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Old Posted Feb 21, 2006, 8:37 PM
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harmony should become the next westjet...
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2006, 10:02 PM
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The YVR station looks good. I like the 'green' wall, and the park extension (or 'mini park').

There's a different rendering of the link building on the first presentation board. I think YVR will look pretty damn good when this is all complete.

What's the deal with YVR 3? Is it going to be the deciding factor for future terminal expansion?
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2006, 10:04 PM
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Wow... those renderings look amazing. And I'm starting to see more and more the logic in making it a single guideway. If you're a tourist going to Vancouver, it's SUPER EASY to both FIND the skytrain and to know which direction to GO. It's only for the very last station, so I don't see any problems with not enough trains/capacity and it's a much simpler layout in a maze of roads and stuff. That station model looks awesome... much like the rest of what YVR does.

Also, YVR3 being deferred and the at-grade section are making sense too.

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Old Posted Feb 21, 2006, 10:14 PM
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harmony should become the next westjet...
Howso?

Their cost structure is too high to compete with WestJet on an on-par basis. I think their current operation suits them well.... but there's rumors going around that they're not doing too well; since they're privately owned (like Jetsgo was), nobody knows for sure. Just rumors....
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2006, 11:45 PM
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The single platform really simplifies the access to the station, although a centre platform could have been easily accessed from the end of the platform without overpasses or underpasses - but that would have required the station to be farther from the terminals (i.e. the end of the platform would have had to line up with the international terminal walkway).

I am concerned about how short the patforms are though.

WRT YVR 3
- the north-south taxiway is only required for the YVR3 terminal expansion location since it creates the longest taxiing distance.
- any terminal on the south side would require a secondary peoplemover system to be implemented since you can't extend from YVR4.
so my money's on the terminal expansion being at YVR3.

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Old Posted Feb 22, 2006, 1:08 AM
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^In the long term, the North-south taxiway might become a necessity regardless of whether or not YVR 3 is the next terminal expansion option. It would all depend on how much traffic increases, and how they decide to expand the runway system.

From a couple weeks back- WJ is bringing back YVR-YHM, Also starting YEG-YXX:

WestJet Announces Spring Schedule Enhancements

FEB 9, 2006 - 10:55 ET

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 9, 2006) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced numerous schedule enhancements, including new non-stop routes and increased frequencies between cities across Canada.

WestJet will introduce new non-stop service between the following cities:

- Vancouver and Hamilton, daily non-stop service (beginning May 1, 2006)

- Toronto and St. John's, daily non-stop service (beginning May 1, 2006)

- Edmonton and Abbotsford, daily non-stop service (beginning April 23, 2006)

- Calgary and Halifax, daily non-stop service (seasonal, May 1 to October 28, 2006)

- Toronto and Victoria, daily non-stop service (seasonal, May 12 to October 28, 2006)

With effective dates beginning March 21 through to May 1, 2006, WestJet will also increase the number of departures between cities in its existing route network as follows:

- Service between Toronto and Calgary increases to seven non-stop flights per day

- Service between Toronto and Vancouver increases to five non-stop flights per day

- Service between Toronto and Edmonton increases to four non-stop flights per day

- Service between Toronto and Halifax increases to four non-stop flight per day

- Service between Vancouver and Winnipeg increases to three non-stop flights per day

- Service between Toronto and Thunder Bay increases to three non-stop flights per day

- Service between Calgary and Hamilton increases to three non-stop flights per day

- Service between Toronto and Moncton increases to two non-stop flights per week

- Service between Vancouver and Montreal increases to two non-stop flights every business day

- Service between Toronto and Charlottetown increases to daily non-stop service

Sean Durfy, WestJet's Executive Vice-President of Marketing and Sales, commented today: "We are pleased to respond to our guests' requests for more non-stop flights across our Canadian network. These additions will serve both business travellers and those enjoying summer vacations on Canada's most modern and comfortable fleet. We're also continuing our successful service to Hawaii throughout the summer, with three weekly flights to Maui and four weekly flights to Honolulu from Vancouver.

