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YYCguys
Dec 27, 2014, 1:38 PM
i flew westjet this afternoon
Im surprised their satellite service only works in Canada which was the last half hour of the the flight. kind of sucks they only had four channels in US airspace

Because Bell provides the satellite service and the satellites only reach Canadian airspace due to licensing, once the aircraft leaves canada there are only 4 ore recorded channels available. But a new wifi entertainment system will replace the satellite system and you will be able watch either Westjet streamed content or your own content!

Johnny Aussie
Dec 29, 2014, 12:44 AM
G'day from Vancouver!

November numbers are out....

http://yvr.ca/Libraries/Aviation_Marketing/rpt_Traffic_Update_Nov.sflb.ashx

Still very good growth! 6% total growth and 7.8% YTD compared to 2013.

UA bumping YVR-SFO to 6 daily in May... All mainline. Never been that many in May before. With rouge's 4 daily... That's 10 daily on the route.

Spork
Dec 29, 2014, 3:12 AM
Still on track for a tick above 19m! My guess is 19.2.

Johnny Aussie
Dec 29, 2014, 4:07 AM
Still on track for a tick above 19m! My guess is 19.2.

Well... Even if there is nil growth in December the year will finish off at 19,273,000.

So at say 5% growth in December, 2014 should exceed 19.3M

craneSpotter
Dec 29, 2014, 10:34 PM
Well... Even if there is nil growth in December the year will finish off at 19,273,000.

So at say 5% growth in December, 2014 should exceed 19.3M

Seems like the western airports have slowed down their growth somewhat this past November. Be interesting to see the YUL & YYZ numbers.

Wow to YVRs 11% transborder growth in November! Strong domestic growth too... YVR should crack 10 million domestic PAX this year & US transborder is closing in on 5 million :)

YVR PAX growth in 2015:

What about Asia-Pacific growth for 2015? Can YVR maintain the large growth numbers they had this past year (>10%)? Will slower Asian PAX growth be offset with better numbers to Europe (AF & LHA) and continued strong growth in US Transborder? In any case, even with modest growth, YVR should crack 20 million PAX in 2015 ... barring any economic collapse .....

craneSpotter
Dec 29, 2014, 10:53 PM
Proud to say I just survived my first Rouge flight!

OK I was in row 1...

Left 50 mins late but only 4:46 flying time so gate contact was only 2 mins late.

7 flights from Hawaii in YVR customs at the same time.

Sorry for the question, but info is hard to get. I was just curious...do you know (or somebody) if AC still uses the B767 on any international, non-leisure routes? Have most of them been transferred to low cost Rouge now, or going to be soon in 2015?

4:46 from Hawaii ?? Wow, that is good! I wonder, can they put the pedal down if late - balls to the walls I guess haha ... or need a nice tailwind??

Spork
Dec 30, 2014, 1:49 AM
4:46 from Hawaii ?? Wow, that is good! I wonder, can they put the pedal down if late - balls to the walls I guess haha ... or need a nice tailwind??

They can go faster if they need to. They generally fly around the most cost efficient speed possible. Tail wind helps as well, of course.

deasine
Dec 30, 2014, 2:01 AM
Interestingly Delta's Investor Day presentation indicates their SEA domestic operations are profitable, but have no word at all on international operations, which leads me to believe that this is not yet profitable.

http://ir.delta.com/files/doc_presentations/2014/Investor-Day-Combined-Presentation-with-Non-GAAPs(1).pdf

craneSpotter
Dec 30, 2014, 6:15 PM
They can go faster if they need to. They generally fly around the most cost efficient speed possible. Tail wind helps as well, of course.

Thanks, that what I kinda figured. So it is kind of like the 55 MPH is supposed to be the most fuel efficient speed for autos (for 70's era cars at least)...

craneSpotter
Dec 30, 2014, 6:23 PM
Slow day... so some plane porn - 17 minutes of landings @ YVR on July 19, 2014...some 787s and lots of big planes from Asia and Europe in this one :) At 9 minutes+ there are 747s from British Airways, Korean Air (x2) and Lufthansa landing/taxiing at the same time...!

R3UbWWid5Vs

Denscity
Dec 30, 2014, 7:09 PM
:slob::slob::slob::slob::slob::cheers:
Dude that's the greatest gift anyone can give!! Exotic aircraft from exotic places. That was one helluva 17 minutes!!

#yvrhabit

Klazu
Dec 30, 2014, 8:20 PM
+1

That was amazing indeed! So many exotic planes on YVR make for a truly international airport! :) Shame that we lost Virgin Atlantic seen at the end of the video.

Klazu
Dec 30, 2014, 8:24 PM
4:46 from Hawaii ?? Wow, that is good! I wonder, can they put the pedal down if late - balls to the walls I guess haha ... or need a nice tailwind??

Normal long-haul flight speed is at around 900km/h, but I remember sometimes seeing an in-flight entertainment system displaying speeds of up to 1150km/h when there has been a strong tailwind and flying east. Such flight may arrive quite early to the destination.

Denscity
Dec 30, 2014, 8:25 PM
+1

That was amazing indeed! So many exotic planes on YVR make for a truly international airport! :) Shame that we lost Virgin Atlantic seen at the end of the video.

True but we're adding Air France to Paris! :tup: Which at least makes up for it if not exceeds Virgin.

craneSpotter
Dec 30, 2014, 9:17 PM
True but we're adding Air France to Paris! :tup: Which at least makes up for it if not exceeds Virgin.

Yes! Hopefully another vid made in 2015 with AF :)

casper
Dec 31, 2014, 2:14 AM
Sorry for the question, but info is hard to get. I was just curious...do you know (or somebody) if AC still uses the B767 on any international, non-leisure routes? Have most of them been transferred to low cost Rouge now, or going to be soon in 2015?
....


According to Wikipedia they still have 21 aircraft in regular Air Canada service and 8 in Rogue configuration.

