Shipping with Aer Lingus Chicago to Dublin
I am returning to Ireland and am taking my Standard Poodle (Mister Murphy) with me. Rather I plan to ship him a few days ahead of me as I will be taking 2 flights and want him to have only 1 (ORD-DUB) so will take him to Chicago by car. I am apparently able to book directly through IAGCargo which handles all pet cargo for Aer Lingus, BA, and others but can't do so more than 2 weeks from proposed trip date. This seems to obviate the need for a Pet-Relocator that your Pets information suggests is the only way-or is IAGCargo THE Pet-Relocator in this instance? I need to buy a crate (all information is on their website including a nice video that makes pet transportation seem far more appealing than ordinary passenger seating! https://youtu.be/MNglihD3uvc)
Does anyone have any suggestions about where to buy a large crate that will probably be used only once? Dimensions (internal) 40 ins long/30 ins high/27 ins wide.
Yes, Kevin, there have been positive changes for the consumer in this area. When I did my move a few years ago, it was mandated to go through a pet relocation company. Not anymore. Good news for the likes of you 🙂
Wherever you choose to buy your crate be sure it is airline compliant. It should state that on it's labeling/packaging. You can pick one up locally in most large pet stores. Alternatively, take a look online e.g. Amazon, and I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for there.
Just an update on moving my pet dog Murphy to Ireland. I have booked his flight through IAGCargo in Chicago which handles pet transportation for Aer Lingus, BA, Iberia, etc and seems very good. The man there to talk to is Tom. He's very attentive and answered all my concerns patiently and reassuringly and his contact details are:
Tom Sidorowicz (Senior Customer Service Agent) AVI Product Specialist, British Airways/Iberia Cargo, Toll free: 18885784806
I have had to buy a crate and there are all sorts of specifications for this but the main one is length (so the dog can turn round in the crate) and height (so that the dog can stand upright with clearance for his/her ears). This cost me about $200 as it's X-Large. Murphy's a Standard Poodle so is tall and long. He will be picked up at Lissenhall Clinic near Dublin airport once his Pet Passport has been checked and once he's deemed to be fit and healthy. The flight will cost $1900. This is based on crate size and weight from what I can gather. They don't accept credit cards-just cash/cheque and you pay at the desk when you check your pet in. You can only book his flight 2 weeks before travelling and this creates a little bit of stress as ytou can't be certain there's space etc. He has to be examined by a vet here in US no more than 5 days and no less than 1 day before travelling. This is when he gets his Pet Passport. The vets seem to know what's required of them but I am talking the checklist along. I have already set up the crate and Murphy loves it so I'm hoping there'll be no reluctance to get in it when he travels. I'll be glad when it's all done 😉 I'll update the community 'from the other side'. Cheers. Kevin