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As thousands of athletes and visitors arrive for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which run from March 12-21, Vancouver Airport Authority is ready to ensure that travellers of all physical capabilities have a positive experience as they pass through the airport. YVR is one of the most accessible airports in the world, and Paralympians who have spent time in the building have noted the difference this makes to their travel experience. “I have travelled through many airports around the world and hands-down YVR has been the most accessible for me in a wheelchair and with all of my equipment,” said Jim Armstrong, skip of Canada’s 2010 Paralympic Curling Team. “I am very proud that my teammates and competitors will experience this airport as their first impression of the city and the country.” In preparation for the Paralympics and beyond, YVR has made available golf carts, wheelchair lifts, oversized baggage carts, and specialized wheelchairs for aircraft aisles. Although some equipment has been added specifically in

Paralympian Jim Armstrong hopes to win gold in curling. time for the Games, Vancouver Airport Authority has long been committed to creating an accessible facility. Since 1992, the Airport Authority has worked with independent access consultant Brad McCannell from Barrier Free Designs Inc., to review all new construction projects, and to ensure the highest building code requirements for accessibility. McCannell’s expertise in the

area of disability comes from both personal experience and practical knowledge. In 1980, at age 27, a car accident caused him to become a paraplegic. He uses a wheelchair and a service dog on a daily basis. In his opinion, YVR is the most accessible building in Canada and one of the top 10 in the world. An important part of YVR’s accessible design is the subtle integration of features that provide functionality for those travelling

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with a disability, but are typically undetected by the average passenger. For example, visitors with vision loss can tell where they are in the terminal through flooring surfaces that act as a tactile map. Tile and terrazzo indicate proximity to an exit while carpets lead passengers to gates. Patterns in tiles also provide directional guidance. Passengers with hearing loss will notice remarkably clear sound through a low-volume public address system that uses speakers placed approximately six metres apart throughout the terminal. This strategic placement reduces noise pollution and facilitates hearing aid use. For Paralympians like Armstrong who travel in a wheelchair, low resistance carpeting and the elimination of door thresholds permit ease of movement through the terminal. Washrooms

have doorless entries, while curbside wheelchair parking, valet assistance, and universal checkin counter levels are designed to make departing through YVR efficient and easy for everyone. For the Airport Authority, accessibility is as much about awareness and understanding as it is about the building’s design and so all employees receive disability awareness training as part of their new employee orientation. According to Paralympian Jim Armstrong, it is this personal commitment from YVR staff that makes all the difference for travelling athletes. “At YVR, there’s never a time when staff isn’t readily available to help or direct you,” said Armstrong. “There is always someone around to give you a hand when you need it. [YVR] has put everything imaginable into making the airport user-friendly for people with disabilities.”

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For all who were part of the airport’s Olympic experience— YVR employees, volunteers and visitors—the Games will live-on through a lifetime of stories and memories. With years of planning and preparation, YVR was ready and eager to welcome the world. And just like when you entertain at home, all the effort is worthwhile when you see the smiles on the

faces of guests as they arrive, and when they leave at the end of the evening. For YVR, those smiles were multiplied by thousands as athletes, officials, visitors and locals saw the airport dressed for the Games and buzzing with pride and anticipation. While many of the dignitary and athlete arrivals were expected and planned, it was some of the impromptu greeters and cel-

ebrations that will be remembered most. The fans of the Russian team were on hand in the International Arrivals Meet and Greet area dressed from head to toe in official Russian team colours singing songs and waving banners. They even brought along ‘Blue Cheburashka’, a life-size fuzzy blue animal and mascot for the See SPIRIT page 5

Sunday, February 14 was a day to celebrate—and if Valentine’s Day and Canada’s first gold medal win on home soil at the 2010 Winter Games weren’t enough—it was also the kick-off to the Chinese Lunar New Year. YVR helped celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year festival with a traditional lion dance performance. With colourful lion costumes, drums and a copper gong, the performers drew a crowd as they danced their way through the airport’s terminals. The lion dance is meant to bring good luck and fortune to businesses and chase away evil spirits. As part of the performance, the lions visited airline counters, shops and restaurants at YVR that displayed a head of lettuce and a small red envelope containing money. As is tradition, the lion eats the lettuce and the envelope, then spits out the leaves, but not the money,

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in a colourful and amusing performance. Lasting 14 days, the Chinese New Year festival is one of the most important in Chinese culture. In China and around the world, people celebrate the first day of the Chinese Lunar calendar, which usually falls in January or February. Each year in the calendar is represented by one of 12 zodiac animals and the Chinese believe the animal ruling in the year a person is born has a profound influence on the person’s personality. 2010 is the Year of the Tiger and those born this year and in previous Years of the Tiger (1926, 1938. 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998) are said to be bold, adventurous, charming risktakers. Famous people born in the Year of the Tiger include Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Richard Branson, Marilyn Monroe, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Jay Leno and Tom Cruise.

