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SpongeG
Dec 11, 2007, 2:29 AM
I wonder if the Kingfisher situation could be comparable to Virgin. I don't think they have a beer but of course they have soft drinks (among a whole lot of other things) and an airline.

And speaking of Virgin and airplanes, I was watching the DVD of Casino Royale the other day and noticed for a brief second you can see Richard Branson at the metal detector at the Miami airport in one scene. It's really random. Completely off topic but anybody know what the deal with that is?

He wanted a cameo?

didn't they use a virgin plane?

i forget

i flew virgin from london to joburg in 2002 - it was pretty nice - nice service

mr.x
Dec 11, 2007, 3:27 AM
sweet article, it's all quite impressive. And they're planning to start construction on a $4-billion 12,000 foot out to sea runway in 2025. It'll take 10 years to fill in the ocean.

One thing i noticed is that they said construction on a further extension to the West Chevron would start in 2011. that sounds like the planned phase II, which is suppose to start this year and finish in 2009...have they changed plans?

Nutterbug
Dec 11, 2007, 4:52 AM
Wouldn't it be more prudent to start expanding the Boundary Bay airport and transfer some of the YVR traffic to it, possibly even phasing it in as the area's main airport over time, since there is room to expand over there?

SpongeG
Dec 11, 2007, 5:02 AM
abbotsford would be better in that scenario wouldn't it?

Nutterbug
Dec 11, 2007, 5:03 AM
abbotsford would be better in that scenario wouldn't it?

A bit too far, I think.

mr.x
Dec 11, 2007, 5:15 AM
A bit too far, I think.

Abbotsford would be the likely candidate for being the second YVR of the Lower Mainland. YVR would serve the western half, while Abbotsford would serve the eastern half - considering that's where the majority of the region's future population growth will be (and it's right next to Surrey).

Boundary Bay is one of the busiest airports in Canada, but it's mostly for private and business planes. Abbotsford on the other hand is a much more airline/passenger airport.

That said though, Boundary Bay is probably a better location for future expansion....it's right next to the water, surrounded by farmland....not that Abbotsford isn't surrounded by farmland as well, but the farms are a bit more compact.

excel
Dec 11, 2007, 11:38 AM
thanks for the article.

mr.x
Dec 15, 2007, 1:17 AM
Cathay Pacific Airbus with 290 people on board makes emergency landing at YVR
Friday, December 14 - 03:46:50 PM News1130 Staff

RICHMOND (NEWS1130) - An Airbus has made an emergency landing at YVR this evening, after reporting a flap problem shortly after taking off.. The flight has 290 people on board including passengers and crew. The Cathay Pacific Airbus was leaving for Hong Kong from YVR when the pilot dispatched tower with the emergency, and began dumping fuel prior to landing. The plane successfully touched down at YVR at 5:00pm.

Richmond RCMP had shut down many of the bridges around the airport in anticipation for the emergency, but reopened all of the routes before the plane began its approach. TRAFFIC CLOSURES: Moray Bridge, Dismore Bridge, #2 Road Bridge, Airport Connector Bridge (Westbound), and Arthur Lang Bridge (Southbound) are all closed.




If that had happened earlier this morning and if i had gone to the train unveiling in Richmond, oh the horrors.....would've missed my final.

anyhow, it's good to know that they made a safe landing.

edit: i'm going to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific in two weeks.....and i just realized this plane that had to make an emergency landing was also a Hong Kong bound Cathay flight. o_o

SpongeG
Dec 15, 2007, 7:06 AM
don't watch final destination in the next two weeks than

mr.x
Dec 15, 2007, 8:37 AM
don't watch final destination in the next two weeks than

I watched Final Destination 3, with the subway train crashing and all...:sly: .....which was filmed at my old high school.

SpongeG
Dec 16, 2007, 5:57 AM
they are so brutal

worst was the one where they dude gets the window dropped on him :O

SpongeG
Dec 16, 2007, 5:58 AM
Air Canada flying daily to Australia

Air Canada has launched a daily non-stop service from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia -- the only direct daily service between Canada and Australia.

The inaugural Toronto-Vancouver-Sydney flight on the airline's new flagship Boeing 777 was scheduled to take off from Vancouver International Airport just before midnight Friday.

The new non-stop routing from Vancouver will take about 15 hours southbound and 14 hours northbound, shaving more than three hours off the previous one-stop routing via Honolulu.

A new Boeing 777-200LR will fly the route starting in February, providing a significant increase in the amount of cargo that can be transported between Canada and Australia.

Travel between the two countries continues to grow, with about 200,000 Australians visiting Canada last year and 110,000 Canadians travelling to Australia.

Tourism BC figures show 177,000 Australians came to Canada during the first nine months of this year -- up 8.5 per cent from last year.

Travel to the southern hemisphere from Vancouver has become easier recently as Air New Zealand last month launched a new year-round, non-stop service from Vancouver to Auckland.

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=b0c8a5ab-0adc-4cec-b9f6-a3cf22c390e9

muzhav84
Dec 16, 2007, 11:40 PM
The Link building is now open. the escalators are still blocked off, as last minute construction is still being done on the upstairs level. but the main glass building (rotunda?), with first nations artwork, sculptures, and water features is open to the public. it is actually a very nice space, there are benches around the central area where the art is, and multicoloured lights all up the glass wall. passengers were already taking pics and relaxing in the rotunda. check it out if you're in the airport.

mr.x
Dec 17, 2007, 12:05 AM
The Link building is now open. the escalators are still blocked off, as last minute construction is still being done on the upstairs level. but the main glass building (rotunda?), with first nations artwork, sculptures, and water features is open to the public. it is actually a very nice space, there are benches around the central area where the art is, and multicoloured lights all up the glass wall. passengers were already taking pics and relaxing in the rotunda. check it out if you're in the airport.

Sounds awesome, thx. I'll definitely check it out in two few weeks...flying to Hong Kong.

en2
Dec 17, 2007, 4:51 AM
Here are some pictures of the new YVR Link building that "links" the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal.

