UALbrat
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Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 1:05 am

Second attempt to get any sort of a response -- anybody?
I just learned of a new carrier starting up, Companion Air, which will cater to pet owners and others who are likely to travel with animals. http://www.companionair.com
I'm curious what others think about whether this concept will prove viable in the marketplace. Seems to me like a bad time to start a new airline. On the other hand, I have a vested interest in this working since many of my associates are involved with assistance dogs.
I'd sure appreciate it if any of you might offer your thoughts on whether you think this idea will take off. Thanks!

 
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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 1:10 am

Maybe there could be a market for this in the USA? Personally I think the idea is pretty unbelievable - I doubt anything like this will ever happen in Europe.
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They Now Need A Livery!

Fri Jan 18, 2002 1:36 am

Cute and weird at the same time but they need a livery I suppose. What aircraft are they planning to operate?? Info please a.s.a.p.

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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 1:38 am

Which aircraft? All I know is from their site, in which they propose using "turbo-jet" aircraft. Also it appears they will be operating as a quasi-charter in some respects so they may be leasing/renting aircraft to meet demand.
 
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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 4:08 am

Air Orange,

Looking around on the site, I noticed a Pilatus PC-12:



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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 4:21 am

The fundament problem is hotels do not accept pets yet, therefore pet holidays are not likely. Also finding routes that dog owners want to fly will be tough.
Iain
 
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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 5:26 am

Iain,
Actually, a fair number of hotels in the U.S. do accept pets -- it really varies from place to place, chain to chain. And service animals for the disabled, becoming more and more common, have full access rights to hotels and other businesses under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Thanks!
 
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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 5:30 am

They have a pretty good livery already but I would love to see what Air Orange can do with this livery!


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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 6:37 am

Okay a Pilatus PC12... another quest, I still do not know how you put a direct image into your topics. Could you advice me, which html code do I have to use?
 
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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Fri Jan 18, 2002 6:57 am

to insert an image from the net directly into a post you use the following html code

img src ="http://www.urltopic.com/folder/filename.jpg"

All of this should be placed in between two triangular brackets ie < >. Note that the quotes MUST be included around the url.
 
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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Thu Jan 31, 2002 12:33 pm

It is correct that Companion Air will be operating Pilatus PC-12 due to their economy, luxury, range and carrying capability. The huge cargo door and ease of operation help also. We think that there is a need to serve the 16.5 mm dogs that will travel this year in a compassionate, safe and unique way. Glad to see the interest in this start up.
 
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RE: Any Interest In This New Carrier?

Thu Jan 31, 2002 1:06 pm

Iainhol:

What you say may be true in the UK (?), but not here in the States. We drove with three dogs from Boston to San Francisco in the middle of winter, and had no trouble finding hotels.

The reason we didn't fly is that most US airlines have very strict limits about animals (ground temperature at the arriving and departing airports, etc.), because they are treated as cargo and are left, unattended, on the ground for long periods of time.

Nor will AA, for example, give any assurance that the dogs will fly on a certain flight. And at that time, UAL wouldn't accept any dogs.

So, if Companion Air ever gets off the ground, and if their fares aren't through the roof, it could work.

Cheers

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