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To everyone who works at YVR:

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If you work at YVR, you know that we have been planning for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for some years. However, what I witnessed over the past weeks is a testament to what good planning and good partnerships can accomplish: an amazing first and last impression of our airport, city, province and country. As I walked through the terminal on March 1, our busiest departures day ever, I saw the lineups moving quickly, bags being loaded efficiently onto oversize baggage carts, and people moving smoothly through the building. And they were all smiling. Employees from the airlines, government agencies, transportation partners, retailers and Airport Authority delivered operational excellence throughout the Olympic period, culminating on March 1. And the mood of celebration didn’t end with the extinguishing of the flame—it carried on in the pre-board lounges and throughout the public spaces. It proves what we can do when we all pull together. I believe this level of cooperation and commitment is the most important Olympic legacy for YVR. In this relatively quiet time between the departure of the Olympic athletes and the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron, I’d like to thank all of you for ensuring that every passenger has a great experience at our airport. Let’s keep up the great work as we once again welcome the world, this time to the Paralympic Winter Games. Larry Berg CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority





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YVR landscape architecture receives Award of Excellence Earlier this month, architectural firm Sharp & Diamond received an Award of Excellence by The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) for their landscape management projects on Sea Island, the home of Vancouver International Airport. Over the last several years, Sharp & Diamond have successfully transformed the Grant McConachie Way corridor into a thematic visual experience. Drawing on the central airport themes of Land, Sea and Sky the landscaping makes bold use of green space and bright colours to provide a sense of place for visitors to the area. The more than 1,000 plants, including flowering trees, evergreens and ground

cover on Grant McConachie Way help frame stunning views of the North Shore Mountains and integrate the Canada Line more naturally with Sea Island’s estuary landscape. And if you’re driving toward YVR this month, you will be greeted with the first flush of spring growth from blossoming Akebono cherry trees to flowering magnolias. Sharp & Diamond has worked with Vancouver Airport Authority for more than 25 years and is credited with designing notable features at YVR including the Green Wall on the Canada Line station, the berm at the base of the Olympic Rings on Grant McConachie Road and the land-

scaping inside the expanded International Terminal as well as the overall landscape theme for Sea Island for which the Award of Excellence was presented. “This award is indeed a great honour for all involved at Vancouver International Airport and at Sharp & Diamond, as well as the contractors and the nursery suppliers,” said Randy Sharp, principal, Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc. The annual CSLA awards program recognizes landscape architecture excellence across Canada in categories of design, planning and analysis, research, communications, landscape management, new directions and residential design.

Evergreens and colourful ground cover provide a sense of place for visitors to Sea Island.

New duty free rules benefit passengers with connecting flights in Europe Passengers travelling from Canada to a European Union (EU) airport with an onward connection can now carry duty-free purchases of liquids, aerosols and gels of any quantity. Previous regulations restricted the volume of liquids that could be carried on board. YVR is the first airport in Canada to take advantage of the new security regulations. Passengers now place their duty-free purchases of liquids, aerosols and gels into special secure bags available at duty free stores. These bags will be recognized

airports without having their purchases confiscated. Travellers still need to adhere to the number of carry-on items allowed by airlines. For more information on the new rules, visit Transport Canada’s website at

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Canadian Air Travellers Security Charge set to increase Last month, Transport Minister John Baird announced that the Government of Canada will provide $1.5-billion over five years to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to strengthen security throughout Canada’s air transportation system. CATSA, which is a Crown corporation, is responsible for the pre-board screening of passengers and their belongings, baggage screening, and screening and tracking of non-passengers entering airport restricted areas. If the increased funding receives parliamentary approval, the aviation industry and passengers can expect Canada’s Air Travellers Security Charge (ATSC) rates to increase, starting at $2.58 for one-way domestic flights, $4.37 for transborder flights and $8.91 for other international flights. While CATSA will receive the additional funding, the federal government will also launch a review of the spending, efficiency and structure of the corporation. The review will include stakeholder participation and will examine the effectiveness of the hundreds of millions of dollars invested annually in the corporation, in order to determine whether alternative models would better serve the needs of industry and travellers.

While disappointed at a potential increase in the ATSC, Canada’s airports pledged to work closely with the federal government on its comprehensive review of CATSA. “While Canada’s airports are generally opposed to anything that increases the cost of a plane ticket, we recognise that there is an increased burden on aviation security resources in this country today,” said Canada Airports Council president and CEO Jim Facette. “We welcome a review of CATSA in order to ensure that the money collected from the Air Traveller’s Security Charge is accounted for and spent on aviation security in a transparent manner.” In recent years, air security technology and personnel at airports have increased. For example: All baggage is now screened with modern explosives detection x-ray equipment, with others further screened by CT technology, compared to only selected bags being screened in 2002 using basic x-ray equipment. Since 2003, there has been an 80 per cent increase in screening officers, and there has been an increase of approximately 20 per cent more screening lines at airports. 

