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Living at YVR for 80 days and 80 nights In the 2004 Steven Spielberg film The Terminal, actor Tom Hanks plays the part of a man who is trapped in a terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) when he is denied entry into the U.S. and at the same time is unable to return to his native country due to a revolution that occurs there. For the Tom Hanks movie character, the 11-month stay at JFK was beyond his control, but for real life Vancouverite. Jaeger Mah, his planned 80-day stay at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was one for which he campaigned and ultimately won. Mah was one of five finalists chosen from an original

field of 96 entries in the Live@ YVR contest to spend 80 days and 80 nights at the airport and share some of the unique stories about the people, employees and travellers, and where possible provide a behind-thescenes look at airport activities. Mah dubbed himself “the Anderson Cooper of YVR” in his video entry for the contest, receiving 4,128 online votes— more than double those of his closest competitor—and as the winner began his 80-day adventure at YVR on August 17. Mah, 29, grew-up in Port Alberni, B.C. and now lives in Vancouver. A graduate of the Vancouver Art Institute, where he studied Entertainment Business and Multi Media Applications, he

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YVR’s School Tour Program gives grade 5 students an opportunity to learn about travel and aviation. With summer drawing to a ence if they’re travelling with close, it’s time for children to their family. Other topics in the tour swap their sunscreen and sandals for sharpened pencils and include understanding flight information displays, how to textbooks. For some lucky students, pack carry-on luggage for secutheir back to school checklist rity screening, YVR’s connecmay also include unusual items tions to First Nations culture such as boarding passes and and history and some of the sustainable initiatives in place at luggage. Vancouver Airport the airport. A visit to the Public Authority’s School Tour Observation Area is included, Program The Future Lands where students learn about airHere launches its 2011 season port operations from the unobon September 27, with tours for structed airfield view. The popularity of the prolocal grade 5 students running gram continues to grow since its until November 24. The program is designed to inception in 2009, and registragive children an opportunity to tion for this year’s program is learn about travel and aviation nearing capacity. If you would like your class at YVR using practical, informative and interactive activities. to participate in the program, Each tour starts at the contact school_program@yvr. Canada Line Templeton Station ca to register. For more information, visit and after a short ride on the train, the students are given a or send an terminal walk-through to learn email to school_program@yvr. about what they might experi- ca. 

With the help of a camera, editing equipment and his blog, Live@YVR contest winner Jaeger Mah is spending 80 days at YVR and sharing his insights with the public. recently started his own video production business, which will be on hold during his Live@YVR assignment. Since winning the contest, Mah has been interviewed by reporters from as far afield as Japan and England to the southern U.S., who have been curious to know if he sleeps on terminal benches—he is housed at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel—or allowed to go home on weekends (he is not). Mah is an affable and outgoing young man who clearly loves to interact with people. Now three weeks into his new world at YVR, he views each day as an adventure and looks forward to ferreting out stories, shooting video footage of

his interviews and sharing his newfound knowledge about the airport via a Live@YVR website Clive@ Some of Mah’s unique airport experiences so far have included a wedding ceremony at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel performed by YVR Chaplain Layne Daggett; a brush with paparazzi on the look out for a Disney star; an interview with an elderly couple eloping; and an interview with Canadian country music artist Paul Brandt. Over the course of his stay at YVR, Mah promises to find out what happens to items that are confiscated at the airport, plans to visit the Airport Traffic Control Tower and would like to stand on the wing of a jet aircraft and have a

New airport high-tech retailer:

Boutique iStore From the latest in travel-friendly innovation to some of the hottest back-to-school items, a brand-new retailer has brought a whole new meaning to tech-talk at YVR. The Boutique iStore is now open and offering customers a variety of lifestyle-focused hightech solutions in both locations, before and after security in the Domestic Terminal Building. A new ‘smart’ friend to YVR, the iStore locations offer a full range of products from Apple, iLuv, Beats by Dr. Dre, Sennheiser, Freehands and more. Some of iStore’s top back-toschool items include the Apple iPad 2, the ever-popular platform for audio-visual media including books, movies, music, games and web content, and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, a tablet that features an optional docking station

YVR’s new Boutique iStore is located before and after security in the Domestic Terminal Building. to deliver users the best of a tablet and a notebook. Popular travel accessories include adaptors, SD cards, iPhone

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photograph taken of himself. “The aspect I continue to be most excited about is the challenge of immersing myself in the roles of some of YVR’s most interesting jobs, adapting to each environment and showcasing the lives and personalities of the people that make it work,” said Mah. “It takes workers to run an organization, but it takes people to give it a heart. I’m excited to tell the amazing stories behind every person and place in the YVR community.” Members of the public are encouraged to visit the website and to send their own questions about the inner workings of the airport to Mah via Facebook ( or Twitter (

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As summer winds down, it’s once again time to say goodbye to YVR’s popular summer program Take-Off Fridays. During the months of July and August, every Friday the airport was transformed into a summer party that was enjoyed by travellers and the airport community alike. Live DJ’s pumped up travellers’ energy levels and created many impromptu dance parties, while face painters, caricaturists, balloon artists, mascots and magicians wowed the crowds. Throughout the terminal, live vocal artists and bands entertained people as they happily sat and enjoyed $10 lunch specials. New this year the Vancouver Airport Authority introduced a very popular airside ballet, performed by YVR’s Emergency Response Services Team (ERS). Every Friday at 11am, emergency response trucks and runway maintenance

vehicles visible from the Observation Area in the Domestic Terminal provided demonstrations for the crowd, while the ERS crew explained the function of the vehicles. The water arch, created by two OshKosh Striker trucks always produced the loudest “oohs” and “ahhs” from the children, while the firefighting equipment on display catered to the big kid found in all adults. Once again, visitors were encouraged to enter the grand prize draw for a behindthe-scenes tour of YVR, $250 YVR bucks to spend at the airport and one night’s accommodation courtesy of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. This year’s winner was Fiona Fung of Richmond, B.C., who entered the contest when she came out to pick up family members at the airport. Take Off Fridays started in 2010 as a



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Face painting was just one of the many activities enjoyed by travellers during July and August Take-Off Fridays at YVR. way to continue the magic and celebrations experienced at the airport during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Tremendous feedback from the community and success by

airport retailers made it a surefire event to include in the 2011 summer calendar. Check for any upcoming events at YVR. 

Airport community partner opens downtown eastside store On August 31, 2011, Quest Food Exchange opened its signature low-cost grocery market in the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) building at 611 East Hastings Street. The exciting new partnership between Quest and UGM enables these organizations to offer quality services to their respective clients. Vancouver Airport Authority launched its partnership with Quest earlier this year, with a number of airport businesses following suit including HMS Host, Hudson Group, Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel and Paradies Shops. These YVR business partners have recognized the mutual benefits of supporting this dedicated non-profit society in reducing hunger and providing a dignified alternative for its clients while reducing waste at YVR. The Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government and Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor, officially opened the new grocery market at a ribboncutting ceremony, along with Quest Food Exchange president Peter Brasso, UGM president Bill Mollard, Quest Board members, staff, volunteers and clients. Corporate supporters also attended the celebration including representatives from Vancouver Airport Authority and HMS Host. Guests at the event were invited to assist with unloading a delivery truck of fresh produce and food items to stock the shelves of the new store. Quest Food Exchange is British Columbia’s largest not-for-profit food exchange program. It offers a choice of affordable, healthy food to low-income individuals. With the assistance of food vendors, social service agencies and other stakeholders, Quest has fine-tuned its social enterprise model to become a hub of food redistribution in the Lower Mainland. In February 2011, Vancouver Airport Authority committed $100,000 to Quest as the official transportation sponsor to keep Quest’s truck fleet up and running. In addition, more than $100,000 worth of food and goods were generously donated by YVR businesses, feeding the community in need


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and reducing airport waste. Quest continues to build partnerships with the airport community. If your organization is interested in finding out how you can help, contact Quest at questoutreach. org.  Pictured right – Quest Food Exchange ribbon-cutting ceremony—(left to right) Peter Brasso, Quest Board of Directors president; Bill Mollard, Union Gospel Mission president; Elizabeth Crudgington, Quest executive director; Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver Councillor; and , Stephanie Cadieux, Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Minister.