They are using the odd aircraft on some of the domestic routes. They are also on some of the Central or Eastern Canada to Europe flights.

Cage
Dec 31, 2014, 6:29 AM
Sorry for the question, but info is hard to get. I was just curious...do you know (or somebody) if AC still uses the B767 on any international, non-leisure routes? Have most of them been transferred to low cost Rouge now, or going to be soon in 2015?

To name a few routes:
YYC-LHR
YYC-NRT
Yhz-LHR
Yow-LHR
YYZ to a bunch of European destinations.
Even YYC-OGG is mainline 763 this winter.
Also domestically there is YYC-YYZ and few YVR-YYZ runs.

TransitJack
Jan 1, 2015, 10:25 PM
Slow day... so some plane porn - 17 minutes of landings @ YVR on July 19, 2014...some 787s and lots of big planes from Asia and Europe in this one :) At 9 minutes+ there are 747s from British Airways, Korean Air (x2) and Lufthansa landing/taxiing at the same time...!



Nice video. Great shot of BA 747 coming in with the Lufthansa 747 turning for final in the distance. :tup:

Hot Rod
Jan 2, 2015, 8:08 AM
very nice plane porn!

craneSpotter
Jan 3, 2015, 8:18 PM
very nice plane porn!

Nice video. Great shot of BA 747 coming in with the Lufthansa 747 turning for final in the distance. :tup:


Yes, it was!

Yeah, love the shot of the two 747s coming in on approach :tup:

craneSpotter
Jan 3, 2015, 8:37 PM
To name a few routes:
YYC-LHR
YYC-NRT
Yhz-LHR
Yow-LHR
YYZ to a bunch of European destinations.
Even YYC-OGG is mainline 763 this winter.
Also domestically there is YYC-YYZ and few YVR-YYZ runs.

Thanks! (casper too ).

I guess the plan for AC is to retire the old 767s (to Rouge) as the 787s are delivered (fleet modernization). I can see the YYZ-Europe routes going 787 first. I suppose some of the existing 767 routes could be Rouged instead of being replaced 787s (over the next two years).

Klazu
Jan 6, 2015, 2:19 AM
Flew back from holidays today from HEL through FRA with LH. Boy, those old 747-400's that both Lufthansa and British Airways fly here are being outdated! The entertainment system is contantly requiring a system reboot and is lagging so badly it is painful to use. Most of my flight the system was not working for most of the Economy class despite several reboots. :(

747's are also damn loud versus 787. It was such a dream to fly the Dreamliner few weeks ago. I haven't been onboard of the new 747-8 plane, so don't know if it has improved a lot on travel comfort? I hope LH proceeds to replace their whole 747 fleet soon with the new version and introduces it (with Premium Economy class) on YVR route. I love the legendary 747, but the 400 model is beginning to be a relic.

Ps. Just loved seeing so many different Dreamliners and A380s on FRA! :)

LeftCoaster
Jan 6, 2015, 9:40 PM
Well... Even if there is nil growth in December the year will finish off at 19,273,000.

So at say 5% growth in December, 2014 should exceed 19.3M

Looks like YVR is expecting roughly 19.4 million following YVRs "busiest month (December) on record"

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/yvr-christmas-rush-the-busiest-yet-1.2880027

Hopefully next years growth is as strong as 2014.

trofirhen
Jan 6, 2015, 10:09 PM
Going home from a Christmas visit, I had a lot of time to spend one night at YVR before catching a 6 a.m. flight to SFO connecting to CDG.
While I have to say that YVR is sleek, beautiful, and convenient, and worthy of its ranking, there is still room for improvement in customer service.
I was warned not to put my bags in storage, because they open at 5 a.m.,and other people have missed early flights getting through customs / security too late.
(This apparently is a Transport Canada regulation; not storing baggage overnight past a 24-hour period)
Also, at SFO, the staff were extremely hands-on and helpful, offering me a courtesy phone to call family to arrange a quick visit, when the other courtesy phone jammed.
I wonder if this exists at YVR. I don't think so but correct me if I'm wrong.
YVR is great, but, as with everything, there is room for improvement on some points. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful airport, easy to navigate, and something to
be proud of.

vanlaw
Jan 7, 2015, 12:42 AM
Flew back from holidays today from HEL through FRA with LH. Boy, those old 747-400's that both Lufthansa and British Airways fly here are being outdated! The entertainment system is contantly requiring a system reboot and is lagging so badly it is painful to use. Most of my flight the system was not working for most of the Economy class despite several reboots. :(

747's are also damn loud versus 787. It was such a dream to fly the Dreamliner few weeks ago. I haven't been onboard of the new 747-8 plane, so don't know if it has improved a lot on travel comfort? I hope LH proceeds to replace their whole 747 fleet soon with the new version and introduces it (with Premium Economy class) on YVR route. I love the legendary 747, but the 400 model is beginning to be a relic.

Ps. Just loved seeing so many different Dreamliners and A380s on FRA! :)


Who was flying the 787 at FRA? Was there in November. Lots of A380's as you say and 747-800's, but didn't see any Dreamliners. Apparently LH is going with the A350 instead.

Klazu
Jan 7, 2015, 1:34 AM
Who was flying the 787 at FRA? Was there in November. Lots of A380's as you say and 747-800's, but didn't see any Dreamliners. Apparently LH is going with the A350 instead.

Two United Dreamliners, ANA and I believe also the LAN plane in the distance was a 787. They are certainly getting much more frequent everywhere with 228 planes having been delivered already!

Canadian74
Jan 7, 2015, 3:33 PM
Who was flying the 787 at FRA? Was there in November. Lots of A380's as you say and 747-800's, but didn't see any Dreamliners. Apparently LH is going with the A350 instead.

I saw Qatar, ANA, Ethiopian 787s at FRA recently and Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore, Thai A380s.

