VistaJet sees sharp increase in pet travel

VistaJet’s Cabin Hostesses now have tuition in all segments of pet first aid. Credit: VistaJet

Safety, security, and the wellbeing of clients are fundamental for all at VistaJet. In addition to the unparalleled training with the British Butler Institute, Norland College, and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, as well as being the first in private aviation to have in-house MedAire instructors, VistaJet’s team of over 200 Cabin Hostesses now has tuition in all segments of pet first aid to ensure safety for all in-flight and that loyal companions receive the same leading service as their owners.

This is in line with the finding that pet travel has increased a whopping 86 per cent.

"The fast increase in pet adoptions is paired with a habit of having pets as daily companions. Rabbits are a recent new breed of pet flown by VistaJet, and while dogs continue to make up the majority of animal passengers, the number of cats spiked 357 per cent from 2019 to 2020. It's important to continually evolve our services to offer best-in-class travel solutions to all our passengers, making them feel safe and cared for at all times. With one-in-four Members flying with pets, VistaJet is dedicated to ensuring dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and any other guests benefit from the same unparalleled service their owners expect from us," says Matteo Atti, Executive Vice President of Marketing, and Innovation at VistaJet.

As customers continue to seek safe havens for the entire family, VistaJet’s Private World collection introduces the very-best pet-friendly properties around the globe. At participating Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, pets feel right at home with tailored menus and exclusive amenities, massages, and cabanas for furry friends to enjoy during their stay.

The extensive training programme includes:

• Pet CPR procedures from checking circulation, identifying location of the heart and optimum ratio of compressions to breath.

• Recognizing warning signs of chocking and the best manoeuvre for the situation;

• Vital signs such as heart rate, varying pulse locations, body temperature, and mucous membrane and capillary refill time to check for circulation and levels of oxygen in the bloodstream.

• Understanding indications of poisoning from ingested or topical, spider or insect bites, and the best treatment for each.

• And to better understand behaviours, crew members also learn how to read body language, whether that be a friendly dog holding its ears up and a loosely wagging tail; a fearful dog with ears back and tail tucked; recognizing the difference between a rapidly twitching tail and a friendly wag; or the unpredictability of cats, gaining clues from their eyes, ears, and whiskers.

VistaPet provides additional solutions for comfort and health, including fear of flying courses for fearful ones; balanced menus to keep animals healthy and hydrated; a safe and soft cabin; and in-flight amenity kits.