"In a recent Leger Marketing survey, WestJet was viewed as the Canadian airline that offers flyers the best value for dollar paid. More than twice as many respondents surveyed gave WestJet top scores as compared to our major competitor, and we're confident our schedule changes will continue to make us their preferred airline."

With these additions and further enhancements to its 2006 spring schedule, WestJet will operate approximately 1,975 weekly departures.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service throughout its 34-city North American network. Named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2006, 1:38 AM
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On second thought, the curvature of the pedestrian bridge to the Link Building suggests that the tail track cold be extended.....
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is it just me or is the YVR Terminus platform longer than Bridgeport and the other stations?
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The design looks very good, but not quite as good as the original plan. Looking at the elevations, why did they draw footings? Shouldn't the airport be built on end-bearing piles? If an earthquake hits, the ground there is subject to liquifaction, and any soil-bearing capacity will dissapear and the building will essentially dissapear.
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2006, 3:23 PM
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. but there's rumors going around that they're not doing too well; since they're privately owned (like Jetsgo was), nobody knows for sure. Just rumors....
I hope they'll do well - they seem to get great reviews on skytrax. I think they are aiming for a transpacific strategy. I think they applied for some of the new Chinese routes to YVR, hopefully they'll be lucrative as they come online.
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It should be remembered that Harmony is backed by Dr. David Ho -which represents some very serious money as opposed to Jetsgo and serial failure Leblanc.
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Random news, but Air North will now be handling Harmony aircraft on the ground at YVR. Starting sometime next month.
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westjet is really pulling it together.
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(...)as opposed to Jetsgo and serial failure Leblanc.

Rumor mill has it this dolt is trying again...
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Some articles from the YVR newsletter:

Expanding Our Connections

Summer is the busiest period at YVR. As such, the Airport Authority is pleased to announce the following enhancements to our schedule and the addition of new non-stop routes:

Beijing - between July and October, increased service to 9 times per week on Air China
Belfast - between June and October, weekly nonstop service on Zoom
Cardiff - between June and October, weekly nonstop service on Zoom
Hamilton - beginning May 1, daily service on WestJet
Hanover - between June and October, Condor will offer weekly service via Halifax
London - from May to October, increased service to 13 times per week on British Airways
Paris - between June and October, weekly one-stop service, via Calgary, on Zoom
Sydney - beginning in June, three flights per week, via San Francisco, on Qantas
Washington - between June and September, daily service on United
Travellers will also be pleased to know that flights to Toronto and Winnipeg will be increasing this spring.


Taking Take-out To New Heights

You've worked a long day and are now facing a five hour flight to Toronto. Exhausted and hungry, you're desperate for a good meal. With YVR's Food on the Fly program, now you can take whatever you crave onboard with you.

Imagine boarding the plane and tucking into a California Spring Salad from Milestone's- with crumbled goat cheese, fresh strawberries, red onions and spicy-glazed pecans, your day suddenly got a whole lot sweeter. Craving Japanese? Stop by Hanami Japanese Restaurant or Wok N' Roll and pick up a bento box with gyozas, a green salad, sushi and teriyaki chicken. In the mood for a hamburger and fries? Pick up White Spot's famed hamburger platter with its signature triple-o sauce at Medallist Bar & Grill.

With most domestic flights offering limited or no in-flight meal service, YVR's Food on the Fly program offers travellers the opportunity to take meals directly on the plane. Home to more than 25 restaurants and fast food outlets, YVR passengers are sure to find something to suit every taste and budget. Menu items span a vast array of options, from sandwiches, wraps and quesadillas, to fruit smoothies and light breakfasts. Taking an early morning flight to Calgary? Stop by Starbucks and pick up a latte and scone, or grab the quintessentially Canadian "Double Double" (coffee with cream and sugar) along with a maple-glazed doughnut from Tim Hortons.

YVR's award-winning selection of restaurants offers items you've come to love and know. YVR's branded concepts offer the same pricing as other Greater Vancouver locations. Visit your favourite YVR restaurant and ask for it to go - your meal will be packaged in an easy-to-carry, transparent, travel-friendly bag. Choose from anything on the menu to suit your special dietary needs.