The Link building consists of lots of offices for YVR (that you can't really see), expanded international check-in and the gateway for the Canada Line Airport station.

The 2nd floor of the atrium was not open. I think they will open that when the Canada Line station is completed.

My opinion is that the atrium looks really big from the outside but is actually quite small from the inside. You would think that the atrium would cover the new check-in counters so I am a little bit disappointed.

What should have been built is an atrium similar to the one at Surrey's Central City....(talk about the wrong building in the wrong place...)

Also there this thread seems to be lacking pictures, so there are other pictures of the Domestic Terminal and International Terminal.

The pictures are out of order. For a more organized description go to http://ngaie.blogspot.com

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4950.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4952.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4954.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4957.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4959.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4960.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4962.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4963.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4965.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4966.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4970.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4972.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4975.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4976.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4978.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4979.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4981.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4982.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4983.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4986.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4989.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4990.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4991.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4993.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4994.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4995.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4998.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4999.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5000.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5001.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5005.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5006.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5007.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5010.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5011.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5013.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5015.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5017.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_5019.jpg

mr.x
Dec 17, 2007, 5:05 AM
^ omg....wow. i love the contrast the wood roof makes, and the glass atrium is awesome.

Canadian Mind
Dec 17, 2007, 5:15 AM
While YVR is very "warm" and cozy-like with regards to it's architecture, just looking at the pictures makes me feel cramped. Pearson international had alot more natural light coming in through the roof and a much higher roof, giving the place a more airy and spacious feel, something I appreciated.

SpongeG
Dec 17, 2007, 5:30 AM
yeah but its in TO

lol

raggedy13
Dec 17, 2007, 5:38 AM
Great pics. We've got a sweet airport.

Canadian Mind
Dec 17, 2007, 6:24 AM
yeah but its in TO

lol

I know, wish we could steal it from them. :P

What I was trying to get at was that I would find more open space in YVR appealing.

MistyMountainHop
Dec 17, 2007, 6:44 AM
While YVR is very "warm" and cozy-like with regards to it's architecture, just looking at the pictures makes me feel cramped. Pearson international had alot more natural light coming in through the roof and a much higher roof, giving the place a more airy and spacious feel, something I appreciated.

Yeah, but they have way too much white (Not enough colour). It looks like, well, an airport.

nname
Dec 17, 2007, 6:55 AM
While YVR is very "warm" and cozy-like with regards to it's architecture, just looking at the pictures makes me feel cramped. Pearson international had alot more natural light coming in through the roof and a much higher roof, giving the place a more airy and spacious feel, something I appreciated.
I'm pretty sure no matter how they build it, we won't get that much more sunlight during winter...

Canadian Mind
Dec 17, 2007, 7:13 AM
Yeah, but they have way too much white (Not enough colour). It looks like, well, an airport.

combine the colour and materials of Vancouver with the space of Toronto? :shrug:

I'm pretty sure no matter how they build it, we won't get that much more sunlight during winter...

Natural lighting really makes a place feel more open, regardless of whether it is sunshine or cloud-cover. I never really appreciated this fact until I was in Pearson's domestic wing.

mr.x
Dec 17, 2007, 8:36 AM
i think the Link Building would've looked better had they continued the green/white roof layout they started with the international terminal:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4986.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/mindstorms32/YVR/IMG_4966.jpg


Doesn't make sense in my opinion why they didn't continue it, it looks awkward. Same with the flooring, unless they're planning to re-do the floors of the international terminal.

muzhav84
Dec 18, 2007, 1:17 AM
with regards to the cramped feel of YVR, it is really only limited to very few sections (eg. level 1 domestic, an area with not much traffic and mostly services such as clinic and dentist, and the "retail street" of the domestic terminal, which is supposed to be like a main st. area, and where the "cozy" feel is encouraged). outside of these retail areas, there is tons of natural light and open space.

all other areas of the terminal (all of the international building, checkin and behind security, intl food court, transborder area / hotel lobby, all of the domestic checkin area, etc..) have very high ceilings and lots of natural light.

giallo
Dec 18, 2007, 2:19 AM
Fantastic addition!

en2
Dec 18, 2007, 6:13 AM
with regards to the cramped feel of YVR, it is really only limited to very few sections (eg. level 1 domestic, an area with not much traffic and mostly services such as clinic and dentist, and the "retail street" of the domestic terminal, which is supposed to be like a main st. area, and where the "cozy" feel is encouraged). outside of these retail areas, there is tons of natural light and open space.

all other areas of the terminal (all of the international building, checkin and behind security, intl food court, transborder area / hotel lobby, all of the domestic checkin area, etc..) have very high ceilings and lots of natural light.

The US departures area is actually very very open and wide and not even fully used. It was the first section that they expanded after opening the International Terminal in 1996. Seems to be the least used area of the airport...

Back then Canadian Airlines was still around and they were planning on building an Asia-Pacific hub at YVR with the help of their alliance partner American Airlines. Because AA doesn't have any Asia routes, the plan was to funnel AA traffic from US to board CP flights onward to Asia.

I thought the atrium of the Link building would have extended over the check-in areas like Central City in Surrey, now that would have been awesome...

SpongeG
Dec 18, 2007, 6:37 AM
The US departures area is actually very very open and wide and not even fully used. It was the first section that they expanded after opening the International Terminal in 1996. Seems to be the least used area of the airport...

Back then Canadian Airlines was still around and they were planning on building an Asia-Pacific hub at YVR with the help of their alliance partner American Airlines. Because AA doesn't have any Asia routes, the plan was to funnel AA traffic from US to board CP flights onward to Asia.

