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FedEx Is Boeing’s Newest 777 Freighter Customer FedEx Express has placed an order for 15 Boeing 777 Freighters, with options for 15 more of the large freighters. In FedEx livery, the new cargo airplanes will carry 77,560 kilograms of revenue payload at a range of 11,300 kilometres. The 777 Freighter will provide an increase of 4,000 kilometres over the range of FedEx’s current primary long-haul airplane, the MD-11 Freighter. Deliveries will begin in 2009 and extend into 2011.

Canada Line Construction Milestone Reached At YVR The U.S. Departures Terminal at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas. More than half of the airport’s international flights are to and from the United States.

YVRAS Signs Management Contract In The Bahamas

ancouver Airport Services (YVRAS) has signed a 10-year management contract for the development and management of Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau, The Bahamas. Since signing a Memorandum of Understanding last January, the Government of The Bahamas and

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Larry Berg (far left), president and CEO, Vancouver International Airport Authority, signals the start of the concrete pouring for the final Sea Island elevated column. Canada Line construction milestone was celebrated at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) last month, with the pouring of concrete for the final elevated guideway column on Sea Island. The airport portion of the Canada Line rapid transit project will be used for testing and commissioning before operations start on the rest of the line in late 2009. “Today’s milestone brings us one step closer to providing passengers and Sea Island employees with a new, fast and convenient transportation option to YVR,” said Larry Berg, president and CEO, Vancouver International Airport Authority. “The

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Canada Line is a vital component of our long-term gateway strategy, and is an important investment in the future as we continue developing the airport to meet the growing demand for air travel, and ensure it remains an important economic generator for B.C.” The Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink), and VanAirport couver International Authority are funding the Canada Line, which is also supported by the Cities of Vancouver and Richmond. “It’s taken many years to get to SEE CANADA LINE,

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YVRAS have worked to finalize the contract. Under the agreement, LPIA will be transformed into a worldclass and modern airport facility. Prime Minister Perry Christie called the agreement one of the “most defining experiences for The Bahamas because it represents a transformation of the country’s SEE YVRAS,

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Qantas Offers Low Winter Fares To San Francisco

rom December 1 to January 31, 2007, Qantas Airways is offering special low one-way economy class fares for passengers travelling between Vancouver and San Francisco, beginning at $119 per person. Round trip purchase is not required, fares do not include taxes and fees, and additional restrictions apply. To take advantage of the special offer, tickets must be issued within 72 hours of reservation and no later than November 21, 2006 for travel com-

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Flying To The USA? Plan Now For New Rules In 2007

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tarting January 8, 2007, NEXUS Air membership or a Canadian or American passport will be required to travel by air to the United States. NEXUS Air allows prescreened passengers to avoid customs and immigration lineups using self-service kiosks. A NEXUS Air card can be used for automated border clearance into the United States. The program also allows for automated clearance into Canada from anywhere in the world, and access to priority screening lanes at YVR. To find out more about the NEXUS Air program, developed by Canada Border Services Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and United States Customs and Border Protection, visit: www.nexus.gc.ca. For information about applying for a Canadian passport, visit: www.ppt.gc.ca. It takes time for the NEXUS Air or passport application to be processed. Apply early to ensure a smooth journey to the United States.

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this point,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, chair of TransLink, “and although we’re still about three years away from adding the Canada Line to TransLink’s regional rapid transit network, being here for the pouring of this column is very exciting.” The 19-kilometre Canada Line, for which the Airport Authority contributed $300-million, will add the equivalent of a 10-lane roadway connecting downtown Vancouver, Richmond City Centre and YVR. A key part of the Sea Island transportation network, it will provide passengers and the more than 26,000 employees who work at YVR (a number expected to grow to 41,000 by 2027) with an alternative to sharing the road with other local traffic. The YVR portion of the Canada Line consists of 2.3 kilometres of elevated guideway and 1.7 kilometres of ground-level or “at-grade” guideway. Building a portion of the line on Sea Island at grade allows for a possible north-south aircraft taxiway in the future, providing airplanes with passage over Grant McConachie Way

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approach to airport management.” The fourth busiest airport in the Caribbean, LPIA handles more than three million passengers annually. YVRAS, a subsidiary of the Airport Authority, will introduce best practices, manage the development and construction of a US$250-million new passenger terminal, enhance commercial venues and improve the U.S. preclearance facilities and services. George Casey, president and chief executive officer of Vancouver Airport Services said, “We are confident that in partnership with the gov-

