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Airport Authority Purchases QinetiQ Radar System For Runway Debris Detection Latest Technology In Airport Safety ancouver International Airport Authority has purchased the Tarsier Foreign Object Debris (FOD) radar detection system from U.K.-based QinetiQ (pronounced “kinetic”), Europe’s largest science and technology company. The purchase makes YVR the first airport in the world to own the system, which could potentially improve the safety of every major airport runway. YVR was also the first commercial airport in the world to trial the Tarsier system, which will be installed at the airport early next year. FOD can be an item as small as a wheel from a suitcase or loose gravel on an airport operating surface. In SEE QINETIQ RADAR, PAGE 2

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End Of An Era

Demolition Of YVR’s Old Control Tower Work continues on the dismantlement of YVR’s old control tower as part of the airport’s seismic upgrading program. Burnaby-based Pacific Blasting and Demolition began removal of the top of the tower, or cab, in mid-June. Following the removal of the cab, a tower crane was fitted into the tower and a steel deck and temporary scaffolding were erected. All reusable materials, such as the concrete and steel from the tower, will be recycled. Built in 1967, the tower is the one of the last remaining features of YVR’s ‘60s-era terminal. QinetiQ’s Tarsier radar on trial last year.

Boeing Launches Higher Capacity, Longer Range 737-900ER he newest member of Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 family, the 737-900ER (Extended Range) was launched last month, following the completion of a sales agreement for up to 60 of the airplanes from Indonesia’s Lion Air. The 737-900ER, formerly known as the 737-900X, will carry more passengers and fly farther, increasing the capability of the Next-Generation 737 airplane

T The newest member of Boeing’s NextGeneration 737 family, the 737-900ER. Photo: The Boeing Company.

family. The 737-900ER is the same size as the 737-900, however, the addition of a pair of exit doors and a flat rear pressure bulkhead enables it to carry 26 additional passengers, raising the maximum capacity from 189 to 215 in a single-class layout. Aerodynamic and structural design changes, including strengthened wings, a two-position tailskid, enhancements to the SEE 737-900ER, PAGE 3

China Eastern Receives New A320

Last month, Airbus delivered its 2,500 th A320 Family aircraft to China Eastern Airlines during a ceremony in Toulouse, France. The handover occurred in the same month that the A320 Family reached its 40-million flight hour total. Pictured are China Eastern Airlines chairman Li Fenghua and Airbus president and CEO Gustav Humbert. China Eastern offers a daily non-stop flight from YVR to Shanghai Pu Dong. Photo: Airbus.

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addition to the safety risks posed, FOD-related damage costs the aviation industry an estimated $4-billion annually. FOD detection through visual inspections is the current industry standard, with airports conducting frequent checks of runways and taxiways. At night or during poor weather, FOD detection can be difficult. The radar system is based on highresolution millimetre wave radar and can operate in all weather conditions and at night; it has been proven to detect and locate small objects on an airport runway to accuracy of three metres and at a distance of up to two kilometres. Four Tarsier radar units will be installed at YVR, one at each end of the north and south parallel runways, each of which is approximately three kilometres in length. A display unit, providing the Airport Authority’s Operations team with an all-weather, around-the-clock runway picture, will be installed in YVR’s Operations

Centre. The display unit provides Airport Operations staff with coordinates of reported FOD. Coordinates are entered into a vehicle GPS navigation system, allowing Airport Operations staff to go directly to the location and retrieve the object in a matter of minutes. “The installation of Tarsier will represent a step change in runway safety and we are delighted to be working with Vancouver International Airport as our first customer,” said Steve Brittan, managing director of QinetiQ Airport Radar. “To deliver an entirely new radar system only five years after being challenged to solve the important problem of runway debris is a considerable achievement. We are very excited by the potential of Tarsier to make a real difference to global airport safety and look forward to announcing further sales in the near future.” Vancouver hosted the first full trial of the Tarsier system at a commercial airport last summer. Potentially dan-

gerous objects were detected and retrieved from the runway by airport staff in less than five minutes. A representative of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) also attended the trial, resulting in a short trial at JFK airport in New York in November 2004. “The purchase of the Tarsier system marks another exciting first for YVR, and underscores our commitment to safety,” said Craig Richmond, vice president, Airport Operations, Vancouver International Airport Authority. “I don’t think you can overstate the benefits of having a system working around the clock in all conditions to help ensure our runways remain clear and safe, and Vancouver is proud to be a leader in this innovative technology.” QinetiQ is actively pursuing other applications for its millimetre wave radar, including perimeter security, surface movement tracking, runway incursion and bird detection.

