Jets for Pets: the New Way to Travel

Taking an animal across international borders can often be a bit of an awkward and even uncomfortable endeavor – especially for the animals themselves. Pets who travel via commercial airlines may find themselves cooped up in the cargo hold – and some airlines will reject them outright. If you’re going to be in the air for longer than a few hours, then travel with pets quickly becomes unfeasible.

Pet-friendly cabins

Fortunately, there is a solution that is taking the pet owner world by storm: private jet rental with a pet-friendly cabin. If you’re willing to pay a premium, then you can enjoy the privilege of keeping your dog or cat in the cabin with you. This practice began when groups of dog owners started to club together and hire out their own private jets. But now, private aviators are being proactive about offering pet owners special services which do the same thing.

Specially trained cabin crew

One of the benefits of this form of travel is that you don’t have to dread the conversation with the airliner. Instead, you’ll get a cabin crew that’s trained specially to deal with the particular needs of dogs and cats. 

In many cases, the services are designed in collaboration with experienced vets, animal coaches, and groomers. They’ve been stress-tested on other pets, so you can be reasonably sure that you’re going to have a positive experience with your pet.

Avoidance of commercial airline restrictions

As we’ve mentioned, there are a few drawbacks to flying with pets on an ordinary commercial airliner, as well as legal hoops to jump through when you’re crossing national borders. Even if you’re able to secure a position for your pet, you might find that the experience is very stressful. If you’re worried about your dog or cat’s particular needs, then commercial airliners are rarely in a position to help out.

Increased safety

When you take a pet on a private jet, you’ll have the luxury of supervising them throughout the flight. This means that you can respond quickly to reassure and deal with any emergencies. You’ll also be sure that your pet is kept on a lead if you should venture out onto the tarmac. 

Tips for flying with your furry companions

If you’re travelling with your pet, then you’ll naturally want to take any steps possible to ensure their safety. Take along any necessary medication, as well as toys. You might also pay a visit to your vet, just to confirm that there aren’t any problems before you get up in the air. If your dog has any particular dietary needs, then talk to the airline: it might be that they can be met.

Flying with a pet can seem like a daunting prospect – but if you’re willing to invest in private air travel, the reality needn’t be so intimidating.


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