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Vancouver International Airport Authority’s

Credit Rating Among The Best In The World tandard & Poor’s, the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, has raised Vancouver International Airport Authority’s credit and senior unsecured debt ratings to “AA” from “AA Low,” making YVR one of only four airports in the world with such a high designation. “The new ratings reflect our strong financial management and our successful approach in developing YVR as an economic generator for the province and Canada’s Pacific gateway,” said Larry Berg, president and CEO, Vancouver International Airport Authority. Standard & Poor’s based the upgrade on the Airport Authority’s “very strong business and financial profiles,” and history of conservative financial management. Despite the turbulent times the aviation industry experienced in recent years, such as September 11, 2001, and the SARS crisis, the Airport Authority managed to maintain strong credit metrics, said Standard & Poor’s, adding that the upgraded ratings reflect confidence in the Airport Authority and the expectation that its “financial profile will remain robust.” The Airport Authority’s “AA” rating is shared with three other airports: Los Angeles International Airport, Oklahoma City Airport (Will Rogers World Airport) and Aéroports de Paris. The second largest international passenger gateway on North America’s West Coast, YVR expects to welcome 16.9 million passengers this year. The Airport Authority is undertaking a $1.0-billion capital program that will ensure the airport meets the growing demand for air travel, and continues to be developed as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia.


Air Canada’s Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft has a cruising speed of 880 km/h and a range of more than 3,500 km with a total payload of 7,778 kg including a cargo payload of 700 kg.

Air Canada Inaugurates Daily Non-Stop Service To San Diego ast month, Air Canada flew its inaugural AC 8420 flight to San Diego from YVR, increasing the airline’s service to up to 20 daily flights to California from cities across Canada. Air Canada Jazz


operates the new daily non-stop San Diego flights with next-generation, made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft, featuring 10 Executive Class and 65 Hospitality seats.

“We are delighted to introduce non-stop scheduled service to San Diego, a key California destination for leisure and business,” said Ben Smith, vice president responsible for network planning at Air Canada

and Jazz. “The addition of new jet aircraft to the Air Canada Jazz fleet allows us to pursue new market opportunities, deploy the right airSEE AIR CANADA, PAGE 4

First 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter Redelivered To Cathay Pacific ast month, Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated completion and certification of the first 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter at a redelivery ceremony held in Xiamen, People’s Republic of China. Cathay Pacific launched the Boeing passenger-to-freighter conversion program in January 2004 with its order for six firm conversions and options for a further six.

L The first 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter received a special livery to commemorate the prototype conversion. The airplane will operate on routes to North America and Europe. Photo: Boeing Company, David G. McIntyre.

“Cathay Pacific has an impressive record of being the first airline to operate new aircraft types,” said Derek Cridland, Cathay Pacific Engineering director. “We were the world’s first airline to fly the Boeing 777-300 and the Rolls Royce-powered Boeing 747-400, the type from which this new SEE CATHAY, PAGE 6

Government Releases 20-Year Canadian Aerospace Framework ast month, Transport Minister Jean-C Lapierre released the National Aerospace and Defence Strategic Framework, a 20-year plan aimed at helping leaders in the aerospace, defence


The Honourable David Emerson Minister of Industry.

and space sectors identify where and how they can be globally competitive. The framework was developed through collaboration with stakeholders across the federal community, and in consultation with industry leaders through the Canadian Aerospace

Partnership, whose membership includes senior executives from aerospace and defence (A&D) companies, labour groups and academia, as well as five provincial governments. SEE CANADIAN AEROSPACE, CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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Canadian Aerospace, “The Government’s support to the aerospace industry is not about picking winners,” said Minister Lapierre. “Canada is fortunate to have an industry that makes real and lasting contributions to communities and regions across the country. The Government of Canada has played a key role in developing our industry into a world leader, and through the framework, we will continue to work with aerospace and defence industry stakeholders towards improved global competitiveness.” As a key pillar of the framework, the Government of Canada will create an A&D technology development program. Through this program, the government will continue its substantial contributions to the costs of industry-led R&D projects, and its support for the development and application of the technologies that will define the growth of Canada’s A&D sector. “The National Aerospace and Defence Strategic Framework is a milestone for the Canadian aerospace and defence industry from coast to coast, presenting a path forward for the continued competitiveness of this important sector,” said Industry Minister David Emerson. “Collaborative effort, with investment and dedication on the part of both industry and government, will help Canada address the critical factors for the future growth of the