New Technology For Moving Airplanes On The Ground he Boeing Company and Gibraltar-based Chorus Motors, a developer of proprietary electric motor technologies, have demonstrated an exploratory technology that could lead to a more efficient way of moving airplanes when they are on the ground at airports. In June, researchers from Phantom Works, Boeing’s advanced research and development unit, and a Chorus Motors team, installed an electric motor drive on an Air Canada 767 and conducted a series of successful tests. Air Canada pilots performed manoeuvres on slopes and terrains typical of those at airports around the world, including driving in reverse from a gate and taxiing forward to a runway. Tests also were performed at ramp temperatures exceeding 48 degrees Celsius and at loads of up to 94 per cent of the


maximum takeoff weight for the airplane. “Powered nose wheels have very positive benefits and I am quite impressed with the potential of the electric motor technology,” said Capt. Hugh Campbell, director of Pilot Qualifications at Air Canada, who participated in the testing with Capt. Richard Burke, Air Canada’s chief 767 pilot. According to Bob Carman, Chorus Motors’ WheelTug™ program manager, the motors could save airlines money by reducing the need for ground tugs and their associated costs, allow faster flight turnarounds, increase fuel efficiency and reduce airplane noise and emissions at airports. Next steps involve working to successfully resolve technical issues that surfaced during the tests.

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Putting Innovation Into Action uly marked another exciting first for us here at YVR, when we announced the purchase of an innovative radar-based system that can detect Foreign Object Debris (FOD) on our runways. YVR is the first airport in the world to have the system. Known as Tarsier, the system uses high-resolution millimetre wave radar and can operate in all weather conditions and at night. It can detect and locate objects as small as a pen to within three metres and at a distance of up to two kilometres. FOD can cause damage to aircraft and poses a serious risk if undetected. Four Tarsier radar units will be installed at YVR early next year, one at each end of the north and south parallel runways. The Tarsier system underscores our commitment to safety, as well as our commitment to innovation. We recognize the need for a broad range of services and conveniences for our passengers, and this has led to innovations in many other areas. The Airport Authority is a pioneer in common-use technology, such as the self-service check-in kiosks that have been embraced by both passengers and airlines. Since these kiosks were launched at YVR in 2002, airports around the world have continued to adopt this system, and it is fast becoming the industry standard. We’ll continue to lead the way in streamlined passenger processing when kiosks are installed in Richmond and Vancouver Delta Hotel locations in the coming weeks, providing more convenient off-airport locations for passengers to check in. We are the only airport in North America piloting NEXUS Air, a system that allows pre-screened passen-

J F-16 U.S. fighter jets visited YVR last month for a film sequence of the popular TV series Stargate. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly manoeuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. Photo: Tony Cruz.

Lights, Camera, Action s the reigning Hollywood North, Vancouver is no stranger to show business. The city’s temperate climate, cosmopolitan flavour and diverse neighbourhoods make it a popular filming locale. But, our city isn’t the only star. Did you know that YVR has also appeared in a number of productions ranging from Christopher Guest’s mockumentary Best in Show to commercials for Dawn Dish Soap? Last year alone, 19 commercial projects were shot at YVR; in addition to feature films, YVR has also been the backdrop for a number of television series, TV movies, and advertisements. YVR’s striking architecture and spacious terminals make it a desirable airport for filming. In 2004, movies shooting scenes at YVR included: Two for the Money, with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, The Deal, with



Christian Slater and Selma Blair, Chaos, with Ryan Phillippe and Jason Statham, and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, starring teen queens Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively. And just last month, Pacific Air 121, starring Samuel L. Jackson, filmed an airport scene at YVR. Other feature films being shot at the airport in 2005 include: Antarctica, with Paul Walker, Jason Biggs and Bruce Greenwood, The Pink Panther with Steve Martin, The Wrong Element/Firewall with Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany, and Marigold with Ali Larter. As we swing into summer and Hollywood’s blockbuster season, keep your eyes open for movies featuring YVR. For all of you cinephiles, next time you are watching a movie with an airport scene, see if you can identify the airport. It may just be closer to home than you realize.

