Category: Vancouver YVR

Gamsahabnida! Air Canada Marks 25 Years of Service to Seoul, South Korea

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  • Inaugurated three times weekly flights in 1994 onboard Boeing 747 Combi aircraft
  • Flights today are daily onboard Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliners from both YVR and Toronto Pearson

MONTREAL, May 17, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada is excited to mark 25 years of non-stop service between Canada and Seoul, South Korea. To celebrate this milestone, Air Canada has a special promotion featuring fares from Vancouver to Seoul return, from as low as $1,325 CDN all in, and from Toronto to Seoul return, from as low as $1,525 CDN all in. These celebratory fares are available until May 20, 2019 and are available for purchase now on aircanada.com and via travel agents.

Air Canada launched service to Seoul in 1994 with the Boeing 747-Combi (top), a route that continues today with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners (bottom). (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada launched service to Seoul in 1994 with the Boeing 747-Combi (top), a route that continues today with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners (bottom). (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Prior to the departure of today’s flight AC63 from YVR to Seoul, a celebration was held at YVR where customers also enjoyed traditional cultural performances and activities prior to boarding.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of proud service between Canada and South Korea. Since 1994, millions of customers have travelled on our airline between our two countries to conduct business, visit friends and family, study, learn more about each country’s wonderful heritage, and to visit UNESCO and cultural attractions. Both countries have introduced a diverse range of delicious, culinary traditions to each other with Korean BBQ and other specialties now enjoyed by more and more Canadians. We are very pleased to be an important link between our two countries, and to help sustain the positive relationship our nations enjoy,” said John MacLeod, Vice President, Global Sales and Alliances, at Air Canada.

“On behalf of YVR, I would like to congratulate Air Canada on a successful 25 years of serving Vancouver and Seoul,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Air Canada’s Vancouver to Seoul service is key to our vision of creating a world-class hub. It connects Canada to an incredible country, with a deep history and unique culture, and one of the world’s most thriving and innovative economies. We are excited for the future, as we work with Air Canada to build their trans-Pacific hub at YVR, and the ongoing success of the Seoul service.”

Twenty-five years ago in May 1994, Air Canada inaugurated three times weekly flights to Seoul, the first Asia-Pacificdestination to be served by Canada’s flag carrier.  At that time, the routing was Toronto-Vancouver-Seoul and flights were operated with Boeing 747-400 Combi aircraft.  Air Canada’s flights originally operated to and from Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport (GMP), later moving to Incheon International Airport (ICN) when it opened in 2001, and where Air Canada’s flights continue to operate from today.

Today, Air Canada operates daily flights year-round between Vancouver and Seoul with Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and up to daily flights year-round between Toronto and Seoul with both Boeing 777s and 787 Dreamliners.

Air Canada’s flights to and from Seoul are scheduled to connect easily and conveniently to and from a multitude of destinations at both its YVR trans-pacific hub and at its Toronto Pearson global hub.  Customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyal program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers also enjoy priority check-in, priority boarding, Maple Leaf Lounges, and other benefits.

Jetlines Announces a Definitive Lease Agreement with SmartLynx for Two Airbus A320 Aircraft in Line for December Launch

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V; JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into definitive lease agreement with its partner, SmartLynx Airlines SIA, for two Airbus A320 that will be available for delivery in Q4 2019 in line with the expected commencement of Jetlines’ operations. Jetlines has set a launch of commercial service targeted for December 17, 2019 using Vancouver (YVR) as Jetlines’ home airport.

Jetlines’ operations department intends to conduct a familiarization inspection of the aircraft in the next few months to ensure the aircraft are in compliance with the Transport Canada A320 Type Certificate, and identify any additional equipment required.

The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by November 5, 2019 and as part of the AOC (Air Operator Certificate) process, they will be inspected by Transport Canada prior to launching operations.

CEO, Javier Suarez commented, “I am thrilled with the favourable lease rates offered by our partner Smartlynx. I’m also very pleased to share that the aircraft will be delivered in flight-ready condition with no reconfiguration needed; keeping our turnaround time and costs down. The aircraft will be Jetlines branded with the previously defined ultra-low cost 180 seats with an all economy configuration. We are working hard to have these two aircraft flying right before the busy holiday season in December 2019.”