I thought the atrium of the Link building would have extended over the check-in areas like Central City in Surrey, now that would have been awesome...


if you go in cruise season they often use that big vast empty space for people who have arrived or are leaving for a cruise - they set up lines with the cruise ship names etc... and some tables to check in i guess

found that out when i had to go there to drop someone off and loads of time to roam about

I don't think that what it was intended for but has come in handy

excel
Dec 18, 2007, 11:56 AM
Thanks for posting all the pics.

excel
Dec 25, 2007, 9:19 PM
From YVR newsletter:

December 2007

Kingfisher Airlines Announces Vancouver-Delhi Route


Delhi-based Kingfisher Airlines plans to operate the first non-stop flight between Delhi and Vancouver as soon as possible.

This is another exciting piece of news that came from Premier Gordon Campbell's trade mission to Asia at the end of November.

It's expected that the non-stop service will reduce travel time between Delhi and Vancouver from approximately 25 hours to 15 hours. Non-stop service will mean convenient travel between Delhi and Vancouver, and will strengthen cultural, business and tourism links between Canada and India, one of the world's fastest-growing economies.

Every month, thousands of people travel between BC and India, and that number will only grow as tourists and business travellers alike take advantage of Kingfisher's new service when it begins.

Currently, Delhi is the largest international market not served by a non-stop flight from Vancouver, so this service will be a welcome addition to YVR.

About Kingfisher Airlines:

A young airline, Kingfisher was founded in 2005, and is operated by Dr. Vijay Mallya, a successful business leader and Member of Parliament in India.
Kingfisher is owned by United Beverages Group, the third-largest spirits company in the world. You may have sipped a bottle of Kingfisher beer.
Kingfisher is India's largest domestic airline, connecting 69 cities and offering more than 570 flights daily with a fleet of 78 aircraft.
The airline has ordered several Airbus A340-500s which would be ideal for non-stop operations between Vancouver and Delhi.
Check future editions of Air Mail and the Latest Information section of our web site for updates on when this service will begin.

Questions? Comments? Email airmail@yvr.ca.

excel
Dec 25, 2007, 9:20 PM
From YVR newsletter:

December 2007

YVR Signs Agreement with China Southern Airlines


British Columbia's role as Canada's Pacific Gateway was strengthened during Premier Gordon Campbell's recent trade mission to Asia, where YVR signed an agreement with China Southern Airlines that will see the first flights between Vancouver and Guangzhou begin July 2009.

The Premier was accompanied on the mission by representatives from the Airport Authority. These included Tony Gugliotta, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Development, who signed a memorandum of understanding with China Southern Airlines at a bilateral meeting on November 29.

Currently, citizens of Guangzhou must travel either to Shanghai or Beijing to take advantage of air services to Vancouver, or alternatively transit through Hong Kong. Direct air service will allow greater ease and comfort for the many travelers moving between our two provinces, which have been sister provinces since 1995.

China is B.C.'s second-largest trading partner, and the top source of immigrants to B.C. Increased Asia-Pacific air travel through YVR is a key economic generator: Each time an Asia-Pacific air service operated by a foreign carrier and local crew lands at YVR close to 795 hours of employment are generated. The new China Southern Airlines service will strengthen these existing business and cultural connections between the two provinces.

About China Southern Airlines:


The carrier was originally part of the Civil Aviation Authority of China before it was broken up in into three major carriers - Air China, China Southern, China Eastern and a number of smaller regional airlines, with China Southern the largest of the three.
China Southern operates a fleet of 300 aircraft, and currently flies to Europe, Australia and intra-Asia, and one North American destination, Los Angeles.
The first of its 10 Boeing 787s, which will fly the new Vancouver- Guangzhou route, will be delivered in July 2008.

Questions? Comments? Email airmail@yvr.ca.

muzhav84
Dec 27, 2007, 5:50 AM
Air India plans to extend its international routes by early 2008

Thursday, December 27, 2007 (10:00 IST)
By Anita Jain | Mumbai

India's national carrier, Air India (AI) has decided to spread its wings to new international destinations by early 2008 with the introduction of direct flights between Delhi and JFK in New York in February 2008. The airline is also planning to start non-stop flights to San Francisco and Chicago in April and August 2008, respectively, according to D Kishore, Commercial Manager - Western India, Air India. "We are also considering the expansion of our route network in Australia, Africa and Europe," informed Kishore. AI has already introduced two new direct flights to Singapore and Hong Kong in October, 2007. The airline will have flights from Mumbai to Chicago and is considering either Mumbai or Bangalore for flights to San Francisco. "If we select Bangalore, than we will have to provide a feeder service from Chennai and Hyderabad," Kishore pointed out, adding that the airline intends to open up new routes in United States, apart from connecting JFK with the Indian cities.

Apart from the non-stop services to San Francisco and Chicago, Air India is looking to connect Houston. Besides, it is also considering starting direct flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. "We are planning to extend the Mumbai-JFK flight to Houston. We are also planning to connect Vancouver in Canada, which is another hot route on our connectivity map," stated Kishore. Considering a growing market for Group Individual Travellers (GITs), leisure and corporate segments from Western India, Air India is also mulling on starting flights to Rome in Italy. "We may integrate the complete route connectivity between Mumbai-Rome-Paris-New Delhi- Mumbai," stated Kishore.

The airline is looking to expand their operations in Africa by increasing connectivity in terms of number of cities and flights. In the long run, AI may have direct flights to Switzerland, Spain, Latin America and Australia. Currently it has a code share agreement with Cathy Pacific airlines and Qantas Airways from Singapore and Hong Kong for the Australia route. "The Australian market is huge and we can fly thrice a week with full occupancy," added Kishore. AI will be receiving 14 brand new Boeing 777 aircrafts, besides it will also be adding 10 new Airbus 321 aircrafts to its fleet by mid-2009, with a whopping investment of USD 9.6 billion.

http://www.travelbizmonitor.com/articleDetails.aspx?id=1838&sectionid=36&name=Top%20Stories

Coldrsx
Dec 27, 2007, 3:45 PM
well done YVR...those are some big-time flight additions, congrats!

