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Old Posted Sep 30, 2005, 4:01 AM
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YVR Airport & Sea Island Developments Discussion

Here's a link to the community consultation report for the YVR 2027 Master Plan: http://www.yvr.com/pdf/authority/publicoptions_2027.pdf

And (for those who haven't seen it) the link for what's already planned or u/c for 2010: http://www.yvr.com/pdf/authority/You...027summary.pdf

What does everyone think of the expansion options? I'd have to see more details regarding the connectivity to RAV but the Northeast terminal expansion option seems most favourable.
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Thanks Phesto!

The southeast terminal option could, in theory anyways, be linked in to YVR3 with an overpass. It is probably also why WestJet wasn't allowed to build its hangar on that site.

I think the satellite terminal is a non-starter since a peoplemover can't be underground on Sea Island. In that case, you may as well build the "Western Y" option.
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I'm sorry - I am a huge fan of YVR, but why did they get the 3 year old with the blue crayon to draw out the runway options??????

Anyway, unless they use people movers like Dulles used to or an overhead pedway a la Terminal A - B at DEN, then a satellite is a non starter.
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^lol. The runway options do seem a little crude. I guess they thought that for a community consultation report that the general public wouldn't understand normal schematics.

I'm not a fan of the satellite option either. The southeast terminal option isn't bad, but in the future you would probably wonder why RAV was never configured to meet the actual terminal.

btw, Dulles still uses those people movers. Coupled with the massive construction going on there right now it is an absolute nightmare!
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Are those the "lounges" on wheels?
I've heard that those were considered one of the "problems" at Mirabel.

Agreed with the RAV configuration. If the southeast was seriously being considered, then the original RAV route - looping through with the roadway would be built - at least for the tailtrack so as to preserve future expansion. As it is sconfigured now, it looks like the tail track dead ends perpendicular to the terminal.
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September 29, 2005 - 11:00 AM

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY ESTABLISHES CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Vancouver International Airport Authority has established YVR Project Management, a wholly owned subsidiary to oversee major expansion projects at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

The Airport Authority is undertaking a $1.4-billion capital program that will ensure the airport meets the growing demand for air travel, and continues to be developed as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia. The program's projects are designed to accommodate the 21 million passengers projected at YVR by 2010, as well as handle the newer, larger aircraft of the future.

"In today's increasingly competitive marketplace, with B.C.'s robust economy, the construction industry is enjoying unprecedented growth," said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver International Airport Authority. "The Airport Authority has proved it can deliver major capital projects on time and on budget. This new company will guarantee that we have the expertise and resources available to complete our capital program over the long term."

The primary project the new company will be responsible for delivering is the $420-million expansion to the International Terminal Building, which will add nine new gates in two phases. The first phase, scheduled for completion in 2007, will provide four wide-body gates, two of which will be able to accommodate the new Airbus A380, the world's largest aircraft. This phase will also include the addition of a narrow-body gate to the existing east wing of the terminal. Phase two will add five new gates.

The new company will be governed by a Board of Directors whose Chair is Bob Cowan, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Vancouver International Airport Authority. The President is Ray Zibrik, an experienced construction manager and engineer who has managed construction projects at YVR, including the international terminal building, since 1992.



September 27, 2005 - 8:30 AM

HOTEL GUESTS CAN FLY THROUGH CHECK-IN

Common-Use Self-Service Kiosks Now in Lower Mainland Delta Hotel Locations

Vancouver International Airport Authority today officially launched common-use self-service (CUSS) check-in kiosks at Delta Vancouver Airport in Richmond and Delta Vancouver Suites in downtown Vancouver. The kiosks allow hotel guests at both locations to check in for flights departing from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) before leaving their hotel.

CUSS kiosks, pioneered by the Airport Authority and launched at YVR in 2002, allow passengers to access multiple airlines from one machine, check in faster, and avoid line-ups. Self-service check-in kiosks also provide a cost-effective solution for airlines and airports. The kiosks are free, easy to use, and can be used by all guests. It takes approximately 60 seconds to check in at a kiosk, making them a quick and convenient alternative to traditional check-in processes.

"The Airport Authority has been a leader in common-use technology, such as the CUSS kiosks, which have been embraced by both passengers and airlines," said Kevin Molloy, Vice President, Simplified Passenger Travel and Chief Information Officer, Vancouver International Airport Authority. "As airlines and airports around the world continue to adopt this system, YVR is once again leading the way in streamlined passenger processing by working with partners like Delta Hotels to bring self-service check-in to a variety of convenient off-airport locations."

Currently, guests at Delta Vancouver Airport and Delta Vancouver Suites can access WestJet flights through the CUSS kiosks, with more airlines slated to join the program later in the year. Once check-in is complete, hotel guests will receive a boarding pass to take with them, along with any baggage, to YVR, where they will proceed to the gate, either directly or after dropping off their baggage with the airline.
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^ 21 million passengers projected for 2010? Wow...think they're being overly optimistic. Considering the passenger traffic hasn't really increased at YVR in 7 years. 2000 was still the strongest at just over 16 million, and 1998 saw 15.5 million. 2004 was 15.7 million.