gers flying to and from the United States to go through self-service screening kiosks and identify themselves with biometrics such as fingerprints and iris scans. We have also taken an innovative approach to speeding up the processing of U.S. passengers who pass through YVR each year for an Alaskan cruise. Working with industry and government partners, we introduced the on-board check-in and U.S. Direct programs. During the first month of operations, these two programs enabled us to take more than 30,000 passengers out of the Customs Hall and process them in an expedited fashion in a dedicated facility, and helped ease the congestion in our transborder check-in area. When it comes to shops and services, I am proud to say we are an industry leader in terms of the variety and quality of amenities we offer our customers. YVR is home to the first airport 7-Eleven; a full-service health care centre with a medical centre, dentist, pharmacy, and medical lab; Plaza Premium pay-per-use lounge facilities for our international travellers; and the popular MetroNaps sleeping pods. YVR was also the first airport in Canada to significantly expand retail offerings to U.S.-bound passengers in the transborder gate area, which had been restricted by government for years. This dedication to putting innovation into action has been key to YVR’s success, whether in safety, with ground-breaking technology like the Tarsier system, shops and services, or passenger processing. At the Airport Authority, we’re always looking for new and better ways to do things, because ultimately that means a better experience for you, our passenger.


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Your Airport Community Newspaper AUGUST 2005 ISSUE • VOL. 12 • NO. 10 YVR SKYTALK, the official newspaper of the Vancouver International Airport, is owned and published monthly by Westco Marketing Ltd. for the more than 26,000 people who make up the airport community at YVR. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher:

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CanJet Adds More Legroom ith its inaugural non-stop flight from Toronto, touching down at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on June 27, Halifax-based CanJet became Canada’s newest coast-to-coast airline. Initially, CanJet will operate one daily non-stop flight between Vancouver and Toronto departing Vancouver at 12:40 p.m. and arriving in Toronto at 8:15 p.m. local time. The airline’s flight schedule will also offer connections in both directions to Halifax, Moncton and St. John’s. With the expansion of service on the longer-haul routes, the airline will be creating more legroom for travellers by expanding the seat pitch on each of its Boeing 737-500 series aircraft. “We will be removing two seats from each of our aircraft and re-configuring the cabin to increase the overall average seat pitch by two inches,” said Julie N. Gossen, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “With the lowest everyday fares on the routes we serve and digEplayer in-flight entertainment, the addition of more legroom on our airplanes is further indication of the value we place on attracting and keeping our loyal customers.”


The airline’s director of maintenance and engineering, Jim Penwell, will be directing the project. “This work will be done at our Halifax home base by the airline’s maintenance team,” said Penwell. “One aircraft already meets our new legroom specifications and the response from customers has been overwhelmingly positive.” Re-configuration of the remaining eight aircraft will begin in midSeptember and will be completed by the end of October with no interference to the airline’s daily operating schedule. CanJet Airlines is a division of IMP Group Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s largest aviation and aerospace companies. The airline division provides scheduled service to 14 markets in Canada and the United States with Boeing 737 aircraft. Customers can book on-line at; through CanJet’s Reservations Sales Centre at 1-800809-7777; or through their preferred travel agency.

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estJet has reported a return to profitability in its 2005 secondquarter results, with net earnings of $2.3-million compared to net earnings of $7.5-million achieved in the same period in 2004. Operating revenue increased this quarter by 26.9 per cent to $326.4million from $257.3-million in the quarter ended June 30, 2004. WestJet’s available seat miles (ASMs) grew by 23.3 per cent to 2.5 billion from 2.1 billion in the same quarter last year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 29.6 per cent to 1.8 billion this quarter, from 1.4 billion in the second quarter of 2004. WestJet’s load factor for the quarter was 71 per cent, compared with 67.5 per cent in the same period in 2004. The company’s year-to-date load factor was 72.3 per cent, compared with 67.7 per cent during the first half of last year. On an ASM basis, WestJet’s fuel expense was 29 per cent higher in the second quarter of 2005 versus the second quarter of 2004. The impact of this cost was mitigated somewhat by the increasing proportion of fuel-efficient Boeing Next-Generation aircraft in the fleet and the airline’s increasing


stage length, which increased 10.6 per cent to 792 miles this quarter from 716 miles in the second quarter of 2004. “We are extremely pleased to have returned to profitability with the announcement of our second quarter results,” said Clive Beddoe, WestJet’s president and CEO. “We performed exceptionally well at containing our costs this period as our team improved efficiencies and realized unit-cost reductions in virtually every facet of our controllable costs.” Last month, the airline completed the sale of its Boeing 737-200 fleet to Miami-based Apollo Aviation Group. WestJet currently has 10 737-200 aircraft remaining in its fleet, all of which will be replaced by NextGeneration 737 aircraft by March 2006. Apollo also purchased WestJet’s inventory of spare parts and engines, as well as the company’s 737-200 flight simulator. Beginning in March 2006, WestJet will operate a fleet comprised exclusively of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft equipped with more legroom, leather seats and live seatback television on its 700-series aircraft. The airline currently operates 44 Next-Generation aircraft in its fleet of 54 aircraft.