PaperTiger
Jan 8, 2015, 5:34 PM
Looks like the A-B connector will be ready next week :

http://www.biv.com/media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/54/83/54834ca7-692e-47f4-9f4d-15077a513b38/piera-b.png__0x400_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscale.jpg

http://www.biv.com/article/2015/1/expanded-domestic-terminal-new-retail-space-open-y/

Denscity
Jan 8, 2015, 6:48 PM
^^^ Aah, the last of the old airport will now be the newest. :tup:

craneSpotter
Jan 8, 2015, 7:46 PM
Looks like the A-B connector will be ready next week :

http://www.biv.com/media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/54/83/54834ca7-692e-47f4-9f4d-15077a513b38/piera-b.png__0x400_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscale.jpg

http://www.biv.com/article/2015/1/expanded-domestic-terminal-new-retail-space-open-y/


Looks nice...Will check it out soon :)

connect2source
Jan 8, 2015, 8:47 PM
Looks 90's and totally dated to me. I wish YVR would stop obsessing with the 1996 design of the International Terminal when it was new. Yes, it was fresh and exciting then but it's no longer current or representative of airport design today.

The committee in charge of design choices needs to visit some top airports in the world and check out what's new instead of falling back on this 1990's NW concept. I hope they didn't install those psychotic fluorescent fixtures on the ceiling meant to represent flowing logs.

Klazu
Jan 8, 2015, 10:19 PM
Looks 90's and totally dated to me. I wish YVR would stop obsessing with the 1996 design of the International Terminal when it was new. Yes, it was fresh and exciting then but it's no longer current or representative of airport design today.

The committee in charge of design choices needs to visit some top airports in the world and check out what's new instead of falling back on this 1990's NW concept. I hope they didn't install those psychotic fluorescent fixtures on the ceiling meant to represent flowing logs.

I on the other hand find the YVR interior design unique, warm, cozy and very NorthWest-ish, just like an airport in this part of the world should be like!

All new airports look alike with lots of glass and metal surfaces and huge open spaces. They are cold, drafty and noisy because of the hard surfaces used. There is very little setting many of them apart from each others. That's why I prefer YVR and its nice architecture.

Porfiry
Jan 8, 2015, 10:53 PM
I on the other hand find the YVR interior design unique, warm, cozy and very NorthWest-ish, just like an airport in this part of the world should be like!

I totally agree. I find the design of YVR to be very comfortable and welcoming. I actually enjoy spending time there.

teriyaki
Jan 8, 2015, 11:20 PM
I totally agree. I find the design of YVR to be very comfortable and welcoming. I actually enjoy spending time there.

I'm another one that loves the design and aesthetics of YVR's design language.

The colours are very west-coast. Large windows that are great for plane spotting at each and every gate (I'm not a fan of airports where the boarding areas have multiple visual barriers, as modern as they may be) I especially love flying home and hearing that familiar waterfall in the customs area.

Klazu
Jan 9, 2015, 1:58 AM
Air Canada 787 Dreamliner network now.

https://787.aircanada.com/images/footer_routes_bg_en.png

connect2source
Jan 9, 2015, 7:18 PM
Air Canada 787 Dreamliner network now.

https://787.aircanada.com/images/footer_routes_bg_en.png

I wonder how they manage that with only 6 787s so far?.. the 7th is due in January.

LeftCoaster
Jan 9, 2015, 7:19 PM
Underneath several destinations it shows a start date, several are not yet converted.

thegx
Jan 9, 2015, 10:29 PM
UA bumping YVR-SFO to 6 daily in May... All mainline. Never been that many in May before. With rouge's 4 daily... That's 10 daily on the route.

No it's 11. You left out WestJet.

trofirhen
Jan 9, 2015, 11:50 PM
No it's 11. You left out WestJet.
What about LAX ?

SpongeG
Jan 10, 2015, 2:07 AM
Looks like the A-B connector will be ready next week :

http://www.biv.com/media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/54/83/54834ca7-692e-47f4-9f4d-15077a513b38/piera-b.png__0x400_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscale.jpg

http://www.biv.com/article/2015/1/expanded-domestic-terminal-new-retail-space-open-y/

darn it - i used the airport on wednesday, westjet, the gate we used was in the new part but it was still all boarded up beyond, it was a long annoying walk to get to the gate, B17... and a lot of confused passengers who had just arrived, the signage is lacking and there was no staff to tell people where to go, a lot of people walked into the really crowded old area looking confused trying to find how to get to the baggage claim which was causing some bottle necks

Cage
Jan 10, 2015, 2:20 AM
Underneath several destinations it shows a start date, several are not yet converted.

Also as several are routes are added for the summer season, some destinations are transferred to other aircraft. YVR-PEK is an example, only 788 until April when the aircraft transitions to PVG.

zahav
Jan 11, 2015, 3:10 AM
Hi everyone,

These photos were posted on YVR Spotters group on Facebook, a sneak peak at the AB Connector. I think it looks great!

http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/1801280_825844077459493_8993397152844487619_o_zps406cd535.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/1801280_825844077459493_8993397152844487619_o_zps406cd535.jpg.html)
http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/10455015_825843884126179_8156801673290092174_o_zps9f5472aa.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/10455015_825843884126179_8156801673290092174_o_zps9f5472aa.jpg.html)
http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/10887316_825843977459503_7461085309246534501_o_zps091a038d.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/10887316_825843977459503_7461085309246534501_o_zps091a038d.jpg.html)
http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/10903904_825843790792855_2827327921497143710_o_zps72b93bbe.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/10903904_825843790792855_2827327921497143710_o_zps72b93bbe.jpg.html)

Klazu
Jan 11, 2015, 3:19 AM
Looks consistent and great. Very YVR. :)

CurtisVerbatim
Jan 11, 2015, 9:05 AM
Hi everyone,

These photos were posted on YVR Spotters group on Facebook, a sneak peak at the AB Connector. I think it looks great!

http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/1801280_825844077459493_8993397152844487619_o_zps406cd535.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/1801280_825844077459493_8993397152844487619_o_zps406cd535.jpg.html)
http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/10455015_825843884126179_8156801673290092174_o_zps9f5472aa.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/10455015_825843884126179_8156801673290092174_o_zps9f5472aa.jpg.html)
http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/10887316_825843977459503_7461085309246534501_o_zps091a038d.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/10887316_825843977459503_7461085309246534501_o_zps091a038d.jpg.html)
http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/10903904_825843790792855_2827327921497143710_o_zps72b93bbe.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/10903904_825843790792855_2827327921497143710_o_zps72b93bbe.jpg.html)

Oh wow it's weird seeing that place all done like that. about a month ago I was working in there and it's really changed a lot since.