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mencing December 1-24, 2006. “With this special offer, Canadians can escape to San Francisco for a warmer winter holiday season at incredibly low fares,” said Wally R. Mariani, senior executive vice president, The Americas and Pacific, Qantas Airways. “Qantas is adding more than 1,000 seats weekly during the peak months of December and January, bringing unmatched comfort, convenience and flexibility for travellers between these two popular North American destinations.” Fares are valid for travel only on

and the Canada Line to reach the other side of the airfield quickly and make the most efficient use of YVR’s runway system. In all, 28,000 cubic metres of concrete and 4,400 tonnes of rebar will be used to form the 81 columns and 880 pre-cast guideway segments of the airport portion of the line. There will be three stations on Sea Island initially, with space reserved for a fourth station as required in the future. The Canada Line is one of the major projects of the Airport Authority’s $1.0-billion construction program, which includes: an International Terminal expansion; a new “Link Building” connecting the Domestic and International terminals; upgrades to C-Pier, part of the Domestic Terminal; new stores and restaurants; and enhancements to baggage systems and parking, resulting in more efficient passenger processing and improved customer service. The project was funded through a combination of airport revenue sources, including retail sales, airline fees and charges, and the Airport Improvement Fee.

ernment we can achieve our objectives and ensure the success of the initiative, making the Airport one of the best in the Caribbean Region. We believe this is an excellent fit and look forward to implementing our Brand and operating philosophy in a Bahamian context.” A premier global operator, YVRAS operates 18 airports in seven countries including Canada, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Cyprus, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos. For further information on YVRAS, visit

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

A Break In The Clouds – Is This The Start Of Open Skies? ransport Canada recently introduced a proposed new international air transportation policy that would seek “Open Skies”-type air agreements with other countries, much like Canada’s current agreement with the United States. This is a positive step in the right direction and great news for Canadian travellers and airports. The new policy is what we at YVR have been requesting for years. It’s really the opportunity to let passengers—and the market—decide the price, quality, frequency and range of air service options available in Canada. Currently, 60 per cent of Canada’s international aviation treaties still don’t allow foreign carrier access to Vancouver. What does this mean for travellers? It means airlines such as Air France and Lan Chile are not permitted to fly into Vancouver even if they believe the market would support these routes. It means passengers often must fly circuitous routes to reach their final destination instead of from Point A to Point B directly. West Coast airports in the United States have a huge advantage with the 76 Open Skies agreements the U.S. now has in place. Canada has two such agreements, with the U.S. and the United Kingdom. While it’s true that Canada has signed liberalized air service agreements with China, India and Portugal in recent years, we still have restrictive air service agree-

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ments with France, Japan and South Korea. Canada also has no agreement or extremely restrictive agreements with Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates, all of which are important international air transit hubs. In addition to giving passengers greater choice about when to fly and from where, a liberalized air policy would provide Canadian airlines with the opportunity to grow and compete in new markets. The benefits of such competition extend beyond the obvious advantages for passengers and include renewed opportunities for the tourism and trade sectors and the ability for airports, such as YVR, to market themselves unhindered by the constraints of current air agreements. The proposed new international air transportation policy recognizes that transportation is a direct contributor to a dynamic economy and is a leading trade facilitator. YVR is no exception: a recent economic impact study found that our airport accounts for some 26,700 direct jobs and $6.8-billion in total economic output. Imagine how those numbers could increase with Open Skies. Transport Canada has asked for feedback on its proposed new international air transportation policy and I, for one, will be expressing my wholehearted support.

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WestJet Reports Another Month Of Strong Results WestJet Finalizes Agreement For Five Additional NextW Generation 737 Aircraft estJet has announced increases in load factor, gains in capacity and revenue passenger miles for October. The airline’s available seat miles (ASMs) increased 22 per cent to 1,102.7 million, up from 905.2 million in October 2005. Year to date, ASMs increased 16 per cent to 10,312.3 million, up from 8,890.5 million in the same 10-month period in 2005.