Executive Chairman, Mark Morabito commented, “I want to again express my appreciation to our partners at SmartLynx for working with Jetlines to conclude these definitive lease agreements on favorable terms. Jetlines continues to work on concluding the final component of its financing plan so that it can begin airline operations in time for the holiday season.”

The two Airbus A320’s have virtually identical conformity in design, features, and equipment, allowing Jetlines to expedite the necessary training and maintenance processes. The two aircraft will be configured with 180 ultra-light ACRO seats, helping the airline save fuel while increasing its payload.

Vancouver Airport Authority recognized as leader in Canadian innovation

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Vancouver Airport Authority among winners of 2019 Vision to Reality Awards for developing the world’s first automated border clearance kiosk

RICHMOND, BC, May 14, 2019 /CNW/ – Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) has been recognized as a winner of PwC Canada’s 2019 Vision to Reality (V2R) awards for its self-service border control solution, BorderXpress, in the Builder category. BorderXpress technology was developed by Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), an independent business unit within Vancouver International Airport. The award ceremony took place in Toronto on May 9, 2019.

“We are honoured to be considered a leader in innovation for our BorderXpress solution. YVR has gone from identifying a universal problem at our own airport with border processing to building a locally-based product that it is now the global market leader,” says Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “With increased demand for air travel and changing border regulations, the industry must embrace innovation to increase efficiencies and improve passenger satisfaction, while maintaining the highest security standards.”

V2R is PwC Canada’s annual program aimed at recognizing and celebrating the most forward-thinking organizations in Canada. The awards are judged by an independent panel of judges and include four categories: The Visionary, the Builder, the Reinventor and the Accelerator. In addition to Vancouver Airport Authority, British Columbia’s Ministry of Health, GHGSat Inc. and Sun Life Financial were also named winners in the other respective categories.  

As the winner of the Builder category, Vancouver Airport Authority had to meet several requirements, including having revenue between CA$51 million and $CA1 billion, as well as being Canadian controlled or headquartered in Canada. The organization also had to demonstrate that it was actively innovating to improve product quality and find service efficiencies to help break through to the next level.

“Congratulations to Vancouver Airport Authority for winning the Builder Award at the 2019 PwC Vision to Reality (V2R) Awards,” says Chris Dulny, Chief Innovation Officer, PwC Canada. “Never has there been a more important time to bring together a community of innovators to encourage, support and value Canada’s most forward-thinking organizations.”

BorderXpress is a self-service border control solution that uses an efficient two-step process to expedite the border clearance process, reducing passenger wait times by more than 60 per cent. This results in cost and space savings and allows border officers to focus on maintaining the safety of the border. BorderXpress provides better exception handling, is fully accessible to persons with disabilities and can be configured with up to 35 different languages. It can process any passenger, including families travelling as a group.

“Technology plays a critical role in modernizing border management so that we can meet the needs of tomorrow’s traveller,” says Steve Hankinson, Vice President, Innovation and Planning, Vancouver Airport Authority. “At ITS, we have the experience needed to deliver a solution that is guaranteed to succeed – our technology is built by an airport, for airports. The recognition in receiving the Vision to Reality award further drives this home.”

ITS delivers industry-leading automated border control solutions that are proven to enhance the overall traveller experience and airport performance. Since 2009, ITS has sold over 1,600 kiosks at 44 airport, seaport and onboard sites around the world, helping more than 250 million passengers clear the border safely and securely. 

For more information about the V2R Awards, please visit pwc.com/ca/v2r.

Air Canada Summer 2019 Western Canada service adjustment

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By Jim Liu | Posted 30 April 2019

Air Canada during summer season is adjusting service in Western Canada, as the airline continues moving most service to Dash8-Q400 aircraft, instead of -300 (or -300/Q400 mix, based on comparison with summer 2018 season). Planned changes, effective 01MAY19, as follows.

