iluv747400
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American Cat In Paris To Take First-Class Trip...

Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:40 am

Here's a bizarre little news item from Continental...

American Cat in Paris to Take First-Class Trip Home on Continental Airlines

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) tomorrow will transport Emily, the stowaway cat that made her way from Appleton, Wis. to France in a shipping container over two months ago, back to her family.

Emily disappeared from her home in Appleton late in September and was found nearly a month later by some surprised workers at a laminating company in Nancy, France. Emily will culminate her adventure with a "purr-fect" first-class trip on Continental from Paris into New York/Newark, continuing on into the Midwest.

"Continental Airlines is well regarded for pet transport and our acclaimed PetSafe program, and we knew we could provide the very best air service to Emily, getting her back to her family quickly and comfortably," a Continental spokesperson said. "We're pleased to get Emily back to Appleton to enjoy the holiday season at home."

Emily will enjoy Continental's BusinessFirst service on her flight from Paris to New York/Newark. At Newark Liberty International Airport, she will make a connection onto another flight for the final leg of her trip home.

Continental revolutionized the airline industry when it began offering its BusinessFirst cabin service in 1993. The original formula -- a first class product at a business class price -- has set the standard for excellence in business travel for more than a decade, winning countless awards for its value, amenities, service, seats and food.

BusinessFirst is offered on Continental's international routes operated by Boeing 777, 767 and 757 aircraft. Extra-wide electronic sleeper seats feature a 55-inch/140 cm seat pitch, a deep recline and adjustable winged headrest. A personal entertainment system offers a selection of the latest movies and a variety of audio channels. Gourmet inflight menus are specially designed by Continental's Congress of Chefs and beverage pairings are arranged by the Congress of Wine Masters.

SOURCE Continental Airlines
11/30/2005
 
dogfighter2111
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RE: American Cat In Paris To Take First-Class Trip...

Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:55 am

hehe, this reminds me of a special series of Miami Airport.

The HMV dog was allowed to fly back on AA in First Class.

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AMSSFO
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RE: American Cat In Paris To Take First-Class Trip...

Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:25 am

Hopefully, none of the (other) pax will be allergic....
Will the cat get the same food as the pax upfront?
 
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RE: American Cat In Paris To Take First-Class Trip...

Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:36 am

Giving airline food to cats might be considered cruelty to animals. Big grin
 
Byrdluvs747
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RE: American Cat In Paris To Take First-Class Trip...

Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:40 am

Wow a cat got a first class award on CO. I bet all the nonepass members are jealous. Big grin
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ltbewr
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RE: American Cat In Paris To Take First-Class Trip...

Thu Dec 01, 2005 9:56 pm

They showed the cat on the CO flight in video on the news here this am. Apparently it was in a carrier which had seat space in Biz Class. Great PR for CO, but will some now want to have their 'Fluffy' or 'Fido' with them in the a/c?
 
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Buyantukhaa
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RE: American Cat In Paris To Take First-Class Trip...

Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:13 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4491716.stm



A Wisconsin cat has received the kind of red carpet treatment more associated with film stars than missing moggies as she returned home on Thursday.

Emily's business class seat on a flight from Paris and paparazzi greeting was a stark contrast to her outward journey.

Two months ago the year-old tabby cat sneaked into an office supplies company near her home in Appleton and hid in a container of paper bound for France.

After a three-week sea voyage the much thinner, but healthy cat, emerged.

Amazed staff in Nancy, France, took the cat to a vet where an ID collar bearing the number of Emily's vet in the US allowed them to trace her owners.

According to the head of the regional state veterinary service, Regine Marchal, the collar also saved her from being put down - the usual fate of four-legged interlopers at France's ports.

After a month in quarantine she was finally given the green light to go home, but instead of returning in a crate in the hold of a plane as planned Emily was given an upgrade - free business class seats for her and an escort thanks to Continental Airlines.

On the return leg Emily passed up the peppered salmon filet on the menu and "opted for her French cat food" and some water, airline spokeswoman Courtney Wilcox said.
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Good PR for CO
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PHLBOS
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RE: American Cat In Paris To Take First-Class Trip...

Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:22 am

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 4):
Wow a cat got a first class award on CO. I bet all the nonepass members are jealous.

Does Morris the cat of 9-Lives fame know about this? Big grin

I don't know whether he traveled in such fashion.

Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 6):
Amazed staff in Nancy, France, took the cat to a vet where an ID collar bearing the number of Emily's vet in the US allowed them to trace her owners.

What a difference pet ID on a collar makes; otherwise Emily would've never returned to see her family again.
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