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All that stuff you've been putting off with the excuse "when pigs fly" now has to happen, as a pig has literally flown, albeit onboard an airplane ready and waiting for him and his special swine needs.
The airline that flew "Bosley" from Florida to New York in order to join a farm out in the Hamptons is, of course, Pet Airways and they're quite proud to be the first airline to offer white glove airline service to piggies.
And here we thought Pet Airways pretty much just stuck to dogs and cats, but no:
[Bosley's] journey is possible thanks to Pet Airways, the only airline that flies pets in the main cabin of the plane, not in cargo. The airline has flown over 7,000 dogs and cats since launching in 2009. Other Pawsengers™ have included birds, rats, and even a hermit crab—but Bosley will be the first pig to fly the pet-friendly skies.
OMG. A flying Hermit Crab! That's something we would have liked to seea little crab all curled up in a little travel cage ready for the little airplane to come whisk its pampered, shell-covered butt to warmer climes. Maybe next time Pet Airways will fly a flamingo? We can only hope.
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As Jay Leno continues to steal air time from Conan (yeawe're still bitter about that whole thing), he's taken to making fun of the TSA like any good, red-blooded comedian. However, late last week he turned his "c'mon is this real" criticism on the very real Pet Airways.
The sketch is brief. Jay rolls the original Pet Airways commercial, complete with the bits about pets flying in the cabin and being cared for from start to finish, but then he adds his own little bit. We won't spoil the surprise for you, but we will say that it's a crappy piece of CGI.
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Please excuse our recent Hipmunk obsession, but when there's a cute little critter that specializes in some of the awesomest thingsnamely booking flights and hotelsand they throw in infographics, then we're addicted.
The newest Hipmunk fun regards a travel sector we don't hear enough about: pet travel. Shaun Sanders of Hipmunk lends his skillz to the full report, which you can view here. Amongst other facts, we learned that 14-18% of US adults have traveled with a pet in the last 3 years, with nearly 500,000 pets flying the skies each year.
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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
· Air France:
Apparently Air France wasn’t too embarrassed about playing airline bumper cars on the tarmac at JFK earlier this week, as now they’re sending the big bird to San Francisco. It’s a limited run, so you better book your tickets soon if you’re thinking about heading to Paris this summer. The CDG to SFO options will begin on June 6 and will run through September 4. Lufthansa already announced that they will be sending one of their A380s to the west coast this summer too, so expect a very crowded airport—and line for US Customs!
· Pet Airways:
If you need a way to bring Fido on vacation with you this summer, look no further than Pet Airways. The airline that only transports puppies and kitties has been doing its thing for quite some time, but business must be pretty good, as they’re starting up service to three new cities. Texas is the big winner, as Houston, Austin, and Dallas will now all be available for those looking to fly across the country. The flights will begin this summer, and the airline is planning to take reservations at some point this spring.
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Yesterday was National Pet Travel Safety Day—sorry we forgot to wish you a happy one. To celebrate the big day, organizers want us all to remember the importance of safely traveling with our puppies and kitties. That means not letting them hang their heads out the car window or being careful when we choose to fly with them.
Sure it might be a slightly fluffy holiday—we’re pretty sure even Hallmark doesn’t have cards for it yet—it did remind us to see what's going on with Pet Airways. The first airline with four leg room—their joke not ours—had a pretty good 2010. They’re now regularly flying back and forth between each coast twice a week.
We were all excited when Pet Airways finally took flight earlier this year, but since then, things have been pretty quiet. The airline has just been doing its thing, and business must be strong, as they’ve announced a new stop for furry friends just in time for the holidays. There will be a new weekly route to Ft. Lauderdale starting on December 22. This means sending Fido and Whiskers down to the Sunshine State for the winter won’t be a problem at all.
In addition to expanding their operations, the airline has been doing some charity work as well. After all, nothing warms the spirit more than pets being rescued during the holiday season. The airline whisked about 50 dogs from puppy mills in Missouri and brought them to New York in hopes of helping them find some new homes. The mission took place on Thanksgiving and was called “Operation Thanksgiving Day Flight to Freedom.” Aww, how nice.
When we first heard of Pet Airways we honestly thought it was just a prank. We really wanted to believe, but were skeptical that we were being taken for a ride. That’s why we were actually pretty excited once we learned that it was the real deal, and yesterday, pets all over the country finally had their travel dreams come true. The pet only airline launched their first flights from Republic Airport on Long Island.