Oneworld voted Best Alliance for wines Judges at the latest Cellars in the Sky Awards international wine-tasting competition have once again selected oneworld as the Best Alliance for wines served in-flight by its member airlines. Oneworld’s member airlines flew high in the other award categories, taking six of 12 first prizes, along with 24 runners-up awards. Airlines in the Star alliance achieved three first prizes and 11 runners-up placings, and the SkyTeam alliance took one first prize and six runners-up positions. This is the 25th year that Cellars in the Sky Awards have been presented. A panel of five leading experts blind-tasted more than 220 wines served on longhaul flights

by 34 airlines from around the world. Qantas, a member of oneworld, took four of the top prizes—Best First Class Cellar; Best Red Wine served in First Class, won by its Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2005; Best Fortified or Sweet Wine served in First Class, won by its Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Liqueur Tokay; and Best Presented Wine List. Oneworld member Cathay Pacific won Best Business Class Wine Cellar and Best Red Wine served in Business Class for its Spy Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2007. Oneworld members also accounted for four of the five prizes awarded for Best Business Class Cellar.

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Canadian flight schools join forces to offer training to Indian pilots

Seventeen Canadian flight schools have united to offer Canadian flight training to Indians wanting to become commercial pilots. All 17 schools are members of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC). Earlier this month, 12 of the 17 schools travelled to Delhi and Hyderabad, India, to meet with Indian airlines and other key aviation business representatives. The group also had a presence at the Aviation

Expo 2010 in Hyderabad. Objectives of the trip were to understand the training needs of the Indian aviation community, to gather market intelligence and set the stage for increasing the number of Indian student pilots in Canada. The ATAC schools hosted information seminars in Delhi and Hyderabad that were attended by businesspeople and prospective students. As a result, a number of students have already indicated their intention to come to Canada for flight training. A typical international student pilot not only contributes to the local economy but also spends in the range of $40,000 to $50,000 in flight training costs. The Canadian aviation industry enjoys one of the highest flight training safety records, an extensive flight training infrastructure and is able to offer a variety of weather conditions to provide pilots with invaluable experience.

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Four to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame On June 10, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four Canadians at its 2010 annual dinner and ceremony at the River Rock Casino & Hotel in Richmond. The 2010 inductees are Canadian former chief astronaut Julie Payette; female flight instructor Vi Milstead Warren; WW1 fighter pilot Redford Henry “Red” Mulock; and northern bush pilot Willy Laserich.

Julie Payette, 46, is an astronaut, multilingual pilot, musician and singer. She logged more than 1,200 hours as a pilot before becoming the chief astronaut of the Canadian Space Agency from 2000 to 2007. Payette has now spent more than 25 days in space, where she supervised a spacewalk for space shuttle Discovery, operated the ‘Canadarm’ robotic arm, served as mission specialist on a number of operations and as flight engineer aboard space shuttle Endeavor.

Vi Milstead Warren, 90, is a pilot and role model for women in aviation. She achieved the rank of first officer working for the Air Transport Authority in WW2 flying more than 47 types of aircraft. Following the war, she worked as Canada’s first female flying instructor, before breaking new ground as Canada’s first female bush pilot flying in some of the country’s most remote areas and in dangerous conditions. In 2004, she was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Redford Henry “Red” Mulock (18861961) of Winnipeg, distinguished himself as one of Canada’s most highly skilled pilots, earning the Distinguished Service Order in his first year of service with the Royal Naval Air Service during WW1. His extraordinary career trajectory continued as he rose in rank and responsibility through the Royal Air Force. As group captain he led a bomber group, and following the war was honored as a Companion of the British Empire, going on to join Canadian Airways Ltd and rising to the rank of air commodore in the RCAF reserve.

Willy Laserich (1932 – 2007) earned admiration as both an individual and as a pilot during his career. He maintained a perfect safety record for 50 years, but was also known as someone who could take calculated risks. He continually campaigned for better air services and facilities for the people of the Northwest Territories. He flew more than 3,000 medevac flights, more than 100 search and rescue operations and saw six babies born aboard his aircraft.  Since its establishment in 1973, just 196 individuals have been honoured for their achievements in advancing Canadian aviation and space endeavours. All inductees have played integral roles in Canada’s aviation history—roles that contributed significantly to Canada’s technical and commercial growth. These four new honourees bring the total to 200. 

CANN report reveals increase in immigrants and refugees in 2009 The Community Airport Newcomers Network (CANN), which provides social services to immigrants and refugees through the SUCCESS group, has reported an increase in the number of arrivals of immigrants and refugees at YVR in 2009, compared to 2008. CANN is a pre-settlement program at YVR that offers assistance to newly arrived immigrants and refugees to Canada. In 2009, CANN received 43,525 new immigrants at YVR, an increase of 10 per cent over 2008. The organization also reported a 17 per cent increase in convention refugees using their services, compared to 2008. A convention refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of national-

ity or habitual residence, because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, political opinion, nationality or membership in a particular social group. CANN reported that the Philippines replaced China as the lead source country of immigrants (32 per cent from the Philippines compared to 29 per cent from China). Only 23 per cent of Philippine immigrants served by CANN intended to settle in B.C. In comparison, more than 53 per cent of immigrants from China intended to settle here. Similar to 2008, the top five source countries of refugees arriving at YVR in 2009 were Myanmar, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, and Afghanistan. For more details on CANN, visit:

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air launch mobile travel apps Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have launched three mobile applications designed for iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile users. Unlike the Weboptimized site, the applications are custom built for each device and can be downloaded directly to the smartphone. “Alaska and Horizon Air’s mobile apps offer people access to the most frequently used functions they need on the day of flight,” said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing, sales and customer experience. The native applications provide customers with access to flight status information, flight schedules, Web check-in and flight alerts. Customers can also view their itineraries, change seats, check their upgrade status, and add an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan number to a reservation. The applications also give customers access to download electronic boarding passes. The free applications are available for download at mobile.