“These traffic results are a clear indication that our network deployment approach of adjusting capacity to meet market demand is working and on track,” said Sean Durfy, WestJet’s president. “October’s strong traffic results were achieved while growing capacity by 22 per cent. In the fourth quarter we will increase capacity by 23 per cent while delivering strong load factors and

comparable year-over-year RASM [Revenue per available seat mile] results.” WestJet’s load factor for October 2006 was 74.9 per cent, compared with 73.5 per cent in October 2005. During the first 10 months of 2006, the company’s load factor increased 4.3 points to 78.7 per cent compared with 74.4 per cent during the same period in 2005. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) also increased 24 per cent to 826.3 million, up from 665.6 million in October 2005. Year to date, RPMs increased 23 per cent to 8,115.8 million from 6,616.4 million over the same period in 2005. The October increases continues the momentum of WestJet’s record third-quarter net earnings of $52.8million, an increase of 74.5 per cent compared to $30.3-million in the third quarter 2005.

estJet has finalized an agreement with Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise, an Asia-based aircraft leasing company, for five Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft to be delivered in 2009. Details of the agreement include four 700-series aircraft scheduled for delivery in January, May, June and October 2009, respectively, and one 800-series aircraft to be delivered in May 2009. The agreement also allows WestJet to secure an additional three 700-series and one 800-series aircraft in 2009. The 700-series may be converted to 800-series at WestJet’s option. Finalization of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions.

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“One of our continued strategic drivers is ASM [available seat miles] growth through fleet expansion,” said Sean Durfy, president. “Having recently announced our most profitable quarter in history with increases in capacity, load factor and yield, we are confident the demand for WestJet’s service in the domestic, transborder and international Caribbean markets will support the addition of these aircraft.” WestJet currently has a fleet of 62 aircraft, with committed deliveries scheduled for the remainder of 2006 through to 2009. By the end of 2009, WestJet will have a fleet of 81 aircraft.


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767-400 and 777-200 aircraft will catch a glimpse of the future of Delta’s on-board entertainment with on-demand entertainment at every seat as featured in the BusinessElite cabin and select long-haul domestic flights in the United States. On all Delta’s international flights, customers in economy class will enjoy all-leather seats, enhanced food offerings, a complimentary cocktail with each meal, and soon a complimentary amenity kit featuring eye shades and ear plugs for more personal comfort and privacy.

New Carry-On Baggage Restrictions For Passengers Connecting In Europe his month, passengers departing YVR and connecting to another flight in Europe are not permitted to bring aboard their connecting flight any duty free items that do not meet carry-on baggage restrictions related to liquids, gels and aerosols. For example, passengers departing YVR for London to catch a connecting flight to Frankfurt may take duty free items purchased at YVR aboard the first leg of the flight, from YVR to London, but they will not be permitted aboard the second leg of the journey, from London to Frankfurt, unless they meet the restrictions below. Carry-On Baggage Restrictions

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Operations Shift Managers

his month’s YVR People isn’t about just one person—it’s about four people. Four individuals, who are collectively responsible for the day-to-day operations of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Their business cards read “operations shift manager,” but for Nancy Baggio, Greg Sambrook, Heather Jo McCarley-Tomlin and Jeff West their real business is running the airport. An operations shift manager works a combination of day and night shifts, and is responsible for the dayto-day happenings in the terminals, on the airfield and on the airport’s roads and bridges. With more than 16-million passengers and 300,000 aircraft take-offs and landings at YVR each year, construction activity, vehicle activity and 26,000 employees working on Sea Island, the day-to-day happenings at YVR are similar to that of a small city. In the event of an emergency or major incident, the operations shift manager becomes the director of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), working in concert with business partners and emergency responders to conclude the incident successfully. It isn’t uncommon to activate the EOC several times in a week for things such as a medical emergencies, aircraft incidents, vehicle accidents or problems with baggage or computer systems. Is there a typical day for an operations shift manger? Not really, but

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there are many regular and routine activities in any given day. Every shift begins with a briefing involving Airport Authority employees and external agencies to update the team on incidents in the past 12 hours, and to discuss upcoming issues for the next 12. Other regular day-to-day activities include inspections, security checks, alarm monitoring, and responding to tenants or passengers in the terminals. It is a priority for the shift managers to be visible, available and responsive to business partners, customers and the public. So, who are the operations shift managers? We asked Nancy Baggio (NB) Greg Sambrook (GS) Heather Jo

