In the realm of private aviation, where private jets are often associated with celebrities and high-profile individuals, there exists a niche that takes these standards to extraordinary heights – the world of private flights for exclusive passengers, including those with wings or four legs. This is where KlasJet, a well-known exclusive private and corporate jet charter company and a part of the world’s largest ACMI providers, the Avia Solutions Group family, comes to help. Lukas Petrauskas, Chief Commercial Officer of KlasJet, shares the behind-the-scenes information about how flights for exclusive animals are organized.
KlasJet regularly conducts hunting falcon flights in the Middle Eastern, African, and Asian regions, with one such flight taking place recently. Hunting Falcons – some of the most spectacular aviators in the world, with a market value of up to $1 million, who are transported around the world as prime athletes. Carrying high-value cargo, including exotic animals, is a service that the KlasJet team has vast experience with. Transportation of the exclusive animals begins long before take-off. These animals require premium care and attention to ensure a smooth and stress-free flight, even when they aren’t the ones doing the flying. “Every member of our team is well-versed in the manuals, rules, and restrictions governing the transportation of live animals. This expertise ensures that each journey is executed with precision and care”, Petrauskas says.
According to him, “One of the critical aspects of our preparation for such flights involves meticulous checks on all documentation. We leave no stone unturned to ensure that every document is accurate and in compliance with international and local regulations. We understand the significance of the smallest details, such as verifying that the destination country allows the export of specific animal breeds.”
Safety and Client-Centric Approach
Safety and well-being are paramount for the animals during their flights. CCO of KlasJet explains what special instructions were implemented to guarantee the safety of exclusive passengers, “Ensuring the safety and well-being of the birds during their flight held the highest priority for us. We implemented special instructions to secure all cabin cages meticulously, adhering strictly to aviation regulations. We go to great lengths to communicate with the client and understand all the specific needs and specifications of the animals we transport”, explains Petrauskas.
Emotional State of the Transported Animal
The personalized approach ensures that every aspect of the journey is tailored to the well-being and comfort of the special passengers. According to the representative of KlasJet, to guarantee a smooth travel experience, it is necessary to ensure that qualified escorts are on board during such flights. “These professionals play an important role in assisting the crew members, ensuring they will address the needs of the animals throughout the journey. It contributes to a stress-free and comfortable travel experience for all animal passengers”, says Petrauskas. Furthermore, especially important is the role of the dedicated caretaker. In addition to the operational measures, it is always valuable to have one on board.