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California, Here We Come: Jet Airways at SFO

Jet Airways officially became the first Indian airline to operate the Mumbai-San Francisco route.
A Siliconeer report.



(Above): The inaugural Jet Airways flight docks at the San Francisco International Airport, Jun 14. [Som Sharma/Digital iVision photo]

Jet Airways officially became the first Indian airline to operate the Mumbai-San Francisco route June 14 with the arrival of a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai (via Shanghai) at San Francisco International Airport. In addition, Jet Airways is now also only the second international airline to fly nonstop from Shanghai to San Francisco.

At touchdown at 6:15 p.m. at San Francisco, the Jet Airways’ Boeing 777-ER was greeted with the traditional water-cannon salute, while inside the terminal, Jet Airways executives and assembled news media celebrated the inaugural flight arrival with ribbon-cutting, cake and champagne.

At 8:45 p.m., a fully booked Jet Airways flight departed San Francisco for Mumbai.

Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 84 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 9 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 54 classic and next generation Boeing 737-400/700/800/900 aircraft and 11 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 4.3 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Jet Airways operates over 385 flights daily.

Flights to 60 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including the New York area (both JFK and Newark), San Francisco, Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha and Abu Dhabi. The airline plans to extend its international operations to other cities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia in phases with the introduction of additional wide-body aircraft into its fleet.

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COVER STORY
The Obama Revolution:
A New Era in U.S. Politics

The nomination of Sen. Barack Obama for the U.S.presidential elections marks a profound political revolution and South Asians should get on the bandwagon, writes Partha Banerjee.


CULTURE
Ode to a Titan: Faizan-e-Faiz
Urdu enthusiasts gathered to honor the greatest Urdu poet after Ghalib, writes Ras H. Siddiqui.


THEATRE
Our Gods on Earth:
A Rationalist’s Dilemma

When reason gets short shrift in the frenzy over spiritual leaders, what is a rationalist with a scientific temper to do? Sujit Saraf writes about how he chose to write a play.



ENTERTAINMENT
IIFA Awards 2008
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay



AUTO NEWS
Honda FCX Clarity:
Next Generation Vehicle

Honda’s next-generation, hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle’s only emission is water, and its fuel efficiency is three times that of a modern gasoline-powered automobile. A Siliconeer report.



TRAVEL
A Trip to Hong Kong: Travels in Cathay

OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Obama and South Asians
NEWS DIARY: June
SUBCONTINENT: India’s Bio-fuel Option?
COMMUNITY: iForum Meet
COMMUNITY: AAPIO Doctors Celebrate
CONCERT: Indian Ocean Live
BUSINESS: BioPharma in India
AIR TRAVEL: Jet Airways at SFO
MUSIC: An Evening of Ghazals
RECIPE: Makhan Malai Paneer
BOLLYWOOD: Film: Sarkar Raj
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL CINEMA: Pidichirukku
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
COMMUNITY: Gujarat Day
INFOTECH INDIA: Round-up
HOROSCOPE: July

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