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Swiss International Air Lines, the launch customer for Bombardier’s CSeries jets, has announced an upgrade to its remaining orders.
In a news conference on Thursday, the company announced that it will convert its final five CS100 orders to the larger CS300 jets. Swiss currently operates a fleet of six CS100 aircraft after its most recent delivery from Bombardier this month.
Named #1 Airport in North America at Skytrax World Airport Awards
RICHMOND, BC, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was voted Best Airport in North America for the eighth consecutive year at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. Recognized as the global benchmark of airport excellence, the awards were voted on by 13.8 million passengers worldwide. YVR is the first and only airport to receive this top accolade for eight consecutive years.
“This impressive accomplishment is shared with the 23,000 people who work and volunteer at YVR as well as our amazing community, passengers and partners. On behalf of YVR, I thank you and offer you a big congratulations!” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “I am so proud of the YVR team for breaking our own record of most consecutive wins. This is particularly meaningful this year as we saw 22.3 million passengers come through our terminal—two million additional passengers from the year before.”
The Best Airport in North America award showcases the strength of the Canadian airport system, which enables innovation and the pursuit of excellence in overall airport operations and the passenger experience. All revenues generated at YVR are reinvested back into operations, maintenance and future projects. Vancouver Airport Authority, YVR’s managing organization, is committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.
More than 13.8 million passenger surveys were conducted in 550 airports around the world. The survey measures 39 elements in the airport travel experience ranging from check-in to security and border clearance processes, comfort, efficiency, signage, transportation availability, passenger amenities and friendliness. This is the world’s largest independent airport customer satisfaction survey.
YVR was voted in the top three for Best Airport Staff Service in North America. In addition, our partner Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel was also voted Best Airport Hotel in North America.
To celebrate winning for eight consecutive years, YVR is giving away eight free flights to any North American destination of your choice over the next eight days. For details and a chance to enter, follow YVR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The contest will launch later today. More information on the Skytrax World Airport Awards is available at worldairportawards.com.
Hot on the heels of WestJet’s announcement earlier this week of more non-stop Kelowna-Toronto flights, Air Canada on Thursday revealed it will beef up its offerings between the two cities. “This just happens to be coincidental timing,” said Kelowna airport director Sam Samaddar.
“This is the time of year when airlines release their spring and summer schedules. We’ve been working with Air Canada for some time to get more year-round service on the Kelowna-Toronto route.”
The new Air Canada flights will be daytime non-stops between Kelowna and Toronto on Saturdays and Sundays from April 22 to May 28. The airline will use one of its 175-seat Air Canada Rouge Airbus 319 jets. From May 29 to mid-September, Air Canada will fly Kelowna-Toronto daily with a 200-seat Rouge Airbus 321. Over the winter, Air Canada has been flying Kelowna-Toronto non-stop two or three times a week. However, in the past, there was a gap during April and May when the non-stops ceased for the shoulder season between the winter, when skiers demanded non-stops, and the busy summer.
WestJet’s news earlier this week outlined overnight Kelowna-Toronto flights starting May 18. For the first six weeks, the red-eyes will depart shortly after midnight four days a week and arrive in Toronto at 7:15 a.m. From June 30 to Sept. 5, the red-eyes will fly daily, scaling back to three times a week Sept. 6 to Oct. 8. The service will be closely monitored, with the possibility of WestJet continuing the overnights year-round. All this is in addition to WestJet’s regular daytime daily flight between Kelowna and Toronto.
It also means that for much of the spring, summer and fall, Kelowna will have three non-stop flights a day to Toronto — two with WestJet and one with Air Canada Rouge.
The increased frequency is a testament to Kelowna’s airport becoming a transportation hub for the Southern Interior. Passengers not only come from Kelowna, but from throughout the Okanagan, Similkameen, Thompson and Kootenays to catch planes to 16 non-stop destinations, including Toronto, Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Whitehorse, Castlegar and six sun spots during the winter. A Winnipeg non-stop will also become a reality this spring when WestJet starts up four-times-a-week service from Kelowna. “The non-stops don’t just link Kelowna directly with Toronto, but also gives people the possibility to get to 180 other destinations around the world with just one connection in Toronto,” said Samaddar.
Kelowna’s airport serves 1.7 million passengers a year who fly to 16 non-stop destinations via nine airlines and 33 departures a day.