Japan Airlines recently ran a unique experience that allowed passengers to take their dogs into the main cabin with them during a flight.
Launched by JAL in association with Aeon Pet, the ‘Wan Wan Jet Tour’ charter flight saw owners travelling together with their canine companions on a special three-day domestic tour in Japan. The flight took passengers from Narita airport near Tokyo to Kagoshima Prefecture in the south west of the country. As part of the package tour, owners also got to have dinner with their dogs and stay in a hotel room as well as going sightseeing in rented cars.
The event was accompanied by two veterinarians and included dog treats, a boarding certificate with a photo and free crate training before departure, depending on customer preferences. While regular flights usually require passengers to have dogs checked into a special department on the plane at least 30 minutes before departure, the wan wan flight saw 61 customers and 31 dogs boarding the plane together before being swept off for a unique adventure.
The travel industry has seen a number of pet-related trends growing in recent times, with intrepid travellers creating their own transportation in order to include their favourite animals on journeys, as well as special pet minding services becoming increasingly popular for travellers wishing to get stay in destinations for free while making new furry friends. A JAL spokesperson has said that Japan Airlines may consider launching the charter flight again in future if there is sufficient customer interest.
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