People love their pets – that’s no secret – and when it comes to flying, owners are understandably concerned about providing a healthy and safe trip for Fido and Fluffy.
In fact, VistaJet, a global business aviation company, has recently enhanced its comprehensive VistaPet program due to an 86% increase in the number of pet-related travel requests it has received over the past two years.
Matteo Atti, EVP Marketing & Innovation at VistaJet said: “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% 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. VistaJet is dedicated to ensuring dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and any other guests benefit from the same unparalleled service their owners expect from us.”
As safety, security and the wellbeing of its clients – even those with four legs – is fundamental for all, VistaJet’s team of over 200 Cabin Hostesses now have received extensive education with MedAire instructors that includes courses on vital signs, animal behavior, fear of flying, CPR procedures and more.
The extensive training program includes:
· Pet CPR procedures from checking circulation, identifying location of the heart and optimum ratio of compressions to breath.
· Recognizing warningsigns of choking and the best maneuvers 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 behaviors, 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.
If VistaJet can provide this kind of stellar service for pets – just image how great they make flying private for humans!
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