a chance to drive near the airport at night, check it out!

Canadian74
Oct 16, 2007, 1:54 AM
A380 is coming tomorrow (Oct. 16) and will leave YVR the day after (Oct. 17)... Looking forward to some pictures!

I forgot the arrival/departure times... LOL.

Canadian Mind
Oct 16, 2007, 2:02 AM
Why is Vancouver able to handle the A380, but not other airports in Canada? Did we prepare for it ahead of time knowing it was coming, or has Vancouver simply always been overbuilt?

mr.x
Oct 16, 2007, 2:11 AM
Why is Vancouver able to handle the A380, but not other airports in Canada? Did we prepare for it ahead of time knowing it was coming, or has Vancouver simply always been overbuilt?

the runways are wide and long enough to handle the new plane. Width of the runway is the main issue at Canadian airports.

In addition, the recently completed West Chevron terminal expansion included 4 gates that were built to be able to handle the A380's.

officedweller
Oct 16, 2007, 2:57 AM
I think Montreal will have the first scheduled A380 service in Canada.

excel
Oct 16, 2007, 8:24 PM
Arrival of the a380:
Arrival on Tuesday on Oct 16 around 8:00 pm. Departure on Wed Oct 17 around 10:00 am. Of course, all subject to change.

"However, the aircraft will not be visible from any of the pre-security parts of the terminal and due to the aircraft’s parking position and schedule, there will be very limited outdoor viewing points. To get the best view of the aircraft, I’d recommend that you check out the media coverage on the news rather than coming to the airport in the hopes of seeing it."

Canadian74
Oct 16, 2007, 10:22 PM
Why is Vancouver able to handle the A380, but not other airports in Canada? Did we prepare for it ahead of time knowing it was coming, or has Vancouver simply always been overbuilt?

Other Canadian airports that can handle the A380 include Toronto (all runways are wide enough, currently 3 gates for the A380) and Montreal.