IATA forecasts strong airline profitability in 2018

Despite rising costs in the aviation sector, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is forecasting improved net profitability for airlines in 2018, because of strong demand, efficiency and reduced interest payments. IATA is forecasting global air transport profits to rise to $38.4-billion in 2018, an improvement from the $34.5-billion expected net profit in 2017. The […]

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‘Little Inventors: Inventions for Space’ project blasts off

In partnership with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has launched the next edition of Little Inventors: Inventions for Space. This is a Canada-wide initiative that challenges children to devise ingenious ideas that could be developed into an invention to make life in space easier and […]

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Sunwing launches new direct flight service from Vancouver to Montego Bay

Long a holiday destination for many Canadians, the Caribbean island of Jamaica just got a little closer to Vancouverites with the news that Sunwing will be offering a new direct flight service from Vancouver to Montego Bay, Jamaica. While Sunwing already offers vacation packages from Vancouver to Jamaica, this winter will be the first time […]

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JAL joins with Boom to offer supersonic travel

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Denver-based Boom Supersonic have begun a strategic partnership to bring commercial supersonic travel to passengers. Boom is developing a new-generation Mach 2.2 supersonic airliner that will be economical enough to operate with business-class fares. Through this agreement, JAL will provide its knowledge and experience as an airline to support Boom in […]

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Transat celebrates 30th anniversary with new fleet livery

Canada’s largest integrated tourism company, Transat A.T. Inc., celebrated its 30th anniversary last month at an event held at its facilities at Montreal-Trudeau airport. With 375 partners and guests in attendance, president and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache took the opportunity to unveil its new fleet livery and outlined plans for the creation of a new hotel […]

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SkyTeam opens new lounge at YVR

Last month, SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, officially opened its latest branded lounge at YVR. This marks SkyTeam’s first lounge in the Americas and seventh worldwide. The new lounge is designed to offer SkyTeam customers a high-end, pre-flight experience and features a wide range of amenities, including locally sourced food and beverages. The 528 square-metre […]

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Air Canada offers first direct, non-stop to Melbourne

On December 1, 2017, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated the inaugural flight of Air Canada’s new route between YVR and Melbourne Airport (MEL), marking the first-ever direct, non-stop flight from Canada to this Australian city. The new Melbourne route offers a seasonal four-time weekly service until February 4, 2018. With existing services to Sydney and […]

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Air Canada teams with Less Emissions to offset environmental impact of flights

Air Canada has partnered with Canadian offset provider Less Emissions to offer carbon offsets to individuals and organizations wanting to reduce the environmental impact of their flights. Less Emissions, has been ranked as the highest quality offset provider by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute, a Canadian non-profit think tank focused on energy. […]

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YVR wins big at 2017 World Routes Conference

Each year, the World Routes Conference, one of the most prestigious events in the aviation industry, recognizes airports that demonstrate exceptional air service development. The award process includes nominations from airlines and industry experts, followed by a comprehensive review by an industry committee that looks for airports that have provided outstanding support for air services […]

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WestJet and Hong Kong Airlines begin codeshare agreement

WestJet and Hong Kong Airlines have entered into a codeshare agreement that will allow Hong Kong Airlines to place its HX marketing code on WestJet-operated flights. The two carriers are building on an existing interline agreement put in place earlier this year. “We welcome Hong Kong Airlines as our newest codeshare partner and congratulate them […]

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Former astronaut is Canada’s new Governor General

Canada’s new Governor General Julie Payette assumes her new role with an impressive résumé—astronaut, engineer, scientific broadcaster and corporate director. The 53-year-old trailblazer began her career as an astronaut in 1992, when she was selected from more than 5,000 applicants to become one of four astronauts chosen to join the Canadian Space Agency. Her preparation […]

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