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The 2010 Skytrax World Airport Awards, an independent survey that ranks airports around the world, has named Vancouver International Airport the Best Airport North America and 11th overall worldwide. The award was announced at the Skytrax World Airport Awards ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2010 in Brussels, Belgium in March. The survey asked 9.8-million passengers from 100 countries to rate airports on 39 different criteria including cleanliness, design and layout, retail facilities, clarity of flight information and signs, luggage handling and transportation. YVR has undergone major expansions in the past few years, adding services and expanding its facilities. This award reflects that growth as well as the high level of customer service provided by the airline, retail, business partners, Vancouver Airport Authority

and volunteers who work at YVR. “This is an important award for YVR, as it is voted on by the millions of passengers who travel each and every day through our airport,” said Larry Berg, CEO Vancouver Airport Authority. “We thank them for flying through Vancouver and we share this award with them and all the airlines, government agencies, business partners, retailers and volunteers who work at YVR.” Vancouver International Airport ranked ahead of San Francisco International Airport and Denver International Airport, which were rated second and third in North America, respectively. The top title as World’s Best Airport went to Singapore Changi Airport, which also took the titles for Best Airport Leisure Amenities and Best Airport Asia.

Come explore the airport by-cycle With spring in the air, there’s no better time to strap on a helmet and plan a day trip to the airport, a bike-friendly and bike-fun destination. Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation. It’s good for the environment, good for your health, and its popularity has resulted in an increase in bikeways and infrastructure around the Metro Vancouver region. The airport encourages the use of cycling to get to and from YVR for passengers, employees or people coming to visit the airport. In recent years, a number of marked cycling lanes adjacent to traffic and dedicated cycling routes have been identified and developed to make riding at YVR safer and more enjoyable. The Canada Line PedestrianBicycle Bridge was built over the Fraser River as part of the Canada Line project and provides a great new way for commuters or recreational riders to get between Vancouver and Richmond. Using a combination of transit and cycling can also be a good option for getting to YVR. TransLink encourages passengers to bring their bikes on its buses, SkyTrain and Sea Bus services. The Canada Line can accommodate bikes on-board in its train cars, and bike racks are provided at the Templeton and Sea Island stations.

Air Canada and Asiana Airlines builds partnership in Canada-Korea market

There are also bike racks in several locations for public use at the terminal and around the airport, and a dedicated bike facility for airport employees. Once you’ve arrived at the terminal, sit down, relax and recharge. Grab a cold drink or a coffee and some food to enjoy while you take in the views from the airport’s Public Observation Area. With biking to YVR so convenient, it’s a great place to come with visitors and family. YVR’s Sea Island location is also popular with cyclists coming to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, or to take advantage of the long, relatively flat terrain. Racers and recreational riders alike are encouraged to use the marked cycling lane adjacent to Ferguson Road just north of the airport. Cyclists can also access the two parks in this area, McDonald Beach Park and Iona Beach Regional Park, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of aircraft while they pedal. For more information on YVR’s cycling lanes, cycling routes and locations of bike racks, visit You’ll also find links to regional cycling routes there, or you can visit Translink’s website at for information on bike access on transit and other useful links.

Air Canada president and chief executive officer Calin Rovinescu, following a signing ceremony last month with Asiana’s president and CEO Young Doo Yoon at Asiana’s Seoul headquarters. Air Canada operates daily yearround non-stop service between Vancouver and Seoul with same plane service from Toronto, and codeshares on eight routes operated by Asiana including SeoulHo Chi Minh City, Seoul-Hanoi, Seoul-Busan and Seoul-Phuket. Asiana currently codeshares on seven routes operated by Air Canada including VancouverSeoul, as well as several domestic Canada routes. Since 1994, the number of Korean visitors to Canada has tripled to more than 150,000 annually, while the number of Canadian visitors to Korea exceeds 56,000.

Air Canada has partnered with Korea’s Asiana Airlines to provide enhanced service in the CanadaKorea market. The agreement between the two Star Alliance partners follows an Open Skies agreement signed by Canada and Korea in 2009, which further liberalized air transportation services between the two countries. The strategic partnership between Air Canada and Asiana, subject to the approval of competition authorities in Canada and Korea, would build on their existing Star Alliance partnership and codesharing agreement in place. “We look forward to working with our Star Alliance partner, Asiana Airlines, to build on our existing codeshare agreement and provide customers on both sides of the Pacific with more choice and streamlined services,” said

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Capital: Seoul Language: Korean Location: Northeastern part of the Asian continent; bordering China to the northwest, Russia to the northeast, and is separated from Japan to the east by the Korea Strait. Population: 48,607,000 in 2008. Currency: South Korean Won (KRW) Natural resources: Coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead. Main industries: Electronics, automobile production, chemicals, shipbuilding steel, textiles, clothing, footwear, food processing.

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The Olympic-sized adventures of Henry Hudson Bear Vancouver Airport Lost & Found staff had some help recently from a temporary recruit. Henry Hudson Bear was so impressed with YVR being named the best airport in North America by SkyTrax, he decided to jump from his snuggly, warm backpack and stay longer—while his owner continued on her journey home to Ontario. Henry Hudson Bear—called HHB for short—took off on a new adventure all the way from the Domestic Terminal to the Lost & Found office at the International Customer Care Counter. For those of you who have walked this distance, you will know this is no small accomplishment, especially for a bear with very small legs (and no shoes). There, he found friendly YVR staff that made him a part of their team to help reunited passengers with lost items. Once his owner, a school teacher, realized HHB had taken off on new adventures all alone she was griefstricken and wondered if she or her students would ever see him again. Her search began by contacting YVR’s

Lost & Found online with this message: “Lost! VERY, VERY IMPORTANT + VALUABLE! White/Beige Teddy Bear approximately 14 inches tall (30-40 cm) wearing red+white Canada scarf, and maroon knitted sweater with red Canada Maple Leaf on front.” Immediately, YVR staff identified the great explorer HHB as this lost bear. While they were reluctant to let their new recruit go home, he was clearly well loved and very much missed by his owner. On hearing of his whereabouts, his owner immediately communicated with HHB through his Twitter account (, where he has been recounting all his recent adventures to his friends. HHB and his owner are being reunited with the help of FedEx. He will have such exciting stories to tell the school kids about his adventures at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, as well as share with them his newly learned customer care skills from YVR. Bon voyage HHB from all at YVR. 

