Delta Cargo has entered into an exclusive long-term partnership with pet technology start-up CarePod that it says has developed a new standard of first-class safety and care for pet air travel.
The airline said its first priority is the safety of customers and pets in its care and it has signed the partnership to “ensure a high-quality, consistent service”.
Through this partnership, Delta Cargo will launch a new pet transportation strategy and with a new range of smart, pet travel products and services, CarePod will help Delta better carry and monitor pets throughout the network, with real-time updates for customers.
This is said is also alongside the recent introduction of a staff veterinarian to the Delta Cargo team who will review policies and procedures to ensure safe and comfortable pet travel.
Delta Cargo vice president, Shawn Cole said: “Demand for pet shipments is strong and we are always looking for ways to create a best-in-class travel experience for pets and their owners.
“Working with a start-up like CarePod allows Delta the flexibility to enhance our service in new and innovative ways. We are able to think big, start small and learn fast to solve specific customer needs.”
CarePod founder and chief executive officer, Jenny Pan said: “Our innovative use of technology and breakthrough engineering solutions are matched by our passion for pet safety, comfort and security. Our goal is to transform the future of pet travel, and to be able to work with Delta in delivering a better experience for its customers is an exciting step.”
Delta’s team of specialists constantly review processes and policies to identify areas of improvement to ensure the safety and health of pets. The airline has specially trained ground handlers who take care of pets at every step of their journey.
Delta also has temperature-controlled holding areas and vehicles in numerous locations, overnight kenneling services, and real-time GPS tracking service for pet shipments. The new Cargo Control Center in Atlanta also gives the airline 24/7/365 visibility into all shipments, including pets.