Finally, an airline for the discriminating canine traveler takes off. That’s right. Those stuffy cargo days are over for the 76 million jet set pets each year; pets of all sizes are now welcome in the main cabin. The first scheduled airline designed exclusively for pet passengers, Pet Airways (PAWS) welcomes pets aboard its specially equipped cabins by Spring-Summer 2009.

A huge relief for pet people everywhere, the introduction of this much-needed airline will help reduce the number of pets injured, lost (and worse) on airlines and our big dogs now have alternatives. Currently, any pet too big to sleep under the cabin seat must be shipped as cargo (and are likely treated accordingly). And pet cargo travel is not even available when outside temperatures are below 45 or above 85 degrees.

Just imagine – bright, climate-controlled, pressurized cabins staffed by trained pet attendants every step of the way. Potty breaks and fresh food and water at scheduled stops, medications administered for pups that need them, it’s finally here. Your furry “pawsenger” will lounge on board Pet Airways FAA regulated fleet of twenty Falcon 20, Convair 580 and 5800 and B-727-100 aircraft. Initial routes are scheduled from New York to Los Angeles with stops in Washington DC, Chicago and Denver into smaller, less crowded airports for faster boarding. All this for fares starting as low as $150 per pet, based on size and distance traveled.

You can even enroll your dog in the Pet Airways MyPAWS Club for discounts on pet-friendly hotels, pet insurance, medications and even supplies at the PetAirways online store. Become a Platnuim MyPAWS Club member before the end of January for $49.99 and get a free Pet Airways Flight.

With so few airlines opening their cabins to pups on the go, this is tail-wagging news for jet set pets across the map.

The Scoop:

Pet Airways

Pet Airways MyPAWs Club


Thank you to loop_oh on flickr for the photo.