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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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

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

[By Beat News Service | 25 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

The California Highway Patrol and local police agencies reported at least a dozen traffic deaths on Northern California roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday, marking a bloody increase in the number of fatalities during one of the busiest periods for travel each year.

One of the deadliest crashes happened Saturday evening when a 2004 Toyota Prius crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a van on Highway 50 east of Placerville.

[By Beat News Service | 17 Jun 2011 | No Comments]

A United Airlines flight bound for Kansai, Japan returned to San Francisco International Airport Friday evening after a passenger suffered a medical emergency mid-flight.

United Airlines Flight 885 departed SFO shortly before noon when the Boeing 777 made an unexpected U-turn over the Pacific Ocean 2.5 hours into the trip after the passenger fell ill.