Pet Airways to Offer Pet-only Flights

Tue, Apr 28, 2009

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Air travel (or any travel for that matter) can be very traumatic for cats. If they are under the 15 lb. weight limit and can fit in a carrier under the seat, at least they can be near you, but those are awfully cramped quarters for a long plane ride. And worse yet, if they are over 15 lbs. they may be forced to travel in cargo, something I would never want to have to do. Well, now there’s another option. Pet Airways is a new pet-only airline launching this summer offering flights to select major U.S. cities.

The travel experience sounds ideal: drop off your pet at a special “pet lounge” before your flight. Pets are loaded into individual, secure pet carriers and placed in the lighted and climate-controlled cabin on a special plane that carries up to 50 pets. Pet attendants are with your pet the entire time — while they wait in the lounge and in the cabin on the plane. At the end of the flight, pets are transferred to another lounge where you pick them up. Attendants remain with your pet until you arrive, even if your flight is delayed.

The service will be offered between New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and Washington D.C. at first and will expand to other cities. The cost is just $149 for a one-way flight for your pet, about equivalent to the cost of taking your pet on a regular flight. I wonder if they will offer a discount for multi-cat travel?

Get more information at www.petairways.com

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16 Responses to “Pet Airways to Offer Pet-only Flights”

  1. 1
    Karen

    Whoa, this is cool! I don’t have plans to move cross-country in the near future, but I’m filing this away in my head just in case.

    I wouldn’t ever want to risk sending my 15+ lb. kitties in cargo, so it’s a relief that a service like this exists.

  2. 2
    Cooper

    You’ll never catch ME on a plane. I live eight paws off the ground and I like it that way. I jump up high when I want to, on my terms, but never THAT high. And then there’s the issue of who’s flying? They say its pets only, right? So… what if a dog is the pilot? I don’t want to be told to sit quiet in coach while a Weimaraner is in the cockpit livin’ large. They’re the prettiest dog I ever saw, and they’re mild mannered and never chew on me. But have you ever seen them drink? They drink like a horse. All I’m saying is that drinking doesn’t mix with the cockpit. You want to hear what’s more terrifying than a dog as pilot? Say we’re all being flown by a rabbit or a gerbil! Nothing against them but with those little feet, I just don’t see how they can reach the pedals? Nah, I’m not going up there. I can live without seeing Paris.

  3. 3
    Diana

    This is perfect! Odds are very good that I’ll be relocating from NY to TX in a little while, and w/5 kitties to move, I really only had the option to ship them as cargo, and the cost was over $400 each. Maybe I can convince them to launch a TX route quickly…

    If anyone knows of a better option for me, PLEASE e-mail me: diana_aversa@yahoo.com. Thanks!

  4. 4
    Liz and Cassie

    Wonderful! Now I know the world is heading in the right direction….I am forwarding this info to all my human-owing, jet-setting, world-travelling petfriends.

  5. 5
    Clarice

    On flights overseas pets regardless of weight have to go in the cargo area. Also, there are restrictions upon arrival back in the US. How about a section here on best ways to travel with your moderncat? Or cat-friendly boarding? Thanks!

  6. 6
    barbara

    I don’t currently have travel plans, but I almost *want* to travel with my tom, just to support their busineess! We’re hoping to move in a few years, and I pray Pet Airways is still around.

  7. 7
    Diane

    What a great idea! I have rabbits, as well as one cat, and when we moved cross country the drive was unbelievably stressful for them. They stopped eating after the first two travel days, which in rabbits can be quickly fatal.

    I had wanted to fly them out, but not as cargo, and couldn’t find a single airline that would let me take them in the cabin, which I understood. At the time I thought, “Why isn’t there an air service for people who want to fly their animals safely?”

  8. 8
    Linda

    looks good, but you said that they can take up to 50 pets on the board. The website talks about 19 pets;-)
    in case of 50 pets…how many flight attendants are going to be there? i mean if every dog has to potty before and after the flight, how is that going to work?and they say that the flight attendant stays with a pet until you pick it up? is every pet going to get that attention?
    As for 19 pets…that is better…

    I would still prefer to fly with a pet and to have it next to me. Like to get 2 seats or to have the space inbetween the seat rows so big, that many kennel sizes could fit there and your pet can be with you.
    Or to have one seat for yourself and the seat next wouldn’t be there, so you can put the kennel there.And again travel with your pet of any size.

    Also, the 149$ is only an introductory price. So…But still, it is a good price for NY-LA flight.

  9. 9
    moderncat

    @Linda I believe the plane holds 19 human passengers when the seats are in it, but when the seats are removed it can hold 50 pets. Good point you make, that is a lot of pottying.

  10. 10
    jmuhj

    Having had to airlift cats to sanctuary internationally, I LOVE this concept. One word of advice for any cat travelling by air: ask your caregiver to spray your bedding with Feliway just prior to driving to the airport. (This would obviously be for cats already in their own carriers. If you use the airlines’ carrier, be sure your caregiver sprays it with Feliway prior to flight, too.) It really, really helps calm the nerves and quiet the urge to yowl. ;)

  11. 11
    Skeezix the Cat

    I’ve been following this airline closely cuz on my list of Life’s Goles, I have, “Internashunul Jetsetter.” Thare is a foto on thare website of the setup, and as a cat, in conserns me, cuz I wood be traveling amungst a bunch of dawgs hoo mite be barking and howling thru the hole trip. I’m scairt of dawgs cuz that Lucy dawg down the street gits loose all the time and once chased owr geezer cat Rocky into owr pool. Dawgs make me nerviss. Maybe the airlines is okay fur cats hoo live with dawgs, but for me, I think I’d rather sit under the Food Lady’s airline seet and skip the barking and slobbering.

  12. 12
    edyta szyszlo photo

    genius idea! and not uber expensive either!

  13. 13
    Annette Pecora

    Would like to know how to apply for position as a “pet attendent”

  14. 14
    Steve Stevenson

    I just wanted to say how I liked this! I was goofing off on Yahoo when I found this website. After spending some time on this weblog I’ve come up with some great ideas for my site. I just thought I’d let you in on it


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