PG Airport’s first trans-pacific 747 cargo tech stop takes place.

At approximately 0835 hrs this morning the first 747 cargo aircraft using Prince George as a fuel stop – touched down into YXS.
The Boeing 747-200f aircraft operated by Southern Air Inc, enroute to Caracas, Venezuela from Shanghai, China glided effortlessly onto the 11,450 ft runway in front of media, dignitaries and community supporters.
“This is a critical first step” stated John Gibson, PGAA CEO. “Moving forward there is still much work to be completed but we are very happy to have this take place today.” He continued “There are many people and organizations whose hard work and belief made this happen. Events such as these do not take place without a collective and coordinated effort – we demonstrated that today.”
On hand to celebrate the event were some of these key partners as representatives from federal, provincial and municipal governments, Northern Development Initiatives and Initiatives Prince George all braved the sunny cool weather to witness the event.
“Our government recognizes the importance of regional airports like Prince George and has invested millions of dollars right across the province,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “As an MLA this has been a key priority and I am hopeful that the arrival of the first 747 cargo plane in Prince George marks the beginning of new economic opportunities, as Prince George becomes a key northern gateway for trade to the Asia-Pacific.”
“We are extremely happy that Southern Air showed confidence in YXS as the first carrier into Prince George” said John Gibson, airport CEO. “We will build upon today’s opportunity and push forward to tomorrow’s success.”

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