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Fred Kroon, Air Traffic Controller By Kate Forrester eputed to be among the most stressful jobs in the world, air traffic controllers are responsible for coordinating the safe movement of aircraft, maintaining safe distances between planes, and directing takeoffs and landings. For Fred Kroon, it’s all in a day’s work. An air traffic controller for 31 years, Kroon has been directing aircraft at YVR since 1984. He enjoys the dynamic and challenging nature of the job and likes that “every day promises to be different. Not only is the job both interesting and respected, but I enjoy being a part of something major.” In addition to managing stress, he said that multi-tasking, three-dimensional thinking and a thick skin are critical for success. “From fog and wind to fluctuating travel peaks, responding quickly to changing conditions is the most challenging aspect of this job.” In a list of job descriptions, the


Princeton Review noted that air traffic controllers must have a “Zen Master’s ability to focus,” and “nerves of steel.” Each day, air traffic controllers are required to make split-second decisions involving both human lives and aircraft. Kroon recounted one of his most colourful experiences when, as an air traffic controller at Castlegar, the cloud cover was so thick a plane on approach could not land safely at the airport. Leaving the tower with only his radio, Kroon acted as the pilot’s eyes and helped the pilot land on a stretch of nearby highway. For many people, aviation holds a sense of romance and fascination, and Kroon is no exception. Growing up, his father worked as a pilot for KLM airlines, instilling in him a keen interest in the industry at an early age. A native of Montreal, he began his career on the north shore of Quebec, where he spent three years before moving to Castlegar and finally to

Toy Guns Create Airport Security Delays T he Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is advising air travellers to leave their water pistols and toy guns at home to avoid causing unnecessary security delays at airports. From January to June 2005, airport screening officers intercepted nearly 3,000 toy guns, water pistols, toy grenades, and other items resembling real weapons. “Through an X-ray machine, those items look like a threatening object. We cannot take any chances,” says Kevin McGarr, vice president Risk & Quality, CATSA. Once screening officers detect a threat, they will notify police. This has a direct impact on other travellers. Last year, the interception of prohibited items at airport security checkpoints caused delays totalling 15,000 hours. “Canadian travellers have to know what they can and cannot bring on board an aircraft. The consequence is a stressful wait for other passengers and a misuse of resources meant for a real emergency,” said McGarr.

So far this year, screening officers intercepted more than 262,000 prohibited items. The most common items are knives and sharp objects. However, a number of toys and accessories, such as gun-shaped belt buckles and jewellry, as well as ammunition, have been intercepted. Even a grenade-shaped perfume bottle, although harmless, will not pass security. Prohibited Items In Carry-On Baggage Toy guns and anything shaped like a weapon, including real or imitation ammunition. Pocket knives, scissors, sharp fishing gear (such as fishing hooks) and other sharp objects must be packed in checked baggage. Flammable aerosol containers and camping items such as gas containers and wooden matches are not allowed in either carry-on or checked baggage. For more information on how to pack your carry-on and checked baggage, visit or call 1-888-2942202.

Vancouver. Although each airport has its own unique set of challenges, Vancouver is regarded as a “complex tower.” With a diverse mix of small and large aircraft, YVR often handles more planes than larger airports. “Typically, larger airports handle large jets exclusively, accounting for greater passenger numbers, while YVR accommodates everything from jumbo jets to Dash-8s,” Kroon said. YVR also sees significant numbers of helicopters, and has the second largest floatplane operation in North America. The ongoing construction at YVR, particularly on the airfield itself, is also a challenge for air traffic controllers. “That said, over the years I have been working at YVR, this airport has undergone astronomical change and is now truly a world-class airport. I travel a lot and have seen

airports around the world, and YVR is truly unique.” Kroon has also seen a number of changes since NAV Canada assumed responsibility for air traffic control in 1996. In an industry that depends on sophisticated equipment and technology, considerable changes and improvements have taken place over the past couple of years. And thanks to people like Kroon, the skies have never been safer.