Youth learn about aviation careers at National Aviation Day event

On February 23, Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird celebrated National Aviation Day 2010 by attending an event that highlighted this year’s theme — Youth. The Canada Aviation Museum hosted a career fair where aviation stakeholders and Transport Canada showcased the variety of career paths in Canada’s aviation and aerospace industry that are available to youth. “The Government of Canada is proud to celebrate the second annual National Aviation Day by inspiring our youth to pursue rewarding careers in aviation, and by highlighting the progress Canada has made toward safe, efficient and sustainable aviation,” said Minister Baird. During the celebration, the Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award was given to Vitorio Stana, director of Quality Assurance at B.C.-based Avcorp Industries, to honour his commitment to excellence in aviation safety in Canada. Stana has played a key role in setting and maintaining the highest manufacturing safety standards for Avcorp’s aviation products. The Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award recognizes persons, groups, companies, organizations, agencies or departments that have contributed, in an exceptional way, to aviation safety in Canada. In 2009, February 23 was designated National Aviation Day in Canada to celebrate past achievements and open new chapters in aviation excellence.





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Richmond basks in Winter Games success

The Richmond O Zone ushered in the Year of the Tiger as members of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society carried a 100-metre-long Chinese-style dragon. The City of Richmond is celebrating its success in helping to host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. From the Richmond Olympic Oval, where capacity crowds saw several Olympic records smashed, to the Richmond O Zone, where 400,000 visitors celebrated the Olympic spirit, Richmond had many golden moments throughout the 2010 Games. Richmond’s efforts in helping to stage the Games won special mention from International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, a remarkable achievement for a non-Host city. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie praised the more than 1,000 volunteers,

who worked along side City staff, community partners and contractors to make the Games a success in Richmond. “The volunteers were incredible,” said Brodie. “We consistently heard from international dignitaries, media, tourists and local residents that they loved the experiences they had in Richmond. Whether it was working in the O Zone, helping out with protocol responsibilities or as part of the workforce at the Oval, Richmond volunteers were gracious hosts who provided an exceptional level of service. We thank them all for their tireless efforts.” Brodie said the exposure and new relationships Richmond has gained from the Games will pay long-term benefits

Aviation was one of the industries promoted at the Richmond O Zone. Displays included a record-setting Rolls-Royce RB211 engine that powered a Boeing 757 for more than 28-million kilometres without removal from the wing.

In support of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Paint the Town Red campaign, one of the world’s two remaining Martin Mars water bombers visited Richmond during the Winter Games.  Photo: Tariq Jamil. to the community in increased tourism and economic development and will support the success of key civic strategies for the development of arts and culture, major events and sport hosting. He also saluted Richmond’s many community partners, such as Tourism Richmond, Volunteer Richmond and Richmond Chamber of Commerce, who worked closely with the City to help the community gain full benefit from helping to host the 2010 Games, as well as the local businesses that helped create a series of visual spectacles for the Richmond Revealed program. Large crowds who cheered Team Canada to gold medals in men’s and women’s hockey on the O Zone’s giant screens on the final weekend of the Games, helped lift final attendance numbers for the City’s official celebration site to 400,000. That included 120,000 who attended Holland Heineken House, the most popular attraction of the O Zone. Richmond’s attendance set a new record for Holland Heineken House, which has been a crowd favourite at the past Olympic Summer and Winter Games.

The BCLC Games Dome featured virtual reality sports including a ride down a virtual bobsleigh track.

The O Zone’s Main Stage showcased performers in a range of musical genres and styles.

Spirit continued from page 1 Sochi 2014 Games. The Ukrainian supporters welcomed their athletes wearing traditional attire and celebrated with cultural dances. The Koreans and Japanese were heard applauding and cheering on their teams as they waved their country’s flag. And if you didn’t see them, you could definitely hear the Swiss fans as they rang very large cowbells for the arrival of their athletes. Some athletes had their very own cheering section—our Canadian women’s hockey team were greeted by a young group of girls’ hockey players. The Korean figure skating-sensation Kim Yu-Na and Japanese figure skater Mao Asada arrived at YVR to a sea of more than 150 fans and media. Perhaps all the support helped these ladies take home the hardware—gold medals for the Canadian women’s hockey team and Kim Yu-Na and a silver medal for Mao Asada. Speaking of gold, the scene in YVR’s International Food Court for the men’s gold medal hockey game mirrored every street corner and living room in Canada, as a large crowd of anxious and excited fans gathered to watch the game on the airport’s giant screen. Some passengers took the chance of missing their flight to watch the nail-biting ending, and then broke out into the singing of the national anthem after the winning overtime goal was scored.

