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YVR holiday spirit on parade Vancouver Airport Authority employees and their families joined Olympic and Paralympic athletes for this year’s Rogers Santa Claus Parade. YVR sponsored the parade’s Grand Marshalls.


here’s no better way to marshal in the

tion to providing entertainment for families, the

featured more than 60 marching bands, festive

as past Canadian Winter Olympians. Airport

holiday season than the Rogers Santa Claus

parade benefits the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

floats, choirs and community groups to get you

employees and their families drove holiday-

Parade featuring floats, family fun, and a


and your family in the holiday spirit.

decorated golf carts carrying the Olympians.

chance to show the spirit of giving.

This year’s parade was on December 6 and

Vancouver Airport Authority was proud to

The Airport Authority also handed out special

Now in its sixth year, the Rogers Santa Claus

ran along Georgia and Howe Streets—starting at

participate in the event as sponsors of the

boarding passes for YVR’s Public Observation

Parade has become a holiday tradition and cel-

Broughton Street and finishing at Davie Street.

parade Grand Marshals who will be Vancouver

Area that included a contest entry-form for a

ebrates the spirit of giving in the region. In addi-

Along with the big guy in the red suit, the parade

2010 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, as well

Imaginations take flight at YVR’s new Public Observation Area


China awards Canada with Approved Destination Status


hina has granted Canada Approved


Status, a designation that

makes it easier for Chinese citizens to visit Canada. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Beijing earlier this month, following his meeting with Wen Jiabao, Premier of China. In addition to allowing Chinese citizens to more easily obtain tourist visas to travel to Canada for leisure purposes, Approved Destination Status will allow Canada to actively market its tourism products in


Where imaginations soar—Vancouver International Airport Public Observation Area.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Jill, visit the Great Wall of China.

China. Travel agencies in China will

ships, but also our people-to-people

also be able to market and promote

ties,” said Prime Minister Harper.

leisure group tours for travel in

“As Canada prepares to welcome


the world to Vancouver for the 2010

hether you’re toting tod-

something to do for kids and adults

dlers or entertaining teens,

alike. With floor-to-ceiling windows,

“Approved Destination Status

Olympic and Paralympic Games, this

every member of the family

seating for 150 people, and interactive

marks a significant moment in the

new designation will help more of

will find something to spark their imagi-

displays, the Public Observation Area

history of our relations with China,

our Chinese friends discover why

nation at YVR’s new Public Observation

offers views and activities to rival any

indicating not only our mutual

Canada is one of the best places in


family attraction around-town.

commitment to strengthening our

the world in which to invest, inno-

It’s the perfect family activity—it’s free, it’s easy to get to, and there’s

Start your day with a ride on the


diplomatic and commercial partner-

See CHINA page 3


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Aeromag showcases its new de-icing trucks during a demonstration at YVR.

The Oshkosh H Series Sweeper keeps runways clear by using a 6.7-metre-wide broom.

Let it snow: YVR gears up for winter weather



tional new equipment, facility upgrades

more familiar with a wet

and technology that will increase the



Christmas than with a

airport’s capacity during snow and

white Christmas, the airport is ready

other winter conditions. Improvements

for whatever winter weather is in store,

include new, more powerful snow-

thanks to some heavy-duty additions

clearing equipment that will clear the

to its team.

runways in 20 minutes instead of 30

Last year’s record snowfall in

minutes; more than 20 de-icing trucks,

Vancouver—one metre of snow in

including 16 of the newest, and most

one month—along with the upcom-

environmentally-friendly vehicles; and

ing Vancouver 2010 Winter Games,

an additional de-icing bay.

prompted Vancouver Airport Authority

The Airport Authority and all its

to take a look at its snow removal

partners share a common goal of ensur-

and de-icing resources. The result has

ing its passengers can travel safely

been a $30-million investment in addi-

and as efficiently as possible in all

The Batts De-Icer truck sprays chemicals to keep YVR’s runways and taxiways from freezing during cold temperatures.

MB 4600 Snow Removal System is YVR’s all-in-one snow removal truck which both ploughs and sweeps snow.

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weather conditions. When snow falls

on the responsibility of managing the

in Vancouver, YVR’s winter operations

de-icing facilities and process.

plans kick into high gear with the activa-

AeroMag2000 is a world-leader

tion of its Emergency Operations Centre

in de-icing, and has a proven track-

to coordinate an airport-wide response.

record at North American airports with

From ground handlers, airlines and the

some of the harshest winter condi-

tower to Airport Operations, Customer

tions, including Montréal’s Pierre Elliott

Service and Parking and Ground

Trudeau Airport. Under the new con-

Transportation, everyone works togeth-

tract with AeroMag, there are 20 new

er to keep YVR running safely.

de-icing trucks that will service all air-

The Airport Authority is respon-

craft. The new trucks utilize the very

sible for keeping the runways, taxi-

latest in environmental technologies to

ways and roads leading to the airport

help minimize the ecological footprint

in safe, operating condition. YVR is

caused by de-icing operations. The new

prepared, with more than 126 unique

trucks require less glycol—the solution

pieces of equipment—including 10

used to de-ice aircraft. The amount of

newly purchased trucks—ready for

glycol can be adapted to the snow con-

snow removal on the two runways.

ditions, which means a potential glycol

These include ploughs, high-speed

reduction of up to 50 per cent.

blowers, sweepers, anti-icing trucks,

The new, more efficient equipment,

ramp clearing loaders, bobcats and

combined with the centralized de-icing

excavators. With five square kilome-

service, means that aircraft—and pas-

tres of runway, taxiway and apron,

sengers—will experience fewer delays.

keeping the airfield clear is nothing

Next time you are at YVR when it

short of a heroic task.

snows, take a look out the window to

When there is snow or frost, before

see the snow removal equipment and

any aircraft takes off it must be de-

de-icing trucks at work. Or stop by one

iced. While historically, airlines at YVR

of the YVR Customer Care counters

were responsible for de-icing their own

and pick up your own set of collector

aircraft, this year the Airport Authority

trading cards that feature the new snow

teamed up with AeroMag2000 to take

removal equipment.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year! Joyeux Noel, Bonne Vacances et Bonne Année!


Holiday Spirit from page 1 chance to win a behind-the-scenes

face painting, gingerbread making and

tour of the airport.

entertainment. And new this year, was

This year’s parade drew more than

the GE Plaza Meet & Greet with Santa

300,000 people and Rogers collected

following the parade. Kids had their

nearly 4,535 kilograms of food and

photo taken with Santa and families

$18,000 for the Greater Vancouver Food

enjoyed the free public skate at the

Bank Society. Much needed non-per-

newly renovated outdoor skating rink

ishable food and cash donations were

located at Robson Square.

on Departures, Level 3 of the International Terminal, offering

travellers baggage shrink-wrapping service at a rate of $7 per bag and $9 per

Rogers Santa Claus Parade visit their

Shrink-wrapping service provides

Art Gallery.

website at www.rogerssantaclauspa-

additional baggage protection and secu-

For more details on YVR’s Pubic

Capital Savings Christmas Square, locat-

Observation Area contest to win a VIP

ed in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery,

behind-the-scenes tour for you and

hosted pre-parade activities such as

your family, visit

Imaginations from page 1 Canada Line. Kids love the experience of

terrain, rivers, and lakes via virtual

the train, and parents will appreciate its

flight and touches down in more than

affordability and ease—forget the stress

100 communities.