Delirium
Jan 4, 2008, 4:27 AM
here's a recent pic of the link building

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2074/2160744146_674ca224be_o.jpg
from www.flickr.com

MistyMountainHop
Jan 4, 2008, 5:16 AM
^ Beautiful.

Jacques
Jan 4, 2008, 5:53 AM
here's a recent pic of the link building

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2074/2160744146_674ca224be_o.jpg
from www.flickr.com

Now you truly caught my eyes, I have to go there this weekend just to see it for myself, it is truly a beautiful design, thanks for the preview:tup:

deasine
Jan 4, 2008, 6:20 AM
looks magical =)

vanman
Jan 4, 2008, 7:06 AM
I thought it looked kind of cheesy during the day but at night, wow.

deasine
Jan 4, 2008, 7:18 AM
wow imagine when the Canada Line opens... passengers depart from the trains and walk across the pedestrian overpass to the Link building, seeing that scene.

excel
Jan 4, 2008, 6:15 PM
Great picture, thanks.

twoNeurons
Jan 4, 2008, 7:36 PM
I was just there the other day... it really really stands out.

mr.x
Jan 9, 2008, 3:23 AM
it's a bit small....still impresive however. it would've been better if they had gotten a better quality totem pole. it looks like as if it's made out of plastic.

vanman
Jan 9, 2008, 3:28 AM
^ I completely agree with you. Those blue and green panels as well look plasticy, they should have used metal with a high gloss finish.

mr.x
Jan 14, 2008, 8:41 AM
pictures by Tafryn:
http://www.seataf.com/blogs/canadaline/2008-01-11/images/KICX5517.jpg

http://www.seataf.com/blogs/canadaline/2008-01-11/images/KICX5516.jpg

http://www.seataf.com/blogs/canadaline/2008-01-11/images/KICX5533.jpg

excel
Jan 14, 2008, 10:08 PM
sweet^

deasine
Jan 15, 2008, 12:25 AM
those who have been at the Link building knows it looks much better in-person than on pictures. Complete different feeling. =)

mr.x
Jan 15, 2008, 12:48 AM
those who have been at the Link building knows it looks much better in-person than on pictures. Complete different feeling. =)

imo, the fake-looking totem pole kinda ruins the atrium interior.

deasine
Jan 15, 2008, 2:56 AM
imo, the fake-looking totem pole kinda ruins the atrium interior.

very true... and there are some nice looking totem poles they could have moved from other parts of the airport...

mr.x
Jan 16, 2008, 4:05 AM
a few pics by Tafryn:


the fake-looking pole i was talking about. it doesn't look half-bad in picture, but in person i find that it ruins the atrium.
http://www.seataf.com/blogs/canadaline/2008-01-14/images/KICX5676.jpg



and of course, the future Canada Line entrance at the second level.
http://www.seataf.com/blogs/canadaline/2008-01-14/images/KICX5677.jpg
http://www.seataf.com/blogs/canadaline/2008-01-14/images/KICX5678.jpg

excel
Jan 16, 2008, 6:01 AM
Thanks for the pictures, i like the celing.

deasine
Jan 16, 2008, 6:10 AM
I hope to see a similar looking ceiling at the YVR-Airport station. But that's probably not going to happen though.

I also hope to see multi-lingual signs at the YVR-Airport station and have lots of signs at the airport for "Trains to Downtown Vancouver/Richmond" around the entire airport.

mr.x
Jan 16, 2008, 6:18 AM
Thanks for the pictures, i like the celing.

the ceiling lighting feature is nice, but the white roof is a little dissapointing as well. if you look closely, in person, you will see that it's basically the same material as an office floor roof:
http://www.handpicked-interiors.co.uk/users/www.handpicked-interiors.co.uk/upload/office%20interior.jpg



I hope to see a similar looking ceiling at the YVR-Airport station. But that's probably not going to happen though.

I also hope to see multi-lingual signs at the YVR-Airport station and have lots of signs at the airport for "Trains to Downtown Vancouver/Richmond" around the entire airport.

a similar looking roof for YVR Station? that's a bit too much. i'd like a simple and elegant design...and from what i can see in the renderings, it looks like it will be a glass roof - a huge sun roof.

They're starting to couple Chinese signs with the French and English signs....only a matter of time before we take over this place.... :D

SpongeG
Jan 16, 2008, 6:23 AM
that pole looks weird cause they did it in the airport colour scheme

kinda weird

Overground
Jan 16, 2008, 7:45 AM
I really don't know what to make of the laser beam.

mr.x
Jan 16, 2008, 8:11 AM
I really don't know what to make of the laser beam.

almost looks like the pole is being sliced in half right in front of you.:D

Jacques
Jan 16, 2008, 10:26 AM
almost looks like the pole is being sliced in half right in front of you.:D
I truly don't get this one, why on earth couldn't they not commission a real totem by a BC band artist, they are enough well renowned and awesome BC first Nation artist here????????:shrug: :shrug: :shrug: :shrug: :koko: :koko: :koko:

Hed Kandi
Jan 16, 2008, 11:59 AM
JD Power 2007: North American Airport Ratings


Large Airports
http://www.jdpower.com/travel/ratings/airport-ratings/large


Medium Airports --- YVR Vancouver
http://www.jdpower.com/travel/ratings/airport-ratings/medium


Small Airports
http://www.jdpower.com/travel/ratings/airport-ratings/small

FFX-ME
Jan 16, 2008, 12:57 PM
All canadian airports got the lowest rationg possible

giallo
Jan 16, 2008, 2:11 PM
Kansas City must have some kind of airport! It got a perfect rating. I'm surprised by how low Vancouver scored. It was the lowest rated out of all mid-sized airports.

clooless
Jan 16, 2008, 5:16 PM
Kansas City must have some kind of airport! It got a perfect rating. I'm surprised by how low Vancouver scored. It was the lowest rated out of all mid-sized airports.

I was sort of surprised by that as well, although I have read comments on travel sites with airport ratings that a lot of travelers are frustrated with the endless construction at the airport, and the dismal, rundown condition of the Air Canada side of the domestic terminal.