Prometheus
Jan 11, 2015, 5:04 PM
It might not contain anything new for all you super airport nerds, but here is a recent speech by YVR CEO Craig Richmond in which he claims that YVR will exceed 20 Million next year and spells out YVR's many current and future plans and innovations, including his vision of YVR as the world's next great hub. Doesn't seem like a guy resting on his laurels:

G8B9KVP-NKc

connect2source
Jan 11, 2015, 5:21 PM
I'm mixed on this, yes it's inviting and intimate. I do like that it's a slightly cleaner and more contemporary twist on the 1990's international terminal theme. I do wish it was just a little edgier and more current.

It's interesting that the 'bridge' is almost an exact replica of the one over the custom's hall in the international terminal.

Overall, it greatly enhances the passenger experience so, well done in that respect.

red-paladin
Jan 11, 2015, 6:39 PM
The ability to provide full transits without visas ... :) Sounds great.

trofirhen
Jan 11, 2015, 6:51 PM
It might not contain anything new for all you super airport nerds, but here is a recent speech by YVR CEO Craig Richmond in which he claims that YVR will exceed 20 Million next year and spells out YVR's many current and future plans and innovations, including his vision of YVR as the world's next great hub. Doesn't seem like a guy resting on his laurels:

G8B9KVP-NKc
If what Mr. Richmond said comes true about the TWOV allowing connections to South America,
the city will beome a true hub, although the extra connections he refers to such as São Paolo seem perhaps a little far-fetched at the moment.
Lima is more within the bounds of possibility, I think. Lima is a little closer to YVR than to YYZ, wheres GRU is still closer to YYZ than to YVR, being further east.
The difference between YVR-GRU, and YYZ-GRU is about 400 miles shorter via YYZ. Whether this will cause an appreciable difference in fuel savings,
and thereby route choice, is a question best left to the authorities.
At any rate, if YVR can extend its reach into the USA, and especially South America, it will be an airport with real "reach," something I am sure everybody wants.

casper
Jan 12, 2015, 3:28 AM
If what Mr. Richmond said comes true about the TWOV allowing connections to South America,
the city will beome a true hub, although the extra connections he refers to such as São Paolo seem perhaps a little far-fetched at the moment.
Lima is more within the bounds of possibility, I think. Lima is a little closer to YVR than to YYZ, wheres GRU is still closer to YYZ than to YVR, being further east.
The difference between YVR-GRU, and YYZ-GRU is about 400 miles shorter via YYZ. Whether this will cause an appreciable difference in fuel savings,
and thereby route choice, is a question best left to the authorities.
At any rate, if YVR can extend its reach into the USA, and especially South America, it will be an airport with real "reach," something I am sure everybody wants.

You never know. There are weird things Airlines chose to do out of left field some times. The new flight from China to Montreal continuing on the Havana is one example. Hope the TWOV does happen.

trofirhen
Jan 12, 2015, 3:58 PM
You never know. There are weird things Airlines chose to do out of left field some times. The new flight from China to Montreal continuing on the Havana is one example. Hope the TWOV does happen.
Me too!! You bet I hope it happens!! Soon. :tup:

Denscity
Jan 13, 2015, 4:51 PM
I gotta admit I was drooling a bit when I landed at YVR in a Dash 8 from Castlegar the other day and saw a Quantas 747 from Sydney Australia sitting on the Tarmac.

Johnny Aussie
Jan 13, 2015, 8:49 PM
I gotta admit I was drooling a bit when I landed at YVR in a Dash 8 from Castlegar the other day and saw a Quantas 747 from Sydney Australia sitting on the Tarmac.

I may have seen the same one... I flew out to LAX on rouge last Thursday. Saw it sitting there all alone in the morning dawn. Fingers crossed for a longer term more frequent (permanent?) Qantas program at YVR.

Air NZ was awesome this trip on all our flights. Fingers crossed for the rumoured daily 787-900 on the AKL-YVR route, I will be the first to book a ticket the moment that happens (if it happens of course!)

trofirhen
Jan 13, 2015, 10:44 PM
I may have seen the same one... I flew out to LAX on rouge last Thursday. Saw it sitting there all alone in the morning dawn. Fingers crossed for a longer term more frequent (permanent?) Qantas program at YVR.....


Hey, Qantas is one of our old friends and buddies, going decades back, with
service to SFO, Honolulu, Fiji, Auckland on Boeing 707s, (with conections of course) even with a short stint going nonstop YVR - Tahiti.
May they come back on a regular basis, oh please, yes!

deasine
Jan 13, 2015, 11:59 PM
In addition to the media release below you can also find out more on twitter by the following hashtag #YVRConnects (https://twitter.com/hashtag/YVRConnects?src=hash)

YVR Officially Opens Newly Expanded Domestic Terminal
January 13, 2015

The A-B Connector Features New Retail Program, Artwork and Gate Capacity

Richmond, B.C. (January 13, 2015): Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated the opening of the expanded Domestic Terminal, the A-B Connector. Featuring new gate capacity, an expedited baggage system, seismic upgrades and a wide range of new dining and shopping options, the A-B Connector will keep YVR connected to destinations across Canada.

