"What fantastic news for tourism and residents of the Okanagan Valley," says Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President of Big White and Silver Star resorts. "With Boeing launching the new 787 aircraft, our resorts will be in non-stop range from airports in the UK, Germany and even Sydney, Australia. Won't that be an easy ride to get to our world-famous ski resorts!" More than $1 million from the Transportation Partnerships Program was allocated to the airport expansion project at Kelowna International Airport. The total estimated cost of the project is $8 million. In 2006, 1,226,442 passengers used the airport. This expansion allows the Boeing 737ER (135 passengers), Boeing 757 (170 passengers) and Airbus A310 (275 passengers) aircraft to have landing and take-off capabilities with full passenger and cargo loads.