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BUSINESS | News in Brief:

Jet Airways to Start Service from San Francisco | SONY: Blu-Ray Release | METLIFE: Celebrating 140 Years | Career Event

Jet Airways to Start Service from San Francisco

Jet Airways, India's leading airline, will commence daily service from San Francisco International Airport to Shanghai and India May 5, it was announced by founder and chairman of Jet Airways, Naresh Goyal, according to a Jet Airways press release.

With this launch, Jet Airways becomes the first Indian airline to fly from San Francisco to Mumbai and only the second airline worldwide to fly nonstop from San Francisco to Shanghai, the release added.  The flight from San Francisco International Airport will also be the airline's fourth daily North American departure to India, following new launches of service from New York's JFK and Newark airports, and Toronto Pearson International Airport, within the past year.

"With the introduction of this new transpacific route to India aboard Jet Airways," said Goyal, "we continue our airline's unprecedented expansion throughout North America.  I am immensely proud of our team's accomplishments of launching four new long-haul routes in less than a year."

The new Jet Airways transpacific flights aboard Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will offer luxury, privacy and comfort in the air, including First Class suites with the world's longest airline beds, private closets, dining tables for two, and 23" flat-screens. Première (business) class pods offer comfortable Business Class seats in the sky that convert to 73"-long totally flat beds. Leg-room in Economy is more generous than the norm - and passengers in all three classes have access to the state-of-the-art Panasonic eX2 entertainment system, complete with 200+ movies, games and endless music choices - heard through Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

Naresh Goyal's vision is that by 2010 the airline he founded in 1993 will be rated among the top five airlines in the world. "Having changed the way people fly in India, we are now taking to the world our very own brand of service and style that bespeaks the spirit of New India."

For more information, visit: www.jetairways.com.


SONY: Blu-Ray Release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Bollywood love story Saawariya on DVD and Blu-Ray High-Def May 6, according to a Sony press release. The musical from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Black, Devdas, Khamoshi), starring Salman Khan (Om Shanti Om) will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.96 DVD $38.96 (Blu-ray) including a making-of featurette and footage from the theatrical premiere.

Saawariya is a story of two young star-crossed lovers whose passions take them to the brink of self-destruction. Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story “White Nights,” the tale centers on two lonely souls awaiting true love. Raj (Ranbir Kapoor), a free-spirited artist, idealist and dreamer, feels at home in the world when he arrives in a quaint, picturesque town. When he meets Sakina (Sonam Kapoor), a somber, shy and enigmatic girl desperately awaiting the return of her past love, he is instantly enamored. As a
tumultuous romance blossoms between Raj and Sakina, they are faced with tests of faith and commitment. Sakina battles her newfound feelings for a man that is not her betrothed, and Raj must decide if he loves Sakina enough to set her free. Above all, their story is a testament to the power of unconditional love and the delicate nature of the heart.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. SPE is a division of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries.


METLIFE: Celebrating 140 Years

MetLife, the largest U.S. life insurer and leading provider of employee benefits, March 24 celebrated 140 years of delivering on its promises and long-term guarantees for millions of customers spanning several generations, according to a company press release.

The company, with more than 70 million customers around the world and operations throughout the United States and in the Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions, kicked off a series of events to mark its 140th anniversary:

MetLife chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer Rob Henrikson, his executive team and Snoopy, ringed the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange March 25.

The landmark historic clock tower at One Madison Avenue in New York City was illuminated in MetLife blue from March 24 to March 28. The tower is seen as a harbinger of national events and celebrations as its palette of colors change for important national occasions and events.

In honor of 140 years in the city in which it was founded, MetLife is making a major contribution to New Yorkers for Parks. The gift will enable the “Daffodil Project” to provide 140,000 daffodil bulbs — the official flower of the city — to be planted in 1,400 acres of New York City parks and open space. MetLife’s partnership in the “Daffodil Project” will help strengthen the efforts of community volunteers and demonstrates the company’s dedication to initiatives that improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike, the release added.

“MetLife has had the privilege of touching millions of lives since the company first opened its doors on lower Broadway in 1868, and we are proud to celebrate 140 years,” said Henrikson.

“We have helped countless individuals and institutions build and protect their most valuable assets. Our storied history, financial strength and broad industry leadership position us extremely well now and in the future,” said Henrikson.

For more information, visit www.metlife.com.


Career Event

Asian Diversity, Inc., a career resource that specializes in connecting Asian American professionals to multinational corporations and government agencies, is holding its Seventh Annual Asian Diversity Career Expo at Madison Square Garden in New York City May 2, according to a press release. The event is held every May to celebrate Asian Heritage month and support the professional development of Asians and Asian Americans in today's growing global workforce.

Last year, over 5,000 job seekers of Asian descent attended the Career Expo along with 101 exhibitors from top Fortune 500 companies, federal, state and local government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Carolyn Cummings Altemus, national director of diversity & executive recruiting at Boy Scouts of America says, “The Asian Diversity Career Expo was awesome! The guidance, service and support from the staff were outstanding they were accommodating and superior in customer service prior to as well as at the conference highly recommend participation in this event if your company or organization is serious about diversifying their talent pool. Working with Asian Diversity Inc. is an honor and a pleasure."

This year's conference and career expo is expected to be bigger and better than ever with over 100 exhibitors and 5,000 attendees expected.

"I am thrilled to bring this event back to New York City and continue to provide a vehicle for corporate America to outreach to Asian American professionals," says ADI's founder and president, Jino Ahn. "There are countless job fairs designed to recruit African Americans and Latino Americans in this country, but this is the only event of this magnitude that provides a forum for Asian American professionals to meet corporate recruiters who are specifically seeking them as part of their diverse workforce."

For more information and to register, visit: www.AsianLife.com.



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