The new $213 million expansion is the first major infrastructure project completed as part of YVR’s 10-year gateway strategy announced in 2012 to keep YVR competitive and an economic generator for B.C.

“We’re proud to deliver this project on plan and on budget,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “YVR is facing increased competition from other airports and both travellers and airlines have choices. In order to remain competitive and continue to be an economic generator and jobs creator for British Columbia, we must continue to invest in projects that make it easier and faster for passengers and their baggage to move through the airport.”

The upgrades and expansion were made to the original areas of YVR’s 1968 terminal. The A-B Connector provides improved passenger navigation and flow, increased gate capacity and holdroom space, new security and safety enhancements and seismic upgrades to ensure a more comfortable and efficient experience. In addition, an expedited baggage system connects bags between international and domestic flights more quickly.

Passengers travelling through the A-B Connector will enjoy an array of street priced food and beverage options at 10 new shops, restaurants and services and will have access to YVR’s largest Plaza Premium pay-per-use lounge. The Marshall Retail Group selected YVR for its first Canadian flagship operation and will operate four stores: Flight Stop, Marshall Rousso, Lick and Tumi. Other concession offerings include ICE Currency Exchange, Green Bean Café and Carl’s Jr. Vino Volo and Famous Famiglia will open later in 2015.

YVR’s award-winning sense of place is visible throughout the A-B Connector with a design that celebrates British Columbia’s Interior. Architectural features evoke imagery from B.C.’s vineyards and orchards, fishing lodges and the Fraser River and Canyon. The space is anchored by the contemporary art piece, The Rivers Monument, by B.C. First Nations artist Marianne Nicolson.

In 2014 YVR was voted Best Airport in North America in the 2014 Skytrax World Airport Awards and the 9th Best Airport in the World - the only North American airport to receive such an accolade. YVR’s commitment to safe and efficient airport operations, creating a compelling sense of place and caring for every customer has garnered these awards and is embedded in the design of the A-B Connector.

The expansion was built using funds collected from the Airport Improvement Fee, retail sales and airplane landing fees. The terminal areas remained open and operational during construction to ensure completion of the project in a practical and fiscally responsible way. The A-B Connector will be used primarily by WestJet, Central Mountain Air, Air North, Hawkair, Sunwing and Air Transat.

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served more than 19 million passengers in 2014. Fifty-three airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 110 non-stop destinations worldwide. YVR was voted Best Airport in North America, and Best Airport in the World for its size category of 10-20 million passengers, in the 2014 Skytrax World Airport Awards. Vancouver Airport Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2014 donated more than $900,000 to local organizations. We are committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor. For more information, please visit www.yvr.ca.

For further information:
YVR Media Relations
604.880.9815
media_relations@yvr.ca

Source - YVR: http://yvr.ca/en/flight-information/latest-information/15-01-13/YVR_Officially_Opens_Newly_Expanded_Domestic_Terminal.aspx

zahav
Jan 14, 2015, 2:28 AM
Here is a quick link to YVRs twitter, with lots of recent photos of the opening. Looks amazing! And great choice with Carls Jr., this is a great choice, and different from the usual A&B! This is one photo from the YVR blog, but check out Twitter for more

http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af328/its_me_josh1zahav84/January13YvrTerminal322841_zps83585e0b.jpg (http://s1020.photobucket.com/user/its_me_josh1zahav84/media/January13YvrTerminal322841_zps83585e0b.jpg.html)

https://twitter.com/yvrairport/media

Vagabond
Jan 15, 2015, 4:59 PM
Me too!! You bet I hope it happens!! Soon. :tup:

BIV's picked this up (http://www.biv.com/article/2015/1/yvr-likely-get-approval-transit-without-visa-progr/) and now says TWOV at YVR is "likely" before April.

In addition to South America, I think this could eventually lead to AC looking at a potential YVR-DEL non-stop as well. The lack of TWOV through Canadian airports has been one of the key reasons that previous attempts to crack the Indian market failed, and with this barrier removed, the lucrative California/Washington-India market could be opened up via YVR. That said, AC would likely have to bring back at least one mainline flight per day to/from LAX & SFO to attract premium passengers to this route (who might otherwise want to avoid RV.)

Also, I guess this would largely depends on how AC's DEL non-stop out of YYZ performs next winter. Fingers crossed! ;)

trofirhen
Jan 15, 2015, 5:54 PM
BIV's picked this up (http://www.biv.com/article/2015/1/yvr-likely-get-approval-transit-without-visa-progr/) and now says TWOV at YVR is "likely" before April.

In addition to South America, I think this could eventually lead to AC looking at a potential YVR-DEL non-stop as well. The lack of TWOV through Canadian airports has been one of the key reasons that previous attempts to crack the Indian market failed, and with this barrier removed, the lucrative California/Washington-India market could be opened up via YVR. That said, AC would likely have to bring back at least one mainline flight per day to/from LAX & SFO to attract premium passengers to this route (who might otherwise want to avoid RV.)

Also, I guess this would largely depends on how AC's DEL non-stop out of YYZ performs next winter. Fingers crossed! ;)

Good stuff. However, I think that regarding South America, AC will start no service from YVR.
That'll be left up to airlines like LANPeru, TAM, and so forth.

ACT7
Jan 15, 2015, 10:31 PM
Good stuff. However, I think that regarding South America, AC will start no service from YVR.
That'll be left up to airlines like LANPeru, TAM, and so forth.
Has this really been the biggest impediment to South American service from YVR? I can't help but think this is not the case. If the demand was there, service would have likely started already, no? This seems to be the same argument YYC management has been using to justify their behemoth airport expansion - that somehow airlines are waiting on the sidelines until some facility, process, or policy is implemented. Maybe I'm just being skeptical but the logical side of me just doesn't see this as a huge catalyst. I do think that IF an airline is looking to start YVR service to South America or India anyway, this is just something that's a nice to have.

