It’s no secret that flying privately has many advantages, from increased comfort to time efficiency. Private aviation can also make a stressful situation much less so — for example, if you are relocating and need to consider how to bring any four-legged members of the family along.
While some airlines do allow pets to travel alongside their owners, the majority are placed in the cargo hold, which is distressing for both pet and owner. That’s where K9 comes in. The punnily named K9 Jets is the world’s first pay-per-seat private charter service — for pets.
For around the same price as a first-class ticket, pets and owners can expect ‘VIP’ (Very Important Pets) service. No cages or queues, and the pet will always fly in the cabin with its owner.
The K9 Jets team will handle all aspects of the journey, including veterinary certificates and in-flight comfort and safety. Since launching, the company has helped a number of families — including one from Germany that flew with 12 dogs.
K9 Jets currently offers routes between London and New Jersey, East and West Coast America, Paris and New Jersey, and New Jersey and Lisbon with prices starting at £7,300 ($8,925), which includes one pet and taxes. Further European routes are set to be included so pets can join you on vacation.
For every flight carried out, K9 Jets has pledged to offset the carbon produced, which is automatically included in the price. After each journey, the company also makes a sizable donation to Animal SOS Sri Lanka, one of the largest sanctuaries in the world that helps an estimated three million street animals.