While that game was enough to keep most travellers happy, there were entertainers and activities in the airport’s terminals throughout the Games period to keep visitors smiling. The Coca-Cola Official Pin Trading Centre was buzzing with pin-traders and spectators every day, and an assortment of musicians, living statues, choirs, the Olympic Mascots and even RCMP horses were a hit with passengers of all ages. For some at YVR, the Olympics were all about the metal—and not the kind you wear around your neck. Plane spotters and employees saw some unusual aircraft and airline visitors to Vancouver including Aeroflot, Smart Wings, Finair and a Czech Republic charter, all of which parked on the airport’s closed crosswind runway at some point during their stay. There were also a number of heads of state or official government aircraft in-town including Air Force 2, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Czech Republic Air Force and the State of Kuwait, to name a few. If you have YVR memories from the Olympic and Paralympic Games period that you would like to share, please post them at If you spotted any unusual aircraft, email your photo and contact information to for publication in SkyTalk.


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Condor offers non-stop summer service to Frankfurt

March 12-21, 2010 2010 Winter Paralympics

Events to be held in Vancouver and Whistler.

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March 22-24, 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 Operations and Maintenance. Keynote speaker, Cpt. Alfred Haynes. For more information, visit or call (604) 232-8272.

March 25-26, 2010 Company Aviation Safety Officer Course Quality Hotel Airport South, 7228 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Cost $495 plus GST This course is designed for operations managers, safety officers and safety managers. It will cover: safety philosophy; human factors and the decision making process; risk management; accident / incident management, investigation and prevention. It meets the requirements of CAR’s 723.07 and is designed to provide a thorough understanding of how to manage the various aspects of an SMS. For more information, call (778) 998-9534 or email

March 29-31, 2010 Northern Air Transport Association 34th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Trade Show

The Westmark Hotel & Conference Centre, 201 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

For more information, contact Pat Thagard, NATA executive assistant (867) 446-6282 or email

April 8, 2010 NAV Canada Annual Meeting

Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond.

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April 13, 2010 Aviation Leadership Forum

This summer, Condor Flugdienst will once again be offering non-stop service from Vancouver to Frankfurt, Germany. Condor is Germany’s biggest charter carrier, which was formerly owned by Luthansa before its take over by the Thomas Cook Group in 2008. Condor’s summer 2010 schedule from YVR is as follows:

Saturday departures from May 15 – October 23

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Monday departures from May 31 – September 27

• Departing Vancouver at 5:55 p.m., arriving in Frankfurt at 1:10 p.m., next day • Departing Frankfurt at 2:50 p.m., arriving in Vancouver at 4:25 p.m. Condor also offers connecting flights to more than 48 destinations from Frankfurt to European destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, Milan, Oslo, Prague, Salzburg, Warsaw and more. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-524-6975 or visit

EVA Air launches environmental website EVA Air has launched a website outlining environmental measures it has initiated to reduce the impact of its global passenger and cargo services. Designed to give travellers and airfreight shippers’ information to make informed decisions about the carrier they choose, the website also features simple actions individuals throughout the company have adapted to their own daily routines. EVA and its subsidiaries are reducing carbon (CO2) emissions, cutting noise, conserving resources and managing wastes to promote a greener, healthier earth with ongoing measures adopted in offices and operations worldwide. The airline is steadily replacing paper with electronic services and functions in its operations and offices. It provides e-ticketing for passengers and e-freight for shippers. Its Audio Video on Demand entertainment system now includes e-books and literature. EVA pilots use Electronic Flight Bags and employees rely on digital documents. In 1995, the airline became one of the first in the industry to initiate non-smoking flights worldwide. And in 2000, EVA Air Sky Catering earned ISO14001 certification for meeting the highest environmental standards.

In 2009, EVA cut electrical use in its buildings, saved 20,779 tons of water over the previous year, and recycled 232,000

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WestJet unveils its frequent flyer program WestJet has finally unveiled its longawaited frequent flyer program. The Calgary-based carrier had originally planned to have the program implemented by last June, but postponed the launch because of problems with its new reservation system. The airline’s frequent flyer rewards will be offered through two different Royal Bank of Canada-branded MasterCard reward programs. One offers rewards of 1.5 per cent in

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Oneworld granted antitrust immunity

Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) gave its tentative approval to grant antitrust immunity to American Airlines and four oneworld partners to form a global alliance. If the decision is made final, American and its oneworld alliance partners British Airways, Iberia Airlines, Finnair and Royal Jordanian Airlines would be able to more closely coordinate international operations in transatlantic markets. The DOT acknowledged that the alliance could harm competition on select routes between the United States and London’s Heathrow Airport due to limited landing and takeoff slots. It has requested that the alliance make four pairs of slots available to

competitors for new U.S.-Heathrow service. British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines have also offered to modify their plans to share more of their lucrative transatlantic routes in an effort to settle a competition dispute with the European Union. Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Airways said the new alliance would be a “kick in the teeth” to non-aligned carriers such as Virgin. The DOT previously granted immunity to oneworld’s rivals Star Alliance and the SkyTeam alliance.

