In the modern age, it is possible for your pets to live as well as you do — you can buy them specialized food for a healthy and organic living, you can pamper them at pet spas, and you can ensure that their gums are clear of plaque. Yet one of the most frustrating experiences for a pet owner, whether you have a German shepherd or a Persian longhair or an Amazonian boa constrictor, is air travel. Some airlines out and out refuse to have pets on board, while others insist that hundreds (or thousands) of dollars must be paid for another ticket, while still others stick your pet within the dark cold luggage section. An aircraft charter gives you more flexibility for taking a pet with you on a long flight.
FIRST CLASS FOR MAN’S BEST FRIEND
What are the advantages of taking an aircraft charter rather than getting a seat with a private flight? Air travel companies realize that the most economical way to bolster their profit margin is to shove travelers together like a cattle cart. As the size of a seat shrinks, you may be left trying to fit a square peg into a round hole if a carrying case is not large enough to fit into a seat. If it weighs more than a given figure, usually twenty pounds, airliners are reluctant to have it not strapped down for fear of it coming lose and harming a passenger. To make things worse, in the summer months the heat buildup from a hot black tar runway can overheat a cargo hold and cause serious harm to your pet (especially if that pet is a frog, lizard, turtle, or snake — cold-blooded pets are unable to regulate their body heat like a dog or cat).
A NEW OPTION
Pet aircraft charter companies have flourished in recent years as more and more animal lovers realize the necessity of getting their furry friends home in one piece without the hassle of the status quo. Many private jet airline charters that specialize in pets fly from major cities, such as Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, and Singapore, following your flight within the course of only a few hours, and offering a far better journey for an animal. These even include flight attendants who can take care of the felines or canines on board, providing meals and water and temperature control as need be. Some will go so far as to handle all the immigration forms needed when an animal is brought into a foreign country. Others can even deliver a pet to a hotel or resort once they have landed.
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
Companies like Pet Airways in the United States and SwiftJet in Canada provide animal transport services for much less of a price tag than the ticket on a private plane. They take all breeds, so that “troublesome” dogs such as bulldogs or pit bulls are not turned away. It is necessary to ensure your pet has the necessary vaccinations and medications prior to travel.