Pet Airways

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Pet Airways
PetAirways logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2017 (2017)
Fleet size20
Destinations14 (as of April 2011)[1]
Company sloganTravel For Your Best Friend
HeadquartersDelray Beach, Florida
Key peopleDan Wiesel (CEO)
Alysa Binder (CDO)

Pet Airways was an American company headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, that specialized exclusively in air transportation of pets.[2][3] The airline claimed to be the first designed specifically for pets where pets flew in the main cabin, not in cargo.[4] After Pet Airways ceased operations, their parent, PAWS Pet Company Inc., transferred to the pharmaceutical space, and changed their name to Praxsyn Corporation.[5]


When the airline began in 2009, airfare per pet started at $150,[6][7][8] and was based on the pet's size and the distance traveled.[1] The average cost was about $500 per flight, though an individual flight could cost over $1,200 for a large animal.[9] Flights could be booked online.

The pets ("pawsengers", in their terminology) were checked into a pet lounge at each airport at which the airline operated.[6] Owners could track their pets en route via the website.[6] Airline staff gave all pets pre-boarding walks and bathroom breaks. During the flight, the pets were under the care of trained attendants, checked on at least every 15 minutes[1] for the flight's duration.[10]


The company was founded by Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder, who got the idea when planning a trip with their dog.[6][7] The launch of the company was funded by a group of investors.

Operations continued from 2009 to 2011 when operations ceased. By the time operations ceased, over 9,000 pets had been flown.

In February 2012 The New York Times reported that Pet Airways had run into financial problems. In a regulatory filing that month, the company said, "We have experienced a history of losses and have yet to begin generating positive cash flows from operations and, as a result, our auditors have raised substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern." In 2011, the airline permanently ceased operations.


The company launched its first weekly flight on July 14, 2009, serving nine US cities—New York City, Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Chicago, Omaha, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles. In April 2011 it announced addition of three Texas destinations (Dallas, Houston and Austin), St. Louis, and Orlando,[1] but did not commence service. Pet Airways announced plans to expand to 25 cities by late 2011.[11]

As of April 2011 Pet Airways flew to 11 destinations:[1][12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pet-only airline will soon fly out of St. Louis". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ "Pet-only airline prepares to take flight". UPI. Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  3. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine.." Pet Airways. Retrieved on May 3, 2012. "Corporate Headquarters 777 E. Atlantic Ave. Suite C2-264 Delray Beach, FL 33483"
  4. ^ Huettel, Steve (April 1, 2009). "Pet Airways could make pet travel easier, if it takes off". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "The PAWS Pet Company, Inc. to Change Name and State of Incorporation". Praxsyn Corp. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "'Bone voyage' as pets get airline". BBC. April 17, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "New Airline Offers Service Exclusively To Pets". New York, NY: CBS Broadcasting. July 14, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Fur starts to fly as Pet Airways takes to the skies". CTV. July 9, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ Ken Leiser (March 4, 2012). "Pet-only airline a no-show in St. Louis". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  10. ^ "Pet Airways hits the skies: Stressful experience spurs pet airline, a welcome alternative to flying cargo". New York, NY. July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  11. ^ Walker, Blair S. (1 September 2009), "Pet Airline Takes Off", AARP Bulletin, In the News, AARP Publications, 50 (7), p. 6, ISSN 1044-1123, archived from the original on 23 December 2009, retrieved 23 December 2009
  12. ^ "Where We Fly". Delray Beach, Florida. Archived from the original on July 25, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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