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New Pet Airline – Airline Just For Pets Takes Off

Two Florida pet owners have started their own pet-only airline after experiencing difficulty traveling with their own pets via major carriers.

New Airline Just For Pets Takes OffAccording to the American Animal Hospital Association, approximately 76 million cats and dogs travel with their owners each year, but relatively few travel by air. Many airlines allow small pets to travel with their owners, stowed under the seat, but most airlines will only accept one or two pets per flight. Pets that are too big to fit under the seat are relegated to cargo. Recently, several airlines have announced they will no longer accept pets on board their aircraft at all. In addition, airlines that do accept pets as cargo will not accept them when outside temperatures are below 45 degrees or above 85 degrees, or in other words, during the most popular winter holiday or summer vacation months.

A study by the San Francisco SPCA, found that of the two million animals transported in the cargo holds of commercial airliners per year, approximately 5,000 are injured in transit. And according to the Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), “virtually every major airline has been cited and fined for repeatedly mishandling animals”.

Starting on July 14th 2009, Pet Airways will initially server New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles, but has plans to expand nationwide with pet-friendly check-in lounges across the nation. Pet owners can make reservations online and can track their pet’s progress online.

According to Dan Wiesel, President/CEO of Pet Airways, “Currently, most pets traveling by air are transported in the cargo hold and are handled as baggage. The experience is frightening to the pets, and 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. From the moment a pet is dropped off at a Pet Lounge, the pet is always under the care of trained Pet Attendants. Monitored by Pet Attendants, pets will fly in planes that are fully-lit, climate-controlled and have the proper level of fresh air circulation that pets require.”

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April 24, 2009 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Pet Travel, responsible pet ownership, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Jet Blue Introduces JetPaws Program

Dear Pet Parents,

Jet Blue is introducing JetPaws, JetBlue’s exclusive program designed to provide pets and their owners the tips and tools they need for a smooth trip from start to finish.  They are committed to each and every customer-including the four-legged ones.  There’s no charge and the program provides:

TrueBlue® points – TrueBlue points each way when traveling with your pet.

Pet carrier bag tag – a bag tag will be attached to every pet carrier at check in to let everyone know your pet is ready to jet.

Travel Petiquette™ – a handy list of JetBlue’s social graces of pet travel.

JetPaws welcome email – once you book your pet, you will receive a welcome email with useful information such as next steps, Petiquette and travel tips.

Free Pet Travel Guide – a useful, downloadable e-booklet featuring:
The ins and outs of jetting with your pet from the moment you book your flight to your arrival at your final destination.

Travel Petiquette

Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants and parks plus animal hospitals in some of JetBlue’s major cities

JetPaws is also Running a Pet look-Alike Contest

Are you and your pet two of a kind? Submit a photo for a chance to win a JetBlue Getaways vacation package!

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December 23, 2008 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Just One More Pet, On The Lighter Side, Pet Events, Pet Travel, Success Stories, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments