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Behind the Scenes at the Air France-KLM Animal Hotel

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Pet Friendly Airlines

KLM Cargo Animal HotelAir France KLM Animal Hotel in Amsterdam

PetRelocation has a few preferred airlines when it comes to planning safe moves for our clients' pets, and one of them is KLM -- read on to see why.

Imagine a place at the airport where you could retreat to your private, air-conditioned room, take a nice walk in a grassy park, and grab a bite to eat while you relax and wait for your next flight to take off.  

No more loud terminals, uncomfortable waiting area chairs, or worrying about final boarding calls --...

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Take a Closer Look at Lufthansa's Animal Cargo Program

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Lufthansa logoExploring Lufthansa's Pet Cargo Options

Lufthansa's animal cargo program is a top choice for many pet travelers, and to see why, all you need to do is take a closer look at how their operations work.

Thinking of using Lufthansa to transport your dog or cat for an upcoming international pet move? Here's a video that offers a look behind the scenes, and read on to find out more about your options from Martin Riecken, the Head of Corporate Communications for Lufthansa.

Riecken was kind enough to...

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Pet Friendly Airlines: United's O'Hare PetSafe Kennel Facility

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

United PetSafe programTraveling through Chicago with a pet and wondering about layover conditions? Here's a look at what to expect. 

The United kennel facility at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) opened in 2013, offering a new level of care for pets flying through ORD as part of United's PetSafe program.

The kennel is located inside United's ORD Cargo Facility and includes 28 individual enclosures so that animals of different species can be housed in separate ventilated, temperature-controlled areas. This is...

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Pet Friendly Airlines: United's PetSafe Product Enhancements

Monday, December 28, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

dog in travel crateIn addition to United's PetSafe expansions that included adding new PetSafe routes to Latin America, Canada, and within the United States, they have also rolled out several new product enhancements.

-United was recently approved to add three new PetSafe vans to its existing fleet. These new additions will operate in Chicago and Washington Dulles, supporting two of the busiest hubs just in time for summer travel season.

-Fifty new agents have also been added to the PetSafe desk, which means that...

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Snub-Nosed Breed Restrictions on United Airlines

Sunday, December 27, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

snub-nosed dogUnited PetSafe Breed Restrictions

Before making pet travel plans, it's important to research your airline options and any restrictions that may exist in order to avoid getting into an inconvenient situation on your day of departure. Do you have the right travel crate? Do you have the correct paperwork from your vet? Wait, is your breed of pet even accepted by this airline?

These are all questions certainly worth looking into well in advance, and most can be answered by perusing the airline's...

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United's PetSafe Routes for Latin America, Canada and Within the United States

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

french bulldog Choosing a pet-friendly airline is one of the most important parts of planning a safe and efficient pet relocation. Due to their PetSafe program, we often use United when moving pets, and we're happy to say they've consistently added routes and services over the years to become even more accessible.

Here are a few examples of United PetSafe expansions -- hopefully there will be many more to come as the skies become increasingly friendly to four-legged travelers.

More Flights to Latin America


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Five Things We Didn't Know About Lufthansa's Pet Friendly Program

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

dog at the airportAs pet travel specialists, we work with Lufthansa on a regular basis to safely transport our customers' pets all over the world -- so you'd think we'd know everything there is to know about Lufthansa! However, in the process of interviewing them for our Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight, we found out some surprising facts about the Lufthansa pet program that even we didn't know before.

1.  Lufthansa cares about animal conservation. 

Lufthansa Cargo works closely with international zoos and...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series by the Numbers: Lufthansa's Animal Lounge

Monday, May 11, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Lufthansa Animal LoungeOur Pet Friendly Airline Series continues with more Lufthansa coverage! This airline is one of the largest and busiest in the world, so it's no surprise that they've paid attention to the growing need for pet-friendly amenities.

Lufthansa Airlines offers a one-of-a-kind pet facility called the Lufthansa Animal Lounge. Located in Frankfurt, Germany, this spacious area streamlines the pet import/export process and allows animals a place to take a break and stretch their legs in between flights.


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DOT Data Reveals Positive Trends in Pet Air Travel

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Pet Friendly Airlines

plane / enrique via flickrAccording to recent government data, pet air travel is growing safer.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released its February 2015 Air Travel Consumer Report, which presents the DOT's overview of air travel data from last year and leads to an encouraging conclusion: of the approximately 2 million animals who traveled by air in 2014, there were 17 deaths and 26 injuries -- numbers that reflect a decrease from previous years.

As we've discussed in the past, though tragic pet travel...

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Will Tomorrow's Lufthansa Strike Affect Pet Travel?

Monday, September 15, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Update: The planned pilots' strike for 9/16 has been cancelled. Lufthansa flights should be operating smoothly tomorrow.

Lufthansa pilots are planning an eight hour strike on Tuesday, Sept. 16, however the airline has announced that no cancellations are anticipated and pet flights will still take place. Some intercontinental flights will run earlier or later than originally scheduled, but Lufthansa aims to keep delays and irregularities to a minimum.

