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2014 DOT Data Reveals Positive Trends in Pet Air Travel

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

According to recent government data, pet air travel is growing safer.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released its February 2015 Air Travel Consumer Report, which presents the DOT's overview of air travel data from last year and leads to an encouraging conclusion: of the approximately 2 million animals who traveled by air in 2014, there were 17 deaths and 26 injuries -- numbers that reflect a decrease from previous years.

As we've discussed in the past, though tragic pet travel...

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Will Tomorrow's Lufthansa Strike Affect Pet Travel?

Monday, September 15, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Update: The planned pilots' strike for 9/16 has been cancelled. Lufthansa flights should be operating smoothly tomorrow.

Lufthansa pilots are planning an eight hour strike on Tuesday, Sept. 16, however the airline has announced that no cancellations are anticipated and pet flights will still take place. Some intercontinental flights will run earlier or later than originally scheduled, but Lufthansa aims to keep delays and irregularities to a minimum.

The strike is set to run from 2 a.m. to 10...

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British Airways Launches "Paws & Relax TV"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airlines

This month, the in-flight entertainment options on some British Airways flights are about to become pretty cute -- and will hopefully have relaxing effects, too.

Options passengers can choose to watch during long flights on the Paws & Relax channel will include "Simon's Cat" (an animated feature), "America's Cutest Dog" and "The Secret Life of Cats."

Some studies have shown that images of cute animals can lower people's heart rate and reduces stress levels, so up in the air, where many of us tend...

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Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight: Virgin Atlantic

Thursday, May 26, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

We're wrapping up the last week of our Pet Friendly Airline Series by spotlighting a few airlines we've yet to cover. So far we've looked at Lufthansa, Continental, JetBlue, Delta and KLM, but we thought you'd like to know about Virgin Atlantic, as well.

Virgin Atlantic is a British airline headquartered near London Gatwick Airport, and last year they carried about 5.3 million passengers. They aren't as comprehensive a pet carrier as a few other airlines, but they've come in handy for a...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: A Look at KLM

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Worldwide airline carrier Air France-KLM (also referred to as Royal Dutch Airlines) has a long history of serving customers and functions as one of the top choices for international pet travelers thanks to its pet-friendly policies and on-the-ground amenities that make all the difference.

In the past we've covered the basics (how to book a flight on KLM, "Behind the Scenes at KLM"), but here's another quick overview of what this airline offers to pet travelers.

-KLM has actually been flying with...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: A Look at Delta

Monday, May 23, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

delta cargo logoSo far in our Pet Friendly Airline Series we've spotlighted Lufthansa, JetBlue and Continental. For the final week in the series, we're going to mix things up a little by focusing on a few other high-profile airlines. They just released an announcement regarding summer pet travel, so today we're taking a quick look at Delta Airlines.

Though PetRelocation.com doesn't use Delta and they don't exactly have a clean track record regarding transportation, it's still worth knowing about their...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: Continental Airlines by the Numbers

Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

As pet travel becomes increasingly popular (just check the results of our recent 2011 Summer Pet Travel Survey), it makes sense that businesses of all kinds are stepping up to provide an array of pet-friendly amenities. This trend has also inspired us to take a look at some of the top pet-friendly airlines, and today we continue our examination of Continental.

Continental Airlines has become a popular service provider for pet travelers, as they advertise a more comprehensive menu of offerings...Read More

Pet Friendly Airline Series: Will Continental's Pet Program Work for You?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

airplanePet travel isn't just an afterthought for Continental Airlines. They put forth plenty of effort to ensure that our furry friends are taken care of when flying becomes necessary.

Whether you're prepping for a long-distance move or taking advantage of the fact that you have an easygoing mini-pup who loves to take vacations with you, here are a few facts about Continental that could help you decide if they're the airline for you.

Which animals can travel in the cabin?

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: Flying Pets with Continental

Monday, May 16, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Welcome to the third week of our Pet Friendly Airline Series! School is out (or will be soon) and temperatures are rising, so now is the perfect time to take a look at various travel options you may soon be considering for the summer season.