industry. The Strategic Framework represents a coordinated approach, marshalling policies, programs and resources from across the federal government, and drawing upon private sector dynamism, in pursuit of shared objectives.” The framework focuses on seven priority areas that will be the critical enablers of the industry’s future success: strategic initiatives and major platforms; technology development and commercialization; human resources and skills development; trade development and market access; sales financing; security and the environment; and public procurement. “This announcement means that the Canadian aerospace industry will be able to maintain its global leadership,” said Alain M. Bellemare, president of Pratt and Whitney Canada, and co-chair of the Canadian Aerospace Partnership. “This strategic framework will create a favourable environment for continued research, discovery and innovation. Today, our industry enables tens of thousands of Canadians to leverage their ideas, talent and skills in the world marketplace. Now, tens of thousands of others will be doing the same in 10 or 20 years.” The framework is a long-term strategy with specific elements and funding for the framework to be defined as collaborative work continues.

Vancouver’s Oneworld Appoints Filip Lemmens As Commercial Director The Vancouver-based central management team of oneworld, the world’s leading quality airline alliance, is pleased to announced the appointment of Filip Lemmens to the new post of Commercial Director, the number two position in its Sales and Marketing organization. In addition to his current responsibilities for all sales and marketing activities in the alliance’s key non-home markets, including advertising, he will now deputize for oneworld Vice-President Commercial Nicolas Ferri across all commercial issues. Lemmens is based at the central alliance team’s head office in the Marine Building,Burrard Street,Vancouver. Before joining oneworld five years ago, Lemmens worked in various sales and marketing positions in Europe with the alliance’s founder member American Airlines. A graduate of Antwerp University,he is fluent in English,French,Dutch and Flemish and speaks German and Spanish to a conversational level. Aged 35 and born in Belgium, he is married with one son and enjoys soccer and cycling. oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business— American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Finnair and Aer Lingus. Malev Hungarian and Royal Jordanian have been elected on board,and are now preparing to join the grouping. Japan Airlines is also seeking membership. oneworld enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges.Together, its members serve some 600 destinations and 135 countries. oneworld is the only alliance to enable passengers to fly throughout its network, on any combination of carriers, using just electronic tickets. oneworld was voted the world’s best airline alliance for the second year running by readers of Business Traveller magazine in its 2005 poll and the World’s Leading Airline Alliance for the third year running in the latest World Travel Awards, based on votes cast by travel agency professionals from more than 200 countries. It is also the only alliance whose members reported collective profits last year.

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PRESIDENT’S CORNER By LARRY BERG, President and Chief Executive Officer

Another Strong Year Ahead For YVR Coming off a record year, the Airport Authority is preparing for another year of growth in 2006, with passenger traffic forecasted to total 16.9 million and new opportunities arising. At YVR we’re particularly well positioned—geographically and strategically—to take advantage of these opportunities. Heading into the New Year, we will focus on Building the Gateway—constructing the infrastructure to meet growing demand, working to seize new opportunities resulting from Canada’s recently liberalized air policy, working to further liberalize Canada’s international air policy with a focus on secondary markets, employing innovative passenger facilitation initiatives, and completing a 20-year airport development plan. In the coming year, we’ll continue construction of the International Terminal’s new wing, the Link Building, related expansion projects and the airport portion of the Canada Line, so we’re prepared to handle increased passenger traffic. In addition to capitalizing on the Open Skies agreement with the United States and the new bilateral air transport agreement with China, our priorities in 2006 will include the pursuit of new bilaterals with Singapore, Malaysia, France and the United Arab Emirates, and the conclusion of China’s Approved Destination Status for Canada. We’re pleased that Ottawa is working toward more liberal air transport agreements, and we’ll work to keep the momentum going.