Continental to charge fee for extra legroom

Starting this month, Continental Airlines will join a host of other airlines in offering coach customers extra legroom for an additional fee. Airlines measure legroom as seat pitch—the distance from the front of the seat to the back of the seat in front. The amount of legroom, which starts at a minimum of 17 millimetres, can vary by aircraft, as will the prices for the seats, depending on the flight length, market, aircraft and season. The airline currently offers extra legroom at no extra charge to its OnePass Elite frequent flyer members—those who accumulate at least

40,000 kilometres a year—and their travelling companions, who will continue to have that privilege for free. “Our customers want more choices,” said Jim Compton, Continental’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Seats with additional legroom are higher-value seats, and we want to offer them to customers who recognize that value.” Coach customers will be able to pay the charge at check-in to get an exit-row seat with more legroom. Continental offers service to Houston, Texas, and Newark, New Jersey from YVR.

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SkyTalk reader Bill Wong spotted this Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-300ER at night, ready for departure to New York’s JFK airport.

SkyTalk reader Patrick Gordon spotted the Czech Republic Olympic team’s charter aircraft at the South Terminal.

The State of Kuwait’s official Airbus A320 government aircraft spotted at YVR.

Private aircraft were spotted in abundance at YVR’s South Terminal during the 17 days of the 2010 Winter Games.

Canada’s military set up operations during the 2010 Games at YVR South.

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March 1, busiest day at YVR After 17 days of thrilling athletic competitions, amazing displays of sportsmanship and magical moments when lifelong dreams were finally realized on the podium, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games drew to a close on February 28. On March 1, it was all systems go at YVR as airport staff geared up for the busiest departures day in the airport’s history as more than 39,000 passengers departed.

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Considered the unofficial sport of the Games, pin trading at the official Coca-Cola Pin Trading Centre was a popular activity.

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Members of the Czech Olympic Team pose with two of the 2010 Olympic Mascots.

At only $5 each, the Go for Gold medals at YVR’s Olympic Stores were a popular souvenir.

John Furlong, CEO Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, gives a warm thank you to one of YVR’s Green Coat volunteers.

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Lowest Airfare Guarantee Flight Centre has introduced a Lowest Airfare Guarantee, whereby the travel retailer pledges to beat any genuine written airfare quote by $1 and also issue a $20 voucher that can be redeemed for future travel booked in any Flight Centre store. Furthermore, if a client presents a quote to a Flight Centre consultant and it’s not beaten, the company will provide that flight for free.

The company said the lowest airfare guarantee is aimed at “reinforcing Flight Centre’s position as the price leader within the Canadian travel market.” The Lowest Airfare Guarantee applies when Flight Centre can confirm the same product quoted is available and quoted from another registered Canadian travel agency, an airline or website quoting in Canadian dollars.

United to expand international service with fuel-efficient Dreamliner

Gap’s Patagonian mountain adventure trip includes hiking to glaciers and along alpine lakes through some of the most dramatic landscapes of South America. To celebrate 20 years of providing life-changing travel experiences across the globe, Gap Adventures has launched a Create Your Own Adventure contest, the largest and most ambitious interactive competition in the company’s history. The global online contest invites everyone, from once-a-year vacationers to seasoned globetrotters, to submit an itinerary for the tour of their dreams, virtually anywhere in the world, any way they want. The winning entry—determined through public online polling and input from a panel of nine world-renowned judges—will be featured in a Gap Adventures

brochure in 2011. “Create Your Own Adventure is the biggest and most exciting contest we’ve ever staged,” said Gap Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip. “I’m thrilled that in celebration of our 20th anniversary, we’re inviting everyone from aspiring to avid travellers to build their dream itinerary and share it with the rest of the world. One of our company’s core values is to create happiness and community the world over, and I can’t think of a better way of doing that than by unlocking the creativity of so many people.” Everyone with a winning tour idea is

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Last month, Boeing and United Airlines (UA) finalized an order for 25 Boeing 787-8 jetliners. The agreement included an option for UA to purchase another 50 Dreamliners. “Boeing and United Airlines share an 80-year partnership,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “United, which launched the Boeing 777, now begins a new chapter with the 787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built.” The order is valued at US$4.2-billion. United expects to take delivery of the 787s at the same time it will begin to retire its Boeing 747s and 767s operating on international routes. The 787 Dreamliner, currently in flight

test, is expected to provide greater fuel efficiency. The 787 also promises a more comfortable flying experience. Its innovations include a new interior environment with improvements in air filtration, higher cabin pressurization resulting in reduced physical fatigue, larger windows, more stowage space, improved lighting and other passenger-preferred conveniences. The technologically advanced 787 will also provide up to 45 per cent more cargo revenue capacity Including United Airlines, 57 customers around the world have ordered 876 Dreamliners, making it the fastest-selling new commercial jetliner in history.

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World’s oldest flying car up for auction It’s a plane. No, it’s a car. No, it’s the world’s oldest flying car, and it will be on the auction block later this month in Atlanta, Georgia. The antique was built in 1934 by Frank Skroback, a retired industrial technician and electrician from Syracuse, New York. Skroback studied the concepts of French furniture manufacturer turned aircraft designer, Henri Mignet, who is responsible for the tandem wing monoplane. Skroback wanted to modify this design to build a multi-purposed vehicle that could be flown from house to house, using the roads as runways. There is no verification that Skroback’s vehicle ever took flight. This isn’t the first flying car to be brought to the auction block. The Taylor Aerocar, which was designed and built in 1949 by Moulton Taylor in Longview, Washington, was auctioned more than a year ago. It is the most successful and probably the most famous flying car design to date. Although six examples were built, the Aerocar never entered production. Red Baron’s Antiques, which is selling Skroback’s antique, describes it as 640 centimetres long, with each wing having a 213metre span. It is speculated that even if the wings could lift the fuselage off the ground, a lack of any substantial vertical control surfaces would likely mean controlled flight would be tricky at best. 