Whether you're in the planning stages of a big move or counting down the days to your dream vacation, you might be tackling the question of how to fly with your pet. Hopefully our airline overview will help you figure out the best route to take... So far...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: Lufthansa Highlights

Thursday, May 12, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

lufthansa planeWe've been covering Pet Friendly Airlines for the past few days, putting JetBlue and Lufthansa in the spotlight in order to find out more about their pet-friendly amenities.

Here are the highlights from what we've learned about Lufthansa, as well as some tips that will help you book your next pet flight. According to the results of our recent summer pet travel survey, that will probably be a lot of you!

Check back with us next week for more pet airline information, and be sure to share your...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series by the Numbers: Lufthansa's Animal Lounge

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Our Pet Friendly Airline Series continues with more Lufthansa coverage! This airline is one of the largest and busiest in the world, so it's no surprise that they've paid attention to the growing need for pet-friendly amenities.

Lufthansa Airlines offers a one-of-a-kind pet facility called the Lufthansa Animal Lounge. Located in Frankfurt, Germany, this spacious area streamlines the pet import/export process and allows animals a place to take a break and stretch their legs in between flights.

We'v...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: Ask a Lufthansa Expert

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

It's the second week of our Pet Friendly Airline Series, and today we're taking a closer look at Lufthansa Airways. Martin Riecken, the Head of Corporate Communications for Lufthansa, answered a few basic questions about the airline's pet-friendly options and offers some advice for pet travelers.

How does Lufthansa's pet program work?

Lufthansa transports pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircraft depending on their weight and their size. In addition, Lufthansa’s...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: An Introduction to Lufthansa

Monday, May 9, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Welcome to week two of our Pet Friendly Airline Series! Last week we covered JetBlue's pet-friendly features, and this week we're turning our attention to Lufthansa, one of the world's busiest airlines and a frequent choice for pet travelers.
 
This Germany-based airline flies more passengers than any other airline in Europe and has put much effort into accommodating the needs of pet owners. Lufthansa flies pets in the cabin and cargo hold of its passenger planes, and they also have a separate...

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Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight: 10 Things We've Learned about JetBlue's JetPaws program

Thursday, May 5, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

To get our May Pet Friendly Airline Series going, we took a look at JetBlue's pet-friendly services this week. This airline doesn't just tolerate pets of a certain size, they welcome them, making travel a much more enjoyable experience for scores of people.

If you're thinking of flying with your pet anytime soon, here's a quick re-cap of what we've learned about JetBlue.

10 Things We've Learned about JetBlue Airways

-JetBlue has been flying pets since 2000, and they offer a host of travel...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: JetBlue Honors its Most-Traveled Pet and Announces a Pet Photo Twitter Contest

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

It's a lucky coincidence that the week we decided to cover JetBlue's pet-friendly services is the same week they're making a big announcement!

May is National Pet Awareness Month, and JetBlue is celebrating pets and their owners by holding a contest that will raise funds for charity. All this month, for every pet picture that's uploaded to Twitter using the hashtag #JetPaws, JetBlue will donate $2 to the Millan Foundation.

The Millan Foundation was established in 2007 by Caesar Millan and works to...

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Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight: JetBlue's JetPaws Program

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

As we announced yesterday, during the month of May we'll be featuring a series of Pet Friendly Airline Spotlights in preparation for vacation season. We know that many of you will be traveling with pets this summer, so it's the perfect time to examine some pet-friendly airlines and the services they offer.

jetBlue logoThis week we're turning the spotlight on JetBlue Airways, who has put some effort into establishing a pet program called JetPaws. JetBlue transports pets in the cabin only (so larger pets will...Read More

Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight Kicks Off with a Look at JetBlue Airways

Monday, May 2, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

In preparation for what's sure to be a busy summer for many pet travelers, PetRelocation.com is kicking off a month of coverage aimed to help everyone who will be taking to the skies with their furry friends!

We've previously discussed the pet-friendly airport scene, but of course it's helpful to examine the airlines, as well. Traveling can be overwhelming due to all the big decisions that need to be made, and it's no surprise that airlines have realized how important it is to meet the needs of...Read More