McCarley-Tomlin (HM) and Jeff West (JW) about their backgrounds and current role. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS LINE OF WORK? NB: Six months. I have a Chemical Engineering Degree and worked for Labatt Breweries of Canada as a project engineer. After four years, I was transferred to an operations manager role at the brewery in New Westminster. It was in this role that I realized how much I enjoy managing people and being involved in an operational setting. GS: Seven years. I have an airport background, having worked for an

airline, which led to a job with the Airport Authority as an airport operations officer. Since then, I have worked as a training and emergency planning supervisor and an airline client representative before becoming an operations shift manager. HM: Two years. One of my first experiences in aviation was skydiving. I quickly realized that jumping out of an aircraft was counter-productive and not nearly as much fun as being at the controls, so in 1987 I came to B.C. to get my pilot’s license. I took an administrative position with a flying school in order to help pay for the flying lessons. Before joining the Airport Authority in 1995, I worked for Hudson General Aviation and Air BC maintenance. JW: Four years. My training is in accounting and finance. I was originally hired by Transport Canada as a credit and collections officer. I worked my way into operations and held a series of positions before becoming an operations shift manager. WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT YOUR JOB? NB: I enjoy the airport environment and the fact that every day brings a new challenge, along with the gratifi-

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Witches, Ghouls And Pumpkins Invade YVR ast month, YVR merchants and airport employees celebrated the seventh annual Hallowe’en event at YVR by donning a variety of costumes and parading around The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe to the beat of appropriately spooky music. This year, 60 participants took part in the costume contest, and 75 pumpkins were submitted for judging in the pumpkin-carving contest. Entrants vied for prizes of YVR Bucks, redeemable at the airport’s shops, services and restaurants and Canucks hockey tickets.

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A very spooky ‘Vampire Couple’ were awarded thirdplace.

(Right) Kim Abrams, marketing and promotions coordinator, Vancouver International Airport Authority, demonstrates her angelic side to A&W general manager, Sue Goldhawk.

Capturing the Hallowe’en spirit included vying for a chance to win best costume. A ‘Pumpkin Scarecrow’ took first place in the costume contest.

Intricately carved pumpkins await the judges.

Second place: HMSHost’s ‘Coliseum’.

First place: Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s ‘The Bellman’.

The littlest contestant, aptly titled ‘Little Superman’, took second-place honours.

Third place: Marquise’s ‘Cinderella’.


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errace-based Hawkair Aviation and Calgary-based Bar XH Air have entered into discussions to establish a facility in British Columbia for servicing aircraft owned by both companies as well as a third-party. Both companies believe the affiliation will expand their respective capabilities in both B.C. and Alberta. Bar XH Air offers air charters and other specialized services to the Alberta oil and gas industry. Hawkair is a passenger airline that provides service between Prince Rupert, Terrace-Kitimat, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Vancouver’s South Terminal. Last year, Hawkair filed for protection under the Company Creditors’ Arrangement Act (bankruptcy protection) and reduced the num-

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BCAC 2006 CONFERENCE

Silver Wing Awards Recognize Aviation's Best L ast month, the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) held its annual conference, a three-day event that focused on aircraft and passenger growth leading up to the 2010 Olympics. Opening the session was keynote speaker John Furlong, president and chief executive officer, VANOC Olympic Organizing Committee. Furlong set the tone of the conference with an enthusiastic address that focused on the favourable economic impact the Games would provide for the province. Burly Dooley, the principal aviation planner for Utah’s 2002 Salt Lake Games, opened the panel sessions. He described the dramatic changes to security procedures that took place when 9/11 occurred during the planning stages of the Games. Dooley opined that Whistler’s 2010 Games would require the identical security considerations as those developed for the Salt Lake events. The conference concluded with the Silver Wings Awards dinner at which recognition was given to individuals for their contributions to the aviation industry, and bursaries were provided to aviation students.

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2006 BCAC Award Winners—(top row, left to right) Bob McCollum, Back and Bevington Award; Barry Lapointe; Don Watson; Jim Roberts, Lifetime Memberships; Phil Elchitz, Airport Management; Ken Dandy, Robert S. Day Award. (Bottom row, left to right) Bill Marr, Lifetime Membership; Mike Matthews, Lifetime Achievement; Sandra StoddartHansen, William Templeton Award; George Miller, past chairman; Ross Priest, Mayor Cranbrook, Airport Management Award. Not pictured is Dave Nowzek, Transport Canada, Chairman’s Award of Excellence.

