Pet Airways of Delray Beach, Florida, recently launched the first pet-only airline with flights taking off on July 14, 2009. Their mission is to make pet travel experience more comfortable and enjoyable for both ”pawsengers” and their human families.

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.”

The pets will be under the care of trained Pet Attendants and fly in the main cabin that is fully-lit and climate-controlled. They will be boarded and de-boarded from planes as quickly as possible and never left in the cold or heat. Depending on transit time, toilet facilities, food and water will offered during stops.

Owners can book pet travel on the web and track their pet’s travel progress. Initially Pet Airways will serve New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. They plan to expand nationwide with easily accessible pet check-on lounges to serve its pawsengers.

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. According to the Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), “virtually every major airline has been cited and fined for repeatedly mishandling animals.” As a result of a lack of oxygen and temperature control in the cargo holds, the most common causes of death are suffocation and heat prostration.

When we don’t want to leave our pet in a kennel or with a sitter, Pet Airways offers us an alternative to traveling with our pets. For further information including rates, My Paws Club and pet newsletter go to www.petairways.com/

What do you think of this idea?

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