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Plastic Used Most Often To Pay For Summer Vacations ore than half of Canadian travellers (58 per cent) will use credit cards to pay for their summer vacation, according to a recent Scotiabank study on Canadians’ travel intentions. After credit cards, cash (39 per cent) and debit cards (33 per cent) are the next preferred methods of payment. Young travellers (ages 18 to 24) are more apt to use cash (51 per cent) than other methods to pay for their travel expenses. Travellers’ cheques are the least popular form of payment (six per cent). The study also found that Canadian travellers plan to spend an average of $2,467 this year on a 10day summer vacation. On average, transportation ($736) and lodging ($714) will make up the bulk of the expense; $412 will be spent on meals, $352 on shopping and $348 on entertainment/sight-seeing.


The amount travellers intend to spend varies significantly by gender and destination. Men expect to spend 28 per cent more than women on their vacation, while travellers to Europe will spend up to 71 per cent more than those planning to travel within Canada or to the United States. When planning a summer getaway, access to money at the destination of choice can be as important as the destination itself. Whether travelling within Canada or abroad, travellers should consider a combination of payment methods to ensure all the angles are covered when they need to access money. Credit Cards - Easily and very widely accepted, they avoid the inconvenience of keeping track of multiple currencies and additional currency conversions at moneychangers or banks. Ensure you have a PIN on your card should you need to access cash from international ATMs.


Also, make sure to register the cards before leaving home, and know the expiry dates and credit limits. Check your cardholder agreement to see what kinds of benefits your card may offer—several premium cards provide insurances such as travel, emergency medical coverage,

rental car collision, etc., at no extra charge. Cash - If you choose to carry cash, split it up by keeping some in a hotel safe or travel wallet. Have smaller denominations in the local currency on hand for things like tips and taxis. Make sure to use those foreign coins before returning home, as most foreign exchange services in Canada will not accept them. Debit Cards - Find out what

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Orca Airways Launches Tofino Service ast month, Orca Airways began passenger service from Vancouver’s South Terminal to Tofino on Vancouver Island. The summer schedule will operate six flights daily, departing Vancouver at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Tofino departures are at 12 a.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. Two pilot crews will operate the 45-minute flights. Orca Airways, located at the Esso Avitat Centre, presently operates one eight-passenger twin engine Piper Navajo Chieftain. The aircraft features leather seats with chair tables, and computer power receptacles at each seat. The airline offers a unique “Check In Chill Out” service at the Tofino airport. Check In: Passengers are met on arrival at the airport and taken to their final destination in Tofino. Chill Out: Passengers are picked up 45 minutes before departure and taken to the Tofino airport for the return trip to Vancouver. Operated by owner/president


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Air Canada Expands Routes, Improves Schedules ir Canada has announced major schedule enhancements in Canada and the United States, including the introduction of daily non-stop service between Vancouver-San Diego, starting December 15, 2005. The airline is also implementing schedule improvements, providing additional flights and more routes with jet service across its North America-wide network. Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz will operate the new routes and additional flights. “The arrival of Next-Generation jet aircraft in our North American fleets allows Air Canada and Jazz to offer customers more point-to-point, nonstop flights, enhanced schedules and more jet service,” said Ben Smith, vice president, Network Planning. “Fifteen consecutive months of




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Improved Schedules Vancouver-San Francisco: Up to three daily non-stop flights with the introduction of one additional flight effective December 17, 2005. Increased Flights Vancouver-Toronto: Up to 15 daily non-stop flights this winter with the introduction of one additional flight. Vancouver-Calgary: Up to 17 daily non-stop flights this winter with the introduction of three additional flights. New Jet Service By October 30, 2005, Air Canada Jazz will have converted VancouverPrince George and Vancouver-Fort St. John routes from Dash-8 turboprop to 50-seat CRJ jet service, offering customers enhanced comfort and faster travel times.

UpcomingEventsUpcomingEventsUpcomingEvents AUGUST 2005 ABBOTSFORD INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW – ABBOTSFORD, B.C. Fri., Aug. 12 – Sun., Aug. 14, 2005 Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II and Canada’s role in the liberation of Europe and Holland. Featuring Canadian Forces Snowbirds, USAF Thunderbirds, GF Skyhawks Parachute Team, Red Baron Pizza Squadron, and many more flight displays. For more information, visit ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE VANCOUVER AIR SERVICES GOLF TOURNAMENT Mylora Golf Club, Richmond Sat., Aug. 20, 2005 Third annual RCMP charity golf tournament. This year’s donations will go to Vancouver children’s Hospital and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.). Tee times start at 9 a.m. Reception to follow. Cost: $60 per person, includes golf, dinner and prizes. Contact Mike Burritt (604) 303-1314, or (604) 313-2237. YVR AT PNE Building the Gateway display August 22 - September 5, 2005 Visit the YVR Building the Gateway display in the Urban Change Pavilion to learn more about upcoming construction projects at