over-size bag.

rity. However, travellers are advised that their bags may still be opened by Customs and Immigration officials. Priority Baggage also offers excess baggage shipping services by Purolator and home/hotel luggage pick-up service. These services offer a cost-effective shipping alternative for all travellers. Passengers




checked their bags and would like to

of driving and parking. Once you’ve

Parents of young children will appre-

shop at YVR retail outlets can now do

arrived, the fun begins—start exploring

ciate the children’s play area, located

so and send their goods home through

and let your imagination soar. You’ll

just below the Public Observation Area,

priority baggage’s home shipping ser-

find telescopes at the windows, includ-

and the close proximity and abundance

vice for YVR purchases program.

ing some at kid-friendly heights, to get

of washrooms and other amenities. If

close-up views of aircraft and activities

your family has worked up an appetite

visit, or call

happening on the airfield. Information

exploring the airport, you’ll find kid-

(604) 303-7402 to speak with a sales

panels will help you identify aircraft

and wallet-friendly choices for a snack


and learn about what you’re seeing.

or meal nearby. Familiar favourites like

A large scale model with push-button

Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Pizza Hut, A&W

switches offers a unique, bird’s-eye per-

and Subway are just steps away—so you

spective of YVR’s island home.

can refuel and get back to the fun.

The Observation Area’s touch-

While you’re visiting the airport, don’t

screen kiosks feature air traffic con-

forget to fill out an entry form to win one

trol listening stations, real-time flight

of three VIP behind-the-scenes tours of

activity and videos about the people

the airport for a family of four.

and places that make up the airport.

Visit to learn more about

On loan from the provincial govern-

the Public Observation Area, find a map

ment, the BC Explorer gives visitors

of the area, or learn more about the con-

the chance to explore the province’s






Priority Baggage is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.

Name that Aircraft

Last month’s winner:

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China from page 1 vate, work and compete.”

Burnaby the world’s most significant emerg-

In 2008, visits to Canada by Chinese

ing outbound tourism market, and will

citizens were up 5.3 per cent from

provide us with greater opportunities

2007, for a total of 159,000. Chinese

to grow our businesses while sharing

travellers had the highest average

all that Canada has to offer with our

length of stay (28 nights) in Canada

friends in China.”

and spent more than visitors from any

By 2020, China is expected to be the

other country ($1,648.51). According

world’s largest outbound market, produc-

to a Conference Board of Canada sur-

ing some 100-million outbound tourists.

vey, Approved Destination Status is

With an emerging middle class that is

expected to boost the yearly rate of

increasingly looking to spend its dispos-

travel to Canada from China by up to

able income on travel and tourism, there

50 per cent by 2015.

is a tremendous opportunity for Canada

“This is a vital and historic announcement for Canada’s tourism industry,”

and Vancouver to attract a significant flow of visitors across the Pacific.

said Randy Williams, president and CEO

Air Canada offers service to Beijing

of the Tourism Industry Association

and Shanghai from Vancouver. Air

of Canada. “The Approved Destination

China and China Eastern Airlines each

Status agreement with China will allow

offer service to Beijing and Shanghai,

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YVR’s holiday décor includes annual tree-decorating contest


ast month, school children from

ing a ballot found underneath

elementary classes throughout

each tree and at Customer

Metro Vancouver visited YVR to

Care counters in the terminal.

participate in the 11th annual YVR

Every completed ballot will be

Christmas Tree-Decorating Contest.

entered in a draw to win $250

The children brought their handcrafted ornaments to decorate the trees, which were then hung on the columns




Terminal. YVR customers and airport employ-

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Orphans’ Fund, which assists individuals

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and local organizations concerned with

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All funds raised through donations

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Helijet’s plans for 2010 Games include expanded operating hours



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Parlez-vous Français? Bilingual volunteers wanted


s YVR prepares to welcome

Volunteers receive classroom-style

the world for the 2010

training and mentoring from other



members of the team to help prepare

Winter Games, Vancouver Airport

them for their role. As well, they are

Authority is looking for bilingual

provided with a uniform and compli-

English-French speaking volunteers

mentary parking. As the Green Coat

to join their team.

program is staffed by volunteers, par-


The airport is honoured to be

ticipants receive no salary or benefits

served by volunteer customer service

other than the satisfaction of helping

ambassadors that have been a vital


part of the YVR community since

The main responsibilities of a

1989. The Green Coats can be found

Green Coat volunteer are:

throughout the terminals and are

• interacting with the public and

identified by their distinctive green jacket or vests and warm smiles. YVR recently celebrated the



20-year anniversary of the volun-

answering questions; • wayfinding/directional assistance; • providing information on services available in the airport; and

ichmond-based Helijet has pub-

said Jay Minter, director, marketing

Waterfront Station and easily accessible

lished its flight schedule for the

and product innovation, Helijet. “In

by many forms of transportation.

2010 Olympic and Paralympic

fact, we’re excited about welcoming the

Customers who prefer to drive

Winter Games period, which includes

world during the Games and providing

should note that vehicle access to the

expanded operating hours for scheduled

quick, convenient and seamless service

Vancouver harbour terminal is still

Coats who were part of the original

If you or someone you know are

flights between downtown Vancouver,

for our regular clients plus new visitors

available via Main Street only.

group, and their 20 years of service

fluent in both official languages, can

YVR and downtown Victoria that will

to British Columbia.”

was also celebrated at the dinner.

make a regular weekly commitment

operate earlier in the morning and later

include check-in security screening

into the evening. Daily


Some changes at Helijet terminals



Vancouver and Whistler will be available during the morning and late

for all passengers, luggage and cargo Helijet recommends passengers

“Helijet has been working close-

terminal via public transit, on foot or by

ly with Vancouver Olympic Security

bike due to traffic restrictions and diver-

and the RCMP to ensure we continue

sions throughout the downtown core.

to be the fastest and most frequent

Helijet’s downtown Vancouver harbour

Island connection for our passengers,”

terminal is conveniently located next to

Helijet offsets 900 tonnes of carbon emissions


elijet, the first private sector

their trips carbon neutral.

partner with British Columbia’s

All flights from August 1, 2009 to

Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT), has

present will be included in the next

completed its first round of carbon off-

settlement, with plans to settle monthly

set purchases by retiring 900 tonnes of

starting in 2010. Helijet is also working with PCT

CO2e (Equivalent carbon dioxide). PCT is a Crown corporation estab-

to develop plans to offset greenhouse

lished in 2008 to deliver B.C.-based

gas emissions from other parts of

greenhouse gas offsets to help private

their business, including air ambulance

and public sector clients meet their

flights and ground operations.

carbon-reduction goals and to sup-

“We’re using a made-in-B.C. solution

port the growth of B.C.’s low-carbon

that reflects the interests of our passen-


gers,” said Danny Sitman, president and

Helijet paid $22,500 to PCT to

CEO, Helijet. “It’s the right thing to do

cover all scheduled flights operated

for our business, and it’s the right thing

between March 2009 and July 31, 2009.

for the environment.”