Gateway To The Games

Fresh from the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan and VANOC chief executive officer, John Furlong, arrived at YVR last night bringing with them the official Olympic flag.

Despite exhaustion from their long journey home, the two enthusiastically greeted the eagerly awaiting crowd of about 100 people at the Haida Gwaii. Dressed in red and white, and waving Canadian flags, patriots of all ages lit up the terminal with excitement in anticipation of seeing the Olympic flag unfurled, and catching a glimpse of the Olympic torch.

As Vancouver gets set to host the event, now just four years away, preparations have kicked into high gear. As the Gateway to the Games, YVR will play a critical role in bringing the world to British Columbia.

Looking ahead, our plans include expanding our successful check-in kiosk program to more off-site locations, including the athlete's village, to ensure efficient passenger processing and convenience.

Our $1.0-billion capital program is also on track, with the Canada Line expected to be completed by late 2009, providing passengers with an economical and convenient method of travelling between downtown Vancouver, Richmond City Centre, and Vancouver International Airport.

The first phase of the nine-gate expansion to the International Terminal is also under way. When the project is completed in 2009, YVR will be able to accommodate the newer, larger planes of the future, and the 21 million passengers expected by 2010.
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YVR's summer schedule is up. Here's a summary that was posted on another site:

International: (not all, just adjusted frequencies)

-JL YVR-NRT a 10x weekly flight
-AC YVR-LHR 2x daily
-KLM YVR-AMS 5x weekly
-BA is moving to 13 fights/wk each with 744
-Air China will be 9 flights/week
-China Eastern daily
-Korean to five/wk
-EVA to five per week
-LTU to 3/wk
-LH i heard will be 9 flights with 2 flights being Condor 767
-Condor will also begin Hannover -Vancouver
-TS will begin Munich
-Zoom will begin CDG
-QF YVR-SYD 3x weekly (July and August)
-CX YVR-HKG to 18x weekly (beginning august)

Transborder:

Air Canada's Summer Sched.
SEA - 6 daily Dash 8-300's (think that may be less frequent)
PDX - 5 daily Dash 8-300's
SFO - 3 daily A319's
LAX - 3 daily A320's and 2 daily A319's
SAN - 1 daily CRJ-705
LAS - 1 daily A319
JFK - 2 daily A319's (one additional flight)
ANC - 1 daily A319

Alaska's Summer Sched.
SEA - 10 daily Dash 8-Q200's and 1 daily 737-700
PDX - 4 daily Dash 8-Q200's
ANC - 1 daily 737-700
SFO - 2 daily MD-80's and 1 daily 737-700
LAX - 4 daily 737-400's, 1 daily 737-700, and 1 daily 737-900
SAN - 1 daily MD-80
LAS - 1 daily 737-700

Delta's Summer Sched.
SLC - 2 daily CRJ-100/200 and 1 daily 737-800 (738 replaces the 733)
ATL - 1 daily 757-200 (was a 738 on select winter days)

American's Summer Sched.
DFW - 3 daily 757-200's (usually a mix of MD's and 757's)

Continental's Summer Sched.
IAH - 2 daily 737-300 and 1 daily 737-700 (usually 2 daily flights)
EWR - 1 daily 737-700

Northwest's Summer Sched.
MSP - 3 daily A320's (usually a few 757's during the summer)
DTW - 1 daily A320

United's Summer Sched.
DEN - 2 daily 319's, 1 daily 320 and 1 daily 737-300 (return has 1 less flight)
ORD - 3 daily 319's and 1 daily 320 (return has 1 more flight)
SFO - 3 daily 319's and 1 daily 320
IAD - 1 daily 319 (new flight)

America West/US Airways Summer Sched.
PHX - 2 daily A319's
LAS - 6 weekly CRJ-900 and 1 weekly CRJ-100/200 (usually has a 319)
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Update:

March 2006

New Wing Takes Shape


YVR recently celebrated an important milestone with the completion of the structural steel framework for the International Terminal expansion- quite a feat when you consider 3,750 metric tonnes of steel were erected.