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Cathay Adds Aircraft, Partners With Air China And RBC athay Pacific recently celebrated the arrival of its 95th aircraft – a new Airbus 330-300. The aircraft is the first to feature a new-generation entertainment system that will be incorporated into Cathay’s entire fleet by January 2006. The airline has three more A330-300s on firm order as well as a Boeing 777-300, plus five used B747-400s to be reconfigured to its specifications. Cathay will have 100 aircraft by its 60th anniversary in September 2006. Destination Hong Kong Disneyland Cathay is preparing for a new wave of fun-seeking travellers when the world’s fifth Disneyland opens in its Hong Kong hub this September. Predicted to boost Hong Kong as a hol-


iday destination, it is expected to draw travellers from around the world, in particular from the Chinese Mainland and other regional cities in Asia. New Partnerships Cathay has collaborated with Air China to allow members of their frequent-flyer programs to accrue and redeem miles on flights operated by both carriers as part of a closer strategic partnership. The new program will be in effect in the third quarter of this year and applies to Cathay flights world-wide and Air China destinations on the Chinese Mainland and overseas. Members of the program will be able to redeem free airline tickets as well as a wide range of other rewards. Cathay has also formed an alliance with the Royal Bank, which is offering the RBC Cathay Pacific Visa

Know Before You Go oreign Affairs Canada has changed the terminology it uses to communicate official travel warnings to Canadians. The department encourages Canadians making travel plans to visit its Consular Affairs website ( as early as possible to view advice on more than 200 destinations worldwide. For example, in a country engaged in a war, travel warnings will state: “Foreign Affairs Canada advises against all travel to this country.” For a nation recovering from civil unrest, travel warnings will read: “Foreign Affairs Canada advises against non-essential travel to this country.” Situations and events that can trigger a travel warning include civil unrest, war, rebellion, natural disasters and health emergencies.


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A Cathay A330-300 takes off. Platinum card—the only card in Canada that allows cardholders to earn Asia Miles every time it is used. RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum


Foreign Affairs Canada has introduced the distinction between “all travel” and “non-essential travel” to increase the awareness of Canadian travellers, as well as the travel industry, of safety and security issues abroad. This change responds to a formal request from the World Tourism Organization to governments worldwide to standardize the terms used in travel warnings. Despite the change in terminology, the nature of travel warnings remains the same: To provide formal recommendations that Canadians avoid travel to a country, or specific region(s) of a country, when information from credible sources suggests that is not safe to travel there. Refunds and insurance claims will still need to be settled by the traveller and the travel agency or travel insurance company.


tect your PIN. Travellers’ Cheques - If lost or stolen they can be easily replaced, often within a day or two. However, ensure that your destination accepts travellers’ cheques or has cheque-cashing offices or banks that will accept them. Note that some travellers’ cheque issuers and cashiers may charge a commission or fee to issue or redeem them. Online/Telephone Banking Using the Internet or telephone while on vacation is a time-saving and costefficient way to access bank accounts and keep bill payments up-to-date. Some providers allow you to postdate bill payments and transfers

before you leave. Prior to leaving, consult your bank’s online security section for “safe computing” practices.

Remember to exercise caution when using public or unfamiliar computers such as those in cafés, hotels, libraries and airports.

Airport Job Training Check-In/Customer Service Agents At YVR FREE INFORMATION SESSIONS 17 Aug 2005, 7.00pm Douglas College, Surrey 8 & 22 Sep 2005, 7.00pm Burnaby Central High School 13 Sep, 2005, 7.00 McNeil Sec. School, Richmond. CLASS START DATES – SEPT. 2005 This program is designed to provide you with the skills required to enter this popular job field as a front-line entry-level Customer Service Agent at the Airline counters. Second language French, Spanish, German, Vietnamese, or Korean an asset. Attend one of the Information Sessions to learn more about how you can get started in this field. For Information call: Burnaby Cont. Ed at 604 664 8888 Richmond Cont. Ed at 604 668 6123 Douglas College, Surrey Campus at 604 588 7772.

cardholders accumulate Asia Miles by earning one Asia Mile for each Canadian dollar spent on the card, plus new cardholders will receive 5,000 bonus miles upon enrollment. Cardholders also earn two Asia Miles for each HK$5 spent for inflight purchase and from now until May 15, 2006, travellers will earn two Asia

Miles for every Canadian dollar spent on flights booked online at Cathay offers two flights daily non-stop from Vancouver to Hong Kong, daily non-stop service from Vancouver to New York, plus a thriceweekly freighter service between Vancouver and Hong Kong.



