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For a Pretty Penny, Dogs Can Fly in the ‘Lap’ of Luxury

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A woman serving food to a dog on a flying airplane.

Many dog owners have dealt with the hassle of traveling with their dogs on airplanes: They are either squeezed underneath a seat in a cramped carrier or fly in the cargo section (a possibly risky move that has been well-documented in the media).

Well, some private jets are going to the extreme, letting your pup fly in the lap of luxury. But it will cost you.

Jet Edge International charges $67,000 bones (plus a $2,000 refundable deposit) to fly on their airplanes. But keeping in mind the average net worth of the company’s clients is $1 billion, CEO Bill Papariella tells Bloomberg, perhaps, they consider this a steal.

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“One of the main reasons why people will fly private” is so their four-legged friend can join them,” Papariella told the publication. They don’t want to go to Aspen or their holiday or to their second home without their pets being on board.”

So what will you get for spending an arm and a leg to have your companion by your side? Well, it depends but some provide high-end snacks like a $1,000 Kobe beef plat or salmon with rice pilaf, special attendants to dote on your dog’s every need and the luxury of flying without you — when separation is required, according to Bloomberg.

Just as the holiday season is a bustling time for people to travel, the same goes for pets.  Christine Herbert, a spokesperson for NetJets Inc., Warren Buffett’s jet company, told Bloomberg that the Sunday after Thanksgiving is “our highest-volume day of the year.” Herbert did note that approximately 9 percent of flights flown last year did have pets on them.

And while it may cost a pretty penny, the reassurance that your dog will land safely is priceless. According to statistics from the U.S. Transportation Department, already 15 animals have died on U.S. flights (information through August).

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By Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is the founder and CEO of This Dog's Life. Her mission it to help dogs live a happier, healthier and longer life. When she isn't working, she spends time with her two dogs, Lola and Milo. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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