'Uggie' keeps up a Hollywood tradition by Flying Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Hollywood's biggest stars have chosen to fly with Virgin Atlantic ever since its first commercial flight over 27 years ago and now stars of the big screen are being welcome onboard by Virgin Atlantic Cargo too.

Uggie, the 10-year-old Jack Russell Terrier and star of the Oscar-winning silent movie, The Artist, climbed aboard with Virgin Atlantic Cargo for a flying visit between Los Angeles and London to appear on The Graham Norton Show, BBC News, Channel 5 News, Blue Peter and Newsround to name a few.

The Artist won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.

Since 2003, when Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to fly pets directly from the USA to London Heathrow under the Pet Travel Scheme, their dedicated team has successful managed the travel arrangements for over 14,000 dogs and cats to and from destinations across their international network, including the United States, Dubai, Hong Kong, South Africa, the Caribbean and Australia. Through their partner Virgin Australia, they also take care of family pets between Los Angles and both Sydney and Melbourne.

Helen Evans, Shipping Manager for Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said: "We treat pets with the same special care and attention we give to our passengers.  We know how important our furry travellers are to their owners and we pride ourselves on offering a service second to none which is why we get many repeat bookings.

"My team ensure pets and their owners are looked after from start to finish, that is why we only fly pets within Virgin's own network and, in the UK, it's my team that take care of all documentation and customs clearance requirements to make sure pets are safely reunited with their owners as quickly as possible."


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