That means all Helijet passengers fly-

To date, Helijet’s contribution to

ing between Vancouver, Victoria and

Pacific Carbon Trust has had no impact

Richmond have had their flight’s green-

on fares and ticket prices have remained

house gas emissions offset, making


Mexicana now part of Oneworld alliance


ast month, Mexicana Airlines became part of the oneworld airline alliance. Mexicana’s subsidiaries MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink also joined

as affiliate members. All three airlines now offer the alliance’s full range of services and

benefits. Mexicana









• acting as unofficial tour guides

attended by 600 past and present

by providing information on the

Green Coats and VIP guests. Today’s

many tourist landmarks and

volunteer team includes 14 Green


with Helijet during the Olympic Games

The Airport Authority is very

of four hours or more and would like

period, contact passengerservices@heli-

proud of the Green Coats and for

to learn more about joining the Green

what they contribute to the airport

Coat volunteer team, email green-

community and as such makes a or call (604) 276-6802

significant investment in them.

for more information. or see the Games bulletin on

shipments. arrive at their downtown Vancouver


For more information about travel

teer group with a gala dinner event

the homepage of Helijet’s website at

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Two YVR family members celebrate expansions


n a map, Kamloops Airport and Larnaka International Airport in Cyprus are a world

apart, but they recently shared a reason to celebrate as both airports opened new and expanded facilities. Kamloops Airport and Larnaka International Airport in Cyprus are two of the 18 airports currently managed by Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS), a global airport management and development company, jointly owned by

The newly expanded Kamloops Airport terminal building.

its subsidiary Kamloops Airport Ltd.,

overseeing the design and build con-

Kamloops’ expanded terminal can

has been responsible for the man-

tractor, and ensuring the terminals

ble-sided check-in counters, expanded

now serve 200 travellers at any time

agement and operation of Kamloops

and staff were ready for operations

project added about one-half more

pre-board screening, a larger secure

in an open and light-filled setting. The

Airport since 1997.

when the facilities opened. YVRAS also

space and a number of features

waiting lounge and two baggage belts in

terminal features a Kamloops sense of

Larnaka Airport is the largest air-

worked closely with local resources

designed to accommodate large air-

the arrivals area. The airport’s runway

place: inside, a ceiling of local Pine Beetle

port in Cyprus – an island country

and the contractor to ensure that the

craft and international flights. Located

was extended by 609 metres to serve

wood and traditional Tk’emlúps Indian

in the Mediterranean Sea. The air-

airports have a strong sense of place by

in B.C.’s Thompson Okanagan, the air-

large charter aircraft and a new Canada

Band art; outside, environmentally-

port opened a new terminal building

incorporating Cypriot cultural elements

port serves the city’s 85,000 residents

Border Services Agency area was built

sensitive xeriscaping (water-conserving

increasing capacity significantly to now

into the design.

and its growing tourism industry. The

to improve service for travellers arriv-

landscaping) and a Tk’emlúps Indian

serve 7.5-million passengers annually.

Visit the Kamloops and Larnaka air-

Band inspired Coyote rock cairn.

Vancouver Airport Services acted on

ports online at www.kamloopsairport.

behalf of Hermes Airports Limited in

com and

Vancouver Airport Authority and Citi

approximately 3,158-square-metre ter-

Infrastructure Investors.

minal building now offers seven dou-

The Kamloops Airport terminal


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“The fact is we would never knowingly

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harm one of our American cousins.

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February 25-27, 2010

is for Mr. Colbert to come and see for himself.” In fact, the City of Richmond, which built and owns the Richmond Olympic Oval, offered to appoint Mr. Colbert as an official ombudsman to monitor the treatment of Americans during the Games. “We’ve even created a special uniform for the new ombudsman’s position, consisting of a lovely Richmond

21st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference

Olympic Oval pink toque, which we

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officious,” said Townsend.

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March 30-April 1, 2010

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2010 Westin Bay Shore Vancouver, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC

This year’s theme is Discipline in Aviation: Professionalism in Flight. Keynote speaker, Cpt. Alfred Haynes For more information, visit

think would make Mr. Colbert look very

The city formally sent a letter of invitation to The Colbert Report’s studios in New York City encouraging him “to find some sled dogs and venture forth to the great frozen wasteland” to be the city’s guest at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February. The American comedian has accepted the proposal as official ombudsman as long as the position requires no actual work. Townsend has verified the offer was “at best a ceremonial position” and Colbert will not be put to work on his arrival.

Air Canada offers fee option for preferred seats





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Summit Customs Brokers Customs & Trade Consultants Brokers



ir Canada is now offering econo-

available on a flight varies with each

ed they prefer the additional leg-

my class passengers the option

aircraft type.

room afforded by certain seats in

to reserve a seat with additional

Air Canada is joining a growing

the economy cabin of our aircraft,

legroom including emergency exit rows

number of carriers that now offer cus-

notably those located in exit rows

and bulkhead seats.

tomers preferred seats for a price. Last

or near internal dividers known as

The Preferred Seat option starts

year Air Canada’s main Canadian com-


at $14 per one-way trip, and is

petitor, WestJet Airlines, began charg-

“With our Preferred Seat option, we

based on length of flight, fare pur-

ing a seat selection fee of $10 for a

are giving customers the opportunity to

chased and customer’s Aeroplan

regular seat or $15 for a seat in the

reserve these seats in advance so they

status. Customers will be able to

emergency exit row.

can look forward to their trip knowing they will enjoy extra comfort.”

select a preferred seat on any Air

Air Canada’s executive vice-presi-

Canada or Jazz flight at the time of

dent and chief commercial officer said

Air Canada is seeking $500-million

booking or anytime prior to check-

the airline is responding to consumer

in cost savings and revenue enhance-

in, subject to availability. The num-

demand for preferred seating.

ments by 2011, including $50-million

ber and location of preferred seats

“Some customers have indicat-

this year.

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Beyond, Every Day.

Holiday travel tips to keep your spirits bright

As YVR prepares to welcome the world for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we are seeking bilingual English/French speaking volunteers to join the team. Our volunteer customer service ambassadors, Green Coats, interact directly with the public and provide directional assistance and information on services available in the airport. If you are able to communicate in both official languages, please send us an email to or call 604-276-6802 for more information.

During the holiday travel season take advantage of YVR’s complimentary gift-wrapping stations located at Customer Care counters.


hether you’re planning a sunny get-

to be inspected by security screening officers. If

away or going home for the holidays,

you pack gifts in your carry-on luggage, you can

you can help make sure your travels

have them wrapped after the security checkpoint

are merry and bright with this holiday travel

at one of the Airport Authority’s complimentary


gift wrapping stations located at Customer Care

Confirm Travel Details


Days before your trip, confirm reservations

Check Out Your Check-in Options

with your airline, determine baggage specifications

Check-in in advance to make your travel go

and what travel documents you need to bring with

more smoothly. Use YVR’s self-service check-in

you to the airport.

kiosks located conveniently at multiple locations

On the day of your flight, check the Vancouver airport’s website ( to confirm your flight information including the departure time and gate. Winter weather conditions here and in other parts of the world may impact your flight so be sure to sign up at the airport’s website to receive flight notification updates directly to your mobile phone.

Plan Ahead Online Use the tools at to plan your trip. See the Getting to & From YVR, Navigating YVR and Shopping, Dining & Services sections for detailed maps, guides and listings of places to eat and buy last-minute gifts.

