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Barking Mad? New Airline For Dogs Takes Off

If you ever find yourself wishing you could bring along your faithful four legged companion on a trip, you’ll be pleased to know that a brand-new airline - commencing in June - has just been created that specialises in all things dog friendly.


Woman and her dog on a Bark Air flight
Credit: Bark Air

Bark Air will launch with flights on just two routes: from London to New York and from New York to LA, with its mission of giving you and your pooch a first class experience on a luxurious Gulfstream G5.


Dogs are given free access to roam the entire plane when it’s cruising in the air, and they’ll be provided with all the treats a dog could dream of. Bark says it is the first of its kind, due to being ‘built from the ground up for dogs’. Bottom line, Bark Air believes no dog should have to fly in a crate.


The experience is very high-end, with concierges dedicated to getting to know you and your dog before the flight to ensure a safe, pleasant journey. You’ll also get a fast pass through security, and a very comfortable seat on board. There will never be more than ten people on board, ensuring utmost luxury for all concerned.


Dog boarding a Bark Air flight
Credit: Bark Air

The staff have a 'just in case' bag filled with calming treats, leashes, and poop bags, and dogs will be served their beverage of choice (water, bone broth, you name it) during ascent and descent to ensure they don't experience any ear discomfort commonly caused by the change in cabin pressure. In addition, a variety of Bark-branded treats and snacks will be freely available.


Unfortunately, there’s a pretty big catch. All of this comes with a substantial price tag of $8,000 (£6,400) for a one way ticket. Your ticket does include luggage and a transfer from the airport when you land, so that does soften the blow ever so slightly. You’ll also have to leave any kids at home, as people under the age of 18 are not welcome.


So, if you happen to have a spare eight grand and want to indulge yourself and your pet, you can book your flight here. Flights will be taking off from June, currently only operating a few times a month. There are plans to expand though, so keep your eyes on the skies.

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