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Pet-Friendly Group Air Charter: A Convenient and Comfortable Travel Option

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3rd August 2023

Safe and Comfortable Travel for Your Pets

Traveling with pets can be tough, and you're definitely not the only one facing this challenge. Studies show that about 67% of pet owners have difficulties when it comes to transportation, and 36% feel limited in their travel choices because they have to think about their pets' well-being and comfort.

Air travel can be a real headache too, since airlines have all sorts of restrictions and guidelines when it comes to bringing your furry friends on board. But guess what? There’s a solution called pet-friendly group air charter services that cater to both humans and their beloved pets. This option truly makes travelling a breeze, offering perks like personalised travel plans, fewer (or sometimes no) restrictions, and the ability to fly together in a cosy and safe environment.

Sounds too good to be true? Keep reading to discover more and see for yourself!

Convenience and flexibility

Booking and scheduling your pet-friendly flight doesn’t have to be a long and tiring process anymore. Thanks to private air charters, all pre-flight responsibilities have become incredibly easy to manage. Now you can request flights that match your preferred dates, times, and destinations without any hassle. The best part? With private air charters, you have the freedom to personalise your travel plans, which is a total game-changer that ensures a comfortable journey for everyone involved.

Unparalleled comfort

Whether it’s keeping the cabin at the perfect temperature, making special arrangements for larger or more exotic animals, or catering to specific dietary needs, private air charters give you the freedom to customise almost every step of your travel experience. Also, the reduced noise levels and the personalised attention from staff create a calm and relaxed environment, which is especially great for those who tend to get nervous or anxious when they step outside their familiar surroundings.

Reduced travel restrictions

If you’re tired of dealing with the strict pet policies of commercial airlines, you will definitely appreciate that flying private allows you to bypass them (legally, of course). Your dogs, cats, or… flamingos can skip the unsettling cargo hold experience and stay in the cabin with you, no matter their size or breed. And here’s another bonus — when planning an international trip, you don’t have to worry about those long quarantine periods, so it’s a win-win situation that keeps both you and your pet happy from start to finish.

Safety and peace of mind

One more significant advantage of flying private is the reduced risk of pet injuries or loss compared to traditional travel. Unlike commercial airlines that transport pets in cargo holds, where there can be limited oversight and potential mishandling, pet-friendly charters prioritise pets’ safety allowing them to travel with their favourite humans. On top of that, charter brokers are there to lend a hand by making sure you have everything your pet needs for the flight. Whether it’s crates, toys, snacks, or any other essentials, they are happy to assist and have everything prepared in advance, based on your specific requests.

Tips for travelling with pets on group charters

Pets on Board: The New Normal for Group Air Charter

#1 How to prepare?

When getting ready for a trip, it’s crucial to pack a few essential items. To make things easier for you, here’s a checklist of things you should definitely have in your bag and/or request to have onboard:

  • Food & water. Pack enough of your pet’s regular food to last the duration of the trip, not just the flight. This way, it will be easier for them to adapt wherever they go.
  • Medications & veterinary records. Bring any necessary medications your pet may require, along with instructions for dosage and administration. Also, ask your air charter to have a first aid kit onboard for your pet too, just in case. Carrying copies of your pet’s vaccination records, medical history, and contact information for your regular veterinarian may also come in handy.
  • Daily essentials. You know your pet best but what regular air charter clients have found most useful is packing a secure collar or harness, a sturdy leash, identification tags, some comfort items, and an appropriate-sized and well-ventilated carrier or crate. This part of the list may vary depending on the type of pet you own.
  • Waste bags & grooming supplies. Make sure you have plenty of waste bags on hand to clean up after your pet. If you’ve got a furry one, also bring a brush or comb, some pet-friendly shampoo, and any other grooming tools you may need to keep their coat and hygiene in check.

By packing these items, you will help your pet feel completely at home while travelling. But in case you’re feeling overwhelmed or short on time, don’t hesitate to ask your charter broker for help. They’re there to assist you.

Before you hop on the plane, there’s one more thing to consider — mental and physical preparation. The following three simple steps will get you all set:

  1. Introducing your pet to their travel carrier or crate gradually, making it a positive and safe space. It’s important to encourage them to explore and spend time inside to create familiarity.
  2. Scheduling a vet visit to ensure your pet’s health and discuss any concerns. Ask about natural calming remedies or products that can help ease anxiety.
  3. Using familiar scents or items wherever you go. Don’t forget to reinforce your pet positively for behaving well during your daily travels.

#2 How to choose the right charter service?

Pets on Board: The New Normal for Group Air Charter

When looking for the best pet-friendly group charter service, keep in mind a few factors:

  • Pet policies. As mentioned earlier, charters have fewer restrictions than commercial air travel. However, it’s always a good idea to ask about the service’s specific policies in advance.
  • Comfort & amenities. Assess the level of comfort provided for your pet, including climate control, ventilation, and any additional amenities available.
  • Reviews & recommendations. Research the reputation of the service through reviews and recommendations from other pet owners who have utilised their services.
  • Safety measures. Check about the safety measures in place and the staff’s experience in handling animals.

When it comes to safety, remember that you have the right to request proof from the service provider during your direct communication.

Keep an eye out for these three:

  • FAA certification: This shows that the charter adheres to safety regulations and meets the necessary standards for operating flights.
  • Pet-specific training: Pet First Aid or Pet CPR are the certifications that indicate their knowledge and ability to handle potential emergencies.
  • Insurance coverage: The service provider has to verify that the service carries adequate liability insurance, covering any potential incidents or accidents involving pets while onboard.

#3 How to keep your pets comfortable?

Benefits of Pet-Friendly Group Air Charter

To keep your pets comfortable and calm during the journey, focus on creating a familiar and soothing environment. Simple yet effective techniques like bringing along their favourite blanket or toy and using calming sprays or treats really do wonders.

For pets prone to motion sickness, avoid feeding them a large meal before the journey and consult your veterinarian for potential remedies or medications. After you land, take a longer comfort stop to allow your pet to stretch their legs and simply rest.

Above all, remember that being with your pet is the most important thing. They rely on you as their trusted human companion, so 99/100 times they’re absolutely thrilled to go on adventures together.

Let’s get planning

You see, pet-friendly group air charters offer numerous benefits such as travelling in a safe and comfortable environment, personalised attention, flexibility, and more. It’s a stress-free and enjoyable experience that every pet owner deserves. To explore this option, you can contact reputable charter services like Chapman Freeborn at [email protected].

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