China Southern Airlines Kicks off #CZselfie Sweepstakes to Introduce
RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The next chapter of China Southern
Airlines' (CZ) success story at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
began today with the arrival of its Boeing 787 - the first Dreamliner
to operate daily service to YVR and the only one in Canada to offer
passengers an exclusive First Class experience.
"The introduction of the Dreamliner to CZ's daily YVR-Guangzhou route is
a testament to the growing business traffic between British Columbia,
Canada and China and validates our strategy to build YVR as a global
gateway to the Asia Pacific," said Craig Richmond, President & CEO,
Vancouver Airport Authority. "CZ's service connects British Columbia's
people, products and businesses with important trade and travel
opportunities in China's most populous province, Guangdong."
Since its first service to YVR in 2011, CZ has continued to grow its
operations at YVR, boosting initial service from three flights per week
to daily service in less than two years.
"Since China Southern Airlines introduced the Guangzhou-Vancouver
service, we have been expanding our presence at YVR with more flights
on this important route," said Wangeng Tan, President and CEO, China
Southern Airlines. "Our B787 Dreamliner service provides an even better
experience for our business travellers and indicates our confidence
in YVR's growing aviation market."
A highlight of CZ's new Dreamliner service is its luxurious First Class
experience, made available to just four passengers who will enjoy
cocoon seats, each 69 centimetres wide, with a built-in 17-inch TV
screen and the ability to convert into a fully-flat bed just shy of two
metres long. This exclusive experience complements the 24 Business
Class and 200 Economy Class seats configured on CZ's revolutionary
"Transportation ties are the foundation of all great cultural and
economic relationships, and Canada's relationship with China is
becoming stronger every day," said The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay,
Minister of National Revenue, Government of Canada. "As the first
gateway into Canada from China, Vancouver's harbours and airports serve
as Canada's welcome centre, and I am thrilled to welcome the inaugural
arrival of China Southern's Boeing 787 Dreamliner to YVR."
Added The Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and
Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism,
Government of British Columbia: "I commend China Southern Airlines on
bringing the first daily Dreamliner service to British Columbia.
British Columbia is Canada's Pacific Gateway and China Southern
Airlines' non-stop flights to Guangzhou have given Asian companies and
business travellers from around the world a stronger connection to
PICTURE YOUR SELFIE
To celebrate the introduction of its Dreamliner to YVR, CZ is kicking
off a "Picture Your Selfie" sweepstakes, which will award one lucky
winner with two, round-trip First Class tickets from YVR to Guangzhou.
On five dates between February 19 and 27, CZ pop-up check-in counters
will be located at five secret locations throughout Vancouver and
Richmond. Clues about the locations will be released on radio and TV.
To enter the sweepstakes, contestants must take a selfie photo at one of
these check-in counter locations and submit the photo to @yvrairport via Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CZselfie. Photos may also be emailed to CZselfie@yvr.ca.
Using a random draw, finalists will be selected at the close of each
contest day, and the Grand Prize winner will be chosen from that pool
of finalists. Additional contest information is available online at http://www.yvr.ca/czselfie.
About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit
organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served 17.97 million passengers in
2013. Fifty-three airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses
to more than 109 non-stop destinations worldwide. Vancouver Airport
Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2013 donated more
than $700,000 to local organizations. We are committed to creating an
airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global
gateway, local economic generator and community contributor. For more
information, please visit www.yvr.ca.
SOURCE: Vancouver Airport Authority
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