How funny that I just posted last week about Southwest’s new “pet friendly” policy, and one of the comments was to the effect of how nice it would be to have an airline where all the pets were welcome in the cabin.
Ask, and ye shall receive! Voila- Pet Airways!
Their prices seem pretty inexpensive to me (in the mid $100 range each way), especially considering the alternatives. Flying a pet in cargo certainly isn’t cheap, nor is hiring someone to drive your pet if you cannot yourself. It looks like the pets go in a twin turboprop and hop across the nation in shorter segments. There are no pictures of the cabin on the website, but the YouTube video shows a stack of carriers restrained within the cabin much like a row of kennels.
The number one thing this has going for it, in my opinion, is the presence of an attendant to monitor the pets during flight, as well as what I would assume is better tracking than your typical pet cargo route. The most dangerous moments for a pet in the air are the times on the ground, ironically enough, when pets are on the tarmac.
I would love to hear from someone who has any experience with this airline, or any airline, actually, for comparison. The last time I personally flew with a pet was in 1983, so my personal anecdotes on the topic are a little sparse. That being said, this is definitely something I would consider should I need to get a pet across country, especially with a pet too large to go in a commercial cabin. If you had, say, a 40 pound English bulldog with a compromised airway, this would be WELL worth the money.
I just looked at their endorsements- what the heck, Pet Airways? All your endorsements come from men. Who, I wonder, is most likely to spring for this kind of thing? If you want to convince people to open their pockets for such a luxe experience, I recommend a few glamorous female endorsements- maybe a celebrity or two, or an- ahem- female veterinarian. I’m just saying.