Unless they're really counting on the Chinese now taking advantage of travelling to Canada...but still 5 million. That's kinda like TO's projection of hitting 45 million.
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^Hmmmm. It does sound a bit optimistic. Maybe a bit too optimistic....

Like Edmonchuck here, I'm also kind of a fan of YVR.
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older-ish news, nevertheless

http://theage.com.au/articles/2005/0...353419948.html

Qantas to start SF service, eyes Canada
August 11, 2005 - 11:24AM

Qantas will start flying to San Francisco from March next year, and has plans to extend its permanent network into Canada.

Qantas has announced the addition of the Californian city to its international network, taking the total number of Qantas return flights to mainland USA to 39 a week.

Qantas executive general manager John Borghetti said the new service would link the "sister cities" of San Francisco and Sydney.

"San Francisco is a great holiday destination and we are delighted to be flying there," he said.

Qantas will initially offer three non-stop weekly services on the new route, operating three-class Boeing 747-400 aircraft, with fares starting at $1299 return.

Mr Borghetti said Qantas would also introduce services to Vancouver, Canada, via San Francisco during the peak travel seasons from June 2006.

"This is the first step to establishing year round services to Canada," he said.

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^ well within the range of an A380 (same with SYD if they decided to eventually do AU-CA non-stop), and Qantas loves big planes on the pacific.
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^ 21 million passengers projected for 2010? Wow...think they're being overly optimistic. Considering the passenger traffic hasn't really increased at YVR in 7 years. 2000 was still the strongest at just over 16 million, and 1998 saw 15.5 million. 2004 was 15.7 million.

Unless they're really counting on the Chinese now taking advantage of travelling to Canada...but still 5 million. That's kinda like TO's projection of hitting 45 million.
Probably counting on the 4 million passengers for the 2010 olympics.
Calgary on the other hand is blowing away all projections, 2005 is tracking towards 10.3 million up from 9.2 million in 2004.
http://www.calgaryairport.com/fts/getfile.cfm?FID=6441
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good we will pass montreal within 3 years.
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September 2005

Managing Noise With Noise?

Can one noise actually cancel out another? The Airport Authority and the University of British Columbia (UBC) are looking at this possibility to help manage aircraft noise at YVR.

Eliminating noise by producing an opposite sound (equal in amplitude but opposite in phase) is known as Active Noise Control (ANC). This technology is already successfully used in enclosed spaces such as heating ducts and aircraft cabins. ANC-equipped headphones are used by pilots of propeller-driven aircraft to reduce low-frequency background noise, allowing them to hear conversations and warning signals in noisy cockpits.

The outdoor environment, however, presents several challenges for ANC technology. From temperature and weather fluctuations to uncontrolled background noise, successfully using ANC outdoors is extremely difficult.

Since 1997, the Airport Authority's Environment Department has been working in collaboration with UBC and the airlines to investigate whether ANC can be used to mitigate noise from ground-based engine run-ups. Engine run-ups are maintenance tests performed on aircraft engines and systems to ensure they are functioning safely before the aircraft is put back into service.

Every two years, a UBC graduate student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering is selected to participate on the project as part of his or her thesis.

Recent field tests at the airport have focused on quantifying the noise characteristics of aircraft performing run-ups, and noise measurements have been done on two propeller aircrafts, donated by Central Mountain Air and Air Canada Jazz, along with a larger Air Canada Jazz Regional Jet. ANC research has focused on propeller aircraft because their run-up noise signature tends to make them ideal ANC candidates. This is because the sound created by these aircraft is simple in tone, making it easier to find a counter tone to balance the noise.

While the research is ongoing, the work has resulted in computer simulation models, comprehensive reports, and laboratory experiments which continue to add valuable information to the possible application of ANC technology. Despite these gains, there are still significant hurdles to overcome before a working system can be realized.

Managing airport noise to balance the community's desire for safe, convenient, 24-hour air travel with enjoyable urban living is the Airport Authority's commitment to our neighbouring communities.

For further information on ANC research, please contact the Airport Authority's Environment Department at noise@yvr.ca.
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Here's the building report for the terminal expansions, etc. Anyone know where exactly the 5-storey office bldg is to be located?

Start date: 07/2005

Completion date: 2010

Note: All Sub Trades went through a prequalification process. At present the only Sub Contract that has closed is the Underground Works. All other contracts are currently being called. A list of all major Sub Contracts awarded should be available by Nov/Dec 2005. Direct your enquiries to Sandy Kuan at PCL or Brian McDonagh (YVR) at 604-276-6593. This is the total budget up to 2010 including the RAV line portion.