Farewell to the look of the Games

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During the first few weeks of April, the Olympic Games branding at YVR will start to disappear from the airport. From dismantling the giant Olympic Rings and Agitos on Grant McConachie Way to peeling off the building wraps on the terminal and the Air Canada hangar, more than 700 banners inside the terminal and along the roadways will come down. And with the end of the 2010 Winter Games, so comes the closing of the six Olympic Stores at YVR. Set to phase out

over the course of April and May, don’t miss your chance to pick up your last piece of memorabilia or that final pin to complete your collection. For those looking for a great deal, the Olympic Stores will be participating in a three-day sale with merchandise at 50 – 75 per cent off. Head over to the East Concourse in the International Terminal, Departures Level 3 below the Fairmont Hotel between 9:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. from Thursday, April 8 until Saturday, April 11

to get your deals. Comes early for the best selection! So before the Look of the Games is gone, take a moment and pick up your last piece of 2010 merchandise, take a photo of the unique building wraps or have your photo taken on one of the three interactive displays in the terminal—a 2010 Games Podium and life-sized photos of a bobsleigh and a Paralympic alpine skier. Bid farewell to the Winter Games and get ready for a busy summer travel season.

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YVR’s Annual Public Meeting set for May 13 As part of YVR’s commitment to the communities it serves, each year Vancouver Airport Authority hosts an Annual Public Meeting to provide an update on its activities of the past year and plans for the year ahead. All YVR stakeholders, from airline representatives and business partners to government representatives and the general public are invited to attend the 2010 Annual Public Meeting on Thursday, May 13, 2010. Topics to be discussed include the 2009 Annual Report and financial statements as well as airport operations and capital program updates. At the conclusion of presentations,

the public meeting provides an opportunity for guests to ask questions, provide feedback and interact with Airport Authority management and Board members. The Airport Authority’s 2009 Annual Report will be available online at as of April 29, and in a printed highlights brochure at the Annual Public Meeting. Guests are encouraged to use public transit, Canada Line YVR Airport station is the closest station to the meeting venue. If you choose to drive, parking is available in the airport parkade and complimentary parking passes

will be distributed to guests at the meeting. For additional information on parking and transportation, please visit the parking section of the airport’s website,

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Carry-on baggage restored for U.S.-bound flights Effective immediately, airline passengers who are travelling to the United States from Canada will once again be permitted to bring carry-on bags on their flights. Passengers will be allowed two carry-on bags and one personal item. Following the December 25, 2009 terrorist attack on a flight

headed to Detroit, the Government of Canada announced carry-on baggage restrictions for flights to the U.S. in response to newly implemented U.S. security measures. Passengers are reminded to check with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority or their airline for items that are allowed in carry-on luggage. 





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Air Canada’s enRoute Film Jazz joins forces with Thomas Cook Festival launches call for entries

Thomas Cook-branded 757-200 aircraft.

Jazz Air, the regional affiliate of Air Canada, has signed a flight services agreement with Thomas Cook Airlines, one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups, to operate flights from Canadian gateways during the winter season to destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Subject to Jazz obtaining the required regulatory approvals, the service will commence in November 2010 for the 2010/2011 winter vacation season (November to April) and may extend for up to five years. “Growing and diversifying our business remains a top corporate priority; our agreement with Thomas Cook is a strong start that delivers value to all of our stakeholders,” said Joseph Randell, president and CEO, Jazz. Jazz currently operates scheduled passenger service on behalf of Air Canada with approximately 800 departures per weekday to more than 80 destinations in Canada and

the United States with a fleet of Canadianmade Bombardier aircraft. Under the Thomas Cook banner, Jazz will operate a fleet of at least six Boeing 757-200 aircraft that can seat up to 228 passengers, and are substantially larger than the regional jets and turboprops Jazz currently flies. “We see a great fit between Thomas Cook and Jazz,” said Michael Friisdahl, president and CEO, Thomas Cook North America. “We’re pleased to partner with an airline that prides itself on exceptional customer service and boasts amongst the strongest on-time performance in North America.” The agreement is expected to generate approximately $100-million in additional annual revenues for Jazz. The partnership between Jazz and Thomas Cook was made possible by the collapse of Skyservice Airlines last month, which had a long-standing charter arrangement with Sunquest Vacations, a division of Thomas Cook.

Air Canada’s enRoute Film Festival is back with Stories That Move, the 2010 call for entries inviting emerging filmmakers to submit their short films to its in-flight festival. Every year, the enRoute Film Festival brings something new and exciting; this year, it will introduce Cineplex as the presenting sponsor and co-presenter of a $5,000 cash grand prize. Once again, Air

Canada will send all winners and their guests to an all-inclusive trip for two to an international film festival. Select films will be broadcast on Air Canada’s personal seatback entertainment system on the Canadian Movies channel viewed by millions of Air Canada customers around the world. A free public screening and awards celebration will be held in Toronto in October to honour the winners.

Awards will be handed out for Best Short Film; Achievement in Direction; Achievement in Cinematography; and Achievement in Animation. The Festival is open to student and emerging filmmakers. You must be a Canadian citizen to submit. For submissions information, visit Deadline for entries is May 31, 2010.

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Last month, following the appointment of a receiver by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Skyservice Airlines ceased operations. Based in Ontario, Skyservice was an independent supplier to Sunquest Vacations, part of the Thomas Cook Group, operating aircraft for Sunquest and other tour operators between Canada and destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico. Recent changes in the Canadian vacation tour market combined with Skyservice Airlines’ near $9-million debt to Sunquest rendered the company unable to maintain profitable operations and resulted in an application for the appointment of a receiver. Roughly 860 jobs are expected to be lost as a result. The Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) has seized two airplanes used by Skyservice in a bid to recoup nearly $500,000-million in unpaid fees and services. The aircraft, both Boeing 757s that combined seat 360 passengers, are worth considerably more than the outstanding

debt owed to the WAA. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) has also gone to court to gain possession of eight Skyservice aircraft that are parked at Pearson International, while the now-defunct carrier sorts out its affairs with the airport. Scott Armstrong, a spokesman for the GTAA, said that the airport hopes to use the planes as a “bargaining chip” in its talks with Skyservice, which has an unpaid bill of $221,038. He said seizing aircraft is a common way of dealing with such matters. In response to the shutdown of Skyservice, Sunquest Vacations organized replacement flights for all of its customers who might otherwise have been affected by the suspension of operations. Sunquest reported that its remaining April winter flights are not affected and none of its customers on flights after May 1, 2010 were affected. Founded in 1986, Skyservice was acquired by Vancouver-based hedge fund Gibralt Capital Corp. in 2007.