Pack Smart To help ensure security and speed up the preboard screening process, plan ahead and learn

in Richmond, Vancouver, Whistler and along the Canada Line. You can also check-in online from your computer or mobile device from the convenience of your home, office or hotel hours before you arrive at the airport. If you prefer to check-in at the airport, you can choose counter or self-service check-in.

Arrive early Leave yourself plenty of time to check-in, clear security and board your flight. Learn about options for getting to the airport including the Canada Line, the hassle-free way to start your holiday travel. Always check your airline’s recommendation for your specific flight and needs, but generally during the holiday season you should allow: • 90 minutes for a flight within Canada;

about what to pack and how to pack to make

• 120 minutes for a flight to the U.S.;

your trip go smoothly. Remember that restric-

• 120 minutes for an International flight.

tions continue to apply for liquids, gels and

Enjoy Your Trip!

aerosols in carry-on baggage. You’ll find details

YVR’s 24-hour Customer Care staff and Green

on these and other permitted and non-permitted

Coat volunteers are on-hand to answer questions

items including packing tips and answers to your

and provide information and assistance.

security questions in the Security Information sec-

Now that you’ve made your list and checked

tion of YVR’s website.

it twice, take advantage of the airport’s shopping,

Don’t Wrap Your Gifts

dining and services to make the most of your time

Don’t wrap your gifts—their contents may need

at YVR or to help you relax before you board.

British Airways and Spain’s Iberia agree to merge


ast month, British Airways (BA) and Spain’s

have 419 aircraft flying to 205 destinations. BA

flagship carrier Iberia Airlines announced

customers will gain access to 59 new destinations

an agreement for a US$7-billion merger that

including 13 in Latin America, while Iberia’s cus-

would create the world’s third-largest airline by

tomers will gain up to 98 new destinations across


the BA network.

The proposed merger will result in the creation

Iberia’s chairman Antonio Vazquez will be

of a new holding company in which BA sharehold-

chairman of the new company, while BA’s chief

ers will hold 55 per cent and Iberia’s shareholders

executive Willie Walsh will be CEO. Each airline will

will hold 45 per cent.

have seven members on a new 14-member board.

In a joint statement, BA and Iberia said the

BA and Iberia will have dual hubs in London

merger would provide “enhanced customer ben-

and Madrid, and will keep their own licenses,

efits with a larger combined network for passen-

codes and brands for the first five years of the

gers and cargo and continued investment in new


customer products and services.” Once completed, the new airline group would

The merger is expected to be completed in late 2010.

A new neighbour in the airport community


new Richmond hotel prop-

speakerphones with data ports and sat-

specially propagated native plants that

erty is scheduled to open

ellite television. Hotel guests experience

were hand planted during the spring


a 100 per cent smoke-free environment,

and summer months. The result is a

with great river and airport views.

living wall that has now been installed




than four kilometres from Vancouver International Airport at the east end of






the Moray Bridge, within a five-minute

WestinWorkout fitness centre fea-

walk to Yaohan Centre and a 20-minute

tures an indoor pool, weight machines,

Skytrain ride to downtown Vancouver,


The Westin Wall Centre Vancouver





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The Apron restaurant in the hotel with offerings from a West Coast-fresh

luxurious retreat for those wishing to

ties, the hotel features green initia-

Apron is geared for guests to start the

discover the Richmond area.

tives, including a large green roof area

day with a breakfast buffet and end the

The newly constructed hotel boasts

consisting of drought-tolerant sedum

evening with the perfect glass of wine,

180 guestrooms and eight suites span-

and ornamental grass species. The area

chosen from an extensive wine list.

ning 15 floors, and 789 square metres

features long curved arcs of both hard-

Located at 3099 Corvette Way (off

of versatile meeting space, including a

scape and planting to emulate the flight

No. 3 Road), Richmond, the Wall Centre

436-square metre ballroom.

paths and movement of planes.

looks forward to welcoming the airport

constructed to hold more than 9,000


promises a journey of culinary delights kitchen. Open from 6 a.m. – 12 a.m., the

tor of sales, the hotel is looking for-


tem on one side of the hotel.

In addition to a myriad of ameni-

According to Kyle Matheson, direc-


along with its own core irrigation sys-

Airport bills itself as a convenient and

A wall consisting of 360 panels was


community. For more information, call (604) 303-6565.

ward to becoming part of the airport community. It is fully booked for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, with its first guests arriving on January 18. “Wall Centre is looking forward to opening its doors in January and becoming part of the airport and Richmond communities,” said Matheson. “We feel that the Wall Centre service and the Westin Brand will provide a fresh new option for weddings, social events and meetings in Richmond.” In-room amenities include highspeed Internet access, two dual-line

More than 9,000 specially propagated plants species were hand planted into 360 wall panels in the hotel’s living wall.

Director of sales Kyle Matheson, stands in front of the new Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport during its earlier construction period.

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Castlegar: A place to live, work and play


astlegar, located within the

been re-established, with these resi-

up an Artwalk brochure at the Visitor

Selkirk Mountains at the con-

dents increasing their involvement in

Information Centre.

fluence of the Kootenay and

local affairs.

Columbia Rivers, is a small city in the West Kootenay region of B.C. The city


in September and

Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park, where

includes live enter-

a visit to the Russian Orthodox Chapel

tainment, exhibits,

Close to the Canada/US Border,

House will reveal the rich Doukhobor


tral home of townsite founder Edward

Castlegar offers visitors a huge back-

history of Russian émigré Alexander

small animal and

Mahon, who began mining in the area

yard for adventures and explorations,


fowl displays and a

in 1888.

both in town and in the surrounding region. In early June, don’t miss the Castlegar

Airport provides an opportunity to

omy fuelled by forestry and tourism.

Sunfest. This community event spans

learn more about Castlegar’s culture

It is home to Selkirk College, the West

three days and covers everything from

and history. It is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kootenay Regional Airport, a pulp mill,

a festival in the park and Miss Castlegar

daily, from May 1 to September 30.

and several small sawmills. The popula-

Pageant to the annual pancake break-

tion of more than 7,000 people includes

fasts and fireworks extravaganza. Play a round of golf at the champi-

• 11



games, Castlegar Vancouver

horse show.

located across from the West Kootenay

transportation centre, with a local econ-

a large number of Doukhobors, descen-


The Pass Creek Fall

takes its name from the Irish ances-

Castlegar is a regional trade and


Fair 2009 takes place

Take a walking tour of historic

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre,


Almost next-door to the Discovery Centre, the Kootenay Gallery of Art, History, and Science features various exhibits.

Winter Activities Winterfest takes place in early December. This annual event focuses on family fun, with free activities for all ages.

visitors arrive.

Accommodation Accommodation ranges from hotels, bed and breakfast, hostel, cabins, as

Cross-country ski at Nancy Greene

well as five campgrounds.

dants of immigrants from southern

onship Castlegar Golf Club or the fami-

Russia who arrived there in the early

ly-friendly par-3 Little Bear Golf Resort.