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On the infamous day of September 11, 2001 YVR received 34 diverted aircraft, carrying a combined total of more than 8,000 passengers. Photos: Jim Jorgenson

August 12, 19 & 26, 2011

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. YVR Fridays For many, thisTake-Off day is engrained in memories—the uncertainty, the confusion, the fear and ultimately the strength that poured out Vancouver International Airport as communities came together. Every August; family-style Here at YVR,Friday thingsinwere no different. As North American airspace closed for the first live timeDJs, in aviation history, entertainment, visits by local all aircraft destined to the U.S. lunch over the North Pacific were ordered to land mascots, specials and airside at points within Western Canada, primarily at YVR. In total, YVR vehicle demonstrations visible from the received 34 diverted aircraft, carrying a combined total of more Observation Area. celebration than 8,000Public passengers all of whom wereFun stranded in an extraordinary, unexpected situation for several days. throughout the main terminal—before and

October 19-21, 2011

YVR was able to safely manage this unprecedented situation Canadian Council for Aviation & through the collaboration of the airport community and members of Aerospace Forum & passenger AGM facilithe public. The resultingAnnual successes with airfield and tation would not have been possible without the exceptional dedicaRadisson Hotel, 288 Portage Avenue, tion and support of YVR staff, volunteers and the local community. Winnipeg, MBto safely manage this unprecedented situation “YVR was able through the collaboration the airport community and members CCAA’s 20th annualofForum & AGM continues of the public,” said Larry Berg, president and CEO, Vancouver to be one of the foremost events in Canadian Airport Authority. “The resulting successes with airfield and aviation and aerospace. of passenger facilitation would not The havegoals been possible without the exceptional dedication of YVR staff, volunteers and the CCAA Forumand aresupport to provide industry the local community.” professionals with the opportunity to

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Lightingcommunity project gets Airport many green lights comes together for YVR Golf for Kids Eighty years ago, the first lighting to direct aircraft to YVR was mounted on the roof of the Hudson’s Bay department store in downtown Vancouver. Needless to say, joinlighting the airport community this the Come airport’s system has improved September and hit the links for a friendly since then, and this summer marked the end game of golf tolighting raise money for project. some very of a three-year upgrade special children. YVR’s south airfield got greener and This with year, the YVR Golf for Kids is celebrighter installation of 1,300 new brating its 20th Anniversary with its more energy-efficient, light emittingannual diode golf tournament gala dinner on (LED) lights andand an upgrade to theevent lighting September 15. Many of the LED lights— infrastructure. The tournamentpart willof new be played at green in colour—are centerlines the beautiful Quilchena Golf & Country on the south airfield’s taxiways and have Club in Richmond, the same benefits aswith the the LEDdinner, lights aucused tions and evening events being held at in homes. the The River Rock and because Casinothey in lights saveResort energy, and Richmond. have to be changed less frequently they are YVR Golf for Kids brings together the more cost-effective than traditional runway airport and surrounding communities in a lights. unique effort to raise funds for children’s The YVR lighting upgrade project used 150 kilometres of new cable—enough to reach from Vancouver to Victoria. Along with the new lights and cable, other maintenance projects such as repaint-

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ing of runway lines, which fade from weather and the use of snow-clearing equipment, crack sealing and rubber removal, were also carried-out during this time. charities. Aviation enthusiasts will be interested to lastincluded 19 years, YVR Golf hear Over that thethe work the implementafor Kids has donated more than $3-miltion of a Surface Movement and Guidance lion to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Control System (SMGCS) on the south and other children’s charities in British runway. SMGCS is an advanced system Columbia. The continued support from ofthelighting, signs and markings to help Vancouver Canucks organization and safely move aircraft during low-visibility businesses within the airport and local conditions. communities truly exemplifies the unique Runways, like all roadtosurfaces, need spirit and commitment this premier toevent. be constantly evaluated and maintained to ensure maintenance of Comesafety. tee-upRegular at Quilchena Golf and Country Club and andoperating enjoy some friendly YVR’s runways surfaces hapcompetition. To learn more about YVR pens daily, but some projects such as electriGolf forrequire Kids longer and how you and can good parcal work closures ticipateSoinforthis year’s weather. the last three events, summers,visit the airport temporarily closed the south runway at night, to minimize disruptions to day-time flights during the busy travel season. To learn more about construction projects taking place at YVR, visit

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Qantas Boeing 747-400. Last month, Qantas announced it will invest almost $400-million as part of a five-year plan to build a truly modern, customer-focused and competitive global airline business. Upgrades will include new international lounges, new inflight entertainment and aircraft refurbishment to improve the customer experience. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said Qantas had built an extensive and world-class lounge network across Australia and overseas, providing unrivalled comfort for Qantas Frequent Flyers. Over the past five years Qantas has opened two new First Lounges in Australia, a new business lounge in Hong Kong and upgraded its business lounges in four Australian cities. The airline has also upgraded its shared First and Business lounge in Bangkok and Narita. Joyce said since the introduction of the A380 in October 2008, customer satisfaction levels have increased significantly and now the aim is to ensure consistent excel-

lence across the fleet and lounge network. In February 2010, Qantas announced a $250-million upgrade for nine Boeing 747400s to meet the changing demands of the airline’s international customers. The first of which will begin North American service later this year. The remaining eight Boeing 747s with new product will be introduced over the next 12 months across the airline’s international network, offering customers Business (including the fully flat Skybed), Premium Economy and Economy cabins, and on-demand Panasonic IFE with more than 1,000 entertainment options in every seat. Each of the aircraft will be fitted with Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes. The seats in all three cabins have won awards for their design and comfort, including the 2009 Australian International Design Award for the Economy seat. All these aircraft offer the latest in comfort and design, with Panasonic on-demand inflight entertainment in every seat.

Airbus Concept Cabin-the aircraft’s biopolymer membrane would allow for panoramic cabin views. ture coated with a biopolymer membrane es found in today’s commercial aircraft. With an eye on a more sustainable that eliminates the need for windows. Instead, it incorporates individual zones world, Airbus provided a glimpse of the Organically-grown seats will sense passenwith vitalizing, interaction and smart-tech future at this year’s Paris Air Show, demgers’ needs and adapt for the perfect fit, while areas so passengers can hold business onstrating its new Concept Cabin. furnishings in the cabin will clean and repair meetings, play games or just relax while Conceived as a new flying experience themselves as the result of advantages like enjoying the world beneath them-viewing inspired by nature, the Concept Cabin Horses keep the big ‘birds’ company at YVR Northlands. If you have the background story to this picture, email your information to dirt-repellent coatings and self-healing covers. doesn’t replicate traditional Photo: cabin SkyTalk. the world through the cabin’s bionic struc-

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viewers of the series will see a very different era of flight as flying in the early 1960s meant passengers dressed for a special experience of indulgent service that included gourmet meals—even in coach. Some of the other contrasts with 1960s flight: • All airfares were controlled by regulation. If a roundtrip ticket between Vancouver and Seattle was $100 on one airline, it was $100 on all the airlines. • No security procedures of any consequence. Passengers walked up to the ticket counter, bought their ticket and walked unsupervised onto the tarmac and onto the aircraft. • The vast majority of passengers were businessmen. • Food and drink were almost always served, no matter how short the flight. • Smoking was permitted anywhere on an aircraft. Pan Am will air on CTV on Sunday nights and on Bravo! on Saturdays. Check your local TV listing for times.

