Travelling abroad or in the US can be quite a taxing operation with so many things to organise. For those travelling with pets this can be a lot more problematic. Apart from ensuring that your pet has had the right shots, has up to date health certificates etc, the safety of animals in transit is also a big issue. How it all happened
Pet Airways are leaders in the field of pet comfort and safety during long haul travel. The company was born after the founders, Dan and Alysa Wiesel, kept running into difficulty with airlines when trying to travel with their beloved dog, Zoe. There just seemed to be no suitable way for Zoe to fly with them whenever they wanted to go on vacation. Finally they gave up trying to convince human airlines to transport animals more responsibly and decided to take up the cause themselves. In 2008, Pet Airways was born.
Pet Airways is the first airline that caters exclusively for animals. With the exception of the pilots (obviously, LOL!) and pet attendants onboard, all of the passengers are of the furry variety. The beauty of this airline is that it’s run by pet lovers for pet lovers. Every conceivable occurrence has been thought of to ensure that pets arrive at their destination healthy and happy.
At present, Pet Airways operates domestic flights only and flies to and from the following cities: Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles/Hawthorne, New York, Omaha and Phoenix. If you need help finding reliable international pet shippers, feel free to contact us and we will point you in the right direction.
Pet Airways uses the Beechcroft 1900 as the plane of choice for flying animals around the country. This plane was chosen because of its impeccable safety record. The animals all travel in the main cabin of the plane, NOT in cargo and each pet has their own container. There is a climate-controller on board which ensures that the pets will neither be too hot or cold.
As with traditional flights, tickets are booked online. There are different size seats to accommodate the various frames of animals who may be travelling: your pet can only travel on a given flight if the correct size seat is available. If there isn’t a seat available on the day you want to travel, you can either choose a different day or be put on their waiting list just in case another pet drops out.
Pets are checked every 15 minutes during the flight, or as needed and have regular potty breaks. Everything is done to ensure that they are not distressed at any point during the flight.
As with all niche/boutique enterprises, you must expect to spend a bit more than you would on human airlines. Fares start from $149 per animal per flight, but keep an eye out as they sometimes have sales.
It’s great to finally see the issues of animal safety during flights being addressed in this way. It’s a relief to have the peace of mind that while your pets are out of your sight, they are being looked after by people who love them as much as you do.
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