Fly Air Weird!

Next month sees the launch of a new airline, which in today's economy is weird enough, but this one is only for animals. Pet Airways, America's first animal-only air service, will initially only fly between NY, Denver, LA, Chicago and Baltimore carrying 50 'passengers' at a time in individual pressurized cabins. Private lounges and overnight accommodation for long-haul flights will also be laid on (Dream Dogs).

Clearly this is an idea who's time has come, as Air Canada has also announced this week that it is to carry pets on its planes, as long as they board as hand-luggage. From July, passengers will be able to book the space under their seats as stowage for up to 4 pets in ‘leakproof carriers’, let’s hope no-one thinks that means Tupperware (Telegraph).

And when airlines are not treating pets as luggage, they’re usually treating their customers as cattle. Ryanair, for example, this week announced plans to have the passengers load their own luggage, saving the company an estimated 20 million euros (Belfast Telegraph).

A worse fate greeted passengers on a Thomas Cook charter plane recently when due to a mechanical failure only the front hold could be loaded with baggage, hence passengers were asked to move to the back of plane as ballast, to balance it out. After seeing people disembarking from the service’s previous flight kissing the ground and putting their hands together in prayer, 71 refused and made other travel arrangements (Daily Mail).

Finally, if you think the customers have it bad, spare a thought for the staff of British Airways, which once billed itself as "the World's favorite airline". Times are now so hard for the company it has asked its workforce if they'd mind taking a pay-cut or even working for free for a month, just to tide the company over. BA's chief executive has lead the drive, promising to lead by example and forgo one month of his £735k ($1.2m) salary (Guardian).

(Picture from The Bognor Birdman Event, a semi-serious competition to fly 100 meters from the end of a seaside pier.)
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Wed Jun 24, 2009
     Category: Animals | Business | Flight | Pets

that's the way of this economic downturn. offer rediculously expensive unnecessary perks for the ultrarich and screw the working man with higher prices and minimal service.
thomas cook- how many on the flight if only 71 had the sense to change plans?
ba- yeah that's what i want, a resentful candy striper pilot.
great post dumbfounded!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/24/09 at 09:02 PM
I've taken my Yorkie on flights as hand-luggage before. Delta has been doing this for a while. Not so sure about other airlines. But yeah I guess I started flying with my dog five or six years ago. Helps to get a flight that is likely to have empty seats and to sedate the dog.
Posted by Pablo on 06/25/09 at 12:57 PM
especially a yorkie, they are cute but also hyper. 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/25/09 at 02:01 PM
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