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Pan American World Airways was the principal U.S. international air carrier from the late 1920 until its demise in 1991. Pan Am was founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Florida and Cuba, becoming a major airline that has been credited for many innovations that shaped the international airline industry. The airline pioneered the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets and computerized reservation systems. Identified by its blue and white logo in the shape of a globe, Pan Am was a cultural icon of the 20th century and the unofficial flag carrier of the U.S. The iconic airline may have disappeared from the skies, but this month it will return in the form of a weekly television series. Pan Am is based on the lives of a flight crew in the heady years of the 1960s, when pilots enjoyed a status akin to rock stars and flight attendants were young, single and invariably female. Compared with modern-day travel,

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September 15, 2011

YVR Golf for Kids 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament & Gala Dinner Event Golf: QGolf Club, 3551 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC Gala Dinner Event: River Rock Resort and Casino, 8811 River Road, Richmond, BC The YVR Golf for Kids annual golf and dinner auction brings together the airport and surrounding communities in a unique effort to raise funds for children’s charities. Over the last 19 years, the event has donated more than $3-million to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and other children’s charities. The continued support from the Vancouver Canucks organization and businesses within the airport and local communities truly exemplifies the unique spirit and commitment that makes this fundraising event so worthwhile and rewarding. For more details, visit

October 19-21, 2011

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace Annual Forum & AGM Radisson Hotel, 288 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB CCAA’s 20th annual Forum & AGM continues to be one of the foremost events in Canadian aviation and aerospace. The goals of the CCAA Forum are to provide industry professionals with the opportunity to examine current trends and best practices, and for CCAA to consult with industry on its projects and priorities. In addition, popular social events such as the Welcome Reception and the Awards Night & Gala Evening are occasions for delegates to socialize in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Registration forms must be returned to CCAA by September 16, 2011 to confirm a place at the 2011 Forum. For more information, visit

October 26-27, 2011

Canadian Airports Sustainability Workshop & BC Aviation Council Silver Wings Awards Banquet Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC Cost: (includes breaks and lunch but not banquet) BCAC Members — $175; Nonmembers - $205. The BC Aviation Council and InterVISTAS Consulting are partnering to present a workshop on Canadian Airport Sustainability called “Airports in Crisis” at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, B.C., prior to the Silver Wings Banquet. Communities and Airports facing airport sustainability crisis—a little over a decade after airport privatization it is clear that many airports are not sustainable.  The reasons are lack of funding for quickly developing airports, regulatory creep, lack of revenue to cover infrastructure expenses, and, in the case of NAS airports, high lease payments to the federal government reducing competitiveness

versus US alternatives. October 26, 2011—Networking Reception: 5:30pm-7pm, ABC Ballroom Foyer (cash bar) October 27, 2011—Workshop: 9am-4pm Followed by the BC Aviation Council’s Silver Wings Awards Banquet in the same location. Reception: 6pm; Dinner: 7pm; Dress: Black Tie/Business Suit; Cost:  (does not include Workshop) BCAC Members — $125; Nonmembers — $140; Tables of 8 — $895. Must pre-register. Visit

November 3, 2011

Doing Business in the USA (Full Day Seminar and Professional Briefing) Town and Country Inn, Hwy 17 & Hwy 99, Delta, BC 8:30am to 4:30pm Cost: $195 per person, pre-registered ($145 each for 2 or more). If registered on/before October 28, deduct $25 per person. Special: After lunch only, $75. This seminar is designed to help attendees understand the U.S. market, plan their approach, and suggest practical methods and alternatives for implementing business and marketing plans in the U.S. Key topics include: (1) dealing with “border issues”, such as U.S. travel and immigration planning, U.S. customs clearance, business planning, taxation, currency exchange and legal considerations; (2) understanding “logistics issues”, such as establishing a USA business identity, warehousing, transportation, fulfillment, and handling of returned goods; and (3) “sales/ marketing strategies”, including market overview, sales/marketing fundamentals, lessons and pitfalls. A special new afternoon session will cover “Money, Money, Money!”. In addition, the seminar will feature “resource introductions”, including the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. For more information, call Carol Jackson, 1-800-799-8848, email or visit

November 8-10, 2011

Flight Instructor Refresher Course—Aeroplane and Helicopter Main Terminal Boardroom, Boundary Bay Airport, Delta, BC Course Fee: $560 Professional Development of your Instructional Techniques as an Aviation Instructor and Renewal of your Flight Instructor Rating. Course Manager: Bob Leroux, Class 1 Flight Instructor, Pilot Examiner and former Inspector with Transport Canada. For more information, visit or call toll free 1-855-NAVPATH.

November 13-15, 2011

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Air Canada’s fleet includes twelve Boeing 777-300ER (pictured) and six Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Last month, under the heading of its Open Skies policy, the Canadian Government announced in quick succession a series of transportation agreements with three countries. On August 8, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Ed  Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, revealed that Canada and Mexico had reached an expanded air transport agreement that will facilitate increased travel and trade between the two countries. “As Canada’s third largest air transport market, Mexico is an important bilateral aviation partner,” said Minister Lebel. “The expanded air transport agreement builds on the existing air transport agreement to benefit travellers, shippers, and the business sectors of both countries.” This expanded agreement allows any number of airlines from both countries to offer more services between any Canadian and Mexican city, and provides greater flexibility to adjust prices according to market forces. Canada also signed an air transport agreement with Brazil on August 8, which is expected to benefit Canadian travellers and businesses in various sectors, including the tourism industry, by providing them with greater choices in airline services, destinations as well as lower prices. The new agreement builds on the Canada-Brazil bilateral Air Transport Agreement—which came into full force in 1990—by providing airlines with significant additional flexibility for route selection, frequency of service and pricing. In addition to existing rights that allow a Canadian and Brazilian airline to offer an air service using the flight of another Canadian or Brazilian airline, airlines are now also able to offer such services using the flights of third country airlines, known

as code-sharing. Air Canada and Brazil’s largest carrier, TAM, are both members of the Star Alliance airline network. Through Star Alliance the two carriers offer benefits that include codesharing on flights, easy connections, reciprocal frequent flyer programs and seamless baggage handling. The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC), which represents Canada’s largest commercial airlines, commended the Government of Canada on negotiating the new open skies agreement with Brazil. “NACC members seek to expand services in growing markets such as Brazil to better serve the needs of tourists and business travellers, which in turn contributes to overall economic growth in Canada,” said George Petsikas, president of the NACC. “In advance of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, both to be hosted by Brazil, the announcement is indeed timely.” The NACC also expressed support for the signing of an air transportation agreement between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla on August 11. “[This] new air services agreement, which allows Canadian carriers to operate to Costa Rica without capacity restriction as well as pick up and discharge traffic in third countries in between, is welcomed by Canada’s largest air carriers and represents a significant plus for travellers,” said Petsikas. “Ratification of the agreement will also provide Canadian air carriers protection from the long-standing double taxation issue, a development applauded by the NACC.” Since November 2006, Canada’s Blue Sky policy has encouraged the development of new and expanded international air services. Under this policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements with 57 countries.


New partnership begins with afternoon tea party





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(Left to right): Danny Sitnam, president and CEO, Helijet; Hailee Forde, afternoon tea server, Fairmont Resorts; Martin Leclerc, general manager, The Fairmont Empress; and Ian Pullan, general manager, The Fairmont Waterfront enjoyed tea and scones with Devonshire cream and jam before inspecting the new Fairmont logos on Helijet’s Sikorsky S-76. Last month, one of Helijet’s regularlyscheduled Victoria to Vancouver passenger service landed with a special delivery: tea and scones from Victoria’s Fairmont Empress. The traditional Fairmont Empress’ cream tea was delivered via a freshlylogoed helicopter to promote a new business

partnership between Helijet and two B.C. Fairmont properties. The partnership between The Fairmont Waterfront, The Fairmont Empress and Helijet includes up to 15 per cent off Helijet’s rates for members of the Fairmont President’s Club (complimentary to sign up). The Fairmont Waterfront is also offer-

ing Vancouver visitors a VIP package: The Ultimate 48 Hours in Vancouver Experience. The package boasts Vancouver’s top sights in an unforgettable way from a gleaming Fairmont Gold harbour view room to a guided culinary tour of the Granville Island Public Market and a Helijet sightseeing tour to the top of Grouse Mountain. 


