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Pet Airways Lands in Texas

Great news for Texas pet owners and anyone considering a pet friendly trip to the Lone Star State – this summer Pet Airways will begin serving airports in Austin, Dallas and Houston.

Pet Airways CabinPet Airways is the only airline designed exclusively for the transportation of pets. (Yes, that means you’ll have to get your own flight.) Their fleet of planes has been converted to accommodate pet carriers in the climate-controlled cabins of the aircraft. This allows Pet Airways to safely fly pets banned from other airlines, like bull dogs, Persian cats, and pugs, due to respiratory difficulties they can experience when flown in cargo. In addition to dogs and cats, Pet Airways also welcomes small pets like rats and Guinea pigs on their flights. They even have trained pet attendants on each flight to monitor the comfort of their “pawsengers.”

The airline launched flight operations in 2009 and currently serves Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York, Omaha, Phoenix, and will soon be flying to Orlando.

Luckily for us, Buster and Ty still prefer the “John Madden” style of pet travel to jetting around the country. However, if we did need to get the dogs somewhere quickly (to New York for a last minute appearance on Good Morning America, for example :-)) I’d only fly them on Pet Airways. They are both too big to fly in the cabin on any other airline, and I’d never risk their lives in cargo – even for Good Morning America!

For more information on Pet Airways, please visit their website.

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  • Hi Y’all,

    I’ve looked into them before. I’m glad to see they are still around and increasing destinations. So far I’m sticking to the 4 wheels on the ground mode of transportation.

    Y’all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • Peggy Frezon says:

    Pet airlines sounds like the only sensible way to fly a pet. I can’t imagine flying my pet in the cargo hold. But I’m sure pet parents would love an airline where they can fly with their pets. What is pet airways reasoning for not combining the crates in the cabin along one side, and passenger space along another? I’m sure pet parents would be willing to put up with barking, or whatever inconvenience there may be….

    • I’m not sure, Peggy, if it has to do with liability or if that’s just not their business model. I agree that I would be more comfortable (as would Buster and Ty, I think) if Rod and I were at least on the same plane. And I think you’re right – it wouldn’t matter to me if there were some inconveniences – I’d still prefer to fly with the boys.

  • db says:

    My dogs would be anxious without me but would be my choice short of renting my own plane! Great idea would be if they had a few people seats—then it would be my favorite airline ever. Talk about great security!

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