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Alternative Air Travel With Dogs

Many dog lovers and owners inquire about an alternative way, other than the cargo hold of a commercial airliner, to transport their dogs. 

Before you plan a trip internationally, check out our Customs and Quarantine section for pet travel.

For pet travel information on regular airlines see this link for U.S. carriers and this link for international carriers.

Alternative Transportation Methods

1. Try traveling across the ocean from the U.S. to Europe (and Europe to U.S.) by the Queen Mary II.. Pets are not allowed in the cabin with you. They are required to stay in a limited number of kennels that can hold up to about a mid-size dog. You can visit with your dog once or twice a day. Click here for more information.

2. Charter a plane from the U.S. to Europe or within the United States. The cost can start at $50K and up (one-way). After finding a charter, you will need to verify that they will allow your dog on their airplane. Most charters will.

3. Find an "empty leg" on an already chartered airplane. The empty leg is when the original trip is booked as a one-way flight. The return trip or "backhaul" must then return to base. Some charter companies allow the empty leg to be priced less than if you were to charter your own airplane (up to a 50% reduced rate). 

Pet-Friendly Airline Updates wants to promote airlines that allow medium to large size well-behaved family dogs on airlines in the cabin section with people. If you are interested in any news or updates about this issue, feel free to add your email address to our list.

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