Cathay plans new product and marketing campaign

Cathay Pacific plans to introduce a premium economy product on its fleet in the second quarter of next year. In a statement today, Chief Executive Indonesia is a vast and steamy archiJohn Slosar confirmed the launch of the pelago in Southeast Asia with more than new product and promised passengers that 485 ethnics groups, a rich variety of cusit would be “a real upgrade over economy” toms and religions and 583 languages and that they would really get a great prodand dialects spoken. The fourth most uct for the additional cost. populous country in the world, there are The new product will be introduced on more than 17,000 islands of which about all of Cathay Pacific’s long-haul routes, 6,000 are inhabited. Consisting of five the ultra long-hauls to Europe and North main islands—Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, America, and the medium haul down to Sulawesi and Papua—Indonesia’s many Australia, in the Middle East and other islands possess sandy beaches that reach destinations. towards warm tropicalservice seas teeming with Cathay Pacific’s new marketing campaign will highlight the airline’s staff, whom “The seat will be more like a regional coral and a variety of marinePacific.” life in some of chief executive John Slosar considers to be “the heart and soul of Cathay business class seat,” said John Slosar, Cathay the most colourful sea gardens in the world. chief executive. “We’ll have great recline A favourite holiday destination and one to some of the many positive developments and plenty of leg space. and centre” across the world. of the most well-known islands is Bali, “But it’s not just the seat, we’ll have an When the airline launched its employee- at Cathay Pacific, ranging from new prodwhich receives more than 2-million visitors improved service as well. The meal service centred marketing campaign last year, it ucts and destinations to a fleet upgrade that each year. With world-class surfing and will be improved and little extras will leave was hailed in the media as an advertising will see 95 fuel-efficient aircraft, with a list diving, a large number of cultural, historianyone who chooses Cathay Pacific’s pre- coup, with one paper reporting that: “Cathay price of CAD$25.3-billion, added before cal and archaeological attractions and an mium economy feeling they really got value Pacific has deployed a new weapon in the the end of the decade, and the airline’s new enormous range of accommodations, it for their money.” battle for the hearts, minds and wallets of cargo terminal at Hong Kong International is one of the world’s most popular island Airport being built at a cost of CAD$700Cathay also plans to push ahead with its international air travellers: its employees.” destinations  . s and YaTterraced A LitsKstaff Aedge U Gpool U Sand T rice 2the0paddies. 1 1 campaign | w ww k y one t a lwhich k o nconsistently million. marketing campaign puts “front connects airline’s A hotel in Ubud, valley with infinitySlosar • SsetKinthat



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YVR’s passenger travel initiatives attract global audience Renowned globally as the technical birthplace of simplified passenger travel initiatives, YVR attracted a prestigious industry conference to Vancouver for the first time this month. The Future Travel Experience 2011 took place from September 7 to 9, moving to Vancouver after five years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Themed “Innovation to enhance the passenger experience on the ground,” the conference featured a number of private and government organizations that are notable for their efforts in improving the end-to-end travel process from the passenger viewpoint. “This is the first time that our industry colleagues converged on Canadian soil to discuss what’s next in simplified passenger travel as part of Future Travel Experience,” said Kevin Molloy, Vancouver Airport Authority’s vice president of simplified passenger travel. “We were excited to share our experiences and successes in creating processes to move passengers through YVR in a quick and hassle-free manner, as well as collaborate with and learn from other airports with regards to what the future holds.” A recognized innovator for developing systems that simplify passenger travel, YVR has a number of processes and programs in place to offer ease and speed of transit throughout its terminals, including Common Use Terminal Equipment; international-standard setting Common Use Self-Serve check-in kiosks; and the Automated Border Clearance (ABC) program, offered through a partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency. Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) was introduced by the Airport Authority in 1996 as a means to allow airlines to share hardware and “plug in” to the airport’s host computers. This enabled the Airport Authority to signifi-

cantly reduce the amount of facility space required for airport growth as it increased flexibility in assigning check-in counters and gates to airlines. Five years later, YVR became the first airport to introduce Common Use Self-Service check-in kiosks. Developed in conjunction with Air Canada, this Airport Authority innovation has set the international standard for self-service check-in processes, allowing customers to access multiple airlines from one machine and print their own boarding passes in multiple locations at the airport and offsite. More than 3.4-million boarding passes are printing annually as part of the program, thereby increasing efficiency by reducing lineups. Most recently, Vancouver Airport Authority has been working in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency to simplify the border clearance process through the use of self-service technology. Since it was introduced in 2009, ABC has substantially reduced the average customs wait time for returning Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have a valid Canadian passport or permanent resident card. Looking to the future, YVR is exploring how digital technology and smartphone applications can improve the passenger experience, whether that’s through video wayfinding or the use of QR codes on signage to provide access to mobile services such as language translation. “It’s important that YVR not just keep up, but also continue to set the bar for making the travel experience easier and quicker,” continues Molloy. “It’s gratifying to see the difference we’ve made in the industry by pushing the envelope, and we’re going to continue taking an active role in shaping the future of passenger travel.”

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At Future Travel Experience 2011, IBM Canada demonstrated its next generation common-use, self-service kiosk, the IBM T Series kiosk.

YVR lauded for security and border clearance programs Vancouver Airport Authority was recognized by the aviation industry for its achievements in improving pre-flight security and border clearance processes at YVR. The award -Best Airport Security & Immigration Experience was presented as part of Future Travel Experience 2011. The Airport Authority received the award for programs it developed with partner agencies—Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canadian Air Transport Security Authority—to simplify and improve airport travel. In particular, the award recognizes the expedited trusted traveller program called NEXUS, and the innovative Automated Border Clearance (ABC) program. “It’s an honour to receive this recognition for our efforts to increase efficiency for passengers travelling through YVR,” said Kevin Molloy, vice president of Simplified Passenger Travel and Chief Information Officer, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We continue to ensure that YVR is pioneering and utilizing cuttingedge technology to offer our passengers a better experience.” The Airport Authority worked in partnership with CBSA to develop ABC, which harnesses self-service kiosk technology to simplify the border clearance process. Since it was introduced in 2009, ABC has substantially reduced the average customs wait time for returning Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have a valid Canadian passport

A common-use, self-service kiosks—YVR was the first airport to introduce the common-use technology. or permanent resident card. During Future Travel Experience 2011 it was also announced that Vancouver will again be the host city when the conference and exhibition reconvenes in September 2012. This year marked the first time the global forum has occurred on Canadian soil. “I’m pleased to see that Vancouver

was chosen as the location for a discussion on the future of passenger travel,” said Aleks Popovich, senior vice president, International Air Transport Association (IATA). “Vancouver International Airport has long been at the forefront of innovating the passenger experience, and supports many industry facilitation initiatives that are currently endorsed under IATA’s Fast Travel Working Group.”

The Future Travel Experience Awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of aviation organizations that have significantly improved the passenger experience on the ground. Five other awards were handed out during the ceremony, including: Best Check-in Initiative—Qantas, Best Baggage Initiative—Amsterdam Airport Schiphol & KLM, Best

Initiative at the Gate—Lufthansa Airlines, Best Arrivals Experience— Christchurch International Airport, and Best Use of Mobile Technology—Air France KLM. The winners were chosen through consultation with a panel of industry experts. For more information on Future Travel Experience 2011, visit


Boeing launches new aircraft family





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Fuel-efficient A320neo to fit seamlessly into Lufthansa’s fleet

According to Boeing, noise from the 737 MAX will be substantially reduced to levels below the strictest of anticipated international noise regulations, keeping noise within the boundaries of airports around the world.

Part of the A320 family of aircraft, the A320neo includes a 15 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, two tonnes of additional payload, up to 926 kilometres more range, lower operating costs and reductions in engine noise and emissions.

An early-production Boeing 737-100 flying under Lufthansa colours, the 737’s launch customer. Boeing has launched a new family of aircraft that is designed to build on the strengths of its Next-Generation 737. Last month, Boeing unveiled 737 MAX 7, which will join 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 as part of the new family of aircraft. “The 737 MAX offers airlines the right solution and the best choice for creating the most successful future with improved profitability,” said Nicole Piasecki, vice president of business development and strategic integration, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX will deliver maximum efficiency, maximum reliability and the Boeing Sky Interior will continue to offer maximum passenger comfort. We call it the 737 MAX because it optimizes everything we and our customers have learned about designing, building, maintaining and operating the world’s best single-aisle airplane.” According to Boeing, the 737 MAX is designed to deliver big fuel savings that airlines will need to successfully compete in the future. Airlines will benefit from a seven per cent advantage in operating costs over future competing airplanes as a result of optimized CFM International LEAP-1B engines, more efficient structural design and lower maintenance requirements. The 737 MAX will deliver passenger

appeal through its new 737 Boeing Sky Interior, which provides spacious cabin headroom, comes with overhead bins that disappear into the ceiling yet carry more bags and LED lighting that brings any colour into the cabin. Boeing forecasts global demand for more than 23,000 airplanes in the 737’s market segment over the next 20 years at a value of nearly $2-trillion.

