Luxury in the Skies: Pet-friendly private flying on the rise

In recent years, a growing trend has emerged among pet parents – the choice to fly privately rather than commercially when traveling with their beloved four-legged companions.


According to recent industry data, there has been an 86% increase in the number of animals flown privately and it’s not just cats and dogs, as the number of birds being taken on board is also on the rise. This shift is driven by various factors, including the restrictive size regulations imposed by commercial airlines, concerns over the well-being of pets traveling as cargo, and the cost-efficiency of private jet travel.

Size Restrictions: A barrier for pet parents

One of the most significant challenges faced by pet parents when flying commercially is the size restrictions imposed by airlines. Many commercial carriers require larger pets to travel as cargo, which can be a distressing experience for both the pet and the pet parent. Service animals, who are not considered pets, are allowed to be in the cabin and left unconfined, but other animals who are larger must be put in the cargo hold and some airlines won’t even carry specific breeds. Additionally, pets who can fly inside the cabin in carriers must fit under the seat in front of the passenger on a commercial flight and emotional support animals that were once allowed in cabins no longer are according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The thought of their beloved companion being stowed away in the cargo hold or being required to fit under the seat, away from their sight and care, is a cause of anxiety for many pet parents.

The cargo hold can also expose pets to fluctuating temperatures, poor ventilation, and the risk of inappropriate handling. These concerns are not unfounded, as there have been instances of pets suffering or even death during commercial air travel. These incidents have heightened pet parents’ fears and pushed them towards exploring alternatives.

Safety and comfort are always a priority

Flying privately offers pet parents a level of control and assurance that is often lacking in commercial travel. Private jets allow almost no restrictions for pets to travel in the cabin, eliminating the need for cargo transport.

Furthermore, private jet cabins are meticulously designed for comfort, with spacious seating arrangements that can be adapted to accommodate your pet. You can choose to have your pets on a comfortable seat beside yourself or use dedicated pet-friendly spaces within the cabin. This flexibility ensures that both you and your pet can enjoy a stress-free flight experience. Some private jets also provide safety equipment, such as first aid kits and oxygen masks that can be used on pets, in case of emergency.

Premium private experience: A surprising advantage

A lot of pet parents are also recognizing that flexibility goes beyond their pet’s experience. More and more private fliers these days are opting for membership as opposed to purchasing their own jet, giving them the freedom to fly on their terms. What’s more, the right membership offers peace of mind by eliminating the additional frustrations that come with membership dues and other hidden fees. Today there are no hassles, just enjoyment with their furry friend.

As this trend continues to grow, private aviation and membership providers are well-positioned to meet the unique needs of pet parents, ensuring that you and your beloved pooch can enjoy stress-free and enjoyable journeys together.

(Jordan Brown is the CEO of Jet Agency, a leading private aviation and membership provider offering premium value options)