To make the journey smoother for our passengers, we will continue to work with government agencies and airline partners for full implementation of existing simplified travel solutions, and look for new ways to expedite passengers through processing at YVR. We’re already an industry leader when it comes to the use of self-service check-in kiosks, and we’re continuing to deploy them in off-airport locations, such as downtown hotels and the convention centre, making it easier for passengers to check in, and easing congestion at the airport. Also in 2006, we’ll be undertaking consulting with stakeholders on the first draft of our long-term Master Plan covering 2007-2027. The draft will follow more than a year of consultations with community groups, industry, government, airport users and Sea Island employees. It will outline future terminal, runway and transportation development plans that we will undertake over the next two decades to ensure that YVR remains an economic generator, serving all British Columbians. On a celebratory note, YVR will reach the ripe old age of 75 in 2006. Three-quarters of the way to the century mark, YVR has truly become a premier global gateway, and is rated among the world’s best. That’s not bad for an airport that in its opening year served only about 3,000 passengers, most of them on Vancouver sightseeing tours—now that’s Auld Lang Syne.

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he Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) is a non-profit organization that formed in 2001 to unite former Sea Island residents in the gathering, compiling and preserving of the history of Sea Island and of the people who lived and worked there. Or, in SIHS secretary Eunice Robinson’s words, “to put friends in touch with friends and to be the source of all things Sea Island.” Sea Island has a rich history that dates back to the 1780s, when the Coast Salish, a Native group that used the island for fishing and hunting, first settled the island. The Coast Salish people were the largest group of First Nations people north of California until they were hit by the smallpox epidemic that eradicated at least 30 per cent of the native population on the Northwest coast of North America during the 1770s. The epidemic coincided with the arrival of European settlers, who went on to play an important role in the development of Sea Island. Hugh McRoberts, one of the first settlers, recognized Sea Island’s agricultural potential, which was the impetus for the island’s settlement. After decades of development, farming and community establishment, Sea Island was officially put on the map with the opening of


Vancouver Civic Airport and Sea Plane Harbour in 1931. Three subdivisions sprung up with the opening of the airport: Burkeville, the only community that exists on the island today; Cora Brown; and Tapp Road. Burkeville was created to house workers of the airport’s Boeing Aircraft Factory. The subdivision was named for Boeing Aircraft president Stanley Burke. The Cora Brown subdivision was established in 1946 to address a housing shortage during the Second World War. Some of Sea Island residents’ fondest memories include: enjoying ginger beer and cream soda at Joe’s Confectionary; roller-skating on the only paved road in Cora Brown; and watching Adventures of Rin Tin Tin on the only television set in the neighbourhood. In those days, the worst thing you could do in school was to chew gum or flunk a test. Such memories are kept alive by the SIHS, whose members hope to one day publish a book with the information they have captured about their community. Doug J. Eastman, SIHS president, and Eunice Robinson, along with their members, have compiled 20 binders containing indexed memorabilia, which will eventually be supplied to a local museum. Anyone interested in joining the Sea Island Heritage Society, donating money, or learning more about Sea Island’s history can visit the SIHS website at

Air Canada, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 craft to meet travel demand, and offer the best schedules with the lowest fares on an everyday basis.” AC 8420 departs Vancouver at 8:15 a.m., arriving in San Diego at 11:15 a.m. AC 8421 leaves San Diego at 11:50 a.m., arriving back in Vancouver at 2:50 p.m. The CRJ-705 aircraft feature allleather seating and are configured in two classes of service, with 10 window or aisle seats in Executive Class offering 37 inches of legroom, and 65 window or aisle seats in Hospitality service offering 34 inches of legroom. All seats will be equipped with Air Canada’s new in-seat personal entertainment system.


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Tourism BC Smoothes The Journey For Kazakhstan Cross-Country Ski Team n a recent trip to YVR, the Kazakhstan cross-country ski team received a warm welcome and a helping hand from Tourism BC that they’ll likely not soon forget. The team was travelling through YVR on the way to a World Cup event in Vernon. However, when the team’s members arrived at the airport, they weren’t sure of their travel and accommodation arrangements for Vernon. That’s where Tourism BC’s Robert Chew and Alex Lee stepped in.


Lee communicated with the team in German, and Chew quickly arranged transportation for the weary group, which had already endured a 10-hour bus ride from Kazakhstan to Finland, and flights from Finland to Amsterdam and from Amsterdam to Vancouver. Once transportation from Vancouver to Vernon was confirmed, Chew contacted the World Cup organizers in Vernon to secure lodging for the team.

