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[By Tim Jue | 8 May 2015 | No Comments]
San Francisco-based Mindfulness Consultant Mark Coleman (center) brings calm into the airplane alongside British Airways cabin crew on the airline's World Traveller Plus section on its Airbus A380. (PHOTO BY NICK MORRISH/ BRITISH AIRWAYS FOR THE CALIFORNIA BEAT)

In the ever-so-stressful world of airline travel, British Airways has launched a new program to put the minds of its long-haul passengers at ease.

The man to help make it happen: Mark Coleman, a San Francisco-based mindfulness consultant who’s been asked by the airline to provide fliers on its newest Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets with meditation techniques for a relaxed and positive state of mind.

[By Tim Jue | 30 Mar 2015 | No Comments]

In the highly competitive fight to win marketshare on the San Francisco to London route, British Airways may hold a key none of its competitors currently have: the world’s largest passenger jet.

The airline began flying its double-deck Airbus A380 between the two cities Sunday, a move British Airways officials said was done in response to increased travel demand from the booming technology sector in the Bay Area and in Great Britain.

[By Beat News Service | 25 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

The California Highway Patrol and local police agencies reported at least a dozen traffic deaths on Northern California roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday, marking a bloody increase in the number of fatalities during one of the busiest periods for travel each year.

One of the deadliest crashes happened Saturday evening when a 2004 Toyota Prius crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a van on Highway 50 east of Placerville.

[By Beat News Service | 17 Jun 2011 | No Comments]

A United Airlines flight bound for Kansai, Japan returned to San Francisco International Airport Friday evening after a passenger suffered a medical emergency mid-flight.

United Airlines Flight 885 departed SFO shortly before noon when the Boeing 777 made an unexpected U-turn over the Pacific Ocean 2.5 hours into the trip after the passenger fell ill. 

[By Andrew Leonard | 21 May 2011 | No Comments]

American cyclists rolled in Friday to take the top three spots in Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California.

Stage 6, the Individual Time Trial of the Amgen Tour of California came to a finish in the Santa Ynez Valley town of Solveng. Among the top three competitors were Americans Dave Zabriskie, Levi Leipheimer, and Tejay Van Garderen.

[By Beat News Service | 14 May 2011 | No Comments]
COSTUMES GALORE from runners/ partiers during the 99th running of the ING Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco Sunday, May 15, 2010. (Photo by Vanessa Guerra/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

You’d better check to see whether the costume you’re wearing to the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers footrace is waterproof.

A slight chance of rain may greet participants to the venerable San Francisco event Sunday morning, National Weather Service forecasters predict, but runners should avoid the heaviest rain that will drench the city before race time.

[By Beat News Service | 6 May 2011 | No Comments]
Courtesy San Francisco Police Dept.

A piece of artwork — valued at $75,000 and last seen on display at Moscone Center before it was stolen eleven years ago — was recovered this week after San Francisco Police officers conducted an undercover sting operation to arrest the alleged thief.

Police Inspectors apprehended Margarita Andino, 51, of San Francisco and booked her on felonious possession of stolen property.

[By Beat News Service | 5 May 2011 | No Comments]
Courtesy Buckingham Palace

Newly-married Prince William and Kate Middleton — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — will visit California for three days in July, Buckingham Palace confirmed Thursday.

The royal couple will visit to the Golden State for beginning on July 8, the Palace announced.

[By Nikhil Bhatnagar | 29 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
A Ferrari F430 Competes in the 2007 Ferrari Challenge at Infineon Raceway. (Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

This weekend, pure-bred Italian sports cars will take to the track in the Sonoma hills.

Every year Infineon Raceway hosts a segment of the Ferrari Challenge, an international motor racing championship comprised of races held in the United States, Italy and other European countries. It is a single-marque championship, meaning that all cars racing in the series are Ferraris.

[By Steven Luo | 11 Apr 2011 | No Comments]
The departures lobby at SFO's Terminal 2 is visually stunning -- and provides an unusually long walk to the checkin counters for those coming through the center doors. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 is, like many other airport terminals built in recent years, an aesthetic wonder. High ceilings, vast open spaces, ample natural lighting, and artwork combine to create a welcoming environment for travelers — a far cry from the gloomy passenger terminals of old.

But what really sets this terminal, reopening to passengers Thursday after a $383 million renovation project, apart from others is the attention to details — like power outlets and taps to fill water bottles — that the modern traveler will appreciate.