Personally, I think the parkade needs to be expanded (and cleaned once in a while for that matter), and I really think the domestic baggage claim area needs to be brightened up a lot as it's so freaking dark. The carpets are also worn in a lot of the airport, even in sections of the fairly new international terminal.

deasine
Jan 17, 2008, 12:15 AM
I really never liked the carpets at YVR - they look so deep, dark, and heavy - just ruins the entire design scheme. Hopefully the inject more life in the airport's flooring that actually match the current logo.

mr.x
Jan 17, 2008, 12:28 AM
I was sort of surprised by that as well, although I have read comments on travel sites with airport ratings that a lot of travelers are frustrated with the endless construction at the airport, and the dismal, rundown condition of the Air Canada side of the domestic terminal.

Personally, I think the parkade needs to be expanded (and cleaned once in a while for that matter), and I really think the domestic baggage claim area needs to be brightened up a lot as it's so freaking dark. The carpets are also worn in a lot of the airport, even in sections of the fairly new international terminal.

I agree....the baggage claim areas for both the domestic and international terminals are also crowded, particularly the international terminal. It's even worse with the low ceiling they have.

There's no way the customs/border agents gates and international baggage claim area can handle future airport growth. It's going to be really crowded there. And the international arrivals area is also way too small....needs to be at least 3x the size of what it is today.

SpongeG
Jan 17, 2008, 12:37 AM
maybe the new terminal will help

clooless
Jan 17, 2008, 12:56 AM
I agree....the baggage claim areas for both the domestic and international terminals are also crowded, particularly the international terminal. It's even worse with the low ceiling they have.

There's no way the customs/border agents gates and international baggage claim area can handle future airport growth. It's going to be really crowded there. And the international arrivals area is also way too small....needs to be at least 3x the size of what it is today.

Yes! Here I thought I was the only one. Even a few years ago when I returned from Vegas at midnight we were waiting in the upstairs hallway because the customs and immigration hall is so freaking narrow. If you get two or three flights arriving around the same time it completely backs up. The architects really didn't design a customs hall to accommodate 25 million passengers a year. :mad:

When I met my girlfriend at the international arrivals area it was also packed with friends, relatives and loved ones anxiously awaiting their arrival. Growth just was not factored into the design at all.

SpongeG
Jan 17, 2008, 1:04 AM
aren't all airports like that?

the arrivals areas are always crowded

I have never been to one where its not full of people waiting

mr.x
Jan 17, 2008, 1:06 AM
maybe the new terminal will help

my hope is that today's existing international terminal will become the trans-border terminal to the states (it should be large enough for present and future growth) and the future new terminal east of the Fairmont hotel would be the new international terminal that actually has growth in mind.

Talk about tiny:
http://www.johnnyjet.com/image/PicForNewsletterVancouverApril2007P1040418.JPG

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/168/485933880_5d1c17cb1a.jpg?v=0

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/9/17044045_fc748b9ebf.jpg?v=0


The tiny arrivals area:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/16/21185127_b177f5b296_m.jpg




This is the domestic baggage claim (which looks nearly the same as the international baggage claim area)...one thing that shocks me is how this area is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/17/21604191_3755c03758.jpg?v=0

MistyMountainHop
Jan 17, 2008, 1:20 AM
This is the domestic baggage claim (which looks nearly the same as the international baggage claim area)...one thing that shocks me is how this area is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/17/21604191_3755c03758.jpg?v=0

So? It's nice to not have to wait for your bags if you're meeting someone at the airport. You're just as likely to have your bag stolen by a passenger than by any random person.

zivan56
Jan 17, 2008, 1:25 AM
^^ But it's very less likely to happen at international, especially if you have to pass through customs. They could demand, for example, to show your ticket for the baggage...or search it and find a couple of kilos of drugs.

mr.x
Jan 17, 2008, 1:37 AM
^^ But it's very less likely to happen at international, especially if you have to pass through customs. They could demand, for example, to show your ticket for the baggage...or search it and find a couple of kilos of drugs.

precisely. ideally, they should install a glass wall or something and have someone check tickets at the door so that they can get in and claim their baggage....this should be done, especially with the Canada Line arriving.

we're the only airport to not do that.

SpongeG
Jan 17, 2008, 1:41 AM
my hope is that today's existing international terminal will become the trans-border terminal to the states (it should be large enough for present and future growth) and the future new terminal east of the Fairmont hotel would be the new international terminal that actually has growth in mind.

Talk about tiny:
http://www.johnnyjet.com/image/PicForNewsletterVancouverApril2007P1040418.JPG

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/168/485933880_5d1c17cb1a.jpg?v=0

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/9/17044045_fc748b9ebf.jpg?v=0


The tiny arrivals area:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/16/21185127_b177f5b296_m.jpg




This is the domestic baggage claim (which looks nearly the same as the international baggage claim area)...one thing that shocks me is how this area is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/17/21604191_3755c03758.jpg?v=0

I had to wait in smaller areas in heathrow and gatwick, cincinnati and johanesburg

that looks quite palatial in comparison

maybe the immigration people need to lighten up and spend less time with passengers?

my trip through gatwick was quick - the line up was fairly long but the time with the desk was like literally 2 minutes or less

when i got back to vancouver - they must have kept for more than 5 minutes

mr.x
Jan 17, 2008, 2:04 AM
^ at Hong Kong, i had to wait 30 secs to get through immigration....but then, i guess it helps if you're a Hong Kong Resident. :D even before getting my resident card, it was like 1 minute at the most. And the Hong Kong arrivals area is about 15 times larger than ours.