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Toronto-based leisure carrier Sunwing Airlines has announced it will offer kiosk check-in service in Vancouver later this year. Customers will be able to check-in on the web from their home or check-in at a kiosk, print their boarding pass and take their bags to

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New president at WestJet WestJet continues its tradition ships and the WestJet reward Last month, WestJet programs. CEO and president Sean Clive Beddoe, WestJet Durfy announced his resigchairman, announced the nation citing personal reaappointment of Gregg sons for the decision. Durfy Saretsky as the new president has agreed to remain with and CEO, effective April 1, WestJet until September 1, 2010. 2010 to assist the company Saretsky began his career with the transition. in the airline industry in 1986 Durfy joined WestJet with Canadian Airlines, where in 2004 as an executive he spent 12 years in a variety vice president for marketing, sales and airport opera- Gregg Saretsky, WestJet’s of operational and marketing roles. Following his departions functions, as well as new president and CEO. ture from Canadian in 1998, the introduction of WestJet Saretsky joined Seattle-based owners’ communications Alaska Airlines as executive vice-presiplatform. In 2006, he was appointed president, marketing and planning. He joined dent and took on the role of CEO the folWestJet in June 2009 as vice president of lowing year. WestJet Vacations and assumed the role He spearheaded the company’s longof WestJet’s executive vice president of term strategic growth initiatives, which led operations four months later. to the launch of WestJet Vacations and, “I’m absolutely delighted by this new most recently, the implementation of two opportunity,” said Saretsky. “WestJet has new reservation systems, airline partnerbeen the envy of the airline industry for a number of years. As a proud Canadian, I am amazed by what this organization has achieved in its 14-year history. I am also honoured to be associated with, and t 500 squareleading a team of, exceptional WestJetters meters, YVR’s Public who have created a remarkable company Observation Area space culture, a renowned brand and a formidable airline. I look forward to the many opporfeatures seating for more than tunities we have in front of us to continue 150 people and floor-to-ceiling to profitably grow our airline and fulfill windows measuring seven our vision.” WestJet reported a March load factor of metres high and 42 metres in 83.8 per cent, with a 10 per cent increase in length, offering expansive westrevenue passenger miles and 7.4 per cent facing views of YVR’s busy increase in available seat miles compared with the same period last year. The airline airfield. flew an additional 94,000 passengers in March 2010 compared to March 2009.

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WestJet’s 2010 prank featured new and improved clap on/clap off technology. April Fools’ Day, celebrated on April 1, is known for the execution of a variety of hoaxes and practical jokes by individuals, newspapers and organizations. The hoaxes last until noon and anyone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool.” Over the years, WestJet has gained renown in the travel industry for its corporate-sanctioned April Fools’ Day hoaxes. For example, in 2006 the airline requested that passengers save energy during takeoff by stretching out their arms and flapping. Another April Fools’ prank had the airline offering passengers the “luxury” of fully flat sleeper cabins—in the over-

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April 13, 2010 Aviation Leadership Forum

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May 15, 2010 ORBIS Pull for Sight FedEx facility, 3151 Aylmer Road, Richmond, BC (Sea Island)

For more than 25 years, FedEx has been working with ORBIS to deliver sight worldwide. On Saturday, May 15, 2010, FedEx will host a plane pull event in support of ORBIS Canada at the FedEx facility on Sea Island. The pull is a fun team competition to see which group can pull a FedEx cargo airplane the fastest. Teams of 20 will compete to win by pulling the aircraft 12 feet in the shortest amount of time. Join us for this fun-filled family event. All money raised will support ORBIS’s Kids Sight program that benefits blind and visually impaired children throughout the developing world. Let’s pull together to eliminate preventable blindness and transform the lives of children from around the world. For more information, visit or call 1-877-ORBIS-CA (1-877-672-4722).


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Get paid to travel and video blog your adventures Flight Centre travel agency has teamed with Air Canada, Intrepid Travel, Roots Canada and Henry’s to offer a Best Travel Job Ever contest. The retail travel agency is searching for people that are passionate about travel and want to spend the summer video blogging their experience from an exotic destination. Interested participants are asked to submit a two- to four-minute video explaining why they would be the ideal candidate to travel and video blog on behalf of the company. The public is invited to vote for its favourite entries and select the Top 25 submissions. A panel of chosen judges will then choose the six semi-finalists who will win trips, clothing and camera gear. While on their trips, the semi-finalists will video blog their adventures from locations around the world in May and June. The resulting video blogs will be voted on by the public to pick the fan favourite

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In Memoriam

Chester A Johnson, CM, OBC, B.Comm., FCA November 1, 1925 – March 29, 2010

The airport community extends their deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Chester Johnson, CM, OBC, FCA, who passed away March 29. Chester was the first chair of the Vancouver Airport Authority along with fellow director Darcy Rezac, managing director, the Vancouver Board of Trade. Chester was born in Vancouver and graduated from Lord Byng High School and the University of British Columbia. He served in the RCAF from 1943 1945. He led Whonnock Industries, West

Fraser Timber, B.C. Hydro, Western Pulp, YVR and the Whistler Land Company. He co-founded Casabello Wineries and Fibreco Export Inc. He served as a director on the boards of numerous organizations including; Expo 1986, Scott Paper Ltd., Doman Industries and GWIL Industries Ltd. and as co-arbitrator for the Quintette Coal Arbitration. Chester was a member of the Economic Council of Canada from 1987 - 1992, was a Freeman of Whistler and honourary Colonel of the 78th Fraser Highlanders. His service to the Province was rewarded with the Order of Canada; Canada 125 Medal; the Queen’s Golden

Jubilee Medal; the Order of British Columbia; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC; and Inductee of the Business Laureates British Columbia Hall of Fame. Perhaps his proudest accomplishment was his role in acquiring renowned Haida artist Bill Reid’s Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe sculpture for the International Terminal at YVR. Today, it is one of the most photographed icons in B.C. Chester Johnson Park now welcomes the world to British Columbia at YVR. Published in The Vancouver Sun, April 3, 2010.