Size: 45,000 m2 ; 4 storeys; 1 structure

Project: The new West Chevron Bldg includes the following: ADDN of 36,508m2 of new space on 4 levels (including a new retail/thematics area); 4 new aircraft loading/unloading gates, with associated holdrooms, equipped with dual Apron Drive Bridges & 5 relocatable gates with associated bldg space; an addn'l Transborder gate on the existing East Chevron; foundations, architectural finishes, curtain wall, skylights, roofing, electrical, mechanical & electrical systems. In total, the expansion will include 9 new gates, expanded international passenger & plane facilities (i.e. a larger gate to handle Airbus A380), passenger screening areas, baggage handling & customs, & the airport portion of the RAV rapid transit line & new 5-sty office bldg; reinforcing steel; concrete reinforcing; structural concrete; masonry; structural steel; skylights; structural glass curtain walls; wall finishes; interior decorating; airport control instrumentation; aircraft passenger loading.
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That would be the link building between the domestic and international terminals.
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It's been interesting to see the news on terminal/runway expansions, and yet we haven't heard as much about new service at YVR, only expansions.

Here's a conference report from AC showing potential routes for expansion (on the maps): http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/in...conference.pdf

Here are the routes mentioned. Int'l is nothing we haven't heard (although AUK is still surprising), but the transborder routes are interesting.

INTL: Manila, Aukland, Guangzhou, Taipei

Transborder: Sacramento, Orange County, Las Vegas, Pheonix
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Three new directors appointed at YVR
Oct, 12 2005 - 11:30 AM

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - Three new directors have been appointed to the Vancouver International Airport Authority board of directors: former mayor Phillip Owen, Peter Dhillon, the CEO of the Richberry Group, a BC based agribusiness, and Ronald Stern, a former UBC law grad who is now president and CEO for paper mills in Alberta, Oregon, Ontario and Texas.
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Here are the routes mentioned. Int'l is nothing we haven't heard (although AUK is still surprising), but the transborder routes are interesting.
Yeah, I'd find Auckland a surprise, too. If AC can get some 777-200 LRs and/or 787s, that should do, because I think both of these aircraft tyes can fly YVR-AKL nonstop as well as YVR-SYD.

BTW, just a little piece of trivia - AKL is the IATA code for Auckland. AUK is for Alakanuk, Alaska, some 1600 km NW of Anchorage.
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^Oops! Ya I'd probably prefer to go to AKL over AUK right about now.

Here are some other possible new int'l routes that have been talked about recently (not AC): Singapore, Bangkok, Paris CDG, and Tahiti.
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October 13, 2005 - 8:30 AM

YVR AWARDS DUTY FREE CONTRACT TO ALDEASA

Vancouver International Airport Authority has awarded the Duty Free concession contract at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Aldeasa, the fourth largest airport retailer in the world. Aldeasa, based in Madrid, developed its bid jointly with HMSHost, a subsidiary of the Autogrill Group Inc., a leading international developer of innovative shop and restaurant formats and world-renowned for creating innovative concession plans in travel venues.

"We're looking forward to working with Aldeasa," said David Huffer, Vice President, commercial development. "Aldeasa has a proven track record in airport retailing around the world, and our customers can expect an exciting mix of new brands in our Duty Free stores, and a strong focus on customer service that they have come to expect at YVR."

Javier G�mez-Navarro, Aldeasa's Chairman, commented, "It is extremely satisfying for us to see that not only YVR, but also suppliers, have placed their faith and support behind our bid. This will undoubtedly be our greatest motivation to step up our efforts and offer the best quality of service at Vancouver International Airport."

YVR currently has 12 Duty Free stores covering 2,685 square meters (28,902 square feet) of space, with an additional 1,110 square meters (11,948 square feet) being developed as part of the new wing of the International Terminal Building, the first phase of which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2007. YVR duty free net sales in 2004 were CAD $61,750,000 (43,225,000 euros).

The Airport Authority issued a Request for Proposals in May 2005, with five of the world's leading firms submitting bids. The proposals were judged on a number of criteria including customer service, marketing plans and pricing. The contract term is eight years, plus a two-year option. The request for proposal contemplated operation of the duty free stores at YVR in June 2007.

"We had a great deal of interest from some of the best retailers in the world," Mr. Huffer said. "It confirms the strength of our market and long-term potential at YVR. With Aldeasa and HMSHost on board, our new Duty Free program will be among the best in the world."

YVR's local and international travelers can look forward to an expanded range of Duty Free offerings. An improved selection of Canadian made gifts, fine fragrances and cosmetics, popular spirits and British Columbian wines, and the very best in international luxury designer clothing and accessories will be available at true duty free savings.

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Here's an update on the Self Service check-in kiosks that they introduced at a couple Delta hotels. Looks like they will be expanding the service:

Last month we officially launched the off-airport common-use self-service kiosk program, introducing kiosks at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel in downtown Vancouver, and at the Vancouver Tourist Info Centre. Travellers can now check in for their flights before leaving for the airport. Once check-in is complete, pas-sengers will receive a boarding pass to take with them to YVR, along with any baggage, where they will pro-ceed to the gate directly if they have carry-on luggage or after dropping off their baggage with the airline.

In the not-too-distant future, we expect to see kiosks at numerous other downtown hotels, the Convention Centre and at a variety of convenient loca-tions around the Lower Mainland. Looking farther out, passengers will be able to check their baggage offsite and have it meet them at the airport, or use their cell phone or PDA to check in for flights. By 2010, self-service kiosks will be a common sight, not only in Lower Mainland hotels, but also in places like Whistler and the athletes’ village, as well as future RAV Line sta-tions.
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