Calgary – Kelowna Dash8-Q400 service increases from 3 to 4 daily (All flights operated by Q400)
Calgary – Saskatoon Dash8-Q400 service increases from 3 to 4 daily (All flights operated by Q400)
Calgary – Winnipeg 2 daily A320 and 1 daily CRJ900, replacing 4 daily CRJ900/Dash8-Q400
Vancouver – Comox 4 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 5 daily Dash8-300
Vancouver – Kamloops 4 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 5 daily Dash8-300/Q400
Vancouver – Nanaimo 7 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 8 daily Dash8-300/Q400
Vancouver – Penticton 3 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 4 daily Dash8-300
Vancouver – Prince Rupert 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 3 daily (weekdays) Dash8-300. Aircraft change from 01JUN19
Vancouver – Sandspit 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of Dash8-300/Q400. Aircraft change to all-Q400 from 01JUN19
Vancouver – Smithers 2 daily service operated by Dash8-Q400, instead of 3 daily Dash8-300

Multi-Agency Training Exercise at YVR

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RICHMOND, BC, April 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is hosting an airport-wide training exercise simulating an aircraft accident. YVR’s airfield and terminal will be used to practice emergency response plans with business partners, airlines and emergency responders. Nearly 500 participants from 25 different agencies will be involved in the exercise. Airport operations will not be impacted by this exercise.

The training exercise will run from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Passengers are advised to expect actors in the terminal taking part in the exercise. All participants will be clearly identifiable by vests, YVR baseball caps and/or name tags. Signs will also be posted around the airport with information. As a part of the exercise, there may also be smoke and emergency vehicles visible around Sea Island.

Full scale training exercises are a key part of YVR’s Emergency Management Plan and are performed on a regular basis to ensure emergency preparedness.

Woman suspected to be part of travelling theft group charged

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BY MARCELLA BERNARDO | Posted Apr 25, 2019

(Hana Mae Nassar, NEWS 1130 Photo)

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – Nine charges have now been laid against a 60-year-old woman accused of stealing from travellers at Vancouver International Airport.

Miriam Fajardo was arrested earlier this month by Mounties in Richmond investigating thefts reported as far back as Mar. 2.

They say the foreign national, believed to be part of a larger organized group, was caught stealing a purse from a passenger at YVR’s international arrivals terminal.

RELATED: Woman arrested at YVR, believed to be part of travelling theft group

“Police are looking at the possibility of linking multiple instances of theft to this woman,” read a release from RCMP. ” A number of law enforcement agencies besides the RCMP are interested in the accused and have been assisting us in our investigation.”

Fajardo is charged with six counts of theft under five thousand dollars, as well as one count of obstructing a police officer and two other identity fraud-related offences.

YVR Marks Retirement of Mary Jordan, Board Chair, with Scholarship

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Annual $20,000 scholarship for a female business student in British Columbia

RICHMOND, BC, April 23, 2019 /CNW/ -Today, Vancouver Airport Authority announced that Mary Jordan will retire as Chair of the Board of Directors in May 2019 at the end of her full term. Mary had an impressive 15-year tenure at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), having served on the Board since 2004 and as Board Chair since 2010. In recognition of Mary’s significant and far-reaching contributions to the organization, the Airport Authority has established the Mary B. Jordan YVR Scholarshipa $20,000 scholarship to support women pursuing business studies in British Columbia.

Mary joined the YVR Board following a notable career in the airline industry as a senior executive for leading airlines in North America. Under her leadership, the YVR team achieved several significant awards: Best Airport in the World by CAPA Centre for Aviation, Best Airport in North America by Skytrax for an unprecedented ten consecutive years and one of BC’s Top Employers for 13 consecutive years. YVR also received several Excellence in Governance awards from the Governance Professionals of Canada during her tenure, including Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management (2016), Best Overall Corporate Governance (non-public entity— 2017), Best Practices in Enhancing Boardroom Diversity (2017) and Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight & Value Creation by the Board (2018). Under her leadership, YVR signed the historic 30-year Musqueam Indian Band – YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement. This momentous agreement sets a strong precedent for how YVR honours its relationship with Indigenous peoples and how it is committed to managing the airport for the benefit of everyone.

“On behalf of Vancouver Airport Authority, we are extremely grateful for Mary’s many contributions to our organization. Mary presided over a period of significant and unprecedented growth at the airport and played an instrumental role in the success of the organization. She embodies the values of an exemplary leader and has been a true visionary for our team. As part of our commitment to support diversity in our organization and in recognition of Mary’s excellence and dedication, we are excited to launch the Mary B. Jordan YVR Scholarship for women in business,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.

“It’s been a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Board at Vancouver Airport Authority—I am proud of the work our team has accomplished over the past 15 years as we have grown YVR into a world-class sustainable hub, all while providing social and economic benefits to our community,” said Mary Jordan, Board Chair, Vancouver Airport Authority. “I’m so touched and honoured that the Airport Authority has created a scholarship in my name to support women in business. I look forward to YVR’s bright future and staying engaged as an alumni Director.”