Housed in a 90-year old Rail Station,

mately 25 minutes west of Castlegar

1900s and who were largely respon-

Take a guided ATV Tour through the

the Castlegar Museum is the best pre-

on Highway 3. Most of the 50-kilome-

The West Kootenay Regional Airport

sible for much of Castlegar’s early

mountains around Castlegar. Grab

served in the province. In it, one can

tre trails are tracked for classic tech-

is owned and operated by the City

development and growth. A sizeable

climbing gear and head for Kinnaird

imagine the hustle and bustle of pas-

nique only. Ski, or snowboard at nearby

of Castlegar. Air Canada provides

Portuguese community also grew as

Bluffs—local climbers say that Castlegar

sengers boarding turn-of-the-century

Nelson’s Whitewater Winter Resort, or

daily scheduled service to Castlegar

workers originating from the Azores

has some of the best rock climbing

trains, while the station agent’s resi-

Rossland’s Red Mountain Resort.

from both Vancouver and Calgary.

later moved in to take up employment

in B.C.

dence and the newspaper archives

and Paulson Trails, located approxi-





Explore the extraordinary network

guarantee hours of enjoyment. Learn

The area that became Castlegar was

of walking trails around Castlegar. The

about the Sinixt people who inhabited

on January 24, 2010, Day 87 of its 106-

an important centre for the Sinixt, also

in the area.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay

Waldie Island Trail, for example, fol-

the region and the beginnings of the

day journey to the start of the Games

known as the Arrow Lakes Peoples. The

lows the shoreline of the Columbia

Castlegar townsite.

on February 12, 2010. To celebrate this

first recorded contact between the Sinixt

River. Waldie Island is protected as a

For water enthusiasts, experienced

once-in-a-lifetime event, the city has

and Europeans occurred in 1811 when

heron reserve and rich in wildlife so

guides are available to go fishing with

planned a fun-filled evening prior to the

British explorer David Thompson pad-

bring binoculars and enjoy spotting

for Rainbow, Gerard, and Brook Trout.

torch’s arrival, followed by other events

dled up the Arrow Lakes. The European

birds and other wildlife.

Explore the wild and woolly Slocan

the day the torch arrives.

invasion of the West Kootenay caused a Sinixt Diaspora, but since the late 1980s a permanent Sinixt presence has

Do the Artwalk. It’s a showcase for

River with a kayaking or float trip.

Castlegar overflows with natural

local artists that runs all summer in 25

The Castlegar and District Recreation

beauty and abundant community spir-

different locations around town. Pick

Centre has a great pool for kids.

it, making for a warm welcome when



To learn more about Castlegar, visit To see the YVR Community Showcase videos that feature Castlegar, visit

The West Kootenay Regional Airport is owned and operated by the City of Castlegar and offers regular service to both Vancouver and Calgary.

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New Air Canada checked bag policy for Wide range of holiday promotions from Air China transborder and transatlantic travel


ir Canada has changed its checked bag policy on U.S. transborder and transatlantic


Effective immediately, customers who purchase Economy Class tickets (Tango, Tango Plus and Latitude fares) for travel on or after January 19, 2010, to/from the United States, Europe and Israel will be able to check one bag for free, in addition to permitted carry-on baggage, and charged for a second checked bag as follows: • For flights to/from the United States Dalian is the southernmost city of Northeast China the title of “open-city,” which allows it to receive considerable foreign investment.


(including Hawaii, excluding Puerto Rico), CAD/US$30; and • For flights to/from Europe and

o celebrate the holiday season,

flights from Beijing to Dalian in north-

Air China has launched several

east China will be as low as $32, cheaper

promotions, including discount-

than travelling by sleeper train.

Israel, CAD/US$50. The fee for a second checked bag to/from the United States, Europe and

In addition to low airfares, any pas-

Israel will not apply to Air Canada

senger aged 50 and up who is travelling

Prestige, Elite, Super Elite members or

From now until December 31, 2009,

together with another passenger will

Star Alliance Silver and Gold members.

travellers who book round-trip inter-

enjoy a discount of more than $15 for

Executive Class and Executive First

national tickets via Air China’s Ticket-

one-way flights more than 800 kilome-

customers continue to receive an allow-

Order Hotline will enjoy a five per cent

tres, and a discount of more than $7 for

charge for checking in both a first and

as to/from Mexico, the Caribbean,

ance of three checked bags on all flights,


one-way flights under 800 kilometres.

second bag.

South and Central America, Asia and

regardless of destination.

ed tickets, fuel rebates and additional air miles for PhoenixMiles members.

Air Canada’s checked baggage policy


For the same period, Air China’s

To activate these offers, passengers

The airline says its new policy on

domestic flight airfares are being

may call the Air China Ticket-Order

of two free checked bags for Economy

U.S. transborder routes compares

offered at record low prices. Tickets for

Hotline (604) 685-9552 and pay by

Class ticket holders remains unchanged


favourably with major U.S. carriers that

flights from Beijing to Dadong, Taiyuan,

phone with a suitable credit card.

for all travel within Canada, as well

and other cities within China will average approximately $30. The airfare for

For more information on flights, visit

New X-ray technology provides airport security upgrades

Complete details on Air Canada’s policy



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n Center n 114’


he Canadian Air Transportation

in five major Canadian airports this

has awarded UK-based Smiths

year: Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto,

Detection a $27-million contract to pro-

Montreal and Halifax. Calgary, Winnipeg

vide 145 advanced X-ray systems that

and Ottawa airports will get the system

will upgrade existing Canadian airport

in the next fiscal year.



n Clear

The Advanced Threat Identification

threat detection and screening technologies, with multiple security equipment

single-view X-ray scanners in airports

deployed at nearly 85 per cent of the

across Canada. Unlike conventional sys-

world’s commercial airports.

tems, aTiX captures multiple views of

CATSA is a federal Crown corpora-

carry-on bags in a single sweep to pro-

tion that is responsible for the provision

vide more information about every piece

of key aviation security services includ-

of luggage. It also includes powerful

ing the deployment and maintenance

software which help the operator detect

of explosives detection equipment at

potentially harmful items.


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Welcoming the world begins in Richmond


Cancellations lead to production declines in aerospace industry

he first Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Visitor



Olympic visitors in numerous languages, have opened at Lansdowne Canada The negative effects of the global recession on corporate profitability have sent shipments of corporate jets falling 40 per cent in 2009.

Line Station. A total of 16 kiosks will


open at key locations throughout Richmond, Vancouver, West Vancouver and Whistler. Staff at the blue-and-green kiosks will provide visitors and spectators with maps and information on attractions, accommodation and restaurants. The kiosks will be open on weekends until the Games begin, and will then be open 14 hours a day during the Games and the Paralympic Games in March. The kiosks cost between $53,000

in Port Moody by Unison Construction

It is estimated that British Columbia


in certain body movements, but his

security section at YVR con-

complete recovery is still a long

sists of a team of a manager,

way off.

an operational support staff mem-




member of the YVR community,

inspectors who interact with all

and Transport Canada receives

members of the YVR community.

requests daily for updates on his

Last month one of the security

With prices and production now

aerospace industry that finds Canada’s

falling, profits are forecast to decline by

aerospace industry has fared better

nearly 20 per cent next year.

through the recession than many other

The Conference Board reports

manufacturing industries. However,

that both business confidence and

production is now declining primarily

profits are showing signs of improve-

because of reduced demand for busi-

ment, and a recovery in demand

ness jets.

is expected to begin by the end of

are forecast to improve, but because

will welcome more than 250,000 visi-

cent this year and expected to fall again

of low margins aerospace industry

tors specifically for the Games.

in 2010. Additionally, net new orders

profits are expected to remain below

for the industry have been negative

their 2001 peak for the foreseeable

in four of the past five months, and if



ber, and 11 transportation security

Industrial Outlook on Canada’s

duction is forecast to decline by 2.1 per

Fund set up for Transport Canada employee Robbie Sandher ransport Canada’s aviation

are priced in U.S. dollars.

