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Tim Jue

Tim Jue contributes to the California Beat.

He can be reached at tjue@californiabeat.org.

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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 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.

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[By Tim Jue and Steven Luo | 16 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
A Sukhoi Superjet 100 bound for Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet at the Paris Air Show. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

PARIS — While talk swirls of new regional jet designs from other Western manufacturers, the Russian-Italian joint venture behind the newest regional jet in service has an actual product to show at the Paris Air Show.

The Superjet 100, which seats up to 108 passengers in an all-economy configuration and can fly up to 2,470 nautical miles, is 10% more efficient than other aircraft in its class available today, according to Superjet International — the joint venture formed between Russia’s Sukhoi and Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi to market the Russian-built jet in Western markets.

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[By Tim Jue and Steven Luo | 15 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
A Boeing 787-9 bound for Vietnam Airlines taxies to the runway before performing a flight display during the 2015 Paris Air Show. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

PARIS — Monday’s flight display at the 2015 Paris Air Show featured several airplanes making debut appearances.

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[By Tim Jue | 15 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker at a press conference announcing an order for 777-8X airplanes at the 2015 Paris Air Show. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

PARIS — Qatar Airways said Monday it hopes to be the first operator of Boeing’s new composite-wing twin-aisle 777-8X jet after the airline announced it would order 10 of them on the first day of the 2015 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

The airline and Boeing also announced an order for 4 Boeing 777 freighters that will fly for Qatar’s air cargo division.

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[By Steven Luo and Tim Jue | 14 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
Economy class passengers on the CSeries will enjoy 18.5-19 inch wide seats and a 20" wide aisle.  (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

PARIS — As Canadian airplane manufacturer Bombardier debuts its new mainline narrowbody airliner — the type of plane that’s the workhorse of global airline fleets — one question looms over the program: who is going to buy the plane?

Bombardier is leaning on a combination of passenger comforts and fuel savings to sell its CSeries — a family of airliners that can fly 100 to 150 passengers more than 3,000 nautical miles — to airlines. But its slow sales — just 243 firm orders, as compared to thousands for the somewhat larger planes offered by Boeing and Airbus in this market segment — could threaten the future of the entire company.

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[By Tim Jue | 8 May 2015 | No Comments]
San Francisco-based Mindfulness Consultant Mark Coleman (center) brings calm into the airplane alongside British Airways cabin crew on the airline's World Traveller Plus section on its Airbus A380. (PHOTO BY NICK MORRISH/ BRITISH AIRWAYS FOR THE CALIFORNIA BEAT)

In the ever-so-stressful world of airline travel, British Airways has launched a new program to put the minds of its long-haul passengers at ease.

The man to help make it happen: Mark Coleman, a San Francisco-based mindfulness consultant who’s been asked by the airline to provide fliers on its newest Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets with meditation techniques for a relaxed and positive state of mind.

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[By Tim Jue | 30 Mar 2015 | No Comments]

In the highly competitive fight to win marketshare on the San Francisco to London route, British Airways may hold a key none of its competitors currently have: the world’s largest passenger jet.

The airline began flying its double-deck Airbus A380 between the two cities Sunday, a move British Airways officials said was done in response to increased travel demand from the booming technology sector in the Bay Area and in Great Britain.

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[By Tim Jue and Vanessa Guerra | 2 Aug 2010 | 7 Comments]
The Transbay Terminal, photographed on its opening day in 1939, greeted thousands of spectators in this photograph. (TJPA Photo)

There will be no grand ceremony, no formal salute and few goodbye tears marking the end of an era.

This Friday, the Transbay Transit Terminal, the drab gray building occupying three blocks of Mission Street that is often ridiculed for its utilitarian appearance and colonization by San Francisco’s homeless population, will close for good.