easyJet welcomed its first ‘furry flight club’ member yesterday, with guide dog Joey achieving 35 flights with the airline alongside his owner Jan Gibson. Joey, Jan and husband Roger, mainly take flights between London Luton and Pafos, Cyprus.
Joey, a Labrador, will be seven next month and has been with Jan for five years. He is her fifth guide dog.
Much like easyJet’s ‘flight club’ loyalty scheme for its most frequent flyers, ‘furry flight club’ is designed to focus on rewards which are most appreciated by the airline’s most loyal four-legged friends – doggie treats.
“All our flights have been with easyJet and we have always been made to feel welcome onboard,” said Jan.
“As this is Joey’s 35th flight, some of the crew have travelled with us on more than one occasion so we feel like family. The crew and passengers often fuss Joey and take photos as it’s not often you get to see a dog on a plane,” continued Jan.
“Joey even gave a Captain a lovely ‘kiss’ while a ‘selfie’ was being taken, and he has been in the cockpit when the aircraft was on the ground.
“Joey enjoys flying, and will usually sleep at my feet through most of the flight, although does go for a walk half-way through. I give him a chew after take-off to help his ears equalise the pressure, similar to us having a sweet, and also when we are on final descent.”
Paw-some news! ???? Yesterday we welcomed Joey – the 1st member of our ‘furry flight club’ – on his 35th flight, alongside his owner Jan Gibson pic.twitter.com/JyACdEtOmW
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Peter Duffy, easyJet’s Group Director, Customer and Marketing, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Joey as the first member of our ‘furry flight club’.
“With 35 flights under his collar, he must be one of the most travelled dogs in the country and we are really pleased Joey, Jan and Roger have chosen to fly with us again and again.”
Lord David Blunkett, chair at easyJet’s Special Assistance Advisory Group, added: “We always seek to improve the travel experience for all passengers, including people travelling with assistance dogs.
“We are very pleased that Joey and his owners Jan and Roger are able to regularly fly with easyJet. I hope this also reassures other people with assistance dogs that they can travel too.”