May 19 -20, 2010 BCAC- BCIT- CAMC Quality Assurance Workshop BCIT Campus, 3800 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC

Wednesday, May 19, 9a.m. – 4p.m. Thursday, May 20, 8a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Registration: $50, includes buffet lunch at BCIT on May 19. The purpose of this workshop is to help aviation and aerospace workers understand the importance of auditing and documentation to meet the requirements of Safety Management Systems. The Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC), in partnership with the British Columbia Aviation Council and the British Columbia Institute of Technology will facilitate the Quality Systems Auditor Occupational Standard implementation workshop. While this event is open to any aviation stakeholder, space is limited to 50 and will be offered on a first come first served basis. For more information, contact BCAC at (604) 278-9330, or email:

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Travellers to Israel from Vancouver will have a new service choice when direct service to Tel Aviv begins this June from Düsseldorf International Airport, adding new connection options to the existing direct flights from Vancouver. The two weekly flights to Tel Aviv on Mondays and Fridays are operated by Air Berlin, which also offers direct flights to Düsseldorf from Vancouver, extending its network of international flights and connections. Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s third largest is a major hub for several airlines and one of the most convenient airports for travel from North

Canadian aviation history In 1910, William Wallace Gibson of Victoria, B.C.—without formal training—designed and built the first successful Canadian aircraft engine. This truly remarkable achievement, carried out on the basis of his experiments, was followed by the design and construction of two aircraft of advanced design. The first machine, which Gibson called a “twinplane,” had wings both in front of and behind the pilot. Powered by the inventor’s engine, the aircraft made a successful flight on September 8, 1910, flying a distance of 61 metres at a height of seven metres. Regrettably, the publicity that Gibson received led to his being the object of considerable ridicule around Victoria. Though

somewhat daunted by this reaction, he pressed on and produced a second airplane which was appropriately called the “imultiplane.” A large number of airfoils, which looked similar to venetian blinds, provided the lift. Using the same 40-horsepower engine employed earlier in the twin plane, Gibson hoped to prove that a new type of

fifing surface could be equally effective as more conventional wings. The aircraft flew on several occasions in 1911. Extract from ‘The Magnificent Distances, Early Aviation in British Columbia’ Sound Heritage Series, Provincial Archives of British Columbia.

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Sale of oldest flying car reaches new heights

NAV CANADA wins environment award for fuel and emissions saving ATC technology Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA, has been named winner of the Environment Award at the 2010 ATC Global Exhibition and Conference, held last month in Amsterdam. Deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) technology over Hudson Bay is expected to save airlines around $195-million in fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 547,000 tonnes between 2009 and 2016. With the ADS-B surveillance, NAV CANADA can now employ eightkilometre separation standards rather than the 128 kilometres that was previously used, allowing aircraft to fly shorter routes and at more efficient altitudes. The award was shared with US-based Sensis, which developed and supplied the technology, consisting of five ground installations deployed in January 2009 around the Hudson Bay shoreline to pro-

vide surveillance of 850,000-square-kilometres of airspace. Today, 17 airlines operating 425 ADS-B certified aircraft account for more than 50 per cent of the traffic over Hudson Bay. NAV CANADA expects the number of ADS-B certified aircraft will double by the end of 2010. This means more than 80 per cent of the traffic transiting this airspace will be flying ADS-B routes.

The oldest original flying car reported on in last month’s SkyTalk, sold for US$65,175 at an auction in Syracuse, NY. Built in 1934 by Frank Skroback, a retired industrial technician and electrician, the craft was meant to be flown from house to house, using roads as runways. Skroback studied the concepts of

French furniture maker-turned-aircraft designer Henri Mignet, the inventor of the famous tandem wing monoplane. Skroback modified the design to build a vehicle that could be multi-purposed. The resulting flying plane had six fixed 213-centimetre long wings, capable of lifting its 640-centimetre-long tubular steel fuselage wrapped in linen material.

British Airways fuels green revolution British Airways, in partnership with the Solena Group, a U.S.-based bioenergy company, is to establish Europe’s first sustainable jet-fuel plant, and beginning in 2014 plans to use the low-carbon fuel to power part of its fleet. The new fuel will be derived from waste biomass and manufactured in a stateof-the-art facility, which can convert a variety of waste materials destined for landfill into aviation fuel. The self-contained plant will convert 500,000 metric tons of waste per year into 60-million litres of green jet fuel through a process that offers lifecycle greenhouse gas

savings of up to 95 per cent, compared to fossil-fuel-derived jet kerosene. The project will make further major savings in greenhouse emissions by reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill, thus avoiding production of the powerful global warming agent, methane, and generating 20 megawatts of electricity a year from renewable sources. “This unique partnership with Solena will pave the way for realizing our ambitious goal of reducing net carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2050,” said Willie Walsh, chief executive British Airways. “We believe it will lead to the produc-

tion of a real sustainable alternative to jet kerosene. We are absolutely determined to reduce our impact on climate change and are proud to lead the way on aviation’s environmental initiatives.”

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Helijet receives $9-million air ambulance contract extension

World Routes Forum coming to Vancouver After the success of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver is gearing up for the 16th annual World Routes Development Forum, the global meeting place for every airline and airport. Excitement is growing as plans come together in preparation for the arrival of the biggest event in the Routes calendar. According to officials, places are selling fast for this year’s event to be held at the new Vancouver Convention Centre from September 19-21, 2010. The latest airline registrations include Qatar Airways, Airtran, US Airways, FlyDubai, Egyptair, CSA Czech Airlines, Martinair Holland Pax, GOL and Hong Kong Airlines. “We are really pleased with the airline registrations for World Routes,” said Nigel Mayes, managing director at Routes. “Almost 200 airline delegates have already signed up. Furthermore, it is encouraging to see many of these carriers bringing larger delegations to ensure that they can cover all of their meeting requests and accommodate the different types of meetings being undertaken; from market information gathering

to in-depth negotiations.” Airport registrations also look impressive and include Wroclaw Airport, Bermuda International Airport, Anchorage International Airport, Billund Airport, TAV Airports and Verona and Brescia Airports. “We are looking forward to showcasing our airport and destination credentials to experts from across the aviation community,” said John Korenic, director aviation marketing for Vancouver Airport Authority. “Preparation for this prestigious event is going well and we are delighted to see such early interest.” World Routes delegates can save up to 20 per cent on their air travel to the event, thanks to a new deal with Star Alliance. Depending on the class of travel booked with Star Alliance members, registered delegates, plus one accompanying person travelling to the event, will automatically qualify for the discount. For more information, visit www.