2010. Starting in 2011, profit levels

for by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture Management Ltd. and use B.C. wood.

of the aerospace industry’s products

has released its Autumn 2009

According to the report, aircraft pro-

and $75,000 each and have been paid and the Arts. They were manufactured

he Conference Board of Canada

this trend persists may lead to addi-

The Conference Board of Canada is

tional production cuts for the aerospace

an independent, not-for-profit research


organization funded through fees

Despite decreased demand, pre-tax

charged for services to the private and

profits are expected to reach $461-mil-

public sectors. To obtain a copy of the

lion this year, thanks to the weaker

complete report, Canadian Industrial

Canadian dollar at the beginning of

Outlook: Canada’s Aerospace Product

the year. The latter has translated into

Manufacturing Industry-Autumn 2009,

higher effective prices, given that many


Boeing’s Dreamliner odds-on for first take-off

condition and progress.

inspectors, Robbie Sandher, tragi-

An account to support Sandher

cally and unexpectedly suffered a

and his wife and baby daughter has

brain stem stroke. Since the stroke,

been set up at the YVR branch of

Sandher has been on a ventilator in

the Royal Bank by transportation

intensive care at New Westminster’s

security inspector Rob Head and

in trust for Robbie Sandher or Joyce

Royal Columbia Hospital. He has sur-

colleague Joyce Qadir. Deposits to

Qadir in trust for Robbie Sandher.

prised medical staff with his prog-

the account can be made at any

For more information,

ress to date, working hard to achieve

RBC branch by providing account


small but incremental improvements

number 05500-5035506, Rob Head

or call 604-666-2822.

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ith chief executives from

wide-body, twin-engine 787 Dreamliner.

both Boeing and Airbus

The bookmaker is betting that the

pledging that their latest

Airbus four-engine turboprop, military

aircrafts, the Dreamliner and Airbus

transport aircraft will be less likely to

A400m, respectively, will each have

out-gun Boeing in this particular race

their maiden flight before the end of

and is offering odds of 6-4 that it will

this year, Ireland’s largest bookmaking

take-off ahead of the Dreamliner.

outfit, Paddy Power, is taking bets on

Last month, Boeing reaffirmed that

which of the new aircrafts will be first

its delay-plagued Dreamliner remains

to leave the ground.

on track for its first test flight by the

Both the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

end of the year.

and the Airbus A400M military trans-

According to a Paddy Power spokes-

port plane have been hit by numerous

person, “This has the makings of a very

delays and industry observers are now

interesting race with obviously billions

speculating that maiden flights for

on the line for both airlines. Our bet-

both aircrafts may now be pushed

ting suggests that Boeing is the early

into 2010.

leader but this could obviously change

Paddy Power is offering odds of 1-2 that U.S.-based Boeing will be first to take to the skies with their mid-sized,

very fast.” All odds at Paddy Power remain subject to fluctuation.





Delta and American in bidding war for Japan Airlines


fter posting US$1.5-billion in

ty investment in return for JAL defecting

with JAL under an open skies treaty to

losses during the first half of

from the oneworld alliance and its part-

liberalize air travel between the United

its fiscal year to September,

nership with American Airlines.

States and Japan. The treaty is expected to be agreed upon by the two govern-

last month Japan Airlines (JAL) issued

American Airlines and JAL’s part-

a statement that the company was

ners in the oneworld alliance subse-

working with the Japanese government

quently issued a declaration of support

The chief executives of the one-

through a “turnaround procedure” that

for JAL, reinforcing its commitment to

world alliance member airlines have

would enlist the assistance of a private

retain JAL as a valued, full member, and

reaffirmed their belief that their alli-


offering a “total alliance value proposi-

ance offers JAL the best revenue oppor-

tion” totalling US$1.8-billion of invest-

tunities, access to funding, network

ment and additional revenue.

fit, quality partners, hubs and the best

JAL’s economic woes prompted Delta Airlines along with its SkyTeam airline alliance member carriers to offer US$1-

American Airlines has also said it

billion, including a US$500-million equi-

would apply for antitrust immunity

• 15

ments as early as this month.

prospect for a stable and successful future.

JAL Boeing 777-300 with special oneworld livery.

Working together to build better cargo facilities



ing area to accommodate three- and

improvements. Victor Chow, BC Hydro’s

with their tenants before

five-ton trucks and containers up to

account manager for IAT, together with

proceeding with building

16 metres.

a BC Hydro Power Smart engineer per-



renovations, the result can be beneficial

“The upgrades to the Miller Road

formed an audit of the building’s power

to both parties. And that is exactly what

facility were badly needed and have

needs, which showed that the great-

happened when International Aviation

improved the working conditions in the

est energy savings and payback would

Terminals (IAT) decided to proceed

warehouse, ten-fold,” said Lyle Gibson,

come from lighting. BC Hydro subse-

with upgrades to its YVR airside cargo

general manager Western Canada,

quently approved incentive funding for

building at 4840 Miller Road.

Cargojet, one of the tenants at the facil-

the lighting upgrades through its Power

nology resulted in a win-win for all

pleted in less than two years, resulting

Located on Sea Island, IAT manages

ity. “The new energy-efficient lighting

Smart program.


in an improved facility that will benefit

and develops airport-based warehouse,

is fantastic, not only providing substan-

“The completed project resulted in

“We are very pleased with the results

ground service equipment, hangar, and

tial cost-savings, but also brightening

much improved lighting, with occu-

of the 4840 upgrade project as it has

office facilities, with a mandate to pro-

our staff’s working environment. New

pancy sensors for the warehouse and

lowered operating costs and increased

vide an optimum working environment

dock level and airside doors that work

energy saving of 594,000-kilowatt hour

efficiency for users of the facility,” said

for its tenants.

without problems have also decreased

that will save more than $30,000 in

George. “IAT is committed to working

our maintenance costs.”

hydro bills,” said Chow. “The energy

in partnership with Vancouver Airport

saved is enough to power close to 60

Authority and our tenants to assist in

B.C. homes.”

the realization of their strategic goals.”

In January 2008, IAT began a process of one-on-one meetings with ten-

BC Hydro’s Energy Study program,

ants at 4840 Miller Road to create a list

which investigates any energy-using

of upgrades that would improve build-

system, such as lighting, mechanical

IAT’s president and CEO, Zachary

The entire upgrade process, includ-

ing efficiencies to best benefit their

or information technology within a

George, believes that the consultation

ing re-painting the entire building and

tenants’ businesses.

facility, played a large part in IAT’s

process and decision to upgrade the

the installation of new exterior lighting

warehouse, office and exterior lighting

facility with new equipment and tech-

and exterior security cameras, was com-

The result of these meetings was a commitment by IAT to spend $1-million on upgrades to the cargo facility. These improvements were achieved with cooperation from Vancouver Airport Authority, with whom IAT extended its land lease agreement in April 2008. Additionally, IAT consulted with Ray Segat, Vancouver Airport Authority’s director of business and land development, to best achieve the proposed upgrades. “The partnership with IAT on this project proved to be a good example of a successful consultation process, where improved efficiencies of the building made a large contribution to


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Answers - November 2009

BC Aviation Council 2009 Award Winners



he Board of Directors of the

Al Michaud Memorial Bursary for

leadership, promotion and consistent

BC Aviation Council (BCAC)

Commercial Pilot Flight Training

contribution to the continuous develop-


($1,000 each)

ment of aviation in the B.C.

