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[By Beat News Service | 17 May 2015 | No Comments]
PHOTOS: Colorful Zaniness at 2015 Bay to Breakers Race

Superheroes, celebrities and the naked came out to San Francisco’s colorful Bay to Breakers footrace Sunday morning. The sun may not have made an appearance during the duration of the 12K event, but it did not stop some partiers from celebrating in their skivvies.

Do you recognize anyone in our photo gallery from this year’s race?

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[By Tim Jue | 18 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
A Qatar Airways cabin crew member greets visitors at the 2015 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. (STEVEN LUO/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

LE BOURGET, PARIS – Qatar Airways knows no bounds when it comes to pampering its premium cabin flyers. Flights of just several hours can be done in a seat that turns into a bed.

The carrier offered tours of their Airbus A320 single-aisle aircraft at Le Bourget during the 2015 Paris Air Show. The narrobody plane features 12 fully lie-flat Business class seats in the premium cabin along with 120 Economy class seats.

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[By Tim Jue | 18 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
Qatar Airways has configured their Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a 9-abreast configuration. (STEVEN LUO/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

LE BOURGET, PARIS – Qatar Airways made history when it became one of the first airlines to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in November 2012. It’s one of their most popular planes with passengers flying from their hub in Doha to points in Europe and Asia.

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[By Steven Luo | 17 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
The airline hired architect and designer Ray Chen to help create the cabin's look, which draws from traditional Taiwanese design and modern elements.

PARIS — China Airlines is offering visitors to the 2015 Paris Airshow a glimpse inside its newest Boeing 777-300ER, a three-class configured aircraft that the Taiwanese carrier is debuting at the biannual event.

The entirely redesigned cabin features a 40-seat business class cabin, a 62-seat premium economy cabin, and 256-seats in regular economy. Thirty seats, or 10 sets of three-seats, feature the airline’s “Family Couch” feature, which allows passengers to transform regular economy seats into a bed with the extension of leg rests.

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[By Steven Luo | 17 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
Entering a code from the in-flight entertainment system into an app on your tablet or smartphone allows you to change the playlist, bring up a map, or call a flight attendant from your device without interrupting your viewing on the entertainment system. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

PARIS — Panasonic has been in the business of building seat-back entertainment systems for a while, with airlines such as Virgin America and United using its systems in their planes.

Now the company wants to expand its in-flight experience to your tablet or smartphone.

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[By Tim Jue | 16 Jun 2015 | No Comments]

PARIS — The airline with the largest display at the 2015 Paris Air Show also happens to be one with plenty to show off to the aviation industry.

Qatar Airways has brought its new Airbus A350-900XWB for display at Le Bourget, giving show visitors a glimpse at the twin-aisle jet and Qatar’s on-board product.