Frequent Flyer Par Excellence fter two months of flying across North America, Marc Tacchi of Vancouver has achieved his goal of accumulating one million Aeroplan miles. Using a $7,000 Air Canada Flight Pass, which allowed passengers unlimited travel in North America between October 1, 2005, and November 30, 2005, Taachi acquired 1,003,625 mileage points and spent 56 of 61 days in an airplane. Taachi’s blog, “The Great Canadian Mileage Run 2005,” which chronicles his travel adventures, has had thousands of hits from people who followed the progress of his onemillion-mile goal. During his two-month flying marathon, a typical day would start with a 10 a.m. flight to Victoria from Vancouver. Taachi would then fly back and forth between the two cities about six times and then catch an overnight flight to Toronto. Once


When he isn’t collecting travel points, frequent flyer Marc Taachi works as a contract pilot. there, he would immediately board a return flight to Vancouver. For achieving the one-millionmile mark, Taachi receives the equivalent of 10 round-trip business class flights from Canada to Australia, with an estimated worth of approximately $70,000.

Thanks to Chew and Lee’s efforts, the happy coach and ski team boarded a van and headed off to Vernon. Tourism BC has locations on the Arrivals Level in both the Domestic and International Terminals, and provides information services for passengers at YVR.

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interest are not taxed annually inside an RSP, but bear in mind that dividends and income trusts are now somewhat more attractive to many taxable investors overall, so they should do well in the future. You may want to ensure that you have a good Canadian dividend fund or at least a good Canadian large-cap equity fund with a good stream of Canadian dividends. If you have a non-RSP account, the proposed changes to the tax act on dividends will really be beneficial. It may make sense to increase your exposure to Canadian dividends and dividend funds. If you are investing in individual dividend-paying stocks, then you will, by default, need to look at banks, insurers, pipelines and utilities. The key is to look at businesses that have a history of increasing earnings and dividends. On the mutual fund side, look for a good dividend fund with a solid history of aboveaverage returns within the dividend category. In general, dividend-paying stocks can be sensitive to interest rate increases and are sensitive to the overall direction of the markets, so exercise some caution. Peter Kutney is a financial planner with Equinox Financial Group in Burnaby. He can be reached at (604) 438-1603 or at

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Offer for YVR Businesses and Employees Introducing Bell’s 1xEV-DO network The new 1xEV-DO Network from Bell is more than FIVE TIMES FASTER than the competitors. Enjoy broadband-like speed on your Laptop/Desktop, wirelessly, wherever your business takes you (300-700 Kbps downloads). Do business on the go faster than ever. • Access e-mail, corporate networks and the Internet • Download large attachments and manage feature-rich applications • Enhanced security to protect your confidential data

Date: Saturday, February 11th, 2006 Doors open at: 7:00 pm • Dance: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am Location: Richmond Hotel and Convention Centre 7551 Westminster Highway Richmond, BC, Canada,V6X 1A3 Tickets: $40.00 • Tickets 604-278-3551 Hors-d’oeuvres – door prizes – cash bar RSVP to:,, or

Devices starting at $99*

For more information: James Bell Bell – Blundell Centre 8180 No. 2 Road, Richmond Tel: 778 231-2355 * Based on 36 month agreement



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Name That Aircraft Contest

end us the correct name of this aircraft (make and model) and you could win a $50 Gift Certificate to Cravings Bistro at Oak and 72nd Avenue in Vancouver.


Send your answer by: Email: Fax: (604) 736-6750 or Mail: Skytalk, 306-5400 Airport Road South, Richmond, BC V7B 1B4 A draw will be made from all correct entries received by January 30, 2006. The winner’s name will be published in the February edition of Skytalk. Obituary

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Reverend Father Paul Henry Thompson February 23, 1947 – November 23, 2005 he Reverend Father Paul Thompson, Roman Catholic chaplain, died suddenly on November 23. His friends, colleagues and associates were shocked and saddened by his death. During his career, Father Paul spent most of his priestly service as a chaplain with the Federal Prison Service, mainly in prisons in the Fraser Valley. For the past five years, he served as the Roman Catholic chaplain at YVR, a position he cherished and where he excelled. Father Paul related well to interfaith groups, other chaplains, YVR Chaplaincy volunteers and to the multi-ethnic nature of the marketplace ministry at the airport. He was delighted to serve both passengers and staff, meeting the social and spiritual needs for many people. Father Paul, an avid transportation enthusiast, possessed an intense interest and amazing knowledge of various types of transportation. He enjoyed representing Vancouver at the International Civil Aviation Chaplains’ Conferences in France, South Africa, Australia and the United States. At the time of his death, he had been vetting a plan for YVR to host an Airport Chaplains’ Convention in 2010. A memorial page, where people are invited to sign a guest book of memories, has been set up on the airport chapel’s website at