Jack McGee (left) and Wayne McNeal (right) present Asif Khokhar from the University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV) with a $3,000 BCAC Aircraft Maintenance Bursary.

Wayne McNeal (right) presents Gurpreet Singh Dadwall of BCIT with a $3,000 BCAC Aircraft Maintenance Bursary.

Jack McGee and Rollie Back (right) present Heather McIver of BCIT with a $2,000 BCAC Airport Administration Bursary.

Jack McGee and Ian Henley present Julian Wingren (centre) of Pacific Flying Club with a $2,500 Private Pilot Bursary.

George Miller (left) and PAMEA director, Comp Kelly with a $4,000 cheque for Quinn Lakusta of Okanagan College, who was named as this recipient of the Al Michaud Commercial Pilot Bursary.

Jack McGee and Ian Henley (right) present Chris Jacobs of CPA with the Anne and Rudi Bauer $2,500 Private Pilot Bursary.

Jack McGee and Barry Lapointe (right) present David Goldie, graduate of UCFV with a $3,000 Barry and Jim AME Graduate Bursary.

Ken McNicol (right) presents Evan Colpitts of BCIT with a $2,000 William Templeton Airport Operations Bursary.

Jack McGee and George Miller present Ryan Evans (centre) of CPA with a $4,000 Commercial Pilot Bursary.


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Insider Tips For The Best Value in Villa Rentals ccording to travel planners, movies such as Under the Tuscan Sun and A Room With A View have contributed to an increase in the number of requests to rent villas by vacationers in the last few years. Travel experts caution that the process of renting a villa requires much more time and energy than booking a few nights at a hotel or organizing a week at a resort. Villa vacations require searching the area where the property is located, a network of resources at home and abroad, and a skilled staff to work out the logistics and communicate with the villa’s owners. If you are considering this form of accommodation for your next vacation, here are some tips to help make the right choice. • Work with an agent who deals directly with the homeowner rather than multiple agents (i.e., multiple markups). • Find out if the agent is personally familiar with the area, as well as the last time he or she visited the property. • Inquire about the villa’s location. Is it close enough to permit trips to

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Villa Del Cielo is nestled in the peaceful Tuscan countryside, yet only five kilometres from the cosmopolitan university town of Siena.

other destinations of interest? • Inquire about accessibility. For example, will you need to use a boat to visit the local store? • Inquire about local festivities and holidays that may affect travel to local points of interest. • If you’re travelling with children or older parents ask about layout and amenities, as some luxury villa rentals have policies on supervising children. • Ask about the villa’s landscape, decor and features. • If language is a concern, verify that English-speaking assistance is available. • Find out if the villa rental agent can arrange a reference from another guest. • Be sure to ask about extra costs that may not be factored into the price. Finally, remember that the purpose of a good villa rental company is not only to serve as a matchmaker between travellers and owners of homes abroad, but also to provide valuable information and help guests make the most of their vacation time.

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Acapulco Poised To Become Mexico’s Premier Resort Destination

Guests at Acapulco’s Las Brisas hotel enjoy spectacular views of the bay of Acapulco. After dark, lights twinkle around the coastline far below, and the resort’s elegant Bellavista Restaurant is the perfect setting for a memorable evening meal.

n the 1960s, Acapulco burst onto the tourism scene, boasting endless sun and sand, celebrated nightlife, illustrious resorts, beautiful beaches and, who can forget, the legendary cliff divers. Today, the resort is breaking new ground with record investments in its tourism infrastructure, new developments, hotel and spa openings, convention offerings, and more. Tourism officials have announced that private investors and developers have already invested more than $100-million into the destination as part of a plan to return Acapulco to the tourism spotlight. These investments, according to a recent study conducted by Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, have placed Acapulco among Mexico’s principal tourist destinations to receive the largest private investments from domestic and foreign (primarily U.S., Spanish, and Asian) sources. “Acapulco is already a highly regarded vacation destination, yet we are committed to continuing to improve our tourism services,” said Mary Bertha Medina Cortes, president of Acapulco Convention and Visitors Bureau and Acapulco Hotel Association. “With the addition of more luxurious hotel offerings, and increased leisure, entertainment and convention developments designed to revitalize the city, we hope that visitors from all over the world will discover the New Acapulco.” Highlighting the resort’s transformation is the growth of the glittering Diamante area, which stretches from Las Brisas Hotel to the Tres Palos Lagoon along the coastline. Ambitious projects already underway include the new cliff-top Banyan Tree hotel slated for completion by yearend. The Banyon Group’s new project includes oriental-style cabanas to be built along the craggy Cabeza de Leon. Specialty architects from

