If you’re interested in flying with a large dog, chances are you already know that most airlines will only allow large dogs to fly in cargo unless they’re service animals.
Flying with a dog in a cabin in Canada is but a pipe dream for most dog owners unless they happen to own a small dog under 20 pounds / 9 kg.
However, that doesn’t mean there’s no hope at all!
While there are currently no commercial airlines or semi-private airlines that allow large dogs in the cabin in Canada (with the exception of service animals), there are plenty of private jet charter services that allow large dogs in cabin – assuming you’re willing to fork up a significant amount of money.
- Pet-Friendly Private Jet Services in Canada
- Benefits of Chartering a Private Flight for Large Dogs
- Frequently Asked Questions About Pet-Friendly Private Jet Services
Pet-Friendly Private Jet Services in Canada
Here are some of the pet-friendly private jet services that allow pets in cabin:
Jettly is a Canadian private jet service company. It’s like the luxury Uber for flight travel you never knew existed, or as their website says “The Expedia® for private jets”.
The service offers a multi-tier service depending on your needs:
- Pay-as-you-fly (best option for travelers who fly infrequently) – users will be billed an additional 10% platform fee on each booking
- Private Jet Memberships (Personal, Business, Jet Card) – each membership tier waives a certain amount of air charter booking fees, and also includes various Skype, Slack, UberBlack integrations to make co-ordinating, planning, and traveling a breeze
When searching for a flight, you can add your pet as a passenger and Jettly’s Travel Concierge will provide an estimated quote for how much the flight would cost.
They also have a Charter Cost Estimate that displays an estimated range to help you get started. When I checked the flights from Toronto to Vancouver, the estimated costs ranged between $16k USD to up to $77k USD depending on the type of jet you select.
A side plus – Jettly services offer 200% emissions offsetting as part of their Clean Air Commitment.
Air Charter Advisors
Air Charter Advisors is a well-established private flight service started in South Florida in 2012. Air Charter Advisors prioritizes safety and sources their private jets from the Star Operator Network – air carriers that represent “Above Industry Standards” for air charter safety.
You can get a free quote from Air Charter Advisors by submitting your contact information on their website. Once submitted, an automated email will be sent out requesting further details of your flight plans, where you can include more specific details about the type of equipment, number of pets, and flight destination.
A quote for a 5-day roundtrip flight from Toronto to Vancouver for 2 people, and 1 dog was estimated to at $92k-95k CAD after using their free quote services.
You can find more information about which major cities Air Charter Services in Canada by visiting their “Private Jet Carrier Services in Canada” webpage.
Founded in 1964, NetJets is the oldest private jet operator in the world. They are a company that prides itself on providing premiere safety and legendary service to their customers.
To fly with NetJets though, you will have to become a fractional owner (purchasing a share or a portion of a jet). The size of your share determines the specific number of hours you can fly in that aircraft – with the ability to upgrade or downgrade to any other jet in their fleet.
You’ll need to start with a minimum of 50-hours so NetJets is the best option for frequent luxury fliers.
Flying with pets or a large dog is a breeze with NetJets. Their airlines offer space for dogs even if all seats are occupied in the plane, with some planes even offering a designated pet area in the cabin. However, note that not every airline on NetJets is pet-friendly – be sure to visit their Flying with Pets page to view the list of aircrafts that are authorized to transport pets before purchasing a fractional ownership of an aircraft.
For 2022 – these are the current aircrafts on NetJets which are authorized for pet transport:
- Cessna Citation XLS1
- Bombardier Challenger 350
- Cessna Citation Longitude
- Bombardier Challenger 650
- Gulfstream G450
- Global 6000
- Global 7500
Benefits of Chartering a Private Flight for Large Dogs
There are a variety of reasons to charter a private flight for large dogs instead of traveling in a commercial airline. Many clients relocating to a new destination may want to fly their pets to their new home. Others want to take their pets with them on their next getaway. And, there are other travelers who have heard about unfortunate accidents happening to other pets using commercial airlines.
Here are some of the many benefits you get for chartering a private flight for your large dog:
- Large dogs can travel in cabin with you
- Pets travel without distractions from other pets and passengers
- In-flight catering options for yourself and your pet
- Skip the stressful and crowded lines at commercial airports
- Fewer restrictions on breed (i.e. brachycephalic breeds like pugs or bulldogs),, animal size, and animal quantity
- Avoid hot tarmac waits for cargo pets during the summer and freezing cold temperatures on the tarmac during the frigid winter months
- Help obtaining all the required pet travel documentation and vaccination information required when traveling to different countries
- No baggage restrictions
Frequently Asked Questions About Pet-Friendly Private Jet Services
What Are Private Jet Services?
Private Jet Services are services that help connect travelers with the private aviation industry. These services are often used by travelers who are seeking specific air travel amenities including:
- Flying on their own
- Establishing a dedicated pilot for air travel
- Dedicated and flexible flight schedules that work with the travelers schedules
- Avoiding crowds and airport security
- Reducing the stress of air travel for infants, toddlers, and pets
- Individualized amenities on flight
If you have the disposable income for it, flying a private jet is the safest and most comfortable way for your pets to fly with you.
Is there a cheaper way to find Airlines that Allow Large Dogs in Cabin?
Yes, rather than paying for a whole private chartered flight yourself – you can consider sharing the private jet with several other travelers. It’ll still cost several thousand dollars to transport yourself and your pet, but will be significantly less than paying for an entire private jet experience.
Unfortunately, many of these ‘shared’ options are not commercially available and will need to be coordinated via private community groups like Chartered Air Travel with Pets (UK only), US/UK Dog & Pet Repatriation Private Charter Jet Group.
I have however, seen private jet group sharing services offered by Hong Kong-based companies like Top Stairs Air and L’Voyage – which are addressing a growing demand for people seeking shared private jets for relocation purposes. Given that many of their relocation options are based in the United States and Canada, you may be able to coordinate some cheaper private jet flights to specific destinations if it matches with their major routes.
What Do I Need to Prepare So That My Dog Can Fly With Me in a Private Jet Cabin?
While every private jet service may differ slightly on their pet policies, here are some good general guidelines to help you prepare for flying with a dog in cabin:
- Ensure that all vaccinations are up to date for your pet
- Most airlines will not allow pets less than 12 weeks to fly
- Plan to give your dog ample time to exercise and use the restroom prior to the flight. A tired dog is a good dog!
- Make sure to avoid feeding or giving your pet a water 2-4 hours before the flight to avoid accidents
- Have a dedicated pet travel passport and your pets medical records handy in case of emergencies
- Dogs greater than 150 pounds or 70kg will need to lay on the floor instead sitting on a seat during takeoff on most airlines – be sure your dog know the ‘down’ command and comfortably hold the position for the duration of takeoff and landing
Have you ever flown with a large dog in a cabin? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below!