I am so excited to learn about Pet Airways, coming this Spring 2009 with service between California and DC to start and their new website says Seattle is on the list for the near future!
Below is the companies press release:
PET AIRWAYS LAUNCHES WEB SITE WITH MYPAWS CLUB SPECIAL DEALS
Delray Beach, FL – December 1st, 2008
Pet Airways today announced that it will be launching the first pet only airline, specifically designed for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets, with the first flights scheduled for Spring-Summer 2009.
On Pet Airways, pets will travel in the main cabin of specially outfitted aircraft, NOT in cargo. The cabins will be climate and lighting controlled for comfort and safety, and a pet-attendant will always be on-board watching over the pet passengers (“pawsengers”).
A typical Pet Airways’ flight will fly with a capacity of 100 pets, with initial routes from New York to Los Angeles, and back with stops in Washington DC, Chicago and Denver. Pet Airways plans to offer nationwide coverage with easily accessible pet check-in lounges in major metropolitan areas and flights out of more convenient, less congested secondary airports, allowing for easier access and quicker loading and unloading.
A web-enabled reservation system will allow customers to book travel and other services 24 hours a day on-line. In addition, a Customer Care call center will handle phone reservations and inquiries during business hours. Owners will be able to track their pets’ travel online via the Pet Airways proprietary Pawprints Tracking System.
According to Dan Wiesel, CEO of Pet Airways, “Currently, most pets traveling by air in the U.S. are transported in the cargo hold and are handled as baggage. The experience is not only frightening to the pets, but can cause severe emotional and physical harm, even death. This is not what most pet owners want to subject their pets to, but they have had no other choice, until now.”
In advance of the first flights, Pet Airways is offering charter membership in the Pet Airways MyPAWS club which offers members free flights along with substantial discounts on pet supplies from their MyPAWS Pet Store, discounts on pet-friendly hotels, discounts on pet health insurance, discounts and free shipping at our partner 1-800-Petmeds, samples from partners, and other benefits.