Immigration Canada is just too harsh. It was weird, as I was waiting in line to get through immigration i noticed that all of the Arab-looking passengers took a much longer time to get through. o_o With my family, it took us about 2 minutes.

giallo
Jan 17, 2008, 3:08 AM
^ In December, I got through HK immigration in about 15 seconds.....and I only hold a Canadian passport. It's crazy how efficient they are there.

mr.x
Jan 17, 2008, 3:15 AM
^ In December, I got through HK immigration in about 15 seconds.....and I only hold a Canadian passport. It's crazy how efficient they are there.

lol, well it was around 30 secs...might've been shorter that that. They opened my passport, looked at my face and compared it with the passport photo, punched a few keys in the computer, scanned my passport barcode, and then stamped my passport, and then they let me go through. :D

yea, Chinese efficiency is amazing.

zivan56
Jan 17, 2008, 3:50 AM
If you want to see a small customs area, go to Munich international. There is an escalator that goes down to a room no bigger than the average downtown bedroom. The worst part is if too many people enter it at once, there is a chance you could get stuck on a moving escalator and not be able to get off. I am not a claustrophobic person, but it was a horrible experience with so many people crammed in there...some person was having a mental breakdown near me...
But yes, both US and Canadian customs are a pain in the ass, I've traveled to a bunch of places worldwide and have never experienced the inconvenience that I experience here. I have a Canadian passport, but they treat me like my name is on a watch list.

Hourglass
Jan 17, 2008, 4:21 AM
Actually, I've never found Vancouver's immigration that bad -- although I've heard lots of complaints. I agree the arrivals area is way too small and congested -- especially when whole families come out to greet their loved ones. But I'll take YVR over practically any American airport, many European facilities, and quite a few Asian ones too.

You guys zipping through HKIA are lucky. It can get very backed up during peak periods for non-residents. I've had business colleagues waiting up to 30 minutes to clear immigration. Of course, with the biometric scans, HK residents zip through very quickly...

deasine
Jan 17, 2008, 4:38 AM
Aren't there less costly ways in making the area larger... As of currently, according to the pictures (I haven't air traveled in a while), the layout is like this:

http://members.shaw.ca/clauf/e.PNG

Edit: that diagram didn't turn out right.
Edit2: Picture Upload

SpongeG
Jan 17, 2008, 4:45 AM
when i came through it was november 11 and it was just on 11 am

so at 11 am they turned off the luggage thing where it comes up before you go through customs...

and we had the minute of silence

and than they forgot to turn it back on - so i and a few others waited about 10 minutes before someone got fed up and went and asked them to turn it back on and they were like oh yah

and finally it comes back on

and than customs was so slow turned what could have been 10 minutes into 30 or so

mr.x
Jan 17, 2008, 5:01 AM
Aren't there less costly ways in making the area larger... As of currently, according to the pictures (I haven't air traveled in a while), the layout is like this:

http://members.shaw.ca/clauf/e.PNG

Edit: that diagram didn't turn out right.
Edit2: Picture Upload

you're a genius...problem solved.:tup: :haha: but what about the international baggage claim area?

vanman
Jan 17, 2008, 5:21 AM
I really don't know what to make of the laser beam.

Who puts a friggin laser beam on a totem pole. What a disgrace to native culture. It probably looks cool at night though.

raggedy13
Jan 17, 2008, 5:53 AM
In all likelihood it was a native artist who designed the totom pole, laser beams and all. It is probably just his style to try new modern takes on the traditional style (which at this point is pretty well a cliche in Vancouver)... something like Brian Jungen with his supercool masks...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ec/Prototype_For_New_Understanding.jpg

eduardo88
Jan 17, 2008, 7:32 AM
This is the domestic baggage claim (which looks nearly the same as the international baggage claim area)...one thing that shocks me is how this area is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/17/21604191_3755c03758.jpg?v=0

It doesnt matter that it's open to the public...the reason the international one is closed off is because you have to pass customs control for you baggage (if you have to declare something and for random searches of undeclared baggage). when travelling domestically theres no customs control, hence no need to close off the baggage claim area

deasine
Jan 17, 2008, 7:34 AM
you're a genius...problem solved.:tup: :haha: but what about the international baggage claim area?

That will be needing expensive renovations within the airport or placed somewhere else. I need to see the plans of the area or pictures before I can think of it =P

osirisboy
Jan 17, 2008, 6:37 PM
precisely. ideally, they should install a glass wall or something and have someone check tickets at the door so that they can get in and claim their baggage....this should be done, especially with the Canada Line arriving.

we're the only airport to not do that.

umm, no we arent (ottawa comes to mind). i have never noticed anything like that in other domestic baggage areas.
but i agree there should be someone there checking your baggage tickets. im always anxious waiting for my bag(s) and so yes im one of those people that waits right in front of where the bags shoot out from :)

officedweller
Jan 17, 2008, 7:03 PM
Aren't there less costly ways in making the area larger...

Agreed - all you need to do is look at any supermarket and model it after the "express" checkouts where the line ups weave past a cashier to get to a second row of cashiers.

deasine
Jan 18, 2008, 1:09 AM
Agreed - all you need to do is look at any supermarket and model it after the "express" checkouts where the line ups weave past a cashier to get to a second row of cashiers.

Exactly. Make use of the long walls - like in my plan. But they can easily install like an express checkout type of thing... I dont' know if they have it now (and I haven't air traveled for at least four years now) but you have a lineup for Canadian Residents, which is also what they have in Hong Kong.

clooless
Jan 18, 2008, 11:15 PM
umm, no we arent (ottawa comes to mind). i have never noticed anything like that in other domestic baggage areas.
but i agree there should be someone there checking your baggage tickets. im always anxious waiting for my bag(s) and so yes im one of those people that waits right in front of where the bags shoot out from :)

Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Victoria, Prince George, Edmonton and Calgary as well, among others. Anyone can walk up and claim baggage. When I was recently in Seattle I was required to show to my ticket to an attendant who controlled access to the baggage claim area. It was actually a pleasant surprise knowing that only ticketed passengers had access to the baggage claim.

Speaking of the condition of the airport carpets, I notice two or three visible stains in that picture of the domestic baggage claim area. I don't expect perfection, but cleanliness would be nice.

deasine
Jan 19, 2008, 1:18 AM
LOL yes it's really evident. Anyone have any pictures of both the international and domestic baggage claim areas?