Hourglass
Jan 16, 2015, 12:12 AM
Has this really been the biggest impediment to South American service from YVR? I can't help but think this is not the case. If the demand was there, service would have likely started already, no? This seems to be the same argument YYC management has been using to justify their behemoth airport expansion - that somehow airlines are waiting on the sidelines until some facility, process, or policy is implemented. Maybe I'm just being skeptical but the logical side of me just doesn't see this as a huge catalyst. I do think that IF an airline is looking to start YVR service to South America or India anyway, this is just something that's a nice to have.

There are rumors about CX launching HKG-MEX on airliners.net. Would make sense to route this via YVR given it already has a crew base and is less painful to transit than US hubs. TWOV would seem to be a good fit here

Johnny Aussie
Jan 16, 2015, 10:47 AM
Stats Canada has released total cargo volumes for 2013.

YVR still holding on to a solid #2 position. 2014 is looking like a really good year too.

List ranked by total cargo in tonnes for 2013 (airports with > 30,000 tonnes):

1) YYZ 345,533
2) YVR 194,317
3) YHM 86,542
4) YYC 81,392
5) YUL 77,005
6) YMX 64,251
7) YWG 60,255

After that a huge drop to the next airport (YHZ) which is well under 30,000 in 2013.

It's amazing how large some of the 2012 numbers were revised in the comparative table.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/51-203-x/2013000/t005-eng.htm

Vagabond
Jan 17, 2015, 6:22 AM
Has this really been the biggest impediment to South American service from YVR? I can't help but think this is not the case. If the demand was there, service would have likely started already, no? This seems to be the same argument YYC management has been using to justify their behemoth airport expansion - that somehow airlines are waiting on the sidelines until some facility, process, or policy is implemented. Maybe I'm just being skeptical but the logical side of me just doesn't see this as a huge catalyst. I do think that IF an airline is looking to start YVR service to South America or India anyway, this is just something that's a nice to have.

Can't speak much to South America, but I know (anecdotally) that a lot of Indian business travellers like AC's international product and would prefer to transit to/from US destinations via YYZ and YVR than, say, EWR or ORD, if it wasn't for the transit visa issue.

Also, I don't think you would need large #s of passengers to take advantage of TWOV to see an impact. A few extra passengers daily in business class (travelling from India to, say, LAX/SFO/SEA) would probably be sufficient to push a prospective YVR-DEL non-stop flight at least into spitting range of sustainability. It's not inconceivable that AC could pry away the necessary handful of Star Alliance loyalists from Lufthansa and/or United on these routes, and the back of the plane would pretty much fill itself with YVR traffic.

Johnny Aussie
Jan 17, 2015, 12:03 PM
KLM has earmarked YVR for the 787-900.

Perhaps as early as next year.

Nice!

Source is in Dutch.

http://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/2/airlines/eerste-klm-787-9-vlucht-naar-bahrein

Speaking of the 787-900.... just booked a trip to YVR in the summer on UA... Doing the nonstop MEL-LAX and vv.

Done the 787-800 already... Time to try out the 787-9.

Hopefully Air NZ will add the 787-900 to YVR soon as well. Had the pleasure of seeing that in AKL airport on both my recent flights there.

trofirhen
Jan 17, 2015, 1:37 PM
KLM has earmarked YVR for the 787-900.

Perhaps as early as next year.
Nice!
Source is in Dutch.

http://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/2/airlines/eerste-klm-787-9-vlucht-naar-bahrein
.................


It'll be great to se the last of those KLM DC-10s at YVR

Denscity
Jan 17, 2015, 4:28 PM
Exotic (to me at least) tail alert: Skyteam China Eastern in navy. Never seen one of those before.

deasine
Jan 17, 2015, 4:41 PM
KLM has earmarked YVR for the 787-900.

Perhaps as early as next year.

Hopefully Air NZ will add the 787-900 to YVR soon as well. Had the pleasure of seeing that in AKL airport on both my recent flights there.

2014-2015 Year of the Dreamliner!

Johnny Aussie
Jan 17, 2015, 11:53 PM
2014-2015 Year of the Dreamliner!

Which seems to be extending into 2015-2016.

trofirhen
Jan 18, 2015, 1:15 PM
double post

GeeCee
Jan 18, 2015, 1:59 PM
Which seems to be extending into 2015-2016.

Kind of like the Year of the Linux Desktop.. :)

connect2source
Jan 18, 2015, 9:06 PM
It'll be great to se the last of those KLM DC-10s at YVR

Those weren't DC-10's but MD-11's a much advanced and altered version of the previous model. KLM retired all their MD-11's in 2014 and were the world's last operator of the MD-11, hence no further passenger models are in operation.

So we're likely to see A330 and 777 metal until the 787s arrive.

trofirhen
Jan 18, 2015, 11:01 PM
Those weren't DC-10's but MD-11's a much advanced and altered version of the previous model. KLM retired all their MD-11's in 2014 and were the world's last operator of the MD-11, hence no further passenger models are in operation.

So we're likely to see A330 and 777 metal until the 787s arrive.
Thank you for correcting me on that. (The planes did sort of look similar to me, though, I have to admit) :blush:

thegx
Jan 19, 2015, 4:04 AM
Looks like YVR-ORD won't be returning this summer on WestJet. Service to Whitehorse is also dropping to 3/week.

Johnny Aussie
Jan 19, 2015, 8:40 AM
Looks like YVR-ORD won't be returning this summer on WestJet. Service to Whitehorse is also dropping to 3/week.

But there are plenty of routes seeing increases compared to last summer...

YYJ, YXT, YYZ, YQR, YXE, LAS are all seeing increases from what I can see so far.

Also, LAX pulling back to 2 daily only from 19 weekly. WS will be code sharing with both DL and AA on their two daily flights so WS selling 6 daily nonstops to LAX from YVR. So it looks like YVR-LAX continues to adjust to all the new capacity.