The annual scholarship will be awarded to a female or female-identified, full-time student studying business at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia. Each year, one recipient will receive a $20,000 scholarship for their business education. Students enrolled in a third, fourth, or fifth year of a Baccalaureate Business program or the first year of a Master’s degree program are eligible to apply. This year, the application intake period begins on May 15 and the successful recipient will be notified over the summer. For more information about the scholarship and submission details, visit yvr.ca/scholarships.

Vancouver Airport Authority will announce its new Chair of the Board in Spring of 2019.

Flight from Vancouver to Winnipeg diverted due to reports of smoke

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BY SONIA ASLAM AND DENISE WONG | Posted Apr 18, 2019

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – An Air Canada flight from Vancouver has been diverted to Regina because of what’s been described as a “declared emergency.”

Flight AC 290 was supposed to land in Winnipeg.

Air Canada says the diversion was “due to reports of smoke coming from a galley oven.”

It says the crew diverted to the nearest airport “as a precaution.”

“The aircraft landed normally, was met by airport response vehicles as per standard procedure, and taxi’d to the gate under its own power where the 146 passengers disembarked normally.”

Air Canada says another aircraft and crew is being sent to Regina to complete the flight, which is estimated to arrive about six hours late in Winnipeg.

 – With files from Martin MacMahon

Woman arrested at YVR, believed to be part of travelling theft group

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BY DENISE WONG |Posted Apr 18, 2019

(Hana Mae Nassar, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Mounties think a 60-year-old woman arrested at YVR may be part of group of thieves travelling between airports

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – Mounties in Richmond believe a woman who was arrested at YVR airport this week is part of an organized group stealing valuables from people at airports.

Officers arrested the 60-year-old woman at around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. She’s accused of stealing a purse from a passenger in the international arrivals terminal.

Investigators think she may be part of a larger ring of thieves who are travelling between airports.

RCMP say over the past month, they have been sending plainclothed officers to keep an eye out for these kinds of crimes. They say the suspect may be linked to other crimes.

According to investigators, suspects in such theft rings work in teams and use techniques to distract people from the thefts as they happen.

“They are often difficult to identify and detect, as they are extremely good at their craft,” said Inspector Keith Bramhill with Richmond RCMP.

“If a theft has been reported, it is largely after the fact. The suspect or suspects have long since vanished with police working hard to play catch up,” he added.

Police are reminding you to keep a close eye on your belongings at the airport and report any suspicious activity right away.

Sunwing reintroduces domestic flight service this summer with instant savings of $200 per couple

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TORONTO, April 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing is making it easier than ever for Canadians to discover the beauty of their own backyard with the return of its domestic flight service this summer. Back by popular demand for a 14th consecutive season, travellers who book by April 30, 2019 can enjoy savings of $200 per couple on domestic flights to some of Canada’s most beautiful cities. 

Canadians can look forward to daily flights between Toronto and Vancouver available starting May 13 until September 4, 2019 and weekly flights departing Thursdays from September 5 to October 10, 2019. In Toronto, travellers can explore gourmet dining experiences, world-class nightlife and a blend of different cultures from around the world. In Vancouver, vacationers can explore the city’s picturesque coastal landscapes and vibrant downtown centre surrounded by the breathtaking mountains.

Those looking to explore the dramatic landscapes of Canada’s East Coast can take advantage of flights from Toronto to three cities in Newfoundland. From June 12 to September 4 travellers can take advantage of five weekly flights to St. John’s  from Monday to Friday where they can take in spectacular ocean vistas on a hike along North Head Trail and admire the picturesque Cape Spear Lighthouse. With twice-weekly flights to Gander on Tuesdays and Fridays from June 18 to September 3, vacationers can discover the unspoiled Kittiwake Coast—one of the few places in the world where you’ll see sand, water, vegetation and icebergs in the same area. From June 12 to September 4 the tour operator is offering weekly flights departing on Wednesdays to Stephenville where travellers can hike along the majestic Long Range Mountains dating back 1.2 billion years.

Passengers can sit back and relax on board Sunwing Airlines with award-winning inflight service featuring complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and a buy on board selection of snacks and light meals including the Grilled Tex Mex Chicken Wrap inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. For additional perks, including priority check-in and security line access*, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector.

*Available at select Canadian airports.