Helijet has been granted a two-year, $9-million contract extension to provide the British Columbia Ambulance Service with dedicated Learjet air medical services. The contract, which begins this month, will see North America’s largest scheduled helicopter service dedicate its Bombardier Learjet 31A aircraft to flying critical care patients throughout British Columbia and beyond, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Every year, BC Ambulance Service paramedics and Helijet flight crew provide air medical transfers and critical care for more than 600 adults and infants. Last year, Helijet’s air medical fleet (two Sikorsky S-76 air ambulance helicopters and one Learjet 31A jet) flew more than one-million kilometres for the BC Ambulance Service. “We’re proud to play such a key role in the delivery of critical health care to

Helijet will use its Bombardier Leaerjet 31A jet to transport critical care patients on behalf of the BC Ambulance Service. communities and people throughout the province,” said Danny Sitnam, president and CEO, Helijet. “This continued service provision is a reflection of the experience and dedication of our flight crew, engineers, and the entire Helijet team on the ground.”

Helijet began flying between Victoria and the mainland in 1986 and has carried more than 1.9-million passengers in the past 23 years and has been operating dedicated air medically equipped aircraft for the Province of British Columbia for the past 12 years.

Price alert system sends emails when fares drop, one of Canada’s highest volume online travel sales sites (second only to Expedia in Canada), has launched a Price Pager Program on its website.’s Price Pager is a ‘first in Canada’ online tool that allows consumers to register for several flights to and from their destination and then track the price of those flights through email notifications. Consumers are notified by email when the price of any flight they have selected is lowered, ensuring that they can purchase their flight at the best possible price. “ was built by offering Canadian consumers the lowest fares from the top airlines,” said Naman Budhdeo, founder, president and CEO of “Our Price Pager Program will empower consumers to eas-

ily and comprehensively monitor the price points of several flights at a time and make a purchase when the price is right for them. Combined with the ability to mix carriers for outbound and inbound flights, we are offering Canadians an unbeatable array of fare and carrier choices.” also offers a Lowest Price Guarantee (LPR) for consumers who produce a competitors’ quote for airfare.’s LPR will beat the competitor’s quote by $10 for an international booking and $5 for a domestic booking. Bookings must be advertised by an online travel agency in Canada. The guarantee applies to all genuine written quotes for identical bookings. “We are going toe to toe with the guarantee programs of other providers,” added Budhdeo, “but also adding a whole new way for consumers to know they are getting the lowest prices with our Price Pager Program,” said Budhdeo. “When every dollar counts, consumers will know that is committed to bringing them the lowest airfare prices in Canada.”

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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Travel-search to Canada heats Travel Talk up after Winter Olympics Travelling Abroad Whether you are travelling to a new and exotic destination or just escaping for a weekend getaway, travelling is a rewarding experience. This list will help you prepare for your trip.

1. Apply for or check the expiry date of your passport

Haida Gwaii in northern B.C. is a unique place that is at the top of the list for many tourists as a place to visit. The area abounds with remarkable ancient totem carvings as well as new works being completed by First Nations’ carvers at the Haida Gwaii Museum. Photo: Patrick Stewart Thanks to the Winter Olympics, there has been a big boost in travel-search to Canada, according to Skyscanner, a U.K.based online travel site that instantly compares online flight prices for more than 670,000 routes on more than 600 airlines. Capturing 36 per cent of the spring search-volumes for cheap flights to Canada are the British, with Vancouver and Toronto being the preferred destinations. Coming in at 13 per cent is the U.S., followed by 12 per cent for Canadians (domestic travel), seven per cent from Germany and five per cent from the Republic of Ireland, with

the remaining 27 per cent divided among several countries worldwide. Visitors from Asia are travelling to Canada in significant numbers, with the number of flights to Vancouver from Tokyo, Shanghai, and other Japanese and Chinese cities showing an increase in 2010. But who amongst these groups of tourists will have the larger impact on the Canadian economy? According to a report by the World Trade Organization (WTO), it is German tourists, ranking third in their preference

for Canada, who tend to spend the most. While Germany’s population is 80 million, the country’s travellers spend the relatively high amount of 90-billion dollars per year. Not bad at all, and certainly a fact that will benefit the Canadian tourism industry. Germans are followed closely by Americans, the next big spenders on the WTO’s list. Third on the list are the British, followed by the French and the Chinese, the new force in international tourism. Whether from Europe, the USA, or Asia, tourism to Canada is on the rise.

The Passport Canada website at www. provides detailed information about the passport application process. If you are a Canadian 16 years of age or older, you can apply for your Canadian passport online. All travellers, including Canadians and Americans must carry an appropriate secure document when travelling to or through the United States. For more information, visit the Canadian Border Services Agency’s website at If you have dual citizenship, it may be best to travel with your Canadian passport. Some countries do not recognize dual citizenship, and in some instances your second passport may be confiscated, you may be fined, or you may even be prevented from leaving the country. Check the expiry date on your passport, and carry one that is valid well beyond the date of your anticipated return to Canada. Keep a copy of the identification page separate from the original. If you are a permanent resident and thinking of travelling outside Canada, you will need a valid Permanent Resident Card (PRC) to return to Canada. There is a fee of $50 for a PRC Card.

2. Research the country you are planning to visit

Consult the Country Travel Reports at before your departure to find out about safety and security conditions, health questions and entry requirements for the country or countries you are planning to visit. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade publishes reports for more than 200 destinations around the world.

3. Apply for a Visa

Some countries require you to have a tourist visa for visits of less than three months. Apply well in advance if this is the case.

4. Research required vaccinations

The Public Health Agency of Canada provides information for travellers about international health advisories and recommended vaccinations to get before you leave Canada. The Agency also provides a list of travel clinics across Canada. 5. Obtain health and travel insurance The Consular Affairs website provides information about obtaining health insurance for your trip abroad. It also provides

information on what to do if you require medical assistance while travelling outside Canada.

6. Take precautions when travelling with children

It is important that you have documentation proving that you have either custody of the child or parental permission to travel with the child. The Consular Affairs website provides information about regulations and conditions that may affect your trip if you travel with a child.

7. Apply for an International Driving Permit

The International Driving Permit (IDP) is a special licence for tourists, authorized by a UN treaty among nations of the world, for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications. The following requirements must be met and the following documents must be provided to apply for the permit: • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older; • Valid Canadian provincial or territorial driver’s licence; • Two passport type photographs; • Fee payment of $15; • Completed and signed CAA IDP application form.

