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|Destinations||14 (as of April 2011)|
|Company slogan||Travel For Your Best Friend|
|Headquarters||Delray Beach, Florida|
|Key people||Dan Wiesel (CEO)
Alysa Binder (CDO)
Pet Airways (OTCQB: ) was an American company headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, that specialized exclusively in air transportation of pets, using contracted small air carriers. The airline claimed to be the first designed specifically for pets.After Pet Airways ceased operations, their parent, PAWS Pet Company Inc., transferred to the pharmaceutical space, and changed their name to Praxsyn Corporation.
When the airline began in 2009, airfare per pet started at $150, and was based on the pet's size and the distance traveled. The average cost was about $500 per flight, though an individual flight could cost over $1,200 for a large animal. Flights could be booked online.
The pets ("pawsengers", in their terminology) were checked in to a pet lounge at each airport at which the airline operated. Owners could track their pets en route via the website. 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 for the flight's duration.
The company was founded by Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder, who got the idea when planning a trip with their dog. The launch of the company was funded by a group of investors. In August 2010, the company announced that it had combined with a public company through a share exchange with American Antiquities, and in October 2010 announced that it would be traded on the OTC BB as PAWS.
Operations commenced in 2009, flown by Omaha, Nebraska-based Suburban Air Freight who staffed and operated the aircraft and flights under their ICAO code SUB . Suburban operated 19-seat, two-engine Beechcraft 1900s, which has the seats in the main cabin removed to make room for the pet carriers. The cabin was pressurized and climate controlled. Suburban stopped flying for Pet Airways in September 2011 and declined to elaborate on reasons.
In April 2011 the company announced that would start service at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and began leasing space in July. In October, the airport cancelled the lease after the airline fell behind on payments; the airline had not started service at that point.
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