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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 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.

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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.