As its stands right now YVR-LAX will be 13 daily next summer (AC 5, WS 2, DL 2, AA 2, AS 1, UA 1)

Large Cat
Jan 19, 2015, 7:57 PM
KLM has earmarked YVR for the 787-900.

Perhaps as early as next year.

Nice!

Source is in Dutch.

http://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/2/airlines/eerste-klm-787-9-vlucht-naar-bahrein

Speaking of the 787-900.... just booked a trip to YVR in the summer on UA... Doing the nonstop MEL-LAX and vv.

Done the 787-800 already... Time to try out the 787-9.

Hopefully Air NZ will add the 787-900 to YVR soon as well. Had the pleasure of seeing that in AKL airport on both my recent flights there.

That's excellent.

trofirhen
Jan 19, 2015, 8:16 PM
Now ... if we could just get those Lima and São Paulo routes up and running later this year .....:rolleyes:

Johnny Aussie
Jan 20, 2015, 9:58 AM
China Airlines to launch the A350-900XWB on the TPE-YVR route in 2016.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/6290207/

This will probably be YVR's first A350 route.

craneSpotter
Jan 20, 2015, 8:16 PM
China Airlines to launch the A350-900XWB on the TPE-YVR route in 2016.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/6290207/

This will probably be YVR's first A350 route.

Sweet!

Denscity
Jan 20, 2015, 9:29 PM
So is a 350 basically a one storey 380 or is it bigger? How many seats in a 350? And it is a new plane I understand?

Klazu
Jan 20, 2015, 9:41 PM
See wikipedia. It's a 787 and 777 competitor with three variants.

Denscity
Jan 20, 2015, 11:14 PM
See wikipedia. It's a 787 and 777 competitor with three variants.

Ya I was on my phone on a Mexican beach when I posted that question. No access to a real computer to find the answer myself.

trofirhen
Jan 20, 2015, 11:49 PM
I notice that as of April, YYZ to Lima is becoming Air Canada Rouge.
Lima is the farthest West Of YYZ South America destinations, and closer to YVR than YYZ
I wonder if this might be an augur of thinks to come.
Hope so.
(although I notice TAM just added a GRU - YYZ run. This pretty much might choke Vancouver out, but Lima might be a start.)

casper
Jan 21, 2015, 5:42 AM
I notice that as of April, YYZ to Lima is becoming Air Canada Rouge.
Lima is the farthest West Of YYZ South America destinations, and closer to YVR than YYZ
I wonder if this might be an augur of thinks to come.
Hope so.
(although I notice TAM just added a GRU - YYZ run. This pretty much might choke Vancouver out, but Lima might be a start.)

It is not a favorite route of Air Canada. When they were short of wide bodies due to the Boeing delivery delays that was one of the routes they contracted a charter airline from Portugal to operate.

nname
Jan 21, 2015, 6:09 AM
Starting July 1st, ANA will use 787-8 for Vancouver - Tokyo Haneda route, instead of 767-300ER.

Source: http://airlineroute.net/2015/01/21/nh-s15intl/

Johnny Aussie
Jan 21, 2015, 7:33 AM
Starting July 1st, ANA will use 787-8 for Vancouver - Tokyo Haneda route, instead of 767-300ER.

Source: http://airlineroute.net/2015/01/21/nh-s15intl/

Excellent! Another upgrade. And a small bump in capacity. I was wondering when that one was going to happen.

Large Cat
Jan 21, 2015, 5:34 PM
Wow, so soon KLM, China Southern, Air Canada, ANA, JAL, maybe even Air New Zealand, so many 787s!

And soon an A350!

Now we just need to get an a380:cheers::yes::frog:

Denscity
Jan 21, 2015, 5:46 PM
Wow, so soon KLM, China Southern, Air Canada, ANA, JAL, maybe even Air New Zealand, so many 787s!

And soon an A350!

Now we just need to get an a380:cheers::yes::frog:

Thanks for the recap there are so many I was trying to remember them all. And cool about the 350. #newmetal

Johnny Aussie
Jan 23, 2015, 1:03 AM
YVR tweet

“@yvrairport: Húrra for @Icelandair! Thrilled that they will increase frequency at YVR to three times a week this summer: http://twitter.com/yvrairport/status/558315620991631360/photo/1”

So this summer FI will be flying Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays inbound and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays outbound. The new rotations are on Thursdays I/B and on Fridays O/B. That's a 50% increase of capacity on last summer. Sounds good when worded like that huh?

Europe Summer 2015 shaping up to be fairly good compared to last summer.... well the additions more than make up for the losses....to recap so far:

Losses:
5 weekly VS flights to LHR
TS pulled the 3 weekly FRA flights

Gains:
AF new 5 weekly to CDG
TS adding one additional weekly to LGW (ttl of 6 pw)
TS adding one additional weekly to AMS (ttl of 3 pw)
LX (op by Edelweiss - sounds sexier) one additional pw to ZRH (ttl of 3 pw)
FI adding one additional weekly to KEF (ttl of 3 pw)

LeftCoaster
Jan 23, 2015, 1:29 AM
Great to see Iceland Air upping their flights, would love to see that go daily some time. I visited Iceland in 2012 and couldn't recommend it more. It's mind numbingly expensive but the people are great and some of the scenery looks like it doesn't even belong on this planet. So cool.

One issue though, from the looks of Johnny's rundown that is an increase of only one flight per week, hardly big growth. Am I missing something? Will the new flights be on bigger planes?

Johnny Aussie
Jan 23, 2015, 2:00 AM
Great to see Iceland Air upping their flights, would love to see that go daily some time. I visited Iceland in 2012 and couldn't recommend it more. It's mind numbingly expensive but the people are great and some of the scenery looks like it doesn't even belong on this planet. So cool.

