Pets R Us
We seem to be going through a pet-friendly season on AlphaLuxe with reports about Where to Get them, How to Dress them and What Holiday Gifts to get them. It’s not surprising to discover that at the luxurious end of private jet travel, one in four VistaJet Members travel with their pet. VistaJet cites a 104% increase in the number of animals flown over the last two years and this week, launched the VistaPet program to support you and your loyal companion for global travel.
VistaJet offers global aircraft services to 187 countries with a fleet of over 70 business jets using Bombadier Challenger and Bombadier Global jets. They are private jet partners for the 2019 Ferrari F1 Grand Prix Racing Team.
Founded in 2004 by Thomas Flohr, VistaJet pioneered a new business model where customers pay only for the hours they fly, free of the responsibilities and asset risks linked to aircraft ownership. In 2017, they became the first in business aviation to abolish ‘aircraft positioning’ fees for its Program-level customers.
Pet Flying Course
Worse than children, flying with a scared pet can transmogrify a perfect flight into a very long one. VistaJet can arrange fear of flying courses for dogs, in partnership with ‘The Dog House’. The four-week course desensitises your pet to flight experiences – the smell of fuel, the sounds of jet engines, cabin air pressure and the movements of air turbulence.
On every flight, animal passengers will receive a VistaPet Pochette – a travel bag containing flight essentials. Bio-organic food from ‘Rockster’ will provide your pet access to high-quality nutrients in the air or on arrival. The flavourful selection of ‘Random Rewards’ treats from ‘The Dog House’ was created by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux.
‘Kibble Pet’ Travel Care Kit includes water-free shampoos and soothing wipes for salon quality fur care – a perfect way to help your pet relax on board. Rope toys by ‘Furzu’ will keep your pet entertained throughout the flight.
All VistaJet Program Members can request a dedicated menu to keep their pet hydrated and healthy. The pet menu designed by renown veterinarian, Dr Bruce Fogle MBE, is cooked with prime cuts of fresh meat and fish and could include an entrée of roast tenderloin, baked salmon or roast chicken served with steamed, roasted or raw vegetables and whole grain brown rice.
Cabin Hostesses will offer natural flower essences which can be mixed with your pet’s drinking water to aid relaxation during the flight.
Safe and Soft Cabin
As safety of your pet is of the utmost importance, flying regulations require that animals are kept on their leash or in their travel cage during take-off, landing and any turbulence. Guide dogs are exempted. The cage should always be big enough for your pet to feel comfortable, free to stand up, lie down and turn as they wish.
On your aircraft you will also find a handmade Labbvenn sleep mat, so your furry friend can sit down near you.
The VistaPet program makes traveling with your pet seamless even at the destination, so all country entry and Pet Passport requirements are conformed with. To make your entire trip enjoyable, VistaJet has selected a collection of pet-friendly facilities and partners all around the globe – whether you require a pet hotel, pet salon or a photography session. They help find pet walkers and trainers, or suggest unforgettable experiences including pet yoga, rafting and surfing.
Simple to Book
Call your VistaJet customer service team. Depending on where you are flying to and from, they’ll need some information about the pets that will accompany you on your travels:
Type of animal, breed, name, weight, vaccination status, de-worming status, Pet Passport, microchip ID, diet details and flight history.
VIDEO: VistaPet Program on VistaJet
There is no doubt that rich pets live a luxurious lifestyle and now, they can travel in style too. It’s difficult to know whether 25% of private jet passengers have companion animals or that they choose to fly in private jets because they can take their pets.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web magazine. He was former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).