To commemorate the occasion, Bob Cowan, Senior Vice President, Engineering, hosted a ceremony recognizing the outstanding efforts involved in meeting this challenge. Through the teamwork of several different groups, YVR was able to meet its goal. The team included: Empire Iron Works, PCL, the general contractor, Stantec, the lead architectural firm, structural engineers Bush Bohlman, and the YVR Project Management team headed by Ray Zibrik.

The largest project of the Airport Authority's $1.0-billion capital program, the $420-million, nine-gate expansion is progressing on time and on budget. By spring 2007, phase one of the International Terminal expansion will be completed, adding four gates, two of which will be able to accommodate the new Airbus A380.


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President's Perspective


FROM TORINO TO YVR: MANAGING PEAKS OF OLYMPIC PROPORTIONS


The Torino Olympics have come and gone, and what spectacular Games they were, with Canada's athletes winning more medals in more events than ever before. Behind the celebration of athleticism was a team of organizers working tirelessly to make the splendour look effortless.

One of the Torino 2006 Olympic Organizing Committee's tasks was planning for athletes' and spectators' smooth passage through the airport. A key member of YVR's management team was in Torino to learn from the Italians' experience with passenger facilitation, and bring the learnings home to B.C., not only for 2010, but also for all major events that might cause an influx of passengers at YVR.

Typically, airports are not well equipped to handle unusually large swells of passengers over a short period of time. All airports experience busy times when more passengers than usual will need to use the terminals- in the industry we call these "peaks" - and airport operators strive to manage peaks by reducing them wherever possible.

The peak at the end of the Olympic Games is unavoidable, as athletes and spectators who arrived at different times for different events tend to depart in a condensed period of time following the closing ceremonies.

Here at YVR we deal with large peaks, the most significant of which occurs from approximately 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. This peak is driven by flight banks at major Asian and European mega-hubs, and by the key windows of time for passengers in Eastern North America to depart to or get home from YVR before or after flying across the Pacific via the Vancouver gateway.

Vancouver is a beautiful city with a strong tourism industry, and we are a popular port of call for Alaska cruises. This also contributes to our peaks, which naturally go up during cruise season and the summer months.

During peak periods, YVR generally operates at capacity. The advantage of dealing with such peaks is that we've long recognized the need to have processes and systems in place to deal with large influxes of passengers, and we've worked hard to prepare our airport to handle them smoothly.

One of the ways we've managed peaks is through innovations in airport technology and processes to simplify the passenger experience, including our use of self-service check-in kiosks both at the airport and off site, cruise ship on-board check-in, and border programs like CANPASS Air and NEXUS Air.

We call this series of programs designed to get passengers quickly and efficiently through the airport YVR FasTrack, and we're always working to expand our initiatives.

The future of simplified passenger travel is off-airport passenger and baggage check-in, and it's a technology we're already testing. Following the conclusion of the World Junior Hockey Tournament in Vancouver in January, 140 players from the Russian, Finnish, Swiss and Norwegian teams were checked in along with their baggage at three separate hotels. Baggage tags and boarding passes were distributed in advance, meaning the players didn't have to haul their bulky hockey bags through the airport.

With our experience and innovation in simplifying passenger travel, and the invaluable insight we'll gain from Torino, we're well on our way to a smooth journey in 2010, when YVR will represent both a starting place and a homecoming for many an Olympic dream.

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Passengers Rate YVR Among The Best


YVR's commitment to delivering unparalleled customer service has been recognized, yet again.

In a recent survey, passengers rated YVR among the best airports in the world for customer satisfaction.

For the eighth consecutive year, YVR placed among the top 10 airports for customer satisfaction in the 2005 AETRA survey of international airports. YVR was rated No. 4 overall in the Americas and No. 6 in the world in our size category of 15 to 25 million passengers per year. This year, we also earned the distinction of second place in the Most Improved Airport category.

