VistaJet launches programme for flying with pets

VistaJet has launched VistaPet, a programme designed to make flying with pets as simple as possible, as it sees a boost in the number of animals flying.

The business aviation company has seen a 104% increase in the number of animals flown over the last two years and one in four VistaJet Members flies regularly with their pets – while an estimated 30 million people travel with heir pets each year.

VistaJet said there was a 47% increase in the number of dogs flying on board VistaJet in 2018 against the previous year. The company also suggest that 75% of owners distrust commercial airlines to safely care for their pets.

VistaPet has been designed in collaboration with veterinary practitioners, groomers, dieticians and coaches to respond to the needs and challenges of travelling with animals. From care kits, sleep mars and balanced menus, to travel advice, global flying regulations and fear of flying courses, the programme aims to aid VistaJet passengers.

The programme includes:

– Simply Ready to Fly: As there are no standard rules for the transport of pets worldwide, VistaJet’s team advises passengers on the regulations that apply to their flights and destinations when travelling with pets, including details for vaccinations, microchips, certificates and permits.

– VistaJet can arrange fear of flying courses for dogs in partnership with The Dog House. The four-week course desensitises pets to the experiences in flight such as the smell of fuel, the sounds of jet engines, cabin air pressure and the movements of air turbulence.

– On board every flight passengers will receive a VistaPet Pochette – a travel bag containing a collection of items to take care of pets during and after a flight. Bio-organic pet food from Rockster will provide pets with high-quality nutrients in the air or on arrival, while Random Rewards treats, created by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux offers a mixture of dog training treats. Kibble Pet’s Travel Care Kit includes water-free shampoos and wipes for fur care and rope toys by Furzu will keep dogs entertained in flight.

Following advice from Clinical Veterinarian Dr Bruce Fogle, VistaJet developed a balanced menu to keep pets hydrated and healthy. VistaJet Cabin Hostesses can also offer natural flower essences to mix with pets’ drinking water to aid relaxation during the flight.

While flying regulations require that animals are kept on leash or in a travel cage for take-off and landing, during flight pets can relax by owners on a handmade Labbvenn sleep mat. A full cabin reclean is included as standard after every pet flight.

VistaJet has also selected a collection of pet-friendly facilities and partners worldwide, from pet hotels in London, pet salons in New York or a photography session. The team can also assist in finding pet walkers and trainers or other experiences to be had with pets including pet yoga, rafting and surfing.

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