Flying between airports within the vicinity of five major cities (New York, DC, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles) with one-way fares from $149, the airline focuses on making flying paw-friendly. Perks include: a Pet Lounge in every airport; monitored bathroom breaks before, during, and after flights; pet checks every 15 minutes in-flight; and even a PAWS Lodge at the airport if you can’t pick your pet up that day.
Accommodating animal needs means a bit of inconvenience for pet owners, however. Pet Airway flights run longer than those of their people-passenger counterparts. A trans-continental flight, for example, from New York to Los Angeles would include an overnight stop in Chicago, where pets can potty, play, eat, and get a good night’s sleep. The airline also operates out of smaller regional airports – think Republic Airport in Farmingdale, NY, instead of New York City’s JFK.
While some business analysts speculate on the sustainability of such a target-specific company during times of recession, Pet Airways seems to be proving that animal love is abundant: the airline’s already fully booked through the next 2 months, the website crashed soon after launch because of the flood of viewers, and even ever-critical Rush Limbaugh sends his huzzahs.
So tell us, pet owners – are you ready to throw Pet Airways a bone?