Lufthansa has ordered 30 A320neo Airbus aircraft. The order consists of 25 A320neo and five A321neo aircraft powered by newgeneration Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofan engines. The A320neo aircraft incorporates large sharklet wing-tip devices, which together with new more-efficient engines will deliver up to 15 per cent in fuel savings. This will represent some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft, per year. In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx (nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide) emissions and reduced engine noise, thus being a good neighbour at any airport where Lufthansa is operating the aircraft. “We are proud that Lufthansa has chosen the eco-efficient A320neo family as its solution for sustainable growth, and one which will fit seamlessly into its existing Airbus A320 fleet,” said John Leahy, Airbus COO, customers. “Since its launch in

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December last year, around 1,200 orders and commitments for the neo have given it the fastest rate of sales ever for any commercial aircraft.” The Lufthansa Group is Airbus’ biggest operator worldwide, with more than 360 Airbus aircraft currently in service. These include: 254 A320 family; 38 A330s; 65 A340s; and eight A380s. With this latest order for 30 aircraft, the Lufthansa Group has an order backlog which includes 85 A320 family aircraft, eight A330s, and seven A380s. More than 7,500 Airbus A320 family aircraft have been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide. The A320neo family will have a more than 95 per cent airframe commonality with the existing models, making it an easy fit into current fleets while offering up to 926 kilometres more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range.



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analytics that provide a reliable picture of how external factors affect passenger demand, airlines are able to quickly adjust their flight capacities based on market needs, thus mitigating the impact of crises.” Major findings of the report include: • From 1979 to September 11, 2001, world airline capacity was steadily increasing at an average of five per cent, or 94-million seats, per year. • Since the 9/11 World Trade Centre attacks, world capacity has steadily grown an average of 2.6 per cent, or 81-million seats, per year. • The World Trade Centre attacks in 2001 and the Global Banking crisis of 20082009 are the only two events since 1979 that caused significant decreases in global air capacity, averaging a three per cent and nine per cent drop in capacity and recovering within 36- and 24 months, respectively. • Regionalized events such as the Gulf Wars, swine flu and volcanic eruptions caused on average less than a four per

cent drop in regional airline capacity that recovered within three months or less, with a negligible impact on global capacity. • Continued growth in air capacity is being driven mainly by Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, Middle East and China, where growth of the middle class and personal wealth is contributing to increased air travel demand. “After analyzing OAG’s capacity data from the last three decades, we were astonished at the airline industry’s resiliency in times of crisis,” said Mario Hardy, vice president – Asia Pacific, UBM Aviation. “Difficult lessons learned from past tragedies have been taken to heart and put to good use by the aviation industry, which is poised to continue growing for the foreseeable future.” A more detailed review of the OAG World Crisis Analysis, including information, commentary and charts about specific events and regions worldwide, is available for download at

Aviation contest draws massive response In honour of YVR’s 80th anniversary this year, SkyTalk ran a competition in the July and August, 2011 issues asking entrants to correctly name the famous aviator who declined an invitation to visit Vancouver because it “did not have a field fit to land on.” We were overwhelmed by the response, with more than 3,000 entrants vying for a chance to win a fishing adventure to the Fraser Canyon to fish for white sturgeon, courtesy Great River Fishing.

While there were many entries correctly naming the famous aviatior, there were many that gave the wrong year in which the statement was made. It was in 1927, when Charles Lindbergh, one of histories finest aviators, was cordially invited to visit the city of Vancouver following his non-stop, solo, transatlantic flight. Lindbergh declined stating: “There is no fit field to land on.” Needless to say, Lindbergh’s words

Boeing projects $600-billion market for new airplanes over next 20 years Boeing projects that China will require 5,000 new commercial airplanes valued at $600-billion over the next 20 years. The U.S. aerospace manufacturer forecasts that small and intermediate twinaisles, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777, will be a significant part of these deliveries. They are expected to constitute over 40 per cent of the market in value, with some 1,040 deliveries anticipated. According to Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing, major Chinese airlines, taking advantage of their membership in the major airline alliances, will gradually shift their focus from domestic to international markets to become competitive global players. As a result of the boost for China’s inbound tourism, the single-aisle market will also remain strong, with total deliveries reaching 3,550. With China’s cargo markets leading the global industry, Chinese air carriers will add about 400 freighter airplanes by 2030, with the majority of demand projected to occur on long-haul traffic lanes tied to China. Worldwide, Boeing projects investments of $4-trillion for 33,500 new commercial airplanes to be delivered during the next 20 years. 


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World Crisis Analysis reveals aviation industry’s resiliency OAG, a global aviation intelligence company, has released a report on the impact that events such as terrorism, pandemics and natural disasters have had on global airline capacity over the past 30 years. The analysis shows that global airline capacity has grown on average 3.1 per cent per year since 1979, and that air travel is largely immune to regionalized events such as natural disasters, conflicts, and fuel price spikes. In fact, in the vast majority of crises, there was a negligible impact in global airline capacity, and at a regional level capacity dropped less than four per cent and recovered within three months. “The OAG World Crisis Analysis shows how quickly the aviation industry responds and adapts in the face of almost any disaster, which is reassuring news for world markets and the ancillary industries that depend on aviation,” said Peter von Moltke, chief executive officer of UBM Aviation, the parent company of OAG. “Informed by sound historical data and


caused the city of Vancouver to invest $600,000 in an effort to construct a new airport to replace the existing grass airstrip, and on July 22, 1931, the Vancouver Airport on Sea Island was officially opened. Congratulations go to contest winner: Jeremy McNulty, who along with four friends, will receive an eight-hour fishing adventure with one of the leading Fraser River fishing operators, Great River Fishing (

Boeing delivered the first 777-300ER to Air China in July 2011. The aircraft is the first of 19 777-300ERs Air China has on order with Boeing.

Do your homework before retiring in paradise By Ed Rodriguez It is another glorious spring weekend, the temperature is a perfect mid-20 degrees Celsius and the unmistakable smell of fresh cut lawn fills the air. The sun is beaming through the open sun roof of my car and a cool breeze touches my face. As I am driving home from a round of morning golf by the ocean, I receive a phone call. My wife is calling to remind me to pick up steaks and wine for a barbeque later that evening. I think: “This is it…I want the rest of my life to feel like today.” Undoubtedly, we have all dreamed about an endless summer having fun with friends and family. The question that most people face is how to achieve this goal sooner rather than later. Perhaps you are contemplating spending more time in the sun with friends or family and considering retirement somewhere warm. It is true that most Canadians have friends or family who after vacationing several winters in tropical locations decide to do so permanently. The Canadian reality, though, is much different. In order to keep up with the expensive costs of living (a.k.a. taxes), Canadian residents have to work harder and endure some of the longest, darkest and coldest winters on earth. As a result, it is natural to desire more time relaxing in paradise. However, before deciding to jump onto the elusive bandwagon of retirement in paradise, consider the following questions. Do you feel qualified to interpret and maximize the opportunities under the bilateral tax treaties and investment rules that apply to you in another country? Can you afford to take time away from your profession or work to manage a lengthy complex

process? How proficient are you in the foreign language spoken in that country and how knowledgeable are you with its legal system? All of these questions are geared toward gauging how confident you are in your ability to avoid the risks and common pitfalls inherent in navigating the complexities of retirement abroad. Most Canadians feel unqualified when navigating through the maze of complex laws that apply to their retirement and investment at home, let alone in other countries. When dealing with cross border, multijurisdictional processes there are many risks that could affect your desired outcome. With regard to personal finances, it is crucial that you find the necessary tools to calculate multiple areas that will be affected because of retirement abroad, such as your current and future financial net worth, quality of retirement, and desired lifestyle. The main objective of this column will be to discuss some of the areas of opportunity and risks associated with retirement abroad and to help lay the groundwork for developing your dream retirement. By obtaining advice from an experienced and qualified professional you should be able to capitalize on the opportunities and neutralize many of the risks associated with your retirement in Canada or abroad. Hasta la vista amigos. (Eduardo) Rodríguez Jr., is an investment advisor with TD Waterhouse. He can be reached at 604.482.2533.