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New Combined Spa And Salon At YVR YVR Six-Month Passenger Traffic Numbers fter robust first-quarter growth in passenger traffic at YVR, second-quarter numbers have moderated somewhat. A factor that slowed growth in the domestic sector was the loss of Canadian carrier Jetsgo, and subsequent price increases by remaining carriers.



Conversely, European traffic numbers, driven by a healthy growth in charter capacity, continued to perform well. Overall, all sectors are up in the first six months of the year, with YVR continuing to track for 16.4 million passengers in 2005.







9.4% 3.9% 6.5%

6.0% 3.0% 4.4%

7.1% 1.7% 4.2%

8.0% 13.8% 11.7%

-5.0% 26.0% 3.3%

7.5% 4.4% 5.9%

Airline Route Changes And Additions elta Airlines will be retaining year-round service from Vancouver to Atlanta (ATL) with daily B737-800 service throughout the fall and winter months. It will also be retaining jet service to Salt Lake City (SLC) with a daily B737-300 service that was introduced this summer. On September 6, 2005, America West will discontinue its CRJ service to San Diego, which commenced in March, and will be reducing CRJ frequencies to Los Angeles (LAX) from daily to thrice weekly in October. America

D Franco Ingenito outside the new spa and salon on Level 1 of the Domestic Terminal. Ingenito has been cutting and styling hair at YVR since 1968, when the airport opened its main air terminal. he Absolute Spa Group and the Airport Hair Salon have joined forces to open a spa and salon on Level 1 of the Domestic Terminal. Franco Ingenito, previous owner of the Airport Hair Salon, has moved to the new location and will continue to provide service to his clientele at the new Absolute Spa and Salon YVR. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Absolute Spa and Salon YVR is now


a full-service salon offering men’s and women’s haircuts, styling, colouring and old-fashioned straight razor shaves. Spa services include an expanded range of new and traditional treatments including manicures, pedicures, oxygen treatments, chair massages, facials, body contouring and hydrotherapy. For appointments, please call (604) 278-2514.

Canada To Develop No-Fly List arlier this month, at a speech in Halifax, Federal Transport Minister Jean Lapierre announced that Canada will create a no-fly list as part of a government security program. The list, expected to be in place by 2006, would be developed in consultation with the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Under the new program, called Passenger Protect, officials will begin


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West will operate 10-times weekly A319 service to Las Vegas (LAS) during the winter, up from daily service last winter. Air Canada will offset the loss of America West’s San Diego flights with the commencement of its own daily CRJ-705 service on December 17, 2005. The Vancouver-San Diego route will also be served by Alaska Airlines, which continues to provide daily B737 service.

Fast Service Line: (604) 761-2362 D-5455 Airport Rd South (at Million Air next to Helijet) Open 7 Days a Week & Holidays: Mon-Sat 6am-9pm Sun 9am-9pm

*Call Mike for details on in-flight catering and company party (sushi & sandwiches) trays

devising criteria that would identify people who pose “an immediate threat to aviation security,” and will work with airlines to stop those people from flying. Lapierre said the new program will not violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the

Constitution. The United States has operated a no-fly list since the Sept. 11, Transport 2001, terrorist Minister JeanC. Lapierre. attacks.

New Member Of Vancouver’s CATSA Team aul Sander has joined CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority) as regional manager for Vancouver. Sander, who has spent most of his working career in an airport operations environment, started with Vancouver International Airport Authority in 1997 as an airport duty


manager. In this position, he was able to learn about the airport and the various relationships between the airport stakeholders. During his tenure at the Airport Authority, he held various positions including contract management, property leasing, airline client relations, and most recently as security coordinator.

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VANCOUVER AIRPORT CHAPLAINCY a Quiet Place... ...for quiet reflection, prayer, meditation relax, listen to music, eat your lunch, read a book. a Safe Place... ...for personal, confidential conversation with someone who cares. discuss personal or spiritual issues in a nonthreatening environment.

Please visit us on International Arrivals Level 1, or contact us by phone: (604) 303-3010 or email:





POSITIONS AVAILABLE Servisair GlobeGround has Permanent P/T

BAGGAGE HANDLER positions available.

