Dog flies first class — for $32,000

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2009

An Israeli woman has paid El Al $32,000 to reserve the whole of a business class section of a flight from Paris to Tel Aviv for herself and her boxer dog “Or”, whom she refused to leave alone in the hold.

The 60-year-old woman, who gave her name only as “Rivkah,” said she wanted to make sure that she would be able to calm him down. Rivkah hired a vet to accompany them on the flight.

Rivkah said: “I didn’t think for a minute to leave Or, my little Orchuk, with the cargo. All that mattered to me was to have my baby with me during the flight so that I can take care of him. He is my child, not a dog. And he deserves the best.”

Chris Lewis, a spokesperson for El Al in the UK, said: “This is the first time this has ever happened, but if you do know any more rich people who can’t bear to be parted from their pets, then do point them in our direction.”

Last updated: 10:51pm, August 16 2009