A private chartered ‘pet jet’ is all set to fly six pets from Delhi to Mumbai in mid-June.
According to the Mumbai Mirror, India’s nationwide lockdown left various people across stranded in different parts of the country due to travel restrictions related to the pandemic. Several pets were also left stranded away from their pet parents as several of them had to rush to their home cities and leave their pets behind.
However, thanks to entrepreneur and cyber security researcher Deepika Singh, some of them may soon be reunited. The jet has so far been booked by the pet parents of two Shih Tzus, one Golden Retriever and one Lady Pheasant bird. At least two more pet passengers are required to make the flight viable.
The cost per seat stands at INR 160,000 (USD 2,120). Singh said if they do not find six passengers it will be even costlier.
Singh, who is 25 and from Mumbai, said the idea of transporting pets came to her as she explored different ways of bringing her aunt in Delhi who was alone during lockdown.
Singh then got in touch with Rahul Muchhal of Accretion Aviation and worked out an all-pet private jet that could transport dogs, birds and other pets.
Muchhal said they will likely use a turbo-prop aircraft which can seat 5 to 8 passengers.
The pets will be caged and will also be supervised by handlers. Furthermore, Covid-19 precautions will be taken prior to the pets and human handlers.