|by Alison Rohrs||Airfares & Flying, Airlines, Pet-Friendly||17|
Airline service appears to be going to the dogs—and cats. Pet Airways has recently debuted as America's first "pet-only" airline, with cats and dogs as the sole passengers.
The company aims to alleviate the worries of travelers who have to transport their pets in the cargo hold, where animals risk dangerously high or low temperatures and poor ventilation. With Pet Airways, the cats and dogs will relax in a "Pet Lounge" at the terminal and ride in a carrier-lined cabin during the flight. An attendant will check on each animal every 15 minutes and see to regular potty breaks.
The pint-sized planes—also adorable—are two-propeller passenger aircraft with the seats removed. Aside from the crew, no humans are allowed on board, but owners can watch their pets' travel progress online.
Introductory fares start from $150 per pooch, but expect average prices at about $250 each way, which seem a bit high to fill regular flights. Flights will supposedly be on Tuesdays, with the first departure planned for July, with service connecting Delray Beach, Fla. with L.A., Denver, Chicago, New York, and D.C. (We're a bit skeptical, though.)
The company hopes to expand to 25 cities in the next few years. The owners say every dog has its day…