Robert S. Day Award: Bob Cowan—for




the Council’s 2009 Scholarships and

Jerry Jellali (Coastal Pacific Aviation);

Bursary awards at its annual Silver

Beau Stephenson (Selkirk College)

Wings Award Banquet held last month.

Barry and Jim Aviation Maintenance

The Council has a 71-year tradition of promoting and encouraging the

outstanding contribution and leader-

Graduate Bursary ($3,000)

development and advancement of avia-

Vicki Rees (University of the Fraser Valley)

ship in the development of aviation in B.C. Environmental



Airport—for enhancing and improving

tion and aerospace in B.C. A key mis-

Jason Ouellet Memorial Bursary for

sion of the Council has been its support

Commercial Pilot Training ($1,000)

the riparian habitat around Haslam

of education and training of human

Creek on the airport property in prep-

resources to meet the skill require-





aration for their runway extension


ments of the industry, most notably

BC Airports’ Managers Association


through the annual award of bursa-

Bursary ($1,000 each)

The Back and Bevington Award for

ries to students engaged in aviation

Angelo Dye (BCIT); Adrian Gafton

Aviation Safety: 442 Transport and


Rescue Squadron—for outstanding ser-

studies. This year’s winners were:

Aviation Maintenance Engineering

Anne and Rudi Bauer Memorial Bursary

Training Bursary ($1,000)

for Pilot Training ($1,000 each)

Scott Pinning (University of the

Doan Ngo (Coastal Pacific Aviation);

Fraser Valley)

Brennan Steemers (Pacific Flying

BCAC also recognized excellence in


the aviation industry through a series

vice to the people of BC. The




Vancouver Airport Authority—for leadership and support of the Canada Line. Excellence in Airport Management:

William Templeton Airport Operations

of non-monetary recognition awards

Princeton Airport—for development


as follows:

at their airport, which serves the





Aviation: Bud White—for outstanding

Bobby Lee (BCIT)




entire Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen.

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Neighbourhood Restaurant Guide Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Try something different today for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The following restaurants are at or within five minutes from YVR, and most offer airport employee discounts. MAIN TERMINALS Domestic (Pre-Security) • Milestone’s: Casual West Coast diningLevel 3 Departures • Starbucks: Coffee, pastries, sandwichesLevel 3 Departures 1 A&W: Breakfast served daily—Bacon ‘n Egger with real bacon and real eggs, hash browns, French Toast. Also, hamburgers, fries, beverages, including A&W’s famous root beer. Open 5am-10pm. Level 3 Departures. Also located at International Departures (Post-Security) • Harvey’s: Breakfast, burgers-Level 3 Departures • Subway: Sandwiches, salads & wrapsLevel 3 Departures • Swiss Chalet: Rotisserie chicken-Level 2 Arrivals • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soups-Level 2 Arrivals & Level 3 Departures • Jugo Juice: Juice, smoothies, wraps & paninis – Level 3 Departures • Wok ‘N Roll: Chinese & Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures



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International (Pre-Security) • Hanami Japanese Restaurant: Dim Sum & Japanese cuisine-Level 3 Departures • Koho Restaurant & Bar: Casual diningLevel 3 Departures

is the season for dining with friends and family at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s awardwinning signature restaurant, Globe@YVR.

Executive Chef Kamal Silva and his talented culinary team have created lavish menus highlighting the best of the holiday season. Christmas Lunch Buffet ������������������������������������������������ $38 per person YVR colleagues receive a 25% Discount. December 7-21 (weekdays only) noon – 2:30pm

Festive Dinner Buffet����������������������������������������������������� $70 per person December 24, 5:30pm – 10pm

Festive Brunch Buffet���������������������������������������������������� $62 per person

• Galiano Bakery & Café: Breakfast, sandwiches & pastries-Level 3 Departures • Burger King: Breakfast, burgers, salads -Level 2 Arrivals & Level 3 Departures • Flying Wedge Pizza: Pizza, salads & soups-Level 3 Departures • Fortune Wok: Asian cuisine – Level 3 Departures • OPA! Souvlaki of Greece: Greek cuisine-Level 3 Departures • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soup – Level 2 Arrivals • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures Airport South 2

December 25, 11:30am – 3pm

Christmas Dinner�������������������������������������������������������������� $55 per person December 25, 5:30pm – 10pm

New Year’s Eve Gala Buffet�������������������������������������������� $72 per person December 31, 5:30pm – 10pm

Reservations recommended

Prices exclusive of taxes and gratuities

Call: 604-248-3281

Online: 24 hour advance reservations required. YVR colleagues must have valid YVR identification. Discount valid for Christmas Lunch Buffet only, not applicable to groups and cannot be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions apply.

Join us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Brunch & Dinner Buffet Dec. 21 – 24 • 3-Course Dinner $30

Christmas Day Brunch: Adults $36; Seniors $27; Kids (5-10) $18 Dinner: Adults $39; Seniors $29; Kids $19 Call 604-232-2804 to make your reservations now for our Christmas Buffet. Please visit our blog to view the menus and prices

Airside Café & Catering 350-5400 Airport Road South. Located opposite Million Air. Come & enjoy our fall specials, All You Can Eat for only $7.99 or pick up one of our Lunch Boxes To Go for only $6 – choice of 4. (604) 273-6628 ATC Cafeteria 3800 Cessna Drive. In the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus. (604) 419-3782 The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill 4760 Inglis Drive. Located on the water, inside Harbour Air Seaplanes Terminal, near Vancouver Airport South. Incredible

MARPOLE Cravings Restaurant & Lounge 8804 Osler Street, Vancouver. Located behind the Coast Hotel, only 5 minutes from YVR. Lunch, dinner, weekend breakfast. Tapas, classic pastas, steaks, seafood, vegetarian meals, stirfries, 6

MILLER ROAD • Café Runway #109-5000 Miller Road. Breakast, lunch. 6am-5:30pm. (604) 273-1170 OVER THE BRIDGE(S) 8 The Boathouse Restaurant 8331 River Rd. Specializing in fresh seafood from the west coast of B.C. & around the world. Ever-changing selection of fresh fish, premium oysters & certified Angus steaks. Dinner, lunch, weekend brunch. 11am – 10 pm. (604) 273-7014 Lunch, dinner. 11am-10pm. • Italian Tomato Restaurant 8380 Bridgeport Rd. (604) 247-0048. Lunch, dinner. 11am-10pm. • Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips 8620 Granville Street, Vancouver Lunch, dinner, British pub foods & fresh seafood. 11am- 8:30pm. (604) 266-2340 Hotel Restaurants • Accent Inns Vancouver Airport 10551 St Edwards Dr IHOP Restaurant: breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 273-3311 • Best Western Abercorn Inn-9260 Bridgeport Road 11 Highlander Restaurant: Open for lunch & dinner, serving a variety of high-

Home Cooking at Great Prices

Experience our elegant, newly renovated restaurant

Breakfast & Lunch

Join us for a casual lunch, elegant dinner or weekend breakfast treat during the festive season.

