Which airlines allow large dogs in cabins in Canada?

Dreaming of jetting off with your big furry buddy? You probably know that flying a large dog isn’t as simple as grabbing a ticket and hopping on a plane. Most airlines say “nope” to large dogs in the cabin (except service animals), leaving many of us to hit the road instead.

But wait, it’s not all doom and gloom! While no regular airlines in Canada let large dogs chill in the cabin, don’t lose hope. If you’ve got some extra cash, private Canadian jet charter services can make your dream of ‘flying with Fido’ come true!

Pet-friendly private jet services in Canada

Several dogs are lying inside a private jet


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Think of Jettly as Canada’s fancy Uber for the skies. Their website literally says they’re the “The Expedia®  for private jets”. Options range from pay-as you-fly to tiered memberships. Prices? They vary, but brace yourself for some hefty numbers!

When I used their Charter Cost Estimate to check for flights from Toronto to Vancouver, the estimated costs ranged between $34k CAD  to up to $86k CAD depending on the type of jet you select.

Eco-friendly option
Jettly services offer 200% emissions offsetting as part of their Clean Air Commitment

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Air Charter Advisors

Air Charter Advisors is a well-established private flight service that started in South Florida in 2012. If you’re looking to prioritize safety then consider flying you and your pup on this service.

All their private jets are sourced from the Star Operator Network – air carriers that represent “Above Industry Standards” for air charter safety. 

You can get a free quote from Air Charter Advisors by submitting your contact information on their website. Once submitted, an automated email will be sent out requesting further details of your flight plans, where you can include more specific details about the type of equipment, number of pets, and flight destination.

A quote for a 5-day roundtrip flight from Toronto to Vancouver for 2 people and 1 dog was estimated to at $92k-95k CAD after using their free quote services. 

You can find more information about which major cities Air Charter Services in Canada by visiting their “Private Jet Carrier Services in Canada” webpage.


Founded in 1964, NetJets is the oldest private jet operator in the world.  They are a company that prides itself on providing premier safety and legendary service to its customers.

To fly with NetJets though, you will have to become a fractional owner (purchasing a share or a portion of a jet). The size of your share determines the specific number of hours you can fly in that aircraft – with the ability to upgrade or downgrade to any other jet in their fleet. 

You’ll need to start with a minimum of 50 hours so NetJets is the best option for frequent luxury fliers. 

Flying with pets or a large dog is a breeze with NetJets. Their airlines offer space for dogs even if all seats are occupied in the plane, with some aircraft even offering a designated pet area in the cabin. However, note that not every airline on NetJets is pet-friendly – be sure to visit their Flying with Pets page to view the list of aircraft authorized to transport pets before purchasing a fractional ownership of an aircraft. 

For 2024 – these are the aircraft on NetJets which are authorized for pet transport:

Benefits of chartering a private flight for large dogs

Here are some of the many benefits you get for chartering a private flight for your large dog:

  • Large dogs can travel in a cabin with you
  • Pets travel without distractions from other pets and passengers
  • In-flight catering options for yourself and your pet
  • Skip the stressful and crowded lines at commercial airports
  • More dog breed inclusivity (i.e. brachycephalic breeds like pugs or bulldogs), animal size, and animal quantity
  • No sweltering or freezing waits for cargo pets
  • Help with all travel paperwork including your pet’s travel documentation and vaccination information
  • No baggage restrictions


Private Jet Services are services that help connect travellers with the private aviation industry. These services are often used by travellers who are seeking specific air travel amenities including:

  • Flying on their own
  • Establishing a dedicated pilot for air travel
  • Dedicated and flexible flight schedules that work with the traveller’s schedules
  • Avoiding crowds and airport security
  • Reducing the stress of air travel for infants, toddlers, and pets
  • Individualized amenities on flight

If you have the disposable income for it, flying a private jet is the safest and most comfortable way for your pets to fly with you. 

Yes, rather than paying for a whole private chartered flight yourself – you can consider sharing the private jet with several other travellers. It’ll still cost several thousand dollars to transport yourself and your pet, but will be significantly less than paying for an entire private jet experience. 

Unfortunately, many of these ‘shared’ options are not commercially available and will need to be coordinated via private community groups like Chartered Air Travel with Pets (UK only), US/UK Dog & Pet Repatriation Private Charter Jet Group.

I have, however, seen private jet group-sharing services offered by Hong Kong-based companies like Top Stairs Air and L’Voyage – which are addressing a growing demand for people seeking shared private jets for relocation purposes. Given that many of their relocation options are based in the United States and Canada, you may be able to coordinate some cheaper private jet flights to specific destinations if they match their major routes. 

While every private jet service may differ slightly on their pet policies, here are some good general guidelines to help you prepare for flying with a dog in cabin:

  • Ensure that all vaccinations are up to date for your pet
  • Most airlines will not allow pets less than 12 weeks to fly
  • Plan to give your dog ample time to exercise and use the restroom before the flight. A tired dog is a good dog!
  • Make sure to avoid feeding or giving your pet water 2-4 hours before the flight to prevent accidents
  • Have a dedicated pet travel passport and your pet medical records handy in case of emergencies
  • Dogs greater than 150 pounds or 70kg will need to lay on the floor instead of sitting on a seat during takeoff on most airlines – be sure your dog knows the ‘down’ command and comfortably holds the position for the duration of takeoff and landing 

The charter cost can depend on several factors including:

  • if you’re flying commercial vs private
  • the size of your dog
  • duration of flight

Here’s a general reference chart based on the current prices I’ve found online – use these numbers as a rule of thumb as every airline, and flight can vary:

Travel StyleTypical Fees
Commercial | small dog – carrier under seat$30 – $200
Commercial | large dog (50+ lbs) – cargo$50 – $500
Private Jet Charters | any size – in cabin“Free” – Generally included in the cost of the flight ($1.5k – $50k)
Note: Policies for pet travel on charter planes are set by the operators and owners of the aircraft. Be sure to check with your flight before you go.


Flying with your large dog in Canada isn’t straightforward, but it’s not impossible either. If you’ve got the budget, private jets offer a comfy, safe way to travel with your four-legged friend.

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