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[By Andrew Leonard | 22 May 2016 | No Comments]
Maker Faire is a combination of both low tech and high-tech. Pictured here, a programmable miniature game system was available for purchase.

SAN MATEO, CALIF – From May 20 to May 22, the San Mateo Event Center became a temporary Mecca for makers: nerds, builders, hackers and geeks alike.

For the price of admission, visitors get to experience everything from fire-breathing metal dragons, to drone racing and video games. This is not a faire to be watched from afar, as nearly every exhibit is interactive; attendees are just as much a part of the faire as the exhibitors.

[By Tim Jue | 16 May 2016 | No Comments]
A Norwegian Air Shuttle cabin crew member serves guests in the premium economy cabin.

OAKLAND, CALIF. — Norwegian Air Shuttle understands very well who flies on its airplanes.

The low-cost long-haul carrier has made inroads in the United States with its rock-bottom fares and a la carte pricing that’s marketed towards budget conscious leisure travelers.

[By Tim Jue | 16 May 2016 | One Comment]
Oakland Airport Director Bryant L. Francis (left) helps cut the ribbon on the airport's newest international non-stop flight to Europe.

OAKLAND, CALIF. — The launch for Norwegian Air Shuttle’s latest flight from Europe to North America came with a message from the company aimed directly at budget-conscious fliers and the airline industry: we’re not done expanding.

The low-cost international carrier began serving Oakland, California from London’s Gatwick Airport May 12.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.