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Ripley’s begins Travel Talk building $130m family aquarium to house thousands of fish aquarium to Toronto.” Toronto is one big step closer to getting a major new attraction as Ripley The City of Toronto will provide Entertainment, which is owned by B.C.’s property tax incentives (estimated to be Jim Pattison Group, has announced details between $8-million and $12-million) over of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada—a a 12-year period under its Imagination, Artist’s impression of how the aircraft of 2050 will look on the outside at night. Photos: $130-million facility now under construcManufacturing, Innovation, Technology courtesy Airbus. tion and set to open during the summer (IMIT) to Grants program, supports respond the future needswhich of passengers This technology, which is part of of 2013. newtheir building construction in targeted secand planet. Airbus’ vision of aviation in 2050, follows “What I like most about an aquarium is four decades of innovation, the 2010 unveiling of the Airbus Concept tors,Celebrating including tourism. that all ages, from toddlers to pre-schoolers Airbus is12,541-square-metre already looking forward to how Plane that featured technologies to reduce The aquarium will to retired grandparents can really enjoy air transport might look for passengers in fuel burn, emissions, waste and noise-be one of the largest in North America, with the wonders of the sea,” said Jim Pattison, 2050 and beyond. highlighting the many features that could a capacity of 5.6-million litres. Featuring chairman and CEO of the Jim Pattison 450 species, the Aquarium will be home to Group. “I want to thank all of the people more than 13,500 inhabitants. in Ontario that have helped us bring this Last month, SkyTalk featured eight unusual hotels available for travellers who are tired of staying in traditional hotels. The accommodations featured ranged from a converted jumbo airplane in Sweden and a converted jail in Boston, to a snow and ice hotel in Quebec and an underground hotel in Australia. This month, we offer more of these unique properties that make the hotel stay an adventure in itself.

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Declare all goods when entering Canada Since January 2011, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at the YVR have processed 2,893,330 travellers and completed 145,519 examinations. The majority of travellers (73 per cent) are processed manually at the regular Primary Inspection Line (PIL), while 27 per cent were processed through the Automated Border Clearance (ABC), NEXUS and Canpass Air kiosks. On an average day, the CBSA processes 111 new permanent residents and issues 116 work permits and 63 study permits. Some of the items seized by CBSA officers last month included more than $60,000 worth of undeclared currency, undeclared meat, herbs and cigarettes. If you are entering or leaving Canada

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Bratwurst and beer celebrations around the world The end of summer heralds the most globally celebrated beer festival—Oktoberfest. While Munich, Germany, is the home of the original Oktoberfest and still the host of the biggest event each year, this famous beer festival has spread around the world. From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Dublin, Ireland to Canada’s very own KitchenerWaterloo, Ontario, thousands each year raise their glasses in honour of Oktoberfest. While the Oktoberfest tradition started in Munich more than 200 years ago to honour the 19th-century matrimony of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, the entire world has since joined in on the celebration. Below are five of online travel agency’s top Oktoberfests to experience outside of Germany, one of which is celebrated this month. • Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Oct. 7-16, 2011) - Canadians pull out all the stops for nine days each fall to create the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich. Based in Ontario’s twin cities, KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest is a celebration the entire family can enjoy; the German extravaganza offers more than 40 family and cultural events, including the World’s Most Dangerous Bocce Ball Tournament. • Hong Kong (Oct. 21-Nov.12) – For 19 years, the expatriate community in Hong Kong has imported lederhosen and sauerkraut for a waterfront Oktoberfest at the beginning of each November, sponsored by the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel. Last year, nearly 40,000 guests crammed into the traditional tent for live music and pork knuckles. • Blumenau, Brazil (Oct. 6-23) - Though Oktoberfests are celebrated all over Brazil each October, it’s Blumenau’s that provides attendees with a quintessential German aesthetic. In 1850, German immigrants founded the town, situated in Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. The city centre features Germanstyle buildings that take visitors out of


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The Summit Softball Slam article in the August 2011 issue of SkyTalk incorrectly identified Rubina Wong as an employee of Summit Customs Brokers.

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The Seventies: Continued Expansion Major expansion of airport facilities continued in the 1970s, with new airline hangars and maintenance buildings built to serve the Boeing 747 wide-bodied jets, and an new Air Traffic Control Centre building constructed in the south area of the airport. Completion of the four-lane Arthur Laing Bridge in 1975 linked the airport direct with Granville Street. The Eighties: Deregulation In 1980, an expenditure of some $37-million was spent on major upgrades to the main terminal facilities and parking areas were doubled to accommodate up to 2,500, with shuttle bus service to and from the terminal added. In 1988, Canadian Airlines was deregulated and 45 per cent of Air Canada’s shares were sold to the public. The Nineties: Privatization of Airports

port agreement—Open Skies—provides increased flight options for travellers and greater efficiencies for air carriers.

YVR Air Traffic Control Tower.

21st Century: Pacific Gateway The start of the 21st Century saw many new additions and improvements to the airport including a two-phase, $420-million expansion of the International Terminal, and expansion of related airport infrastructure to provide more capacity of international check-in, preboard screening, Canada Customs, U.S. preclearance and baggage systems. In September 2006, an expanded air trans-


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The Airbus A380 visits Vancouver. On November 29, 2006, the 555-seat Airbus A380 made its only North American stop at YVR, part of a series of four certification flights for the aircraft. On May 8, 2007, Vancouver Airport Authority opened Gate C-38, a $17-million regional commuter facility serving 30-plus destinations throughout B.C.

1993 International Terminal Building pre-load. On July 1, 1992, the not-for-profit Vancouver Airport Authority assumed control of the operation and management of YVR under the terms of a 60-year lease. In 1996, major expansions saw the completion and official openings of a new Air Traffic Control Tower in May, a new International Terminal Building in June and new north parallel runway in November.

with the engine installed in a compartment in the middle of the fuselage, and a propeller or jet engine in the BD-5J variant, mounted immediately to the rear of the cockpit. The combination of fighter-like K BD-5 0looks 1 1 and relatively low S Kcost Y TledAtoL the • selling Continued on page 15 In August 2009, the Canada Line automated light rail system connecting Vancouver to Richmond and YVR opened 15 weeks ahead of its original schedule and well in advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Link Building connects the Domestic and International terminals, while increasing YVR’s passenger, gate and ticketing capacity. Photo: Michael Sherman.

Kids pose at the Haida Gwaii sculpture with two of the mascots from the 2010 Winter Olympics. In February 2010, YVR played a key role in hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, providing the critical first impression and final memory of Vancouver. The airport experienced its busiest day on March 1, 2010, when 37,000 passengers departed and some 77,000 pieces of luggage handled. Going Forward YVR served 16.8-million passengers in 2010, facilitated 293,877 takeoffs and landings and handled more than 228,000 tonnes of cargo, a far cry from the approximately 3,200 air traffic passenger statistics in 1931. YVR was named in the top three North American airports for the last four years in the annual Skytrax World Airport Survey, placing first in 2011 and 2010, second in 2008 and third in 2009. Going forward, the Airport Authority has developed a Land Use and Master Plan to 2027, when 33-million passengers are expected through YVR. The Master Plan includes information about forecasts, planning approach used, stakeholder feedback received and the Airport Authority’s recommendations to accommodate projected volumes through the planning horizon.

In 2008, the three-year construction of the Link Building connecting the Domestic and International terminals was completed.