World Cargo Symposium seeks to build a solid future for air cargo or territories and at more than 100 airports. So far, 16 of a planned 20 air cargo documents have been converted to electronic format. The electronic airway bill (e-AWB) is one of the 20 documents planned for conversion with e-freight. An industry standard e-AWB, which will eliminate the need to print, handle and archive Giovanni Bisignani, paper airway bills, is being IATA’s director general trialled by three airlines and and CEO. 11 freight forwarders. In Optimistic Signs addition to greater efficiency, Bisignani also called for the trials are demonstrating a renewed focus on qualthat e-AWB can deliver faster air freight ity and a more effective and cost efficient shipments with reduced delays because the approach to security. electronic documents cannot be lost or mis“We are starting to see some signs placed. The e-AWB standard has been filed of optimism on the horizon. But we canwith governments around the world for not rebuild on the old foundations. This approval. Importantly, earlier this month recession has changed global business. To the U.S. Department of Transportation remain competitive, air cargo must improve endorsed the new standard. its quality and reduce its costs.” The global recession continues to chalImproving Quality lenge the global air cargo industry. Cargo Global quality standards and process revenues were down by one quarter in 2009 simplification are critical for air cargo. compared to the previous year—the most Under the IATA umbrella, Cargo 2000 is precipitous drop ever. There are, however, a group of more than 70 major airlines, new signs of yield increases on specific freight forwarders, ground handlers, truckroutes and regions, with Asian markets ing companies and IT providers. The orgabouncing back the strongest. nization has streamlined cargo processes In 2009, the wide-body fleet saw utiand publishes global quality standards. lization fall by seven per cent and the “We need the whole supply chain to freighter fleet specifically is down by 160 embrace Cargo 2000 as the quality standard aircraft. The industry is expected to take for the entire industry,” said Bisignani. delivery of 50 freighters in 2010 and the wide-body fleet overall looks to expand by More Effective Security four to five per cent. Secure Freight aims to secure the supply chain by defining, auditing and registerE-Freight Improves Efficiency ing secure operators that act in compliance Bisignani highlighted the work on the with a quality assurance system. IATA’s e-freight agenda as a way to accelerate the target is US$468-million in cost savings recovery and improve prospects for future with enhanced security through consistent profitability. standards and procedures. The first pilot “E-freight has the potential to eliminate project is taking place in Malaysia and there US$4.9-billion in costs across the air cargo are three more planned for this year. supply chain. In 12 months, e-freight volUnder the theme of Bounce Back – umes increased five fold. We have come a Rebuild for the Future, the World Cargo long way, but we need to spread the capaSymposium is working to build a solid bility of e-freight even wider.” future for air cargo.  E-freight now operates in 24 countries Giovanni Bisignani, the director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has called upon the entire air cargo value chain to drive efficiencies and improve competitiveness by supporting IATA e-freight. The call to action was made to 750 industry experts attending the IATA World Cargo Symposium that began on March 8 in Vancouver.

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Canada’s first CC-130J Hercules aircraft made its maiden flight at the Lockheed Martin Corporation’s manufacturing facility in Marietta, Georgia, earlier this month. The contract for 17 CC-130J Hercules aircraft was awarded to Lockheed Martin in December 2007 and was recently amended to include provisions for fleet maintenance. The results of this maintenance package will be lasting economic activity and jobs in Canada, since under the contract Lockheed Martin is required to invest in the Canadian economy, dollar for dollar, what the Government of Canada spends in procuring and maintaining the aircraft over the life of the contract.

Canadian aviation history

The first heavier-than-air flight in British Columbia took place on March 25, 1910, when a tiny Curtiss pusher biplane sputtered into the air over Lulu Island. The stands of Minoru Park race track were filled with 3,500 curious Vancouverites who had come to see Charles K. Hamilton and his flying machine. The famous American stunt pilot had done a considerable amount of exhibition flying for airplane designer and builder Glenn Curtiss. Now on his own, and working his way around the larger cities of the northwestern United States, he recognized that a market for his talents existed in British Columbia. On the following day, Hamilton topped earlier efforts by flying to New Westminster and back, a total distance of 32 kilometres. The flight took only 30 minutes.

The new tactical airlift fleet will begin its introduction into the Canadian Forces in June 2010 with delivery of the first aircraft six months ahead of the original schedule. The CC-130J Hercules will be based at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, and will strengthen the Canadian Forces’ capability to deploy personnel and equipment, both at home and abroad. A four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft, the CC-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. Hercules aircraft are the longest continuous production run military aircraft in history. During more than 50 years of service, they have been used in military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations. Delivery of the new Hercules marks the beginning of another core fleet replacement in line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to get the Canadian Forces the equipment needed to carry out their missions.




