PetAirways:  A Word of Caution

Yesterday I wrote a piece that appeared on Huffington Post about why the new pet airline, PetAirways, may not fly in the long run.

PetAirways doesn’t belong to IPATA yet. And, since they are not operating a cargo charter, they won’t be subject to the Department of Transportation incident reporting for live animals. Because of this, it will be hard for consumers to know exactly what happens after the cargo doors close. Without these statistics, and reliable service conditions, pet owners might find that with this new niche airline, the proof ultimately is in the puppy chow.

There are certainly some concerns with a new, inexperienced company that is going to put flying large amounts of pets at a time and how that will affect their safety.

The Baltimore Sun also mentioned these concerns over PetAirways safety factors in their piece, Not Flying High Over PetAirways:

Farris goes on to point out that the airline’s profit depends on moving as many pets as possible. She implies that the company’s budget approach make some nervous that corners could be cut when it comes to safety. And she said it could be hard to prove since the airline is not a member of the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association.

We look forward to seeing how PetAirways works out.  No word from yesterdays flights has made it to us yet, but we’ll keep you posted.


PetRelocation Team





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By on July 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Originally I read that they were going to be operating 20 planes but understand that they are only operating five at this time. They do have an in flight attendent but it will be interesting to see how they fare.

Ark Lady


By on July 15, 2009 at 11:06 am

I would be more interested in an airline that has pets fly with their persons in the cabin - and not just the itty bitty ones that fit in under the seat.  AND, allows for several on a flight, rather than just one or two. 


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