SpongeG
Jan 19, 2008, 8:30 AM
only ticketed passengers can go in the international baggage claim as they need their bags to clear customs immigration etc

when i have flown into domestic i have had to wait a good while until the baggage finally arrives there so most passengers are already there to get it so its safe enough

unless you grab an identical suitcase - which i did once - d'oh

excel
Feb 1, 2008, 10:26 AM
Updates:

Cathay Pacific will operate 3 weekly A340-600 on the HKG-YVR route as CX836/835 between 31MAR08 and 12MAY08.

The flight will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The rest of the days is still operated with A340-300.

Air Canada: Current schedule showing YVR-HKG alternate day A343 and B777 for April 2008 only. Then A343 daily until Sept 2008.

YVR-NRT B777 starts Nov 2, 2008.

hollywoodnorth
Feb 4, 2008, 10:53 PM
Business in Vancouver January 29-February 4, 2008; issue 953

London Drugs’ $242m aviation vision

Subsidiary of retail giant to invest in new charter jets, aircraft hangar at YVR

Glen Korstrom

A dramatic five-year, $242 million aviation strategy is being rolled out by a subsidiary of retail giant London Drugs Ltd., expanding its fleet of jets and building a sizeable new hangar at Vancouver International Airport.

London Air Services (LAS), the executive air charter wing of the B.C.-based group, plans to invest $16 million of the fund in a new 84,000-square-foot hangar at YVR’s south terminal to house aircraft and office workers. Construction teams broke ground last week.

That investment is being coupled with a $213 million deal with Bombardier Aerospace, for the purchase of 10 jets, plus an additional $13 million for a helicopter from AgustaWestland.

London Air has either ordered or signed letters of intent with both aircraft manufacturers. “The business is not for the timid,” company president Wynne Powell told BIV in an exclusive interview. “It’s a tough business, a numbers business, but our ace in the hole is that we provide the best equipment, the best pilots and very competitive rates. We’ve enjoyed success.”

The spending spree includes agreements to pay Bombardier:

•$24 million for two Learjet 45XRs to carry nine people;

•$54 million for two Challenger 605 jets, which each carry 12 passengers; and

•$50 million for a long-range Global XRS jet, which can accommodate 15 passengers.

Bombardier (TSX:BBD) is perfecting its next Learjet model, provisionally named the Learjet NXT, and the company expects to unveil that plane later this year. Powell has signed letters of intent to pay the Montreal-based aviator $85 million for five Learjet NXTs for delivery in 2012.

Many of these acquisitions will replace existing planes.

Powell expects to bump his current fleet from four to five Learjet 45XRs when the first of those two new planes arrives in March. When the second new Learjet 45XR arrives a month later, Powell will put one of LAS’ current Learjets on the auction block, he said. Similarly, one of LAS’ two current Challenger 604s will be up for sale once the two new Challenger 605s arrive later this year.

“These planes hold their market value well. They’re great aircraft, but our policy is to run the best aircraft available,” he said. “We keep refreshing our aircraft every seven to 10 years. We get the best economy and the best carbon footprint because we get the newest technology.”

Powell plans to move LAS’ helicopter and jet fleet out of two current hangars near YVR’s south terminal by November. That’s when he expects Kitsilano-based Scott Construction to complete building the pre-engineered metal structure, which has sliding doors 185 feet wide and 44 feet tall.

Vic Donaldson, Scott’s business development manager, said London Drugs paid more than $100,000 extra for Scott to design and build the structure so that it did not require internal support beams.

The endeavour was a coup for Scott, which is seeking to diversify its project base further, while reaping success by building institutional, residential, commercial and other structures. Scott grew its revenue to more than $200 million in 2007, from $112 million the year before, Donaldson said.

LAS’ facility is the first airplane hangar that the 135-employee Scott has designed and built. “We know that one day the highrise business will probably have a turnaround or a slowdown. So, we’re looking at industrial, commercial-type projects,” said Donaldson.

London Air will share space at the new YVR hangar with InterDel Aviation Services Inc., a company in which London Drugs has a minority stake. InterDel will operate its Esso Avitat airline maintenance and passenger support business on-site. •

gkorstrom@biv.com

H.Y. Louie Co. Ltd.

Diverse holdings

The empire of B.C.-based H.Y. Louie Co. Ltd. is vast.

The 104-year-old company is reputed to be the province’s third largest private company, based on Business in Vancouver’s estimate that it generates $4.1 billion in annual revenue.

Among its leading brands:

• London Drugs Ltd., owner of London Air Services;

• Marketplace IGA; and

• Sonora Resort near Desolation Sound.

excel
Feb 8, 2008, 11:26 AM
Update:
EVA Air will add 2 flights per week during Jul and Aug 2008. B777-300ER on Monday and Saturdays. Regular B747-400 on Wed, Fri and Sunday.

All flights are evening arrival at 1940hr.