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Airport South • Airside Café & Catering 350-5400 Airport Road South. Located opposite Million Air. (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 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 MARPOLE Cravings Restaurant & Lounge 8804 Osler Street, Vancouver. This newly renovated restaurant is located behind the Coast Hotel, only 5 minutes from YVR. Lunch, dinner, weekend breakfast. Tapas, classic pastas, steaks, seafood, vegetarian meals, stirfries, 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 6

MILLER ROAD • Café Runway #109-5000 Miller Road. Breakast, lunch. 6am-5:30pm. (604) 273-1170 OVER THE BRIDGE(S) • 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 • Italian Tomato Restaurant 8380 Bridgeport Rd. Lunch, dinner. 11am-10pm (604) 247-0040 5 Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips 8620 Granville Street, Vancouver Lunch, dinner, British pub foods & fresh seafood. 11am- 8:30pm. (604) 266-2340 7 The Mad Greek 7260 Westminster Highway Enjoy a feast worthy of Olympians. Great appetizers, famous homemade Spanakopita, tempting Souvlakis, mouthwatering Rack of Lamb,

Best of the Pacific Northwest Located on the corner of Minoru Boulevard & Westminster Highway

Highlander Restaurant: Open for lunch & dinner, serving a variety of highquality 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 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 &

Experience our elegant, newly renovated restaurant

“Restaurant of the week” Kasey Wilson, Food Journalist

“My choice is the Blackened Halibut Pasta” Arlene Koreker, Food Columnist

“American Grille, dished up by a team of well-trained servers in an airy, open dining room.” Food Vancouver

Grand Gold Medal / Seafood 2009 Eat Vancouver Culinary Competition

Gold Medal / Show piece 2009 Eat Vancouver Culinary Competition

Gold Medal / Seafood Platter 2009 Eat Vancouver Culinary Competition

Silver Medal / 4 Main Courses

Join us for a casual lunch, elegant dinner or weekend breakfast treat.

Come & enjoy authentic Greek & Continental dishes

• Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder • Crispy Tender Kalamari • Homemade Spinach Pies • Flame-grilled Souvlaki • Steak, Pasta & Seafood dishes

2009 Eat Vancouver Culinary Competition

Plenty of FREE Parking! 604-232-2804

7571 Westminster Hwy Richmond, Corner of Westminster Hwy & Minoru Blvd.

Greek & Continental Restaurant 7260 Westminster Highway, Richmond


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

Behind the Coast Hotel • Only 5 minutes from YVR

604 264 8444


Conference Centre 7311 Westminster Highway Carver’s Steakhouse & Lounge – dinner. (604) 207-7107 Tivoli’s Restaurant – breakfast, lunch. (604) 278-5555 • 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 • 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

Quality Continental Cuisine

• 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

• 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 8 The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport 3099 Corvette Way The Apron – minutes away from Vancouver International Airport & nestled on the banks of the Fraser River. The Apron welcomes you to its comfortable, yet elegant, surroundings. Enjoy contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine in the dining room, or relax with friends in the intimate lounge which offers comfort food into the wee hours. In the morning, refresh yourself with one of the many healthy superfood breakfast choices. Open 7 days a week; Dining room open from 6:30am-10:30pm. Lounge open from 11am-midnight. For reservations, call (604) 238-2105. 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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Restaurant Feature is April 1, 2010. call 604.736.6754


Neighbourhood Pub! Monday:

Half-price Appies (5-9pm)


45-cent wings (min. order 10)


Spaghetti & Meatballs $7.99 (after 3pm)


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

At the Coast Hotel

604 263 5445

1041 SW Marine Dr. | Vancouver

Homemade Signature Dishes Renovated café under new management, with a fresh, new menu Blue Plate Specials starting at $6.99 A different Blue Plate Special everyday. Pulled BBQ Pork Sandwich $6.99 Our signature dish! Hangar Burgers $6.99 Choice of beef, schnitzel, chicken. …plus many other menu items including daily specials!

Breakfast Boxes & Lunch Boxes to go.

Try our “Wingman” Breakfast Sandwich & “Telluride” Omelettes Breakfast 6-10:30am Lunch 11am-3pm Monday to Friday

World Famous Fish & Chips Mention this ad & get

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Open daily 11am to 9pm 8620 Granville Street, Vancouver

#100-5360 Airport Rd South @ Esso Avitat

*Granville location only.

604 303-7547


Filet Mignon & Lobster for Two

now open

the apron Welcome to the apron restaurant located on the banks of the Fraser River. • Enjoy contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine. • Complimentary Westin shuttle bus from YVR and on-site parking for lunch patrons. • Come and enjoy our all-day menu, specially created by our two-time Canadian Olympic Team chef. • Enjoy healthy superfood breakfast choices.

the apron 3099 Corvette Way Richmond BC V6X 4K3

Save $15 • Offer expires April 1, 2010.

Open 7 days a week, 6:30am to 10:30pm Lounge: 11am to midnight Reservations

(604) 238-2105

Reservations call: 604-271-8896

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

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