8. Change your currency

The Consular Affairs website provides some information about managing your finances abroad. You can also use the Bank of Canada Exchange Rate Calculator to help you plan for your trip.

9. Review pre-boarding information

To make air travel more secure, stricter screening procedures are increasingly common. The Consular Affairs website provides information and advice to help you avoid delays and problems during boarding.

10. Register with the Government if travelling abroad

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade offers a registration service for Canadians who will be living in a foreign country for three months or more, as well as for Canadians who will be visiting areas with a potential for problems. It is recommended that you register at the nearest Canadian government office abroad. You can also register online, by mail or in person.

11. Declare your goods on your return

The Consular Affairs website provides important information about the types of goods that can be brought back to Canada. Make sure you are aware of what items you need to declare upon re-entry to Canada. Now, enjoy your trip!


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Canadian Government announces additional airport security

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The Russian carrier Aeroflot is one of the oldest airlines in the world, tracing its history back to 1923. It is not one of YVR’s scheduled carriers, but one of its Airbus A330-200 aircraft was a special guest during the Winter Olympics. Spotted by Bill Wong on its final approach at runway 26R.

F-18 Hornets were routinely seen at the South Terminal during the recent Winter Olympics. The Hornet is a supersonic, all-weather aircraft, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. The fighter’s primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, air interdiction, close air support and aerial reconnaissance. Spotted by Chris Chan.

Aviation organizations launch safety information exchange The International Air Transport Association (IATA), along with three governmental aviation safety organizations, has taken the first step to creating a global information exchange to improve aviation safety. IATA, together with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Commission of the European Union (EU), signed a Declaration of Intent to exchange safety data last month in Montreal. Audit data will be a key element in the project. IATA, ICAO, the FAA and the EU conduct audit programs that collect complementary safety information. “We must understand safety trends, not just from the handful of accidents each year, but by bringing together and analyzing data from millions of safe flights,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and CEO. “With this we can take

more effective action to reduce risks and improve safety performance. “There is no competition when it comes to safety. Cooperation is the way forward. We have a common goal of zero accidents and zero fatalities. The safety data from audits and oversight programs contains important parts of a whole picture. Agreeing to put this data together is a major step forward,” said Bisignani. The four organizations will now start work on a way to standardize safety audit information and ensure compliance with local privacy laws and policies. This is targeted to be completed within 12 to 18 months. The 2009 global accident rate, measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jet aircraft, was 0.71. This is a significant improvement of the 0.81 rate recorded in 2008. Compared to 10 years ago, the accident rate has been cut 36 per cent from the 1.11 rate recorded in 2000.

Women arrested in attempt to smuggle corpse onboard an aircraft Two women, aged 41 and 66, were recently arrested at a British airport on suspicion of trying to smuggle a dead relative onto a flight bound for Germany. In a manner worthy of a scene from the movie Weekend at Bernie’s, the 91-yearold deceased man was pushed in a wheelchair through Liverpool’s John Lennon airport wearing sunglasses before check-in

staff became suspicious and he was prevented from boarding the plane. He was believed to have been driven about 56 kilometres to the airport by taxi. The women were arrested on suspicion of failing to give notification of a death and were released on bail. The cause of death is not as yet known.

The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure Canadian airports have the safest and most effective security systems possible, by proposing changes to the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations. The proposed changes would apply to Canada’s 89 airports that have security screening services. They would require airport operators and their key tenants to assess their current security measures, and implement the most effective and comprehensive security plans. Since no two airports are identical, airports would be able to tailor airport security programs to reflect their specific facilities, security needs and operations. The proposed changes would ensure that:

• Airport operators’ and tenants’ roles and responsibilities are clarified and documented; • Security requirements and mitigation strategies are developed and clearly outlined; and • The entire security regime at airports is thoroughly coordinated, integrated and documented. All regulated requirements for airport security, including those for airport security programs, would be subject to Transport Canada inspection and oversight. “While Canadians enjoy one of the safest, most secure and efficient aviation systems in the world, our government is working diligently to ensure security at Canadian airports is as effective as pos-


sible,” said Transport Minister John Baird. “Strengthening airport security is an important part of our commitment to protect the travelling public, airlines, aviation workers and many businesses that rely on airports and air transportation.” According to Minister Baird, the intent of these changes is to address new and emerging threats to aviation security, as well as adopt best practices in aviation security, harmonize regulations with international partners, increase transparency and keep the Canadian air transportation industry competitive. Canadians are invited to submit comments on the changes by April 30, 2010. 

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Canadians soar on the wings of a strong loonie City of Richmond decorative fabric fence wrap panels from the 2010 Games, available for $300 per panel.

Richmond offers unique 2010 Games keepsake The City of Richmond, an official Venue City for the 2010 Olympic Games, is offering for sale almost 600 pairs of street banners that were displayed on street lighting fixtures throughout the City’s downtown core, gateways, the O Zone celebration site and Richmond Olympic Oval precinct. Premium banners display the distinctive blue and green Look of the 2010

Games design. They will be sold in pairs for $250/pair. Banners with a light outline of the Look of the Games and the words Vancouver 2010 and Richmond will sell in pairs for $150/pair. The Paralympic single banners are $125 each. All banners are 203 by 81 centimetres in size. As well, more than 80 sets of decorative fabric fence wrap panels, with the Look of the 2010 Games design, are avail-

able for purchase for $300 per panel. Each panel measures 12 by 2.4 metres. Orders are being taken now and the banners will be available in late April 2010. To request an order or obtain more information, please contact the City’s Parks Department at (604) 244-1208. Don’t delay as the banners are expected to sell out quickly.

Las Vegas continues to be a popular holiday destination for Canadians. Travel agencies are reporting an

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the Canadian market on the wings of the strong Canadian dollar, with Canadians

taking advantage of their tremendous buying power in the U.K., Euro-zone and the U.S.

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The Canadian dollar goes further in

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In 2009, it took as much as $1.70 to buy a Euro and during the year Canadians made about two-million trips to Euro countries. Now it takes only $1.34 to buy a Euro. This 20 per cent improvement in the buying power translates into cheaper flights, hotel rooms and restaurant meals. Bookings to the hardest hit economies, Spain and Italy, are the early winners as hoteliers struggle to off-set soft domestic demand.


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Nothing gets Canadians across the U.S. border like a strong Canadian dollar. With the Canadian dollar continuing its flirtation with parity to the U.S. dollar, Canadians are increasingly heading south to holiday destinations such as Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Disneyland. 