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2011 Abbotsford Airshow featured warbirds Snowbirds and a jet-fuelled bus Photos: Jim Jorgenson The month of August is a special one for aviation enthusiasts in B.C. as it heralds the Abbotsford Airshow. The 49th annual event took place this year August 12-14, and as Canada’s largest airshow it provided the requisite entertainment thrills. This year’s air performances followed the same routine as in the past, featuring civilian aircraft, military planes, warbirds and the iconic Canadian Snowbirds aerobatic team, a perennial crowd favourite. Special this year, was the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, which celebrated its 40th anniversary and provided a thrilling performance of parachute Canopy Relative Work during which parachutists fly their parachutes in proximity to each other and then take grips on other jumpers’ parachutes. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Supermarine Spitfire returned to Abbotsford after a long absence at the show. The Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that played a prominent role in the Second World War. A CF-18 Hornet TAC demo was flown by 409 Squadron, a unit of the Canadian

Forces. 409 Squadron performed for many years in the 1970s and ‘80s at the air show, flying CF-101 Voodoos. Static displays included four categories of aircraft: heavies, fighters, trainers and helicopters. The 39th Canadian Brigade Group, the largest Army formation in BC, provided a ground demonstration to display the capabilities of personnel and equipment. Which aircraft that was fastest in the air is debatable, but on the ground the indisputable champions were the Indy Boys and their jet-powered school bus. Based in Indianapolis, Paul Stender and his team from Indy Boys Inc, fitted the engine from a Phantom fighter jet onto a trusty, yellow school bus, which gulps up to 567 litres of jet aviation fuel as it roars down a typical drag strip at up to 590 kilometres per hour. The Abbotsford Airshow draws an average attendance of more than 100,000plus enthusiasts over three days each year. Visit the website abbotsfordairshow. com to mark your calendars for next year’s event.

CH-149 Cormorant helicopter of 442 Squadron, which is based in Comox, BC, is used for search and rescue in Canada.

The Vintage Wings of Canada’s Hawk One F-86 Sabre 5 jet aircraft. The 2011 tour pilots are Dan Dempsey, Rob Mitchell, Chris Hadfield, Rob Fleck and Pierre Clement. This aircraft is painted in the livery of the RCAF Golden Hawks, consisting of seven Sabres which flew five airshow seasons from 1959 to 1963. The Sikorsky Sea King helicopter is used on navy frigates and was first flown in March 1959. It continues to serve in many countries around the world.

The North American B-25D Mitchell “Grumpy,” which was flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force during and after WW II, was a popular attraction at this year’s Abbotsford Airshow.

The T-28 Trojan prepares to take to the skies. This warbird is a pistonengined military trainer aircraft used the US Air Force and Navy, beginning the in the 1950s. In addition to its use as a trainer, the T28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency aircraft during the Vietnam War.






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One of the flypasts was the US Air Force Heritage Flight that included (foreground) an A1 Skyraider, a single-seat attack aircraft that saw service between the late 1940s and early 1980s; and an A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog”, a close air support and ground-attack aircraft.

While on the outside the Lockheed Martin CC-130J Hercules looks almost identical to the older Hercules used by the Canadian Forces, internally the J-model is essentially a completely new aircraft.

The business end of an F-16 fighter—a multi-role jet fighter aircraft that is used primarily by the US Air Force.

Stunt pilot Dave Mathieson (“Super Dave”) flew his Pitts S2 aerobatic biplane. Mathieson is president and co-owner of Summit Air and previously flew for Air Canada.

The Snowbirds Demonstration Team is a Canadian icon, comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces who provide thrilling aerobatic performances. Photo: Donny Evanson

The prim and proper looking bus belches out 24-metre flames and billowing clouds of acrid smoke from a tank filled with more than 500 litres of jet aviation fuel that propels it to speeds of more than 500 kilometres per hour. Photo: courtesy World Records Academy.

Snowbirds flying the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, which served as the Canadian Forces primary jet trainer until it was replaced by the CT-155 Hawk and CT-156 Harvard II in 2000.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXe, in Czech markings, flown by aircraft owner John Sessions.

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Neighbourhood Restaurant Guide 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.

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

• The Sideslip Café #100-5360 Airport Road South. Located at Esso Avitat. Open 6am-10:30am for breakfast and until 3pm for lunch. Serving homemade soups, sandwiches & paninis & daily specials. Fresh baked pastries, organic tea & coffee. Also serving Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Chai Tea, Frappuccino, Iced Tea and Fruit Smoothies. Take out & catering. (604) 303 SLIP (7547) • Skyway Restaurant (YVR South Terminal) #118-4440 Cowley Crescent. Breakast, lunch. (604) 231-9822

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.

International (Before 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 • Tim Hortons: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soup – Level 2 Arrivals • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures




Airport South • Airside Café New Management, New Menu (opposite Million Air) 350-5400 Airport Road South, Richmond, BC YVR’s only restaurant with a view ofaircraft maintenance! BREAKFAST & LUNCH MON-FRI: 8am to 4pm Airside Breakfast $4.99 2 eggs, 2 sausages or ham or bacon Airside Lunch from $3.99 Soups * Salads * Burgers & Fries * Sandwiches * Daily Specials. • 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. • The Sideslip Café #100-5360 Airport Road South. Located at Esso Avitat. Open 6am-10:30am for breakfast and until 3pm for lunch. Serving homemade soups, sandwiches & paninis & daily specials. Fresh baked pastries, organic tea & coffee. Also serving Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Chai Tea, Frappuccino, Iced Tea and Fruit Smoothies. Take out & catering. (604) 303 SLIP (7547) • Skyway Restaurant (YVR South Terminal) #118-4440 Cowley Crescent. Breakast, lunch. (604) 231-9822 OVER THE BRIDGE(S) 4 Mr. Pickwick’s Fish & Chips 8620 Granville Street, Vancouver Lunch, dinner, British pub foods & fresh seafood. 11am- 8:30pm. (604) 266-2340 2 Shark Club 10253 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond (next to Sandman Signature Hotel) As the day progresses so does the atmosphere at Shark Club. Come for a casual lunch, happy hour drinks or catch your favourite team on our big screens.



6 When the weekend arrives enjoy a nice dinner and then hit the dance floor. 7 Days a week, 11am-2am. (604) 276-2609 5 The Suburban Well Food & Drink #108-5188 Westminster Highway (corner of Westminster & Tiffany) New management and ownership. Unique menu that includes fresh handmade burgers, salads and appetizers. Craft beers made by Phillips Brewery of Victoria. Present your work ID for 20% off. (604) 244-8500

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We offer Craft beers made by Phillips Brewery of Victoria and hope to bring new food and drinks to the Richmond area. You are invited to be part of this new beginning and we welcome you to come down as we are excited to meet our neighbours. Sincerely, The Suburban Well Team

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Shark Club 10253 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond (next to Sandman Signature Hotel) As the day progresses so does the atmosphere at Shark Club. Come for a casual lunch, happy hour drinks or catch your favourite team on our big screens. When the weekend arrives enjoy a nice dinner and then hit the dance floor. 7 Days a week, 11am-2am. (604) 276-2609 • The Boathouse Restaurant 8331 River Road, Richmond Lunch, dinner. 11am-10pm. (604) 273-7014

Brand new ownership and management ready to offer you a great experience with our unique menu including fresh handmade burgers, salads and appetizers.


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


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RIChMOND hOTEL RESTAURANTS • Best Western Abercorn Inn 9260 Bridgeport Road • Highlander Restaurant: Open for lunch & dinner, serving a variety of high-quality continental and world cuisine. Lunch 10:30am-2pm; dinner 5pm-9:30pm. (604) 270-7576. • The Boathouse Restaurant • Delta Vancouver Airport 8331 River Road, Richmond Drive 1500 Lunch,Cessna dinner. 11am-10pm. 3 Pier 73 Restaurant: Located behind (604) 273-7014 the hotel and suspended above the RICHMOND Hotel Fraser River in the heart Restaurants of a 138-slip • Best Western Abercorn Inn Marina. Great destination 9260 Bridgeport Road for casual lunch relaxed dinner gatherings, • meetings, Highlander Restaurant: Open for or lunch & drinks dinner,with serving a variety of evening friends. Kids Menu. high-quality continental and world Sunday to Thursday 11am-12am. Friday cuisine. Lunch 10:30am-2pm; dinner and Saturday 11am-1am (kitchen open 5pm-9:30pm. (604) 270-7576. until midnight). (604) 968-1178