excel
Feb 9, 2008, 8:47 AM
OTTAWA, Feb. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the approval of
Vancouver International Airport to participate in the international air cargo
transshipment program. The program simplifies air carrier access to the
airport for air cargo transshipment, allowing the airport to seek new market
opportunities and further develop its air cargo transshipment activity.
"Our government is pleased to have the international air cargo
transshipment program in place," said Minister Cannon. "Vancouver
International Airport now has an additional tool to help develop its air cargo
business, which will benefit the local economy."
The international air cargo transshipment program allows air cargo to be
moved through Canada for shipment to third countries. For example, cargo could
be flown from the United States into Vancouver, stored temporarily, and then
flown to an Asian destination. Similarly, international air cargo could also
arrive from overseas and then be shipped by rail or road from Vancouver to the
United States, allowing the airport to take full advantage of the Asia-Pacific
gateway and corridor.
"One of the key goals of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative
is to make our West Coast ports and airports a destination of choice for
shippers that take goods back and forth between Asia and North America," said
the Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for
the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics. "With this new
transshipment capacity, the Vancouver International Airport is moving one step
further toward becoming a true transportation and logistics hub for the whole
North American market."
"The program fits well with our overall gateway strategy for air cargo.
It puts Vancouver International Airport in a more competitive position in
facilitating international goods movement," said Larry Berg, CEO of Vancouver
International Airport. "With this program we are better equipped to offer a
more efficient routing to carriers serving the Asian and North American
marketplaces."
The program enables the Canadian Transportation Agency to authorize any
Canadian or foreign air carrier to use Vancouver International Airport to
transship international air cargo, even if these rights are not provided in
Canada's bilateral air transport agreements. In addition, air carriers will be
able to combine such cargo transshipments with other services for which they
may be licensed.
Cargo security is addressed during the application process, and on an
ongoing basis, in the context of broader security monitoring by Transport
Canada and the operational activities of the Canada Border Services Agency.
The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative is a national initiative
that will contribute to Canada's economic competitiveness, while also
benefiting communities through which increasing volumes of trade must move. In
its first eight months, Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative projects,
valued at $2.2 billion, were announced across all four western provinces,
including a federal contribution of almost $800 million.
The international air cargo transshipment program was introduced in 1982
at Mirabel Airport as part of a larger effort to improve the use of Montreal
area airports. It has since been expanded to other airports, including
Hamilton (1987), Windsor (1993), Gander (2000), Winnipeg (2004), Edmonton
(2006) and Calgary (2007). The program is also being introduced at the
Abbotsford International Airport and at the Greater Moncton International
Airport.
During the course of its international air policy review, Transport
Canada determined that Canadian airports should be given the freedom to
attract cargo transshipment activity where there are market opportunities, in
line with its new market-oriented Blue Sky international air policy.



For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is
online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at
apps.tc.gc.ca/listserv/ and keep up-to-date on the latest from Transport
Canada. This news release may be made available in alternative formats for
persons with visual disabilities.





Transport Canada

SpongeG
Feb 11, 2008, 11:44 PM
US Airways to fly between Philadelphia and Vancouver, B.C.

US Airways will offer nonstop flights this summer between Philadelphia International Airport and Vancouver, British Columbia, the carrier said today.
The airline said it will have one flight a day, starting June 3 and running through Sept. 2. The six-hour flight will be scheduled to depart Philadelphia at 5:50 p.m. and arrive at 8:51 p.m. Vancouver time; the return to Philadelphia will be scheduled to depart at 9:56 p.m. and arrive at 6 a.m.

US Airways also said one of its Express carriers, Mesa Airlines, plans to start flights May 4 between its Charlotte, N.C., hub and Austin and San Antonio, Texas, cities US Airways doesn't serve from Philadelphia now.

Shares were down 40 cents, or about 2.6 percent, to $14.77 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/breaking/business_breaking/20080211_US_Airways_to_fly_between_Philadelphia_and_Vancouver__B_C_.html

Holden West
Feb 13, 2008, 8:45 AM
I thought this 1968 photo was pretty groovy. I want one of those chairs:

http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/www2i/.visual/img_med/dir_8/i_10146.gif

http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/www2i/.visual/img_med/dir_8/i_10144.gif

http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/www2i/.visual/img_med/dir_8/i_10145.gif

excel
Feb 13, 2008, 10:32 AM
Cool finds thanks.

vanman
Feb 13, 2008, 1:42 PM
Looks like Vancouver airport of 1968 was not bad for its era.

phesto
Feb 15, 2008, 6:18 PM
US Airways to fly between Philadelphia and Vancouver, B.C.

US Airways will offer nonstop flights this summer between Philadelphia International Airport and Vancouver, British Columbia, the carrier said today.
The airline said it will have one flight a day, starting June 3 and running through Sept. 2. The six-hour flight will be scheduled to depart Philadelphia at 5:50 p.m. and arrive at 8:51 p.m. Vancouver time; the return to Philadelphia will be scheduled to depart at 9:56 p.m. and arrive at 6 a.m.

US Airways also said one of its Express carriers, Mesa Airlines, plans to start flights May 4 between its Charlotte, N.C., hub and Austin and San Antonio, Texas, cities US Airways doesn't serve from Philadelphia now.

Shares were down 40 cents, or about 2.6 percent, to $14.77 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/breaking/business_breaking/20080211_US_Airways_to_fly_between_Philadelphia_and_Vancouver__B_C_.html

Awesome to see another route to the mid-Atlantic US. The service is summer-seasonal to target cruise ship traffic and will be an A319, so I can see it doing alright, much like UA's YVR-IAD service which has been around for a few summers now and is doing well.

phesto
Feb 15, 2008, 6:49 PM
Not sure what's confirmed for this summer for seasonal service, but here is YVR's current transborder service, which is pretty impressive when you think about it.

(w/o frequencies/equipment):

Anchorage - AC*
Atlanta - DL
Chicago - UA
Dallas - AA
Denver - UA
Detroit - NW*
Hawaii - AC, WJ
Houston - CO
Las Vegas - AC, WJ, AS, US, PA
LAX - AC, AS, UA
Memphis - NW*
Minneapolis - NW
Newark - CO*
New York JFK - AC, CX
Palm Springs - WJ, AS
Philadelphia - US*
Phoenix - US
Portland - AC, AS
Sacramento - AC
Salt Lake City - DL
San Diego - AC
San Francisco - AC, UA, AS
Seattle - AC, AS
Wash. Dulles - UA*

* - seasonal service

While I don't really expect it to happen, it would be great to see AC bring back Miami service, and maybe add Boston (BOS-YVR was once a Cdn airlines route), then YVR would have all the major US airports covered.

osirisboy
Feb 15, 2008, 7:42 PM
im very surprised they dont have anything that goes to Orlando-miami

excel
Feb 15, 2008, 7:59 PM
AC was running daily to San Diego for a while there with a CRJ-200. What happend?