The control and ownership of Terracebased Hawkair has been purchased by a British Columbia corporation, which currently owns and operates Northern Thunderbird Air and Central Mountain Air. Hawkair will continue to operate independently and provide daily scheduled flights to Terrace-Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Smithers to and from Vancouver. “This new direction will be positive and exciting for Hawkair and its great people,” said Rod Hayward, Hawkair’s general man-

ager. “We look forward to working together within the group of companies which has routes and charter services throughout British Columbia and Alberta.” Hawkair offers scheduled air services from Terrace-Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Sandspit (seasonal) and Vancouver as well as air charter services. The airline operates DeHavilland Dash 8 series 100 and 300 aircraft. Its main base is Terrace Airport with a hub at Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal.

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United Airlines and US Airways reported to be in merger negotiations

The New York Times has reported that the UAL Corporation, the parent of United Airlines, and US Airways are in talks to merge, in a potential deal that would create one of the world’s largest airlines. The report said a transaction is not expected to be announced for at least several weeks. One potential hurdle in such a merger could be union opposition, which may force the talks to collapse. A founding member of the Star Alliance airline alliance, United is the third largest airline by traffic in the U.S., with a route

network spans the globe. The airline has 48,000 employees worldwide and operates 359 aircraft. US Airways is also a member of Star Alliance and the sixth largest airline in the U.S. The airline, while in bankruptcy and facing liquidation, was acquired by America West in 2005, with the new airline retaining the US Airways name. A merger between the two airlines would create the second-largest air carrier in the U.S. behind Delta Airlines, which merged with Northwest in 2008.





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Enhanced meal service on Air Transat flights to Europe

Starting May 1, Air Transit will offer an enhanced meal service in Economy class on all of its flights to European destinations.

The airline will offer a more complete meal tray with a starter, a choice of three hot main dishes, a glass of wine and a dessert. Air Transat is also offering multi-city airline tickets to discover many regions in Europe. Travellers can land in one of the 33 European cities that Air Transat services and leave from another city or even another country without extra charge. The airline also offers a wide choice of car rentals and à-la-carte hotels that allow

Airport check-in kiosks along the Canada Line

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travellers to create their own custom travel package. Some of the European destinations available from Vancouver include Madrid and Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; Munich and Frankfurt, Germany; Glasgow, Scotland; and London, Birmingham and Manchester, England. The choice of destinations and flight frequency vary depending on the city of departure and time of year. Air Transat carries some 2.5-million passengers annually to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries. The airline has a fleet of 18 Airbus A330s and A310s. For more information, visit and click the multi-destination tab to plan your trip through the European continent.

Air Canada reports March traffic

For the month of March, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 82.1 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz (from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity), versus 80.7 per cent in March 2009, an increase of 1.4 percentage points. System traffic increased 9.6 per cent on a capacity increase of 7.7 per cent system wide. “We are pleased to report a year-over-year increase in both our load factor and traffic for the month of March,” said Calin Rovinescu, president and chief executive of Air Canada. “Through the first quarter, our traffic rose every month over the same period in 2009 and it is encouraging that in March Air Canada’s traffic grew in all three business segments—domestic, transborder and international—led by a 14.4 per cent increase in the international market.” 

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Biomass samples produced at the team’s laboratory facilities in Abu Dhabi. Boeing, Etihad Airways, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and UOP, a Honeywell company that delivers technology to the petroleum industry, are working together to research, cultivate and commercialize sustainable biomass sources for aviation biofuels using existing resources and arid, unusable land. The team has established the

Sustainable Bioenergy Research Project in Abu Dhabi and is working on combining saltwater farming, mangrove forests and the cultivation of salicornia (a species of halophytes) as potential sources for sustainable jet fuel. The team also is researching naturally occurring algal species as part of the project.

Solar powered flight uses ultimate energy source

Solar Impulse, a plane with wings as wide as a 747 and the power of a small motorboat, recently took to the skies above Switzerland. The aircraft uses no fuel, instead its wings are covered with 12,000 solar cells, which harness the sun’s energy and drive four 10-horsepower electric motors. Designed by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, the 90-minute maiden test flight, piloted by Markus Scherdel, proved the aircraft capable of taking off and landing.

While airborne, the aircraft reached an altitude of 1,200 metres and cruised at a speed of 45 kilometres an hour. The team plans to fly the aircraft around the world in 2012, the goal being to show that renewable energy can replace fossil fuel. The flight would circle the world near the equator, but essentially in the northern hemisphere. Five stops are planned to change pilots. Each leg will last three to four days, limited by the physiology of the pilot.

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same: to deduct the interest on a loan it must be taken out for business purposes or to earn income. Therefore, if you have a personal loan (on which interest is nondeductible), pay if off with business funds, then take out the equivalent amount as a business loan (on which the interest is deductible). Similarly, in cases where you have concurrent business and personal loans, dedicate available funds to paying off your personal debts. Know capital items from expense items: Most business expenses incurred on a day-to-day basis can be deducted entirely in one year. Larger expenses such as computers or furniture must be treated as a capital expense. Treating a capital addition as an expense could expose you to additional tax, interest and other penalties and prevent you from fully deducting your purchase for years. The rules in this area are very lengthy and complex, so when in doubt, find out: contact the CCRA or seek professional assistance.

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Don’t pay Employment Insurance premiums for family members: Many small business owners know the tax benefits of paying salaries to family members. However, they often forget the rules concerning employment insurance (EI) premiums on those salaries. In many cases, family members would not be eligible to collect EI if they lost their jobs. If they can’t collect, it certainly makes no sense to pay EI premiums. If you have any doubts about this you can request a ruling from CCRA in advance. Incorporate—maybe: Under the right circumstances, incorporation can save thousands of dollars a year for a small business. Under the wrong circumstances it will only cost you money and administrative headaches. To know when to incorporate from a taxation point-of-view, ask yourself this simple question: “Can I personally afford to leave some of my company’s profits in the business, thus deferring that income?” If the answer is yes, then incorporation

should be considered. Claim home office expenses: If you have an office in your home, you can claim a portion of your home office expenses under certain circumstances. The deductions will be allowed if a) your home is your principal place of business or b) your home office is used exclusively for business and is used regularly to meet clients or patients. If you meet these tests, you can deduct a portion or your rent, mortgage interest, property tax, utilities, telephone, and home insurance. The portion you can deduct is based on a calculation showing the size of your office relative to the overall square metres of the house. Finally, since taxation law is complex and changes constantly, it is advisable to consult a tax professional for advice.  Peter Kutney is a financial planner with Partners in Planning Financial Services in Vancouver. He can be reached at (604) 438-1603 or at

