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YVR no longer splitting passengers at arrivals terminal by COVID vaccination status

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BY MARCELLA BERNARDO, NIKITHA MARTINS AND LASIA KRETZEL | JUL 26, 2021

Separate lines depending on vaccination status at YVR. (Credit: Andrew Aziz/Twitter)

SUMMARY

  • YVR has scrapped its policy of separating arriving international travellers based on vaccination status
  • The airport had created two different lines at customs for fully vaccinated people, and everyone else
  • The airport claims it created the lines to streamline the customs process, but turns out it did not yet

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — International travellers flying into Vancouver are no longer being separated at customs based on whether they’re fully vaccinated.

The vaccinated and unvaccinated lines have been a controversial policy, but it’s been scrapped within three weeks of taking effect.

YVR’s Robyn McVicker explains to NEWS 1130 that the separate lines were set up to speed up the entry process, because each group has different rules for entry.

However, the intentions to streamline the clearance process for passengers arriving as of July 5, “didn’t meet what we were hoping for.”

“There were a lot more vaccinated passengers coming into Canada than we had originally anticipated,” she says. “Because of that, and because we did receive lots of feedback from our passengers, we talked to Transport Canada, we talked to CBSA and the Public Health Authority of Canada and the other airports, and we are changing the approach that we are using. Where now everybody will come through in the same way.”

McVicker explains the rapid changes to how the airport continues to navigate the pandemic and limit the spread of COVID is something they are “constantly evaluating.”

“We thought maybe like 15 per cent of people coming in would be vaccinated. What we’re finding is actually sometimes it’s up to 80 per cent on some flights … which meant that we actually needed the … whole customs hall in order to effectively process people.

“And we found that the timeframe for processing from a vaccinated passenger and an unvaccinated passenger was the same. We originally thought that it would be faster [for vaccinated travellers].”

McVicker adds some passengers expressed that they were uncomfortable with how people were being put in separate lines, which contributed to the decision to adjust the custom lines.

Reaction to the new arrival policy was mixed on social media, with some calling it segregation and others applauding the move.

“What we heard is that there were concerns and we wanted to make sure that we were addressing it and decided, this is really the right time to make this change before we add in the U.S. on August 9.”

Early next month, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents from the U.S. will be allowed to enter the country.

All other fully vaccinated international travellers will be allowed to enter Canada starting Sept. 7, on the condition the country’s COVID-19 case counts remain low and vaccination rates keep trending in a positive direction.

Despite lines no longer dividing passengers based on vaccination status, you must still wear a mask until you leave YVR.

Travellers who aren’t fully vaccinated still need to quarantine for 14 days, but McVicker says more than 80 percent have proven they’re fully immunized.

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Source: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/07/26/yvr-no-longer-splitting-passengers-at-arrivals-terminal-by-covid-vaccination-status/

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Royal Canadian Air Force to upgrade CF-18A Hornets with Raytheon AESA radars

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By Garrett Reim | 24 September 2021

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) plans to upgrade some of its ageing Boeing CF-18A Hornets with Raytheon Technologies’ APG-79(V)4 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars.

The US Department of Defense granted Raytheon a $140 million Foreign Military Sales contract to supply 36 examples of the system, it says on 20 September. Deliveries are anticipated to be finished by March 2024.

RCAF CF-18

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force

The RCAF CF-18A is in need of upgrades

The APG-79(V)4 radar, which uses gallium nitride components, is more capable and reliable than older radars, says Raytheon.

“This upgrade to AESA radars with [gallium nitride] supports longer detection ranges and multiple-target tracking,” says Eric Ditmars, Raytheon Intelligence & Space vice-president of secure sensor solutions.

The radar’s targeting capability is enhanced for a variety of roles, including air-to-air, maritime and air-to-surface strike applications, says the company.

The CF-18A is based on the F/A-18A “Classic Hornet” manufactured originally by McDonnell Douglas. In 2019, the US Marine Corps signed a contract to upgrade its Classic Hornet fleet with APG-79(v)4s.

Raytheon believes the sale to Ottawa opens opportunities to sell the system to other international customers.

“The expansion to support the Royal Canadian Air Force allows [Raytheon] to outfit allies with the same advanced technology provided to US military aircrews,” the company says.

The RCAF’s 60 CF-18As are, on average, 35 years old, according to Cirium fleets analyser. The service is upgrading a portion of those through its “Hornet Extension Project”, which aims to expand the usefulness of the jets until Canada decides to buy new fighters.

Through its Future Fighter Capability Project, Canada’s Department of National Defence is looking to buy 88 advanced fighters, and related equipment and services, for an estimated C$15-19 billion ($11.9-$15.1 billion). The RCAF intends to choose in 2022 between the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin F-35 and Saab Gripen E. The first aircraft is anticipated to be delivered by delivered by 2025.

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Which Airlines Still Fly The Boeing 737-300?

