KLM trials closed-loop recycling for catering supplies

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has trialled a closed-loop recycling system for catering materials collected from four flights from Amsterdam to Vancouver.  The airline collected catering waste material, including plastic food containers, cups, covers and cutlery from the flights, which were then cleaned and recycled on another flight to Vancouver. The materials for the products were […]

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Air Canada’s new YVR-Auckland service

Air Canada has began service from Vancouver to Auckland, marking the carrier’s launch of seasonal service between Canada and New Zealand. Flights will operate four-times weekly until the end of March 2020. Air Canada’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft will be used on the route. The aircraft features 20 Signature Class lie-flat seats, 21 Premium […]

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World’s oldest travel agency makes a comeback

Thomas Cook company will return to business later this month after its brand name was purchased by another agency, Chinese-based Fosun Tourism, also the owner of Club Med. The British agency collapsed in September 2019, leaving 2,500 jobs lost and triggering the rescue of 150,000 travellers from the United Kingdom. Fosun, which holds a major […]

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More than $60K in scholarships awarded at BCAC 2019 Silver Wings Awards

The 2019 British Columbia Aviation Council’s Silver Wings Awards cocktail dinner-style event, held on October 24, recognized industry colleagues for specific achievements within the province’s aviation and aerospace industry. In addition to fine food, entertainment and a silent auction, the gala celebration included distribution of more than $60,000 in annual scholarships presented to students who […]

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Los Cabos visitors now charged a tourist tax

Visitors to the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, home to popular resort cities such as Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and La Paz, are now charged a tourist tax of 350 pesos, equivalent to about $24 Canadian. This surtax will be charged directly to tourists and will be payable at kiosks located […]

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Canada aviation pioneer Elsie MacGill

Vancouver-born Elizabeth Muriel Gregory (Elsie) MacGill, an aviation engineering pioneer in an era when women faced significant hurdles pursuing careers in science and technology, accomplished an astonishing number of firsts. She was the first woman in Canada to earn a degree in electrical engineering and is thought to be the first woman in the world to […]

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BorderXpress NEXUS verification kiosks live at YVR

Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), the innovation team at YVR, recently announced that the airport’s line of self-service kiosks, BorderXpress, has been configured to meet the requirements of the Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) modernized NEXUS program. NEXUS is a joint CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection-operated Trusted Traveller program designed for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into […]

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Free smartphone wayfinding service at YVR

Getting around the airport just got easier, as YVR launched its partnership with Aira, an app-based service for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. Aira is intended specifically for individuals who use mobility aids, such as a white cane, guide dog or a sighted guide. Users must download the app to their smartphones and agree […]

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Canada Jetlimes postpones launch over financial difficulties

Vancouver-based ultra-low-cost airline Canada Jetlines is postponing its planned December 17, 2019 launch and laying off most of its employees, after failing to secure $40 million in financing. The failure to secure these funds has resulted in the loss of the airline’s major investment partners SmartLynx and InHarv ULCC Growth Fund. The airline said its […]

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On-track: Harbour Air seaplane-to-ePlane project

Harbour Air, the all-seaplane airline, has announced completion of significant project milestones in the conversion of the world’s first seaplane to ePlane. Partnering with MagniX, an electric motor manufacturer for electric aircraft, the Harbour Air maintenance team has successful installed a 540-kW MagniX electric motor in a 60-year-old De Havilland Beaver aircraft and is now […]

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IATA’s gender diversity campaign

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents some 290 airlines—82 per cent of global air traffic—has launched a 25by2025Campaign—an airline industry initiative to advance gender diversity in the airline industry by 2025. The campaign is a voluntary commitment by participating IATA member airlines. Key among the commitments of airlines participating in the 25by2025 Campaign […]

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