Although things just started yesterday, the demand for the airline seems to be pretty strong. The airline’s founders said that they’ve been overwhelmed with the public’s response to their new offering, and that flights had already been booked up for the next two months. Maybe it's time for them to add a second plane; for now, they're just starting with one that can hold about 50 four-legged friends.
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Although we've already covered the fact that Pet Airways will be the only new airline launching this month, and actually has planes unlike a certain other airline which will remain nameless (cough-JetAmerica-cough), we haven't considered the eco-impact of such a seemingly frivolous carrier.
And "frivolous" is exactly the stance that green blog Treehugger adopted earlier this week when they covered the airline. In response, Treehugger's readers surprisingly rose up in support of the idea and proved themselves to be not only eco-conscious, but pet-friendly as well.
To cover their bums in this matter, Treehugger has left the decision of whether Pet Airways is worthwhile use of a new airline or not up to a poll, currently being conducted here. "Frivolous" is winning thus far, but we're going to wait until the airline actually gets off the ground before making any judgments.
· Is Pet Airways Un-TreeHugger? [Treehugger]
· UnTreeHugger: Pet Airways [TreeHugger]
· Pet Airways Will Be The Only New Airline Launching This Month [Jaunted]
· Pet Airways Coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Pet Airways]
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The most exciting new airline of the year is Pet Airways, and unlike Jet America, they appear ready to fly starting next week. Suburban Air Freight operates their service, so we’re unsure if the pet planes will be covered in a unique pet-inspired livery, but they're worth looking out for anyway. The planes look like they’ll be Beech or Cessna aircraft, so the propeller noise may disturb Fido and Whiskers’ slumber during their trip.
According to their website, the first flights will start up next week on July 14, with service on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We tried booking a trip for our fictional office dog, and had no problem getting our puppy a seat aboard the airplane from New York to Los Angeles. We were even encouraged to upgrade his carrier size for an extra $50 or $100, and to purchase some insurance. Upsellingthey even sound like a real airline.
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The launch of Pet Airways proves that pet lovers know no downturn in taking care of their furry friends, but even when they leave them behind, they do so in style: A post on the L.A. Times' "California Consumer" blog predicts that based on last year's numbers, Americans will spend more than ever boarding their pets when they're on vacation. That's right, they're still going on vacation for long enough that they can board their pets! While the foreclosed have no homes, pampered pets have two.
So where are all these creature comfort providers going? On Carnival cruises, it seems! The world's biggest cruise company won the second-quarter earnings report by posting a smaller than expected sales loss for the quarter that included the swine-flu scare.
Despite a minor outbreak of H1N1 on one of its South Pacific routes last month, Carnival managed to keep occupancy up by discounting tickets while reaping the advantages of lower fuel costs over last year.
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As all overprotective pet parents know, flying our babies in cargo is a painful decision to make. What if they freeze? What if they get dehydrated? What if they get shipped off to another destination? Will someone sing them lullabyes to help them sleep?
Most vets and animal experts (i.e. pet store owners and the people you meet at dog parks) will tell you that flying your animal in cargo is a bad idea. It stresses the pet out and it's just too risky.
Well, judging from this Pet Airways video, those painful decisions might be over. Pets on Pet Airways fly in the main cabin, not in cargo. There's a dedicated pet flight attendant walking throughout the cabin (every 15 minutes) making sure the pets are happy in their crates and the temperature control is "just right." Your pets can even walk on a red carpet up into the plane!
This all sounds so wonderful but we still worry a little. What if this is just a long-running April Fool's joke? What if Pet Airways is just bluffing about their personal attention to your loved ones? What if, thanks to the economy, the airline will shut down right quick like Skybus?
We won't be the first ones to put our pet on the Pet Airways flight but if things go well, we will seriously consider it. That and a doggie or kitty valium too. For them, not for us. Well...maybe for us too.
· Pet Airways coverage [Jaunted]
We were a little skeptical when we heard about Pet Airways a couple weeks ago. Of course we love kitties and puppies, but it just seemed too good to be true—especially since it’s not really the ideal time to launch a new airline. However, after an update on their Facebook page Friday afternoon, the new airline let everyone know that “pawsengers” can start flying on July 14.