T Are you interested in becoming a proud professional team member of a dynamic aerospace organization? We invite you to consider a career with Cascade Aerospace Inc. Capitalizing on our reputation for quality and service on commercial aircraft, we are expanding our maintenance, engineering, repair and overhaul business into military aircraft. Cascade Aerospace and its “Herc Solutions” partners will soon provide program management, engineering, maintenance, materiel and information systems support for Canada’s fleet of 32 C-130 Hercules aircraft. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who have experience with commercial aircraft (B737 & B757) or with military aircraft (C130). We offer an exciting opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and overhaul facility located in Abbotsford, British Columbia. We are seeking enthusiastic individuals for the following positions:

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Structures Technicians Project Manager Quality Assurance / Data Specialist Material Logistics Supervisor Technical Writers Production / Induction Planners Stores / Tooling Attendants

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Aeronautical Engineers Financial Analyst IT Programmer/Analyst Technical Analyst Sub-Contracts Administrator Administrative Assistant Dash8/Q400 Aircraft Mechanic

To apply: Please visit the careers section of our website at for more information and to apply. Check back with us often for future opportunities. Cascade Aerospace is committed to employment equity and supports diversity in the workplace.





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Servisair GlobeGround has Permanent P/T RAMP AGENT positions available. 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


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

Don’t Miss Out On Your Chance Of Owning A Piece Of The Sunny SOUTH OKANAGAN

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

This month’s featured properties: Summerland: 10-acre. Orchard, 4-bdrm. home, $798k 11-acre. subdividable, Exec. Rancher, $629k Penticton: Comm./Res., Land & Bldg, $467k Peachland: Land & Bldg., downtown $429k To receive your FREE package of ALL properties available, call AL VANDERMEY Toll Free: 1-866-494-7321 Realty Executives Giants Head Realty FIRST-CLASS SERVICE GUARANTEED

• Do you have an inner need to do things right in a timely manner? • Do you insist on working safely and efficiently? • Are you known for your reliability and dependability? • Do you enjoy working outside? Million Air believes in providing the highest level of customer service in the industry. Million Air is seeking talented line service technicians who believe in providing value-added benefits to our customers and excellent service to our pilots and their aircraft. Please fax your résumé to schedule a confidential interview with our selection consultants. The fax number is 604-278-4274



5360 Airport Road South

SAXON CONTRACTING, a leading supplier of maintenance personnel to the Canadian aviation industry, is currently seeking the following qualified individuals for upcoming contracts in the aerospace industry: MECHANICS • STRUCTURES • AVIONICS, COMPOSITES • NDT.

Limited amount of premium, high-quality offices available for lease. All amenities and ample car parking available 3rd floor window offices with view of North Shore mountains & runway Conference room facilities available for daily rental. For further details or to arrange viewing, please contact Scott Young on 604 303 8108 or email

For further information, visit our website


Airline Employees, Family & Friends... get the best travel deals at 604-606-1700 TOLL FREE: 1-800-665-3100


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

A room with a 329,900 view


McKinney Crossing is the latest residential phase at London Landing, Steveston Village’s most sought after neighbourhood. An impeccably designed, master-planned community on the water’s edge, this award-winning community of fers luxurious homes, breathtaking river or farmland views and easy access to the historic Village of Steveston.

67 Craftsman-style townhomes, featuring exceptional luxury: ■

Deep Soaker-Style Tubs

Thick Granite Countertops

Crown Mouldings

Elegant 9ft Ceilings

Spacious, GlassEnclosed Shower

Exquisite Views

Choose from 5 plans: 2 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom + Den and 3 Bedroom homes now available

Fully furnished Display Home now available for viewing FOR COMPLETE PROJECT INFORMATION



RE/MAX Westcoast Steveston Real Estate 12235 No.1 Road, Richmond, BC V7E 1T6

Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM Saturday-Sunday 12PM-5PM

The Developer reserves the right to make modifications and changes to information contained herein. Photos and sketches are representational and are not necessarily accurate. E. &. O. E.


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