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The Boeing 737-300 was the first variant from the 737 Classic series to take to the skies, doing so in 1984 with USAir. Boeing produced 1,113 of these aircraft, accounting for over half of 737 Classic deliveries as a whole. Now 37 years on from the type’s first flight and entry into service, let’s take a look at which airlines still fly this popular 737 variant.

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Belavia still has three active 737-300s in its fleet. Photo: Getty Images

The largest operators

According to data from ch-aviation.com, there are present 109 active passenger 737-300s left in the world. This version of Boeing’s best-selling narrowbody family is the mid-size variant in the 737 Classic series, being larger than the -500 and smaller than the -400.

Its largest current operators each have eight examples in their respective fleets. These are Canadian North, iAero Airways (USA), and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (China). Mexican holiday specialist Magnicharters is just behind, with seven examples.ADVERTISEMENT44.8KWhat Do Pilots Eat During A Flight

There is then a gap down to the next-largest active 737-300 fleets. These belong to Kyrgyzstan‘s Avia Traffic Company and Gambia’s Mid Africa Aviation (four each). Several operators worldwide have three remaining active 737-300s. These are Air PeaceBelaviaBoliviana, MaxAir, Star Perú, and Trigana Air Service. But what about even smaller fleets?

Canadian North Boeing 737-300
Canadian North has the joint-largest 737-300 fleet, with eight active examples. Photo: Johnnyw3 via Wikimedia Commons

Smaller fleets

The 109 remaining active 737-300s represent less than 10% of the total production output for the type. Of these, several are in pairs at different airlines worldwide, with some even flying solo. Examples of operators with two 737-300s include Aerolíneas Estelar, ALK Airlines, Broadsword Aviation, Bul Air, Cally Air, Coulson Aviation, and Dana Air.

There are also military operators with two 737-300s, such as the Mexican Air Force. The remaining companies that fly the type are flyPersia, Jordan Aviation, Saha Airlines, Sands Aviation, SCAT AirlinesTarom, and Varesh Airlines. Of course, it’s important not to forget the several operators worldwide that fly a single remaining 737-300.ADVERTISEMENT

These are widespread, and include Africa Airlines, Air Bucharest, ATA Airlines, Azman Air, and B&K Aero. Elsewhere, sole 737-300s can be found at Blue Bird Airway, Fanjet Express, Fly Jordan, FlyJet, Jonika Airlines, and even the Korean Air Force. Finally, Lumiwings, Mirage Aviation, Nauru Airlines, NordStar, Rutaca Airlines, Sideral Linhas Aéreas, Tarco Aviation, Tayaranjet, Trans Air Cargo, UR Airlines, and Yan Air also have a single example.

Boeing 737-300 flying.
The 737-300’s days are numbered, with several already over 30 years old. Photo: Getty Images

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Running out of time

While a decent amount of Boeing 737-300s are presently active, this number will only get smaller as time passes. The fact of the matter is that these aging twinjets are likely approaching the end of their service lives. Data from ch-aviation shows that several examples have exceeded three decades of service, with the oldest about to hit 37 years old.

Even the youngest active examples have comfortably exceeded two decades of service, at around 22 years old. That being said, while the 737-300 is a dying breed, it does also play a useful role. Being an older design, it can be a cheaper option for smaller airlines in developing aviation industries, enabling air service in far-flung corners of the world.

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Source: https://canadianaviationnews.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/which-airlines-still-fly-the-boeing-737-300/

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CUPE 4070 Members Ratify New Contract With Swoop

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September 25, 2021

CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CUPE Flight Attendants working at Swoop, WestJet’s ultra low cost carrier, have signed off on their first collective bargaining agreement. Members voted today to ratify the tentative collective agreement reached in September. The five-year agreement includes wage improvements, and momentum towards industry-standard scheduling and pay rules.

“This is the first ever collective agreement for our membership at Swoop. Ratification of this deal is proof positive that certifying with CUPE has been instrumental in our members’ pursuit of fair working conditions”

“This is the first ever collective agreement for our membership at Swoop. Ratification of this deal is proof positive that certifying with CUPE has been instrumental in our members’ pursuit of fair working conditions,” said CUPE 4070 President Chris Rauenbusch. “Reaching this deal was not easy in light of the circumstances caused by the global pandemic. I’d like to thank both our union and our bargaining committee for working so hard to find a path forward despite the challenges of the past 18 months.”

CUPE represents over 200 Flight Attendants at Swoop. The parties have been engaged in collective bargaining towards a first union contract since February 2020.

CUPE also represents cabin crew at WestJet mainline and its subsidiary WestJet Encore.

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Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900 ER SSWL N296AK (msn 64304) (Russell Wilson) SEA (Nick Dean). Image: 955246.

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Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900 ER SSWL N296AK (msn 64304) (Russell Wilson) SEA (Nick Dean). Image: 955246.

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