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MILWAUKEE, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pampered pooches of petite size will soon be welcome to fly in the passenger cabin on Midwest Airlines. And just like their larger cousins and feline friends that fly in complete comfort below cabin, they’ll earn free travel in Midwest Airlines Premier Pet Program.

Starting January 30, Midwest Airlines and Midwest Connect will accept up to two small dogs in the passenger cabin per flight. In-cabin dogs must travel with a passenger and be contained in an airline-approved under-the-seat soft- sided carrier. Carriers featuring Midwest Airline Premier Pet Program signature are available for purchase through the airline’s Web site.

“At Midwest Airlines, we listen to what our customers tell us,” said Timothy E. Hoeksema, Midwest Airlines chairman and chief executive officer. “And they told us they want their small dogs to be allowed to travel in the passenger cabin with them. We are pleased to now meet this request.”

Susan Kerwin-Hagen, coordinator of the Premier Pet Program and a show dog exhibitor and American Kennel Club judge, says allowing dogs to travel in the cabin on Midwest Airlines is just one more example of the effort the airline makes to meet the needs of its passengers traveling with pets. “Passengers traveling with toy or small breeds such as Yorkies, Shih Tzus and dachshunds, and those traveling with puppies find it very convenient to be able to travel with their pets in the cabin. But we also make an extra effort to reassure passengers who have pets traveling in the aircraft’s temperature-controlled and pressurized Pet Compartment.”

Midwest Airlines’ new dogs in-the-cabin option is an enhancement to its popular Premier Pet Program.* The program is the first of its kind to offer frequent flying pets that travel with their owners the opportunity to earn free travel. Pets earn one free roundtrip for every three roundtrips (or six one-way trips) they fly. Additionally, pet owners who are members of the airline’s frequent flyer program, Midwest Miles, can fly their pets roundtrip for free below cabin by redeeming 15,000 miles or in the cabin by redeeming 20,000 miles. Since Midwest Airlines introduced the program in early 2005, pet travel has more than doubled on the airline.

* The Premier Pet Program applies only to owners and pets that travel
together on the same flight; it does not apply to pets shipped as cargo
or service animals. Dogs are accepted in-cabin on all Midwest Airlines
and Midwest Connect flights with the exception of flights to Toronto,
Canada. Under-cabin pets are accepted only on Midwest Airlines Boeing
717 and MD-80 aircraft, and Midwest Connect Beech 1900 aircraft.
Passengers traveling with pets are charged an additional fee and must
make an advance reservation. Additional restrictions apply. For the
Premier Pet Program’s complete rules and regulations, go to
midwestairlines.com (click on Travel Planner, then Travel Programs) or
call 800-452-2022 (in Milwaukee, 414-570-7000).

The Premier Pet Program is also now partnering with TRIPSwithPETS.com. The Web site caters to the ever-growing consumer segment of Americans who travel with their pets and promotes pet-friendly services and accommodations across the United States. Premier Pet Program pets and owners are invited to save 10% at the TRIPSwithPETS.com online store.

Kerwin-Hagen notes that the launch of the Premier Pet Program’s dogs-in- cabin option coincides with the Westminster Kennel Club’s 130th Annual Dog Show. The show will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 13 and 14. Says Kerwin-Hagen, “More than 2,500 dogs enter this time- honored show and we know the Premier Pet Program will be flying its share of champions to the event.”

Midwest Airlines (AMEX:MEH) features jet service throughout the United States, including Milwaukee’s most daily nonstop flights and best schedule to major destinations. Skyway Airlines, Inc. — its wholly owned subsidiary — operates as Midwest Connect, which offers connections to Midwest Airlines as well as point-to-point service between select markets on regional jet and turboprop aircraft. Together, the airlines offer service to 47 cities, including San Diego — the airline’s newest destination. More information is available at http://midwestairlines.com/ .

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