The strike is set to run from 2 a.m. to 10...

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British Airways Launches "Paws & Relax TV"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Pet Friendly Airlines: British Airways Loves Pets

This month, the in-flight entertainment options on some British Airways flights are about to become pretty cute -- and will hopefully have relaxing effects, too.

Options passengers can choose to watch during long flights on the Paws & Relax channel will include "Simon's Cat" (an animated feature), "America's Cutest Dog" and "The Secret Life of Cats."

Some studies have shown that images of cute animals can lower people's heart rate and reduces stress...

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Pet Travel Behind The Scenes: How United Airlines Transports Cats

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by Pet Friendly Airlines


Last week we helped a pet owner move her two cats from the United States to Oslo, Norway. She happened to be on the same plane as her felines (usually this isn't the case since we're handling the logistics -- human travelers can schedule their flights whenever they please), and as they departed from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), the owner actually caught a few pictures as United PetSafe attendants put the cats onto the plane.

As you can see from these photos, the cats were...

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Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight: Virgin Atlantic

Thursday, May 26, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

We're wrapping up the last week of our Pet Friendly Airline Series by spotlighting a few airlines we've yet to cover. So far we've looked at Lufthansa, JetBlue, Delta and KLM, but we thought you'd like to know about Virgin Atlantic, as well.

Virgin Atlantic is a British airline headquartered near London Gatwick Airport, and last year they carried about 5.3 million passengers. They aren't as comprehensive a pet carrier as a few other airlines, but they've come in handy for a number of four-legged...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: A Look at KLM

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Worldwide airline carrier Air France-KLM (also referred to as Royal Dutch Airlines) has a long history of serving customers and functions as one of the top choices for international pet travelers thanks to its pet-friendly policies and on-the-ground amenities that make all the difference.

In the past we've covered the basics (how to book a flight on KLM, "Behind the Scenes at KLM"), but here's another quick overview of what this airline offers to pet travelers.

-KLM has actually been flying with...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: Continental Airlines by the Numbers

Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

As pet travel becomes increasingly popular (just check the results of our recent 2011 Summer Pet Travel Survey), it makes sense that businesses of all kinds are stepping up to provide an array of pet-friendly amenities. This trend has also inspired us to take a look at some of the top pet-friendly airlines, and today we continue our examination of Continental.

Continental Airlines has become a popular service provider for pet travelers, as they advertise a more comprehensive menu of offerings...Read More

Pet Friendly Airline Series: Flying Pets with Continental

Monday, May 16, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Welcome to the third week of our Pet Friendly Airline Series! School is out (or will be soon) and temperatures are rising, so now is the perfect time to take a look at various travel options you may soon be considering for the summer season.

Whether you're in the planning stages of a big move or counting down the days to your dream vacation, you might be tackling the question of how to fly with your pet. Hopefully our airline overview will help you figure out the best route to take... So far...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: Lufthansa Highlights

Thursday, May 12, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

lufthansa planeWe've been covering Pet Friendly Airlines for the past few days, putting JetBlue and Lufthansa in the spotlight in order to find out more about their pet-friendly amenities.

Here are the highlights from what we've learned about Lufthansa, as well as some tips that will help you book your next pet flight. According to the results of our recent summer pet travel survey, that will probably be a lot of you!

Check back with us next week for more pet airline information, and be sure to share your own...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: An Introduction to Lufthansa

Monday, May 9, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

Welcome to week two of our Pet Friendly Airline Series! Last week we covered JetBlue's pet-friendly features, and this week we're turning our attention to Lufthansa, one of the world's busiest airlines and a frequent choice for pet travelers.
This Germany-based airline flies more passengers than any other airline in Europe and has put much effort into accommodating the needs of pet owners. Lufthansa flies pets in the cabin and cargo hold of its passenger planes, and they also have a separate...

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Pet Friendly Airline Spotlight: 10 Things We've Learned about JetBlue's JetPaws program

Thursday, May 5, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

To get our May Pet Friendly Airline Series going, we took a look at JetBlue's pet-friendly services this week. This airline doesn't just tolerate pets of a certain size, they welcome them, making travel a much more enjoyable experience for scores of people.

If you're thinking of flying with your pet anytime soon, here's a quick re-cap of what we've learned about JetBlue.

10 Things We've Learned about JetBlue Airways

-JetBlue has been flying pets since 2000, and they offer a host of travel...

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Pet Friendly Airline Series: JetBlue Honors its Most-Traveled Pet and Announces a Pet Photo Twitter Contest

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by Pet Friendly Airlines

It's a lucky coincidence that the week we decided to cover JetBlue's pet-friendly services is the same week they're making a big announcement!

May is National Pet Awareness Month, and JetBlue is celebrating pets and their owners by holding a contest that will raise funds for charity. All this month, for every pet picture that's uploaded to Twitter using the hashtag #JetPaws, JetBlue will donate $2 to the Millan Foundation.

The Millan Foundation was established in 2007 by Caesar Millan and works to...

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