‘Bark Air’ airline lands first private jet flight full of dogs

  • This airline allows dogs on its private jet fleet
  • They don’t have to sit in crates and carriers
  • ‘Bark Air’ landed its inaugural flight in Van Nuys, California, US, on Thursday


Published on May 24, 2024 at 5:20 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on May 25, 2024 at 11:47 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

This airline has gone barking – literally – as it allows dogs on its private jet fleet – minus crates and carriers.

‘Bark Air’ landed its inaugural flight full of fur babies in Van Nuys, California, US, on Thursday, May 23.

Their fleet of Gulfstream G5 private jets will be operating routes between LA and New York in the US and London, UK.

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Air travelers can fly first class alongside their favorite four-legged friend with plenty of room to spread out on the private jet.

“We never book to their full capacity to ensure you and your dog have enough room to spread out comfortably,” Bark Air said.

And, if your furry friend is a nervous flier that’s no problem about the private jet.

There’s a quick check-in process for the dogs and their humans, you only have to arrive at the airport an hour before the flight minus security screening, crates, and lines. 

A highly skilled Bark Air concierge welcomes all puppy passengers, helping them settle into their experience through socialization at the gate and dog-centric cabin preparation.

Once aboard the cabin will be prepped with calming aids for canines.

Think pheromones, music, warm lavender-scented refreshment towels, as well as a ‘just in case’ bag filled with calming treats, leashes, poop bags, and more.

Forget a glass of bubbles for take-off, dogs will be served their beverage of choice, whether it’s a simple water, or bone broth during ascent and descent.

This is to prevent VI-Pups from experiencing ear discomfort commonly caused by the change in cabin pressure.

Chicken or fish? Try a variety of BARK-branded treats, snacks, and surprises served throughout the flight if your doggo gets hungry at altitude.

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Dogs are required to have up-to-date vaccination records for internal US flights with information needed on their size, allergies, and socialization preferences. 

International destinations require documents certifying rabies vaccination record, microchip compliance, and proof of tapeworm treatment before taking off.

The airline offers one-way and round-trip flights between New York City metro area via Westchester County Airport (HPN) Van Nuys (VNY) and London, England via Biggin Hill (BQH). 

However their website states: “We are planning on adding new routes throughout the summer.”

At the time of writing, prices start at $6,000 for a flight to New York.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.