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[By Tim Jue | 5 May 2016 | No Comments]
International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh presents San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo with a gift from British Airways: a model Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner airplane.

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Cheers, applause and a British-themed celebration marked the launch of a long-sought non-stop flight between Silicon Valley and London on British Airways Wednesday evening.

“Not since the Beatles landed on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ has a British invasion had a greater impact on the United States of America than today,” quipped San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo as he welcomed the airline Wednesday.

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[By Tim Jue | 31 Mar 2016 | No Comments]
JetBlue Airways will expand its popular Mint service to Boston with flights between Logan Airport and San Francisco.

Amid rumors it may be interested in buying Burlingame-based airline Virgin America, JetBlue is aggressively expanding its popular premium “Mint” product to flights from Boston’s Logan Airport to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Last week, New York City-based JetBlue began flying one of its three daily Boston-San Francisco flights using a Mint-configured Airbus A321 aircraft. The two other frequencies will be flown by Mint planes by Fall 2016.

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[By Tim Jue | 16 Mar 2016 | No Comments]
LONDON, UK:
British Airways Boeing 787-9 arrives at London Heathrow on 30 September 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Bay Area travelers are finding plenty of new options as of late when it comes to flights for long-haul international travel. 

Starting May 4, they’ll have one more.

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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.