Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pet Airways

A few months ago, I was watching the news and learned about a company called Pet Airways. It was a company founded by a couple who wanted to have their pet Zoe, a Jack Russell terrier fly on a plane being in the cabin and not the cargo department. Zoe, was the type of dog that was too big to fit under the seat. From that idea, Pet Airways came to be.

It is an airline exclusively to fly pets (usually cats and dogs). They fly to five destinations in the U.S.

  • Chicago

  • Denver

  • Los Angeles

  • New York (Republic Airport)

  • Washington D.C.

Their planes are Beech 1900 propeller planes that have been specially adjusted to store pets in their pet carriers. Each plane will carry up to 19 pets. The company takes pride in giving great customer service. Every destination has a pet lounge for their "pawsengers". One of the best things is the airline provides free pet carriers for your pets. They account for pets of every size in the plane so if you have a larger pet, they will keep a spot open.

To book a successful trip for your pet on this airline, it's best to do it in advance. Pet Airways designates certain days for travel to and from the destination you are going to. For example, I did a mock reservation from Chicago to New York. I needed to have my pet depart on a Friday and return on a Tuesday. Also, you may have to wait a while until you pick your pet from the airport. For example, if that mock reservation I did was real, I would have to had dropped my dog off by 9:00 a.m. and pick her up at no earlier than 7:15 p.m. in New York. From what I gathered on the website, they factor potty breaks, eating, and the fact that they do not fly between midnight and dawn because they want their staff to get adequate rest to be in the best shape for your pets.

You are required to have a certificate of health from your vets stating that your pet has its shots up to date. Ir can't be more than 14 days old. They will let you exchange as long as it is 7 days or longer before you were set to leave. Prices start at $149 RT. It's important to remember that just like regular flights, these flights can be delayed if the weather is not agreeing.

Their website is definitely customer oriented. They have an option for humans to book their flights separately through alternate carriers. Also, they have a special customer club that one can join for $29.99/year membership and even offer a pet store online. If you would like to learn more about this company visit Pet Airways Website

Thank you all for stopping in. If any of you guys have tried this airline, I would love to hear how your experience was. I hope you all have a great week. :)

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