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Singapore are joining with a team of Mexican experts in rock clamping to create a teetering restaurant called Vertigo, accessible by cable car. Other upscale resort projects currently under development in the Diamante zone include the all-suite Mansion Imperial hotel featuring 334 guest accommodations at an investment of more than $125-million. Additionally, the Villas Imperial will offer 900 villas or 2,000 guestrooms, while the Grand Palace Imperial is slated to feature 360 suites for timeshare sales. On the entertainment front, next year the Puerto Praiso plaza, comprising 12 movie theaters, an ice-skating rink, designer boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants, shopping and an interactive aquarium, is set to debut. Also underway is construction of the Expo Imperial and Imperial Forum, a new exhibition and convention centre. Expo Imperial is designed to host various exhibitions and conventions, while the adjacent Imperial Forum, a 4,800-seat performing arts theatre, will bring Mexico’s best cultural, sports and artistic shows to Acapulco. These facilities are part of the Mundo Imperial Project, which includes Casa Imperial, a hotel resort complex with 879 rooms, and Fiesta Imperial, a plaza comprised of restaurants, lounges, nightclubs and cultural venues. The resort complex is scheduled to open in November 2007. Committed to building upon Acapulco’s appeal, within the next two years the Mexican government plans to begin development of the “Tourism Corridor,” which spans the coastal region between the resort destinations of Acapulco and IxtapaZihuatanejo. For more information about Acapulco, www.visitacapulco.com.mx.

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By Peter Kutney, Equinox Financial Group

The Risk Management Side Of Financial Planning W hen I meet with families to discuss their financial portfolios the most-asked questions tend to be about the performance of their investments, or how close they are to their retirement goals. Very rarely am I asked about the risk side of their portfolios. Risk management is a basic component of any personal or family financial plan and should be acknowledged and dealt with accordingly. Accepting certain risks can be expensive, if not financially disastrous. For example, accepting the risk of losing one’s house due to fire without the means to replace it. Or, accepting the risk of being disabled and unemployed without an income

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source to replace lost wages. Such risk scenarios cannot be ignored if their occurrence will cause financial hardship. The good news is that potential ‘disasters’ can be offset using insurance. In return for a fixed premium to a third-party, fully funded insurer absorbs your risk. Insurance is a necessary requirement for any business. It is also a sensible requirement for any family serious about protecting their financial future. The challenge with insurance is one can pay a variety of premiums— car, house, life, disability—all of which add up to a considerable sum and provide no immediate benefits. When bills are mounting and the roof

needs replacing and there’s very little left over for saving, we are sorely tempted to cut back on insurance premiums. After all, the money could be better spent elsewhere, couldn’t it? Probably not. The irony of insurance is that the more difficult it is to maintain the premiums, the more an individual really needs the insurance. If your financial situation is laced with debt consider what the situation would be if you were uninsured and became permanently disabled? Or, if you are the primary income-earner, how would your family cope financially in the case of your premature death? Faced with these scenarios, insurance premiums that once appeared

onerous become a reasonable and necessary vehicle to offset potential financial disasters. For most people their most important asset is not their home or their RSP, it is the ability to earn income. Current and future earnings over the course of one’s lifetime can add up to millions of dollars. The investment and retirement plan depends on the continuation of the income stream. One’s employment or business income funds the retirement. Without funding the retirement plan does not exist. Therefore, it is essential to protect one’s most important asset—the ability to earn income—with insurance. While most people do have some form of life insurance, the bigger risk

is unexpected illness. Statistically, the risk of a serious illness is much higher than premature death. Though the incidences of heart attack, cancer, stroke, etc., are rising, more and more people are surviving such illnesses. However, without disability or critical illness insurance coverage, the medical bills and care costs for survivors can be catastrophic. Find time to review the risk portion of your financial plan to ensure that you are accepting risks you can truly afford. Peter Kutney is a Financial Planner with Partners in Planning/Equinox Financial Group in Vancouver. He can be reached at 604-438-1603 or pkutney@telus.net.

