Upscale econo-airline JetBlue now serving San Francisco International Airport

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Photos by John Han
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The first flight into San Francisco by JetBlue, touted as the most upscale econo-airline in America, landed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) yesterday to the strains of a crooner named Bennet and an arching water cannon salute.

Airport officials and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom greeted passengers.

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Four flights daily from SFO to New York are offered at one-way fare of $164 through June 13, when fares become $189. The company aims at repeat business from those who fly frequently through comfort and attentive staff.

Phillip Pastor was the first JetBlue passenger off the airline to set foot in SFO. Pastor flew JetBlue for his firs time on recommendation of a friend. Native New York Pastor flies on average twice a month, he told the Sentinel.

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Phillip Pastor

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First time user Phillip Pastor reports, “I thought it was a fantastic plane. It was very smooth and it was very comfortable. The flight crew were great but it was actually the smoothest plan I’ve ever been on and I fly quite a bit.”

Passenger legroom is from 32-inches to 34-inches depending on flight and all seats are leather with seatback for every passenger offering satellite movies and television.

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Richard Garbarino, Mayor of South San Francisco seen at right, joins San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, left, with gentlemen preferring expansive leg room

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