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New airline caters only to pets

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - It's 'bone voyage' for pets, who now have their own airline.

No ruff rides or cargo for these cats and canines as the new 'Pet Airways' will fly fido or fluffy in the main cabin.

"I thought this was better. Just a plane that would have just dogs and cats and smaller, they wouldn't be in cargo or baggage area, so it would be safer for her," says pet owner Eileen Schultz.

'Pet Airways' takes off from Long Island's Republic Airport, flying man's best friend and cats to five cities across the U.S. which include New York, Baltimore-Washington, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.

The "pawsengers" feel like they're flying first class.

"They have an attendant that checks the dogs every 15 minutes, it's that they overnight in Chicago so they don't fly at night, everything a crazy grandparent of a dog would want," says pet owner Meryl Laguna.

They're hoping to get permission to transport birds soon.

Tickets start at $149 and go up, depending on the size of the animal and the destination.

Tuesday's flight stopped in Chicago before heading on to Los Angeles.

"It's very important for the pets to have some time out. You know, when you're doing a long flight, you know, they can be in a pet carrier for 10 hours, which is not appropriate, says Pet Airways owner Dan Wiesel, "I mean, a pet needs to have a, facilities. So we're going to be doing that along the way. That's part of what makes pet airways different."

Flights on Pet Airways are booked up for the next two months.

Each flight plane can hold about 50 pets.

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