747-400 Freighter Delivered To China Airlines

ast month, China Airlines celebrated the delivery of its 20th Boeing 747-400 Freighter. In addition to operating the world’s largest 747-400 Freighter fleet, the Taiwan-based national carrier operates 15 Boeing 747-400 passenger airplanes and 12 Boeing NextGeneration 737s. Boeing projects growth of Asian air cargo markets will continue to lead the world with the domestic Chinese and intra-Asian

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markets expanding 10.8 per cent and 8.6 per cent per year, respectively. In Boeing’s World Air Cargo Forecast 2006/2007, compiled from a variety of aviation industry sources, Boeing forecasts that world air-cargo growth is expected to expand at an average annual rate of 6.1 per cent during the next 20 years. The 747 Freighter family provides more than half of the world’s freighter fleet capacity.

Airport Authority VP Wins Prestigious Award Flu Shots On The Fly B T ob Cowan, the Airport Authority’s senior vice president, engineering, has been awarded a 2006 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) President’s Award. APEGBC is the licensing and regulator body for professional engineers and geoscientist, with more than 23,000 members. Each year, the association recognizes its members for excellence in professional, technical and community service with the President’s Awards, considered the province’s top honour for professional engineers and geoscientists. Cowan, along with 10 of the association’s finest, was recognized at the recent President’s Awards ceremony with a Meritorious Achievement award. APEGBC selected Cowan for his leadership and vision which

has helped transform YVR into “one of the finest, safest and most energy-efficient facilities in the world.” During his time at YVR, Cowan has successfully overseen the Airport Authority’s capital expenditure program, managed more than 200 staff, and through efficient planning, design, construction and maintenance of the airport’s facilities has helped maintain YVR’s position as a premier global gateway and economic generator for B.C. “I accept this award as recognition of the excellent work of the YVR team,” said Cowan. Another distinctive trait of Cowan’s work has been his commitment to making YVR a world leader in accessible facilities for people with disabilities, and the use of energy efficient initiatives.

HMSHost Finalizes Acquisition Of Cara’s Air Terminal Restaurant Division

ast month, HMSHost completed the acquisition of Cara Operations Air Terminal Restaurant (ATR) division, under a $62-million agreement announced earlier this year. Under the terms of the agreement,

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HMSHost, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Host International of Canada, acquired Cara’s ATR contracts at nine airports: Vancouver, Kamloops, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto,

Ottawa and Montreal. According to HMSHost, many airport locations will continue to feature Cara brands, such as Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s, Montana’s Cookhouse and Milestone’s.

his month, YVR is offering passengers, airport employees and the public a quick and convenient option for getting a flu shot on the fly at the Vancouver Airport Medical Clinic. The clinic, located in the Domestic Terminal, is part of YVR Health Care Services, North America’s most comprehensive collection of airport health care facilities. Clinics are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The cost is $25 for B.C. residents and $35 for out-ofprovince patients. People can also contact the clinic directly at 604.207.6900 to book an appointment outside of these hours. “Busy travellers who might not have had the chance to make a special trip to the doctor’s office for their shot will find this service extremely beneficial,” said Christopher Gilliland, manager retail sales and service programs at YVR. “Rarely is there a line-up, so people on the run can get their shot quickly, making the most of down time at the airport.” According to Health Canada, the flu season runs from November to April and an estimated 10 to 25 per cent of Canadians may get the flu each year. Although most people recover completely, an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 Canadians, mostly seniors, die from influenza-related complications every year. Health Canada states that the antibodies produced after receiving a flu shot are effective for four to six months

and that these antibodies will help to prevent infection or reduce the severity of the illness. The Vancouver Airport Medical Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that provides quality health care to meet the needs of the airport community, travellers and the public. Specialized services include massage therapy, podiatry, aviation medicine and travel vaccinations. In addition to the medical clinic, YVR Health Care Services include Vancouver Airport Dental Centre and Pharmasave.


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