Richmond Review: Richmond-based airline gets on board with new luxury aircraft

Richmond-based luxury airline London Air Services is the first in the world to purchase a state-of-the-art aircraft due for production in 2017. The new Bombardier Global 7000 will bring the Vancouver International Airport company’s total fleet of privately chartered aircraft to 14, and is expected to fly the company’s celebrity and executive clientele on a variety of non-stop routes between Vancouver, New York, London, Beijing, Singapore and Dubai. Read the Complete Article (PDF)...
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London Aviation Centre opens in YVR’s South Terminal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 26, 2009 Media Contact: Wendy Hartley 604-817-2758, wendyhartley@telus.net London Air Services celebrates ten years of business with opening of London Aviation Centre in YVR’s South Terminal Richmond, B.C. – London Air Services is pleased to celebrate its 10th year anniversary with the launch of the new London Aviation Centre at YVR’s South Terminal. On Thursday, March 26 London Air Services Chief Executive Officer invited special guests to honour the construction of this 84,000 sq. ft. facility at the entrance to South Terminal in Richmond. The London Aviation Centre features a 60,000 sq.ft. hangar that holds the London Air Services ten aircraft fleet and 24,000 sq.ft. of meeting space for pilots and crew. The facility is one of British Columbia’s largest free span buildings with distinct technological details including a three point safety system. The new building complements the existing Esso Avitat building and hangar, which London Air Services is also part-owner. “YVR's South Terminal is expanding rapidly and London Air...
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Richmond News: Lifestyles of the rich and famous

When celebrities like Al Pacino and Jennifer Lopez come to B.C. to shoot a movie or relax at a coastal luxury resort, they hire learjets from Richmond based London Air Services. Fast and luxurious though they may be, even learjets have their limitations. They can't land at Whistler, for example, and even seaplanes can't land at night or in bad weather when ferrying passengers to any number of resorts along the B.C. coast. But a helicopter can. And now the rich and famous have the option of hiring a luxury helicopter from London Air to shuttle them in high style to their favourite resort, golf course or movie location. The Richmond company officially launched its new Augusta AW139 twin-engine helicopter Tuesday. The News was along for the maiden flight. Read full article (PDF)...
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Financial Post: LAS offers cure for bad airline service

There are a lot of reasons to charter one of London Air Services Ltd.'s swanky new Learjets, not the least of which is that even if you end up in the toilet it may still be one of the most memorable flights you ever took. "People laugh when they go aboard but it's got a leather seat, its own desk and its quite comfortable," said Wynne Powell, president of LAS. Launched in 1999, LAS has established itself as a business jet charter company serving a tiny but lucrative market made up of travellers for whom time and comfort are more important than money. Read full article (PDF)...
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Vancouver Sun: Private charters soaring

Less than four years after taking off on its inaugural flight, London Air Services is already operating in the black, allowing the Vancouver-based charter airline to accelerate its business plan by several years, company president Wynne Powell said Tuesday. The private company, a subsidiary of the H.Y. Louie Group, took delivery of its fourth plane - a new luxury $40 million Bombardier Challenger 604 jet - which it showed off at Vancouver International Airport. "The purchase of the aircraft signifies the continued growth and success of London Air Services, even at a time when the air travel industry is experiencing hardships," said Powell, who is also president the London Drugs retail chain. "The Challenger enables us to offer a unique long haul service, with efficient operating costs." Read full article (PDF)...
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Professional Pilot: LAS finds just the right prescription with Bombardier’s Bizjets

For Vancouver based H Y Louie Group, a 100-year-old family retailing company, the time had come to buy a corporate aircraft. Having chartered assorted Learjets over a 4-year period, the group was sold on the benefits of corporate aviation, but charter availability was becoming a problem. The task of setting up the new flight department was given to Wynne Powell, president of the groups 54-store London Drugs retail chain with locations though-out western Canada. Read the Complete Article (PDF) ...
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Contrails: Blueprint for success

Like its sister company, London Drugs, London Air Service is banking on a proven blueprint for success. Maintain the highest standards, provide exceptional service and constantly grow and innovate. It's a forumula that has worked for 50 years for London Drugs and is already paying big dividends for London Air Services. Read full article (PDF)...
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Business in Vancouver: Up, Up and Away

London Drugs president Wynne Powell's travel schedule had him making five stops in one day for management meetings around B.C. and Alberta. 'I did all my meetings and I was back home that night,' he said of his journey to Prince George, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Calgary. That's the perk that comes with being president of London Air Services, a charter airline owned by London Drugs. "Can you imaging trying to do that same journey, waiting around hubs for connections?" he asked. "It's a three-day journey." As Powell recounted his journey, he explained that one of London Air's clients was on a similar four-stop trip. But Powell declines to name any clients, explaining that some feel safer when no one knows their travel itinerary, and others simply do not want to promote the image of extravagance commonly associated with charter-jet travel. Read full article (PDF)...
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Business in Vancouver: Drugstore Cowboy May 2001

Wynne Powell becomes animated as he lifts the model of a Learjet 45 XR from the coffee table in his spacious Richmond office. His enthusiasm is infectious as he describes the jet's luxurious leather interior, its computer work stations and its ability to cruise at 51,000 feet, well above the riff-raff of commercial jetliners. Personal jets are only the latest of many product lines for Powell, president and chief operating officer of London Drugs. To be sure, you won't be seeing Learjets in your local London Drugs outlet anytime soon. London Air Service, which owns two Learjets that it charters to corporate and government clients (with a third on order), is a distinct company. But like London Drugs, it is a subsidiary of H.Y. Louie Co., B.C.'s, second-biggest private company behind The Jim Pattison Group. And like London Drugs, it is run by Powell, the company's president. Read full article (PDF) ...
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