Lunch Boxes to Go Butter Chicken with Rice & Salad Pork Vindaloo with Rice Pork Chops or Baked Salmon, Rice & Garlic Bread

$6.00 $6.00 $6.00 $6.00

Ask for your Frequent Discount Card for further savings Call Debbie for Catering & Office Party Trays


Airside Café & Catering

Reservations highly recommended, please call 604-232-2804 7571 Westminster Hwy Richmond, BC

location, great food, good service & good value. Open 7 days per week 11am to midnight, weekend Breakfast from 9am. (604) 273-0278 • McDonald’s Restaurant 6020-6086 Russ Baker Way. Burgers, fast food, 5am-midnight. (604) 718-1022 3 The Sideslip Café #100-5360 Airport Road South. Located at Esso Avitat. Open 6am-10:30 am for breakfast and until 3pm for lunch. Serving homemade soups, sandwiches & paninis & daily specials. Fresh baked pastries, organic tea & coffee. Take out & catering. (604) 303 SLIP (7547) • Skyway Restaurant (YVR South Terminal) #118-4440 Cowley Crescent. Breakast, lunch. (604) 231-9822 • Sushi Café 5455 Airport Road South. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 6am-10pm. Eat in or take out. (604) 761-2362

burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, salads, soups and more. (604) 264-8444 Konichiwa Seafood & Sushi Bar 1320 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver Lunch, dinner. Japanese sushi, sashimi, seafood. 11am-10pm. (604) 267-9991 Wick’s Café 1300 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver. Paninis, esspresso, bagels, pastries, soup, muffins, cinnamon buns. Mon - Fri: 7am-9pm. Sat. 8am-7pm. Sun. 8am-7pm. (604) 677-6396

(opposite Million Air) 350-5400 Airport Rd South, Richmond, BC BREAKFAST & LUNCH MON – FRI 7:00am to 4:00pm

Plenty of FREE Parking!

8804 Osler Street | Vancouver (Oak Street & 72nd Avenue)

Behind the Coast Hotel • Only 5 minutes from YVR

604 264 8444


quality continental and world cuisine including seafood, pastas & European specialty dishes as well as burgers and sandwiches. Lunch 10:30am-2pm; dinner 5pm-9:30pm. (604) 270-7576 • Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel 1041 SW Marine Drive White Spot Restaurant—full-service restaurant, breakfast, lunch, dinner, take out. (604) 310 - 7768 7 Hudson’s Landing Pub—classic pub food, including fish & chips, pizza, burgers & sandwiches. Open for lunch & dinner. 11:30am-12:15pm. (604) 263-5445 • Comfort Inn Vancouver Airport 3031 No. 3 Road Atrium Inn Restaurant & Lounge – breakfast, 6:30am-10:30am (604) 278-5161 • Delta Vancouver Airport 3500 Cessna Drive Elephant & Castle Pub & Restaurant – lunch, dinner. (604) 278-1241 • Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre 7311 Westminster Highway Carver’s Steakhouse & Lounge – dinner. (604) 207-7107 Tivoli’s Restaurant – breakfast, lunch. (604) 278-5555 12 The Fairmont Vancouver Airport (at YVR) –3111 Grant McConachie Jetside Bar: Level 3 International Departures – offers a selection of appetizers, snacks, and shared food. (604) 248.3281 Globe@YVR: Award-winning signature restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and featuring a special holiday menu. (604) 248-3281 5 The Fraser Arms 1450 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver The Fraser Arms Café—enjoy the $2.99 breakfast special every day, starting at 7am weekdays & 8am weekends; lunch served until 2 pm. (604) 261-2499 • Hilton Vancouver Airport 5911 Minoru Blvd Carmichael’s Restaurant: breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 232-5000 • Holiday Inn International Vancouver Airport 10720 Cambie Road Fogg n Sudds Restaurant – pub style food with a wide selection of international beers. (604) 273-0776 • Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport 8181 Cambie Road Fresh Restaurant & Lounge-breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 279-8181 • River Rock Casino Resort 8811 River Road Tramonto – breakfast 6:30am-11am, lunch 11am-2pm, dinner (604) 247-8573 4 The Buffet at River Rock – all you can eat buffet, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Newly renovated, The Buffet at River Rock highlights fresh local produce & offers culturally diverse & traditionally inspired dishes with complimentary selected beverages. (604) 247-8900 • Sandman Signature Hotel 10251 St Edwards Drive Cucumber Café – breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 276-2853 Chop Steak Fish Bar – casual dining. (604) 276-1180 • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Highway 9 Harold’s Bistro & Bar – breakfast, lunch, dinner. Full menu of contemporary cuisine, wide selection of award-winning B.C. wines, beers on tap and spirits. Open 6:30am-11:00pm. (604) 273-7878 • Travelodge Hotel Vancouver Airport 3071 St Edwards Drive Pantry Restaurant – breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 214-0007 • Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel 7571 Westminster Highway 10 The American Grille—American

cuisine enhanced with regional flavours. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Open 6am-10pm. (604) 232-2804 STEVESTON • Yokohama Teppanyaki Sushi & Steakhouse 140 – 12251 No 1 Road. Authentic Japanese cuisine served at their Teppan Grill, where your dinner is cooked to perfection right before your eyes. Book your party of 4 or more at the special Christmas Party Dinner price of $29.95 per person. Open Mon to Fri 10:00am to 10:00pm. Weekends 11:00am to 9:30pm. (604) 271-8896.




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Quality Continental Cuisine

Next issue deadline for

Restaurant Feature

is December 30, 2009. call 604.736.6754

Serving Homemade Signature Dishes

Renovated café under new management, with a fresh, new menu

• Seafood, Pastas & Euro specialty dishes • Prime Rib & New Zealand Lamb • Burgers & Sandwiches Bobby G’s Pub: 4pm – midnight Hot Breakfast Buffet: 6.30-10am Located Lunch (À la carte): 11-2.30pm in the Best Western Dinner (À la carte): 5– 10pm

Highlander Restaurant

Abercorn Inn

9260 Bridgeport Rd • 604 270 7576


Neighbourhood Pub! Monday:

Half-price Appies (5-9pm)

Blue Plate Specials $6.95 A different Blue Plate Special everyday. Pulled BBQ Pork Sandwich $5.99 Hangar Burgers $5.99


45-cent wings (min. order 10)


…plus many other menu items including daily specials!

Spaghetti & Meatballs $7.99 (after 3pm)

Breakfast 6-10:30am Lunch 11am-3pm • Monday to Friday


Half-price Pizza (all day) Kitchen open late every night All Canucks & UFC Pay-Per-View Team Fundraisers available

Email your fax number to for daily menu fax blast TAKE-OUT & CATERING Reservations call: 604-271-8896

140 – 12251 No. 1 Road Richmond, BC V7E 1T6

604 303-7547

#100-5360 Airport Rd South @ Esso Avitat

At the Coast Hotel

604 263 5445

1041 SW Marine Dr. | Vancouver

Breakfast served daily at A&W

A&W Bacon n’ Egger Egg, cheddar cheese and a strip of bacon on a sesame seed bun.

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for $ 00

Try our tasty hash browns and classic roast coffee


Two locations at YVR: Level 3 Departures, Domestic Terminal (Pre-Security) Level 3 Departures, International Terminal (Post-security)

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