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[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.

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[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?

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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 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.

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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.