One issue though, from the looks of Johnny's rundown that is an increase of only one flight per week, hardly big growth. Am I missing something? Will the new flights be on bigger planes?

Yeah... Should have worded it differently... It's the difference in capacity of AF vs VS.
When Virgin and Transat axed LHR and FRA, that appeared to be a big whack to seats. Now these losses have been recovered, exceeded and frequency now > than 2014.

SFUVancouver
Jan 23, 2015, 11:55 PM
I used the new AB pier yesterday: it's nice, bright, and airy, and the arrival statement after coming through security is nice. There's not a lot of retail open yet and I'm surprised that they went with Carl's Jr. as the main fast food tenant since their food is pretty odorous, messy, and greasy, which aren't exactly the ideal traits for food that may be brought on board. I did find it a bit dark in places: some lights weren't turned on and in the odd place the only lights shine straight down onto dark carpet from recessed pot lights, and this doesn't results in a lot of ambient lighting. None the less, the new terminal is a huge improvement over the old AB pier connection. There's finally a 'there' there.

Johnny Aussie
Jan 24, 2015, 9:02 AM
Lots of chatter going on downunder that Qantas is going to announce a purchase of 787-900s. Of course one of the main speculations is this will open up SYD-YVR daily year-round. A perfect aircraft for this route. It seems inevitable that QF will restart YVR on a year-round basis IF these birds are purchased. Right now it's up to the 744ER to fly seasonally.

trofirhen
Jan 24, 2015, 12:18 PM
Lots of chatter going on downunder that Qantas is going to announce a purchase of 787-900s. Of course one of the main speculations is this will open up SYD-YVR daily year-round. A perfect aircraft for this route. It seems inevitable that QF will restart YVR on a year-round basis IF these birds are purchased. Right now it's up to the 744ER to fly seasonally.

Great!! Any mention of flights to Brisbane or Melbourne from YVR?

nname
Jan 24, 2015, 11:40 PM
Overheard on my flight today that BR will increase YVR-TPE to 5x weekly later this year but will replace the 747 with 777.

deasine
Jan 24, 2015, 11:41 PM
Overheard on my flight today that BR will increase YVR-TPE to 5x weekly later this year but will replace the 747 with 777.

That's good news if that's the case. The 777 ultimately has a much newer/better product, especially in J.

Johnny Aussie
Jan 25, 2015, 2:09 AM
That's good news if that's the case. The 777 ultimately has a much newer/better product, especially in J.

There are still a few unused frequencies available for Taiwanese carriers at their disposal so this allows BR to do this. It is a natural progression as carriers phase out the older aircraft to the newer ones. BR's 744s are leaving their fleet next year.

It's great to see 744s still flying into YVR... They are beautiful. In MEL we lost 744s for quite awhile but now see 3 weekly 744s on QF thanks to additional LAX flying. But... only a matter of time until they are gone :-(

teriyaki
Jan 25, 2015, 4:47 AM
There are still a few unused frequencies available for Taiwanese carriers at their disposal so this allows BR to do this. It is a natural progression as carriers phase out the older aircraft to the newer ones. BR's 744s are leaving their fleet next year.

It's great to see 744s still flying into YVR... They are beautiful. In MEL we lost 744s for quite awhile but now see 3 weekly 744s on QF thanks to additional LAX flying. But... only a matter of time until they are gone :-(

I knew the heading in to my last flight on BR's 744, it could likely be my last time on one. What makes BR's 747's special is they outfit the upperdeck with economy seats! So for a plane geek like me, its a rare chance to sit in the hump without shelling out the big bucks:notacrook:

Johnny Aussie
Jan 26, 2015, 7:51 AM
Delta increasing YVR-SEA to 5 daily for the summer scheds.

A new flight being added at 1530. The scheduled 1615 flight being pushed back to 1715.

DL's summer operations @ YVR increases to 12 daily. 13 on Wednesdays and 14 on Saturdays.

Johnny Aussie
Jan 26, 2015, 11:02 PM
What a great way to finish off 2014.

Total passengers for 2014 -----> 19,358,203 up 1,386,000 from 2013
December was 1,591,206 up almost 100,000 from Dec 2013.

http://yvr.ca/Libraries/Aviation_Marketing/rpt_Traffic_Update.sflb.ashx

Overall up 6.6% in December
Overall up 7.7% for the year

Transborder and Europe had a particularly strong December.
Misc int'l showed a small decrease (down ~ 140 pax).

And look at those cargo figures. Up 27.6% in December and 12.6% for the year.

Henbo
Jan 26, 2015, 11:24 PM
Total passengers for 2014 -----> 19,358,203 up 1,386,000 from 2013

Overall up 7.7% for the year


:cheers:

Johnny, do you think we'll be able to hit 20 million in 2015?

SFUVancouver
Jan 26, 2015, 11:57 PM
What a great way to finish off 2014.

Total passengers for 2014 -----> 19,358,203 up 1,386,000 from 2013
December was 1,591,206 up almost 100,000 from Dec 2013.

http://yvr.ca/Libraries/Aviation_Marketing/rpt_Traffic_Update.sflb.ashx

Overall up 6.6% in December
Overall up 7.7% for the year

Transborder and Europe had a particularly strong December.
Misc int'l showed a small decrease (down ~ 140 pax).

And look at those cargo figures. Up 27.6% in December and 12.6% for the year.

Thanks for the update. What a year for YVR!

A nice silver lining of not quite getting to 20 million pax is that YVR still qualifies for the SkyTrax 'Best Airport 10-20M passengers' category, in which it has placed extremely well for a number of years (1st place globally in that category for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2007).

craneSpotter
Jan 27, 2015, 3:28 AM
^hmm, you're right! They should be a shoe-in for at least one more.

I'm thinking with the dollar vrs. the greenback we should see strong numbers for YVR-LA area due to an increase in filming activity. However, quick flight price checks show that it is still often much cheaper to fly to places like Vegas out of BLI for the price sensitive.