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Elevating the Travel Experience for Pets: Pet-Friendly Private Jet Charters with Abeona

For discerning pet owners, the quest for a travel solution that addresses both human convenience and the well-being of our furry companions is perpetual. Private jet charter services are a beacon of hope for every pet owner since traditional commercial flights often fall short of addressing the specific needs of pets, particularly for larger dogs, who are relegated to less-than-ideal conditions. Designed not just for human passengers but with a heart for animals as well, Abeona acknowledges that flying private with pets isn't about luxury or opulence; it's about understanding, compassion, and a genuine concern for the animals that deeply enrich our lives.


Travelling with pets, especially over long distances, poses unique challenges and concerns. It's against this backdrop that Abeona emerges as not just an alternative but a change in thinking in how we consider pet travel—a shift towards empathy, safety, and comfort.


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The Harsh Reality of Commercial Flights for Pets

The thought of travelling with pets conjures images of joy and companionship. However, the reality can be starkly different, particularly when it involves placing pets in the cargo compartment of commercial flights. This aspect of air travel can be incredibly detrimental to the health and well-being of animals, more so for larger breeds that cannot be accommodated in the cabin.


Even though pressurised and heated, cargo holds can be terrifying and unsafe environments for sensitive or older pets. They are exposed to an unknown environment without their owners present, loud noises, and minimal supervision, which can lead to anxiety, dehydration, or worse. The stress experienced by pets in such conditions is not just temporary discomfort; it can have lasting effects on their physical and mental health. The cargo hold can therefore pose a risk for all animals we call pets and who are used to our constant companionship and care.

 

Why Chartering a Private Jet is the Pinnacle of Pet-Friendly Travel

Recognizing the inherent issues with commercial air travel for pets, Abeona International has tailored an exceptional service that caters to the needs of pets and their owners alike. Our charter service is not just an alternative; it's a revolution in pet-friendly travel, ensuring the journey is as enjoyable as your destination.


Unmatched Comfort and Safety

Our private jet charter services provide a sanctuary in the skies for pets and their owners. The environment is controlled, serene, and secure. Pets are welcomed into the cabin, allowing them to stay close to their owners, reducing anxiety and stress. This is a meaningful change for older, larger, and more sensitive pets, which often face the most significant challenges in commercial flights. They have the space to move, lie down, and even play to a certain degree when safety onboard allows, just as they would at home.


A Tailored Experience

The beauty of private jet travel lies in its ability to be customised. Abeona’s travel concierges understand that every pet has unique needs. Whether it's specific dietary requirements, a fluffy blanket, or special attention during the flight, every aspect of the journey can be tailored to you and your pet's needs. 


This level of personalization ensures that you and your pets are not just accommodated but celebrated as cherished passengers.


The Sympathetic Approach to Travel

Choosing to charter a private jet reflects a deeper understanding and compassion for pets. It acknowledges their integral role in our lives and our responsibility to ensure their safety and happiness. 


This approach goes beyond convenience; it's about providing a stress-free and enjoyable experience for our non-human companions, affirming the bond we share with them.


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Required Documents for Flying with Your Pet on a Charter Flight

Whilst Abeona International goes to great lengths to assist our passengers with the necessary arrangements, flying with pets requires plenty of time before the departure date. Ensuring you have all the necessary documentation is also crucial for a smooth and stress-free journey. Every country of destination has its own requirements and at Abeona we will help you with all the information needed to have your fur baby travel with you safely and without stress. 


Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need to travel with your dog into the USA. Good news - Countries that are not on the USA’s list of countries at high risk for dog rabies are considered to be free of or low risk for dog-mediated rabies virus variants. This is a good standard for most other countries, but it assuredly differs from country to country.


'Dogs, including service dogs, which have been ONLY in dog rabies-free or low-risk countries during the 6 months before entry into the United States must:


  • Meet all requirements in the “All Dogs” section

  • Have one of the following (note: any documentation that is not from the United States must be completed in the country where the dog’s travel originates):

  • Certification of Dog Arriving from DMRVV-free or Low-Risk Country into the United States form endorsed by an official veterinarian in the exporting country; AND valid rabies serology titer OR veterinary records* (which list the microchip number) for the dog from the exporting country for the 6 months before travelling to the U.S. This form must be for the dog rabies-free or low risk country where the dog’s return itinerary originated. The form has different entry requirements depending on whether and where the dog was vaccinated.

  • Certification of Foreign Rabies Vaccination and Microchip form, including the endorsement by an official veterinarian of the dog rabies-free or low-risk country where the dog has been located; AND EITHER (1) a valid rabies serology titer OR (2) veterinary records* (which list the microchip number) for the dog from the exporting country for the previous 6 months. The form must be completed within 30 days before arrival to the United States and is valid for a single entry.

  • Certification of U.S.-Issued Rabies Vaccination form that was endorsed by USDA before the dog departed the United States

  • Valid USDA-endorsed export health certificate that either:

  • Is for the dog rabies-free or low-risk country where the dog’s return itinerary originated (the form will only be valid for 30 days if it does not contain rabies vaccination information), or

  • Documents a valid (unexpired) rabies vaccination administered in the United States (the form will be valid for the duration of the rabies vaccination (1 or 3 years)).

  • Foreign export certificate that documents the dog is at least 6 months of age, lists the dog’s International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-compatible microchip number, and has been endorsed by an official veterinarian of the exporting country; AND veterinary records* (which list the microchip number) for the dog from the exporting country for the previous 6 months. The certificate must be issued within 30 days before arrival to the United States and is valid for a single entry.

  • Arrive at the location listed on the CDC Dog Import Form receipt (This can be any airport, land border crossing, or seaport but you must select it when you complete the CDC Dog Import Form.)'


For more in-depth information you are welcome to follow the link From August 1, 2024, Onward: What Your Dog Needs to Enter the United States | Importation | CDC


Please be aware that requirements can differ from country to country. We will help you make sure that your pets documents adhere not only to the travel regulations of your country of residence but also to the destination of your flight.


You will also find a checklist with four steps which will help you stay on course.


Beyond the Journey: The Ripple Effects of Choosing Compassion


Opting for a pet-friendly private jet charter service with Abeona has broader implications. It sets a standard for how pets should be treated across the travel industry and encourages others to consider more humane options. Moreover, it underscores the importance of considering the well-being of all souls onboard, regardless of species, in the design of safe travel experiences.


If you are concerned about the costs of chartering a private jet with your pets, please reach out to us about potential flight-sharing options with other pet owners or empty-leg flights. These types of economical private flight charters can often offer you rates with a significant markdown. 


For pet owners, the decision to charter a private jet is driven by more than the allure of convenience; it's motivated by love, care, and the desire to share life's journeys with your beloved animals in the safest and most comfortable way possible. Abeona International provides peace of mind, making it clear that when it comes to travelling with pets, the sky is no limit to our commitment and compassion.


Never again leave behind a treasured family member when you explore the world. Be sure to contact us if you have any queries about pet-friendly flying. Thank you for reading this week's article.


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