The AETRA survey measures satisfaction levels in various customer service areas including: airport services and facilities, efficiency of check-in staff and waiting time at check-in, availability of directional signage and flight information screens, and overall airport environment, such as ambience and airport cleanliness.

AETRA distributed more than 100,000 questionnaires at 66 airports worldwide. Our rating reaffirms YVR's position among the world's premier airports and are a testament to the efforts of both our employees and business partners.

AETRA, formerly known as IATA, provides a customer satisfaction benchmarking program for many of the world's leading airports, including London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. For further information on the program, and highlights from the 2005 survey, click here.
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Airport upgrade to cost billions

Existing facilities pushed to capacity by heavy demand

Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, April 06, 2006

Vancouver International Airport will need a new $1-billion terminal by 2015 and a third runway -- worth "hundreds of millions of dollars" -- by 2025 as surging passenger traffic pushes existing facilities to full capacity, airport authority president Larry Berg said Wednesday.

That's on top of an estimated $1 billion the airport expects to spend over the next four years on the Canada Line, gate expansions to the international terminal, a new structure linking the domestic and international terminals and associated improvements.

So airport improvement fees that have raised close to $600 million since 1993, will remain a fact of life for the foreseeable future, Berg said after a Vancouver Board of Trade speech.

"If we don't add this infrastructure improvement, airlines will just go to other West Coast airports," he said in an interview.

Vancouver airport had a record 16.4 million passengers last year and Berg expects about 23 million passengers will use the airport in 2015, with growth expected to come from several global markets -- including North America, Europe and Asia.

Berg said the airport authority has the financial capacity now to borrow the money needed for the future capital projects. He noted Standard and Poor's credit rating agency recently raised the authority's credit rating to AA, making it one of just four airports in the world to achieve that rating -- along with Los Angeles International, Aeroports de Paris and Oklahoma City airports.

Details of the airport authority's future development plans will be outlined in the first draft of a long-term plan the authority expects to release later this spring.

Berg said the airport will add nine new gates by 2010, giving it a total of 62. But the airport will need 11 more gates by 2015 and 14 more by 2023, creating the need for a new $1-billion terminal by as early as 2015.
"Our plan will be to develop a flexible facility that could be built in phases as needed," he said.

The authority will recommend the new terminal be located to the east of the existing international terminal and be served directly by a Canada Line station.

Before a new runway is built in 2025, the airport plans to build two new taxiways to get the maximum use of its existing runways. A north-south taxiway will connect the western ends of the two runways and in 2014, the airport wants to build an elevated taxiway that will cross over Grant McConachie Way and the Canada Line.

Berg said an underground taxiway isn't practical for Sea Island so an elevated facility was the obvious option.

"Elevated taxiways are quite common now and not much more expensive to build than conventional taxiways," he said.

Berg said there are two options for a future third runway -- build it along the foreshore or build it south of the existing south runway.

He said there are cost and environmental concerns with the foreshore option but it has received significant support from the public because it moves noise farther away from residential areas. The south runway option was not as popular because it moves noise closer to some Richmond neighbourhoods, Berg said, and the exact cost of either option has not been determined.

"It depends, but when you start talking runways, you're into hundreds of millions of dollars," he said.

Berg said there are no plans to increase the airport improvement fee, which was introduced in 1993 to finance capital improvements.

"But as long as we're in this major construction mode for the foreseeable future, it's my expectation [the fee] will continue to be in place," he said.
The fee -- expected to generate about $70 million this year -- adds $5 to the cost of a flight to a B.C. or Yukon destination, $10 for North America and Hawaii, and $15 for destinations outside North America.

Berg said a new economic impact study has determined that Vancouver International Airport accounts for 26,700 direct jobs and generates $6.8 billion in total economic output. He said the numbers have grown modestly in the past five years, despite a downturn in the aviation industry caused by 9/11, SARS and record-high fuel prices.

The study said positive factors boosting airport activity since 2000 include a 15-per-cent increase in overseas flights, continuing construction projects, growth in air cargo business, growth of WestJet and other domestic carriers and expansion of retail services.
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