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YVR celebrates American Airlines' new Chicago service

By Don Fennell

Published 1:07 PDT, Tue May 8, 2018

Famous for its outdoor public art, theatre companies, shopping and restaurants—and as home to two Major League Baseball teams—Chicago is now more accessible than ever to the West Coast.

American Airlines recently began non-stop, daily service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The service is conveniently timed to connect with American Airlines’ extensive domestic and international schedule from their hub in Chicago. It complements their current flights from YVR to Dallas/Forth Worth, Los Angeles and Phoenix and is part of American Airlines’ strategy to strength service in Canada this year.

“We’re thrilled that American Airlines is introducing a new service to Chicago from YVR,” said Anne Murray, vice-president of marketing and communications at Vancouver Airport Authority. “Chicago is a popular destination for leisure travel and business. The addition of this daily flight between Vancouver and Chicago provides travellers with even more options to the Midwest region of the U.S.”

Chicago is the largest city in Illinois and O’Hare is one of the world’s busiest airports. For those travelling on from American Airlines’ hub in Chicago, the flight is conveniently timed to connect with their extensive domestic and international schedule at O’Hare. The flight departs YVR at 11 p.m. and arrives at O’Hare at 5:14 a.m. the next day. The return flight leaves ORD at 8:35 p.m. and arrives at YVR at 11:14 p.m.

“American has proudly served Vancouver for more than 30 years and Chicago will become a great addition to our existing network,” said Sean Lee, American Airlines general manager for YVR. “There is growing demand for travel between the U.S. and Canada and American is meeting that demand with a great product, operated by the best team that can connect travellers to the largest network in the world.”

The route is operated on a Boeing 737-800 with seat capacity for 160 passengers, featuring 16 business class recliner seats, 30 main cabin extra seats, and 114 standard economy seats. This new service benefits the local economy with close to 50 new jobs and contributes $4.7 million to B.C.’s GDP.

New services such as this are made possible thanks to YVR’s five-year rates and charges program, ConnectYVR. The program provides a highly competitive rate structure and includes rates lower than any other major airport in Canada and competing U.S. airports.

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