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Prevention and treatment of back pain Back pain is one of humanity’s most frequent complaints. About nine out of 10 adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of 10 working adults have back pain every year. We all have specialized nerve endings throughout our body that registers pain and sends pain signals to our brains. While some pain is normal, it’s abnormal to be in pain all the time. More than 70 per cent of back problems begin during routine daily activities. Accidents and other forms of trauma account for only 30 per cent of back problems. No one is immune to pain or injury, but physiotherapists recommend the following tips to help prevent injury at work and address work-related pain before it worsens or becomes chronic: • Maintain correct posture while working and be sure to take frequent breaks; • Change position often and keep work items that you use most frequently within easy reach to reduce stress on your neck, back, and limbs; • If your work involves heavy activity, warm up before you start work; • Break up activity by doing simple stretches throughout the day; • Use equipment such as a mechanical lift or a dolly to help reduce the amount of force required to transport or lift heavy items. If you do get injured, your body will go through stages of healing. During this time, treatment by a physiotherapist to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement will help you through each stage of the healing process. Inflammation – Pain and swelling need to be controlled. Physiotherapists recommend ice, activity reduction, ultrasound or electro-therapy to help with inflammation control and pain management. Repair – Scar tissue formation occurs, which is how the body mends. At this stage the physiotherapist will prescribe therapeutic exercise for range of motion or stretching. Remodeling – The body is rebuilding healthy tissue, the physiotherapist will recommend and design a strengthening or conditioning program. If injured, it is recommended that a physiotherapist be consulted: 1. If the pain from the injury does not subside after 24 hours; 2. If the pain is occurring regularly; 3. If the pain is severe; 4. If the pain is getting worse. The physiotherapist’s focus is to treat the problem quickly, reduce pain and return you to normal activity as soon as possible. Since many factors can be the cause of back pain, physiotherapists offer a range of comprehensive treatment programs designed specifically for individual cases. Regular aerobic exercise, such as walking or swimming will help prevent injury and provide the condition a healthy back needs. A physiotherapist will help you maintain your strength and fitness to minimize injuries and prevent re-injury. Clinical research shows that early treatment of back pain prevents chronic back pain, and sufferers can return to work and other activity, enhancing their quality of life and general well being. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation services are available at YVR through the Vancouver Airport Clinic, which is located on the lower level of the Domestic Terminal. Services are provided by a team of physiotherapists who work together with neighbouring physicians to provide treatment for pain and recovery programs. To book an appointment, call (604) 207-6900. Michael Carr is vice president disability management services at the Vancouver Airport Clinic.





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IATA opens new regional office in Beijing The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has strengthened its commitment to China’s aviation development with the opening of its new North Asia Regional Office in Beijing. “Asia Pacific overtook North America as the largest single market in the world in 2009,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and CEO. “China is the leading market in Asia with 38 per cent of passengers in the region either starting or ending their journey in China. By 2013, this will increase to 45 per cent. China is a big market, and getting bigger. IATA is here to support the growth, and to ensure that the industry gets stronger.” China’s aviation industry has grown rapidly over the last 10 years. The aircraft fleet increased from 480 to 1,400 within a decade, while the domestic market grew 3.5 times over the same period from 1.6-million seats a week to 5.7-million seats per week. International seats also grew from 500,000 weekly seats to 1.4-million within

the decade. IATA now has 10 airlines from mainland China in its membership, and Liu Shaoyong, chairman of the Board of China Eastern Airlines, is a member of IATA’s Board of Governors. “This year, while we expect the airline industry to lose US$2.8 billion, we are predicting a profit of US$900-million for Asia Pacific this year, the biggest of any region,” said Bisignani. “The dynamism of the China market is helping to drive profits in the region.” IATA’s office in China started operation in 1984 with only three people. Today, there are more than 80 employees in the North Asia Regional Office, which is responsible for all of China, Mongolia and North Korea. IATA’s Billing and Settlement Plan in China is also IATA’s largest operation in terms of the number of tickets handled, settling over 120-million transactions with a value of US$16.4-billion, or 27 per cent of the global total.

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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. 5


Domestic (Pre-Security) • Starbucks: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches-Level 3 Departures 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 International (Pre-Security) • Hanami Japanese Restaurant: Dim Sum & Japanese cuisine-Level 3 Departures • Koho Restaurant & Bar: Casual diningLevel 3 Departures • 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


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To STEVESTON 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,


The Sideslip Café

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& paninis & daily specials. Fresh baked pastries, organic tea & coffee. Take out &

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• Skyway Restaurant (YVR South

midnight, weekend Breakfast from 9am. (604) 273-0278 • McDonald’s Restaurant 6020-6086 Russ Baker Way. Burgers, fast food, 5am-midnight. (604) 718-1022

Serving homemade soups, sandwiches

catering. (604) 303 SLIP (7547)

value. Open 7 days per week 11am to


for breakfast and until 3pm for lunch.

inside Harbour Air Seaplanes Terminal, location, great food, good service & good


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

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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

• 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

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Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips 8620 Granville Street, Vancouver Lunch, dinner, British pub foods & fresh seafood. 11am- 8:30pm. (604) 266-2340 5

The Mad Greek 7260 Westminster Highway Enjoy a feast worthy of Olympians. Great appetizers, famous homemade Spanakopita, tempting Souvlakis, mouthwatering Rack of Lamb, seafood—including the best calamari in town, Platters and more. Lunch, dinner. Belly dancer Saturday nights. 11:30 am – 10pm. (604) 278-9598 7

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 highquality continental and world cuisine

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,

including seafood, pastas & European specialty dishes as well as burgers and sandwiches. Lunch 10:30am-2pm; dinner 5pm-9:30pm. (604) 270-7576


lunch 11am-2pm, dinner (604) 247-8573 The Buffet at River Rock –

all you can eat buffet, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Newly renovated, The Buffet at River Rock highlights fresh

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local produce & offers culturally diverse

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

& traditionally inspired dishes with complimentary selected beverages. (604) 247-8900

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.

(604) 278-5161

Breakfast Boxes & Lunch Boxes to go.

• 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 • 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

Try our “Wingman” Breakfast Sandwich & “Telluride” Omelettes

• 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

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

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

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


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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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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 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.

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