• 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 • River Rock Casino Resort 8811 River Road The Buffet – breakfast 6:30am-10:30am, lunch 11am-2pm, dinner (604) 247-8573 The Buffet at River Rock – 7 mins. by Canada Line to all you can eat buffet, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or Breakfast $14.95. 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 Denny’s – breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 276-2853 Chop Steak Fish Bar – casual dining. (604) 276-1180 • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Highway 1 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-11pm. (604) 233-3969 • Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel 7571 Westminster Highway The American Grille—American cuisine enhanced with regional flavours. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Open 6am-10pm. (604) 232-2804 • The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport 3099 Corvette Way The Apron – minutes away from • Vancouver Delta Vancouver Airport International Airport & nestled 1500 Cessna Drive on the banks of the Fraser River. 3 Pier 73 Restaurant: Located For reservations, call (604) 238-2105. behind the hotel and suspended STEVESTON above the Fraser River in the heart of 5 aPaesano’s 138-slip Marina. Great destination for casual lunch meetings, relaxed 250-12240 2nd Avenue @ Bayview dinner gatherings, evening Steveston’s one andoronly Italiandrinks with friends. Kids Menu.30Sunday restaurant, celebrating years ofto Thursday 11am-12am. Friday and serving authentic Italian cuisine. Saturday 11am-1am (kitchen open until Open daily at 11:30am. Reservations midnight). (604) 968-1178


MAIN TERMINALS Domestic (Before Security) • Starbucks: Coffee, pastries, sandwichesLevel 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. • Harvey’s: Breakfast, burgers -Level 3 Departures • Jugo Juice: Juice, smoothies, wraps & paninis – 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 • Toshi Teppanyaki: Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures • White Spot: Burgers, fresh salads, pastas, rice bowls, stir-fries, entrées from the grill and desserts—Level 3 Departures. • Wok ‘N Roll: Chinese & Japanese cuisine – Level 3 Departures






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• 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 4 menu. (604) 248-3281 • River Rock Casino 3 Resort 8811 River Road The Buffet – breakfast CANADA LINE 6:30am-10:30am, lunch 11am-2pm, dinner (604) 247-8573 The Buffet at River Rock – 7 mins. by Canada Line to all you can eat buffet, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or Breakfast $14.95. Newly renovated, The Buffet at River Rock highlights fresh local produce & offers culturally diverse & traditionally inspired dishes with complimentary selected beverages. 1 (604) 247-8900 • Sandman Signature Hotel 10251 St Edwards Drive Denny’s – breakfast, lunch, dinner. (604) 276-2853 Chop Steak Fish Bar – casual dining. (604) 276-1180 • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Highway 1 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-11pm. (604) 233-3969 • Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel 7571 Westminster Highway The American Grille—American cuisine enhanced with regional flavours. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Open 6am-10pm. (604) 232-2804 • The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport sandwiches, 3099 Corvettesoup Way– Level 2 Arrivals Toshi Teppanyaki: cuisine – • The Apron – minutesJapanese away from Vancouver International Airport & Level 3 Departures nestled on the banks of the Fraser River. AIRPORT For reservations, call (604) 238-2105. SOUTh • Airside Café STEVESTON New Management, New Menu Paesano’s (opposite Million Air) 350-5400 Airport 250-12240 2nd Avenue @ Bayview Road South,one Richmond, Steveston’s and onlyBCItalian restaurant, celebrating 30 years of serving authentic Italian YVR’s only restaurant withcuisine. a view of

Open daily at 11:30am. Reservations recommended. (604) 270-9252. 6 Steveston Seafood House 3951 Moncton Street Celebrating 32 years of fine dining and seafood specialties. Special winter 4-course menu. Dinner from 5:30pm. (604) 271-5252 • The Market at Papi’s 12251 #1 Road Next door to The Burger Bar, located behind Papi’s.Specializing in gourmet Mediterranean fresh food to go. Claudette Piacenza is the Market at Papi’s proprietor and operator. Her love and passion for Italian culture and foods are evident in the wide variety and selection of the ever-growing inventory in the 2 Her passion for her endeavour is market. exemplified on a day-to-day basis to all of the markets regulars and newcomers. Drop by the market Monday through Saturday to see what is new, trendy and fresh. Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 10am-6pm. (604) 277-7444.

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• 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. Open Mon. to Fri. 10am to 10pm. Weekends 11am to 9:30pm. (604) 271-8896.





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Know Your Wine


Sémillon émillon (pronounced say-mee-yaw) is the major white grape in the Bordeaux region of France. Sémillon is also grown in Australia, Chile, Argentina and California. It is also known as Hunter (River Riesling), boal/bual of Madeira, chevrier, columbier, malaga and blanc doux. The wine varietal features distinct fig-like character. Sémillon is often blended with sauvignon blanc to delimit its strong berry-like flavours. From the Bordeaux region of France come the great Sauternes and Barsac. These wines are produced from overripe sémillon grapes. They are blended with sauvignon blanc to produce a syrupy, fullbodied wine that may be world class. Sémillon grapes make up 80 per cent of the blend in the most expensive and famous dessert wine in the world: Château d’Yquem. The ripe sémillon berry is a rich yellow colour at maturity, although increasing sun exposure may turn it amber-pink. Sémillon goes with fish but there are many better matches. Serve dry Sémillon with clams, mussels, or pasta salad.

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All-new Porsche 911 Carrera launched The new Porsche 911 Carrera, which debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show recently, steps into the limelight with a lower, stretched silhouette and exciting contours – but remains in every inch true to the 911 tradition. As it has for generations, the new 911 raises the performance and efficiency bar yet again. Fuel consumption and emissions are up to 16 per cent lower compared with its predecessor. The 911’s all-new, lightweight body is an intelligent aluminum-steel construction and is responsible for a significant proportion of the weight reduction of up to 45 kilograms. New active control systems elevate driving dynamics to an unprecedented level. The world’s first seven-speed manual transmission is featured as standard, while additional systems and functions such as auto start/stop, thermal management


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Car Talk 2012 Subaru Impreza provides more car for less money While Subaru Canada’s all-new 2012 Impreza will not be available until next month, the manufacturer has already announced pricing for the model lineup. The good news— pricing is lower than the previous model at every single trim level. The redesigned fourth-generation Impreza will offer significant enhancements including a refined new 2.0-litre Subaru Boxer engine that’s both more responsive and significantly easier on fuel (5.5 L/100 km highway; 7.5 L/100 km city—comparable with front-wheel drive competitors); high levels of standard and optional equipment; more interior space and comfort without increased vehicle size; and the added protection of high-tensile steel throughout the body.

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2011 Ford F-150, with all-new powertrain line-up



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Canada’s workhorse truck has been leading the pack for the past 33 years and now ups the ante with four new engines that deliver 20 per cent greater fuel efficiently than the 2010 models. They are a 3.7-litre four-valve Ti-VCT V6 with 302 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque; 5.0-litre four-valve dual-overhead cam Ti-VCT V8 with 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque; 6.2 –litre two-valve single-overhead cam with 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque; and the signature EcoBoost Ti-VCT 3.5-litre with 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and Ford is the first and only manufacturer to equip its entire full size pickup truck line-up with sixspeed automatic transmission as standard. More Control SelectShift functionality available in the six-speed automatic transmission allows the driver to select the desired gear and also has the capability to lock out the available gears while in Drive. Also available is tow/haul mode, which provides better control when hauling a heavy load or towing a trailer, especially when descending grades. The improved system uses sophisticated electronic sensors to better

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windows, 110-volt outlet, remote start, power telescoping and tilt steering wheel and a perimeter alarm. SYNC and Ford Work Solutions available SYNC and Ford Work Solutions technology stalwarts feature an in-dash computer that provides full high-speed Internet and wireless accessories that include a mouse and printer; Tool Link, a tracking system that enables owners to maintain a real-time inventory of tools and equipment stored in the vehicle; Crew Chief, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system; and Cable Lock System to secure large tools or equipment in the cargo area. More choice The Ford F-150 comes in five trim levels—XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4 and Lariat. The XLT also offers a custom package tailored to the 3.7-litre V6 F-150 model. This includes 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tip, body colour four-inch running boards, body-colour front and rear bumper fascias, unique grille with body colour surround, and chrome billet insert, resulting in one very coollooking truck. See your Ford dealer for a test drive. Prices start at $36,799.

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