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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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[By Steven Luo | 16 Jun 2015 | No Comments]

PARIS — Everywhere you go at this year’s Paris Air Show, one topic is on everyone’s minds: is there demand for a “middle-of-the-market” airplane — larger than the workhorse 150-seat A320s and 737-800s, smaller than international long-haul aircraft such as the 787 and A330 that seat 250 or more?

[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.

[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.

[By Steven Luo | 15 Jun 2015 | No Comments]
John Leahy, chief operating officer -- customers for European manufacturer Airbus, at the 2015 Paris Air Show. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Air travel is expected to double over the next 15 years as the emerging middle class of the developing world takes to the skies.  But the large airports generating most of the demand are already congested, and with pressure to combat global warming growing, calls for limits on aviation emissions will only increase.

The solution?  Bigger planes, according to Airbus sales chief John Leahy.