Chestnut Tree Bed & Breakfast Comfortable accommodation, with special discounts for airline personnel. Five minutes from airport, in Richmond. Free pick-up to and from airport.

Wage $9.10/hr. Medical & Flight Benefits. Must hold valid Class 5 or 7N BC Drivers Licence. Please fax or e-mail résumé to 604-303-4574 Attn. Ramp

No phone calls please

Phone Penny or Ross (604) 273-1198 E-mail: Web site:

Start in the right place. Providing uniformed security officers since 1974. Securiguard is the Largest Privately Owned Security Firm in BC. Securiguard is seeking applicants for security positions at the Access Control Points in the Vancouver Airport. Applicants must have previously held a full YVR Restricted Area Pass. Security (BST) training will be provided to suitable applicants.



Office Assistant/General Check-In Person

Contact 604-992-3380

Specially for Airline Employees, Family and Friends 604-606-1700 TOLL FREE: 1-800-665-3100

• 785 SQ. FT. • 2nd floor office space overlooking YVR and the coast mountains (on a clear day) • Private Bathroom & Kitchenette • Private Entrance • $12 per sq. ft. per annum (includes all taxes, but excludes utilities)

Wake up to seagulls in nostalgic Steveston village in a relaxed atmosphere. A hop away from Arrivals. Hospitable host will ensure carefree visit. Your room is bright with generous Photo: courtesy Dave Kemp ensuite. South doors open up to spacious terrace overlooking board-walks & Shady Island. Close to casual & fine eateries, boutiques, bike rentals, cafes, whale watching, fishing, & more! Internet access, international calling, gym, sec prkg, Okanagan fruit. Many extras. For prompt call back, PST Tel: 604-979-1234

and records. AirCared til Nov. 2006.


$11,500 to a good home. Sweet!

Contact Steve @ 1-800-668-1987 x222 for more info.

AUTOMOBILES ’92 NISSAN 300ZX (2+2) 110,000km. Silver-Blk leather interior. Fully loaded. Automatic. Garage wintered. Books

604-575-0727 | 604-808-2481


Apply with your résumé via e-mail or by fax to 604-488-3523 No Phone Calls Please


• In Terra Nova, on River Road - 10 minutes from airport walking /biking. • Two single 1-bedroom side suites with shared basic kitchen and laundry $550 month/each • Full upstairs suite - 3 bedrooms, big kitchen, living room, kids playroom storage and laundry. Amazing Panoramic River and Mountain view with deck. $1,600 month. • Two-bedroom Side suite, kitchen living room with separate entrance and driveway. Shared laundry.$1,100 month



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Required for small airline at Vancouver’s South Terminal. Previous airport/airline experience preferred. Position available immediately. Fax résumé attention General Manager, Orca Airways Ltd. 1-888-359-6722.

McDonald’s Restaurant Enthusiastic, energetic, positive, and motivated individuals required for full and part-time positions during the day. We offer great growth and advancement opportunities, scheduling flexibility, benefits, and competitive wages. Please apply in person to 6060 Russ Baker Way, Richmond.


For cleaner skin and healthier life… Hot Spring Day Spa

RELAXING BODY MASSAGE SPECIAL Waxing from $5.00 and up 35 Minutes - $25.00 Deep pore cleaning facial - $29.95/60 mins. 45 Minutes - $35.00 Relaxing Facial - $29.00/60 mins. 60 Minutes - $50.00 (Gift Certificates Available) (you’ll enjoy it!) Non-sexual

Tel. 604.261.4878 Open 7 days a week: 10 AM – 8 PM 8554 Granville St. – 2 min from airport Between W. 69th & 70th Ave. Park in front or at the back


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Lease and finance offers are from Honda Canada Finance Inc., on approved credit. †We make your first two lease or purchase payments to a maximum of $500.00 on select in-stock 2005 Civics and Elements, $750.00 on CR-Vs and Odysseys, $1,000.00 on select Accords, $1,500.00 on Pilots and S2000s. *1.9% purchase financing is available on select in-stock 2005 Civics and Pilots for up to 60 months (36 months on Pilot). Finance example: $20,000.00 at 1.9% per annum equals $349.68 per month based on a 60-month term ($571.98/36 months). C.O.B. is $908.80 ($591.28/36months) for a total of $20,908.80 ($20,591.28/36 months). Dealer may sell for less. †/*Offers valid through August 31st, 2005 at participating dealers only. ∆Does not include Accord Hybrid. Offer subject to change by manufacturer at any time. Not combinable with any other promotion. See participating dealer for details.


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