Dogs Are Getting Their Own Airline—but It Won't Be Cheap

Bark Air for dogs has just 2 stops from NY—London and LA—costing up to $8K one way
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2024 9:40 AM CDT
New Airline Lets Dogs Rule the Plane, for $6K a Ticket
Would you like a Coke, or perhaps a biscuit, ma'am?   (Getty Images/Ryan Jello)

"Finally, dogs can fly." That's the lofty proclamation on the website for Bark Air, a "100% totally real" new service that vows to "revolutionize flying" for our canine companions. In a statement, the airline launched by the BarkBox subscription service will offer "a more fun—and humane—option for dogs traveling with their two-legged human companions," without having to be shoved in the cargo hold or a duffel bag, per Quartz.

Bark Air flights on Gulfstream G5 (or similar) jets will start on May 23, though with a limited itinerary: The legs will originate from New York's Westchester County Airport and fly to either Los Angeles ($6,000 one way) or London ($8,000 one way), per USA Today. Each passenger pup gets a pass to bring one (adult) human companion along for the ride for "free," with additional human passes available for purchase. The airline also promises a quick boarding process, with expedited security "done in minutes," as long as the passengers arrive at the airport an hour or so before takeoff. Furry fliers will receive treats and the option of a dog anxiety jacket to help them stay calm, as well as noise-canceling ear coverings.

The "Dogs Fly First" preparations include pheromones, music, and colors designed to soothe nervous pooches. Dog passengers will need to have current vaccination records, and kids aren't allowed on the flights, as a recent poll shows "that children are responsible for 100% of tail pulling," per Bark Air's FAQ. All sizes and breeds are permitted on board, and they can "sit on laps, seats, beds, or wherever" they're most comfortable. Leashes are required during taxiing, takeoff, and landing, as well as during turbulent flights, but otherwise, the dogs can fly leashfree. As for clapping when the pilot lands the plane, the FAQ suggests keeping it to a minimum, as it could be scary for the doggy passengers. (More dogs stories.)

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