Korean Air

Korean Air is the flag carrier and largest airline of South Korea. Their headquarters are in Seoul, South Korea. Depending on the size of your pet, they welcome animals in the cabin, as checked baggage, and as freight in the cargo.

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Pet Reservations

Korean Air only allows a certain number of pets on each flight, so they suggest you book Fido a spot on board as soon as you confirm your travel plans. You can contact the Customer Service Team at (800) 438-5000 to do this. Additionally, no pets are allowed on Boeing 737 international flights.

Pets in the Cabin

Passengers are welcome to bring a pet with them into the cabin if the combined weight of the pet and carrier does not exceed 11 lbs (5 kg). The fee for this service varies depending on your travel plans. For pets traveling in the cabin between Asia and America, the fee is $200; to/from Brazil is $175; from Asia to/from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Oceania is $200; from Korea to/from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, or Mongolia is $100; and all other Asian flights are $150.

Pets in Checked Baggage

If the combined weight of your pet and carrier is between 11 lbs (5 kg) and 70 lbs (32 kg), they qualify for travel as checked baggage. Animals weighing between 72 lbs (33 kg) and 99 lbs (45 kg) can also fly in the hold as checked baggage, but passengers should be aware that they may not be accepted by some countries due to certain regulations. You can find out more about a countries' individual regulations by visiting the Korean Air website or by calling their Customer Service Team at (800) 438-5000. If Fido's combined weight with their carrier is less than 70 lbs (32 kg), between Asia and America, the fee is $200; to/from Brazil is $175; from Asia to/from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Oceania is $200; from Korea to/from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, or Mongolia is $100; and all other Asian flights are $150. If Fido's combined weight with their carrier is between 72 lbs (33 kg) and 99 lbs (45 kg), between Asia and America, the fee is $400; to/from Brazil is $350; from Asia to/from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or Oceania is $400; from Korea to/from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, or Mongolia is $200; and all other Asian flights are $300.

Pets in Cargo

Animals that exceed the maximum weight of 99 lbs (45 kg) to travel in the cabin may be transported as freight cargo instead. If animals are not accepted as checked baggage where you are flying to, sending them as cargo is the best method. Each person is permitted to transport up to 4 dogs at any time. Pets under 90 days old are not allowed to fly with Korean Air. For further information, you can contact the Korean Air Cargo Traffic Team at 82-2-2656-5868.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling in the cabin, carriers must not exceed 45" H (115 cm); for economy class, the height should be less than 8" H (20 cm), and soft carriers can be 10" H (26 cm). Carriers can be made from firm materials such as metal, wood, or plastic. Additionally, cloth and leather carriers permitted for carry-on pets. For pets traveling in the hold, carriers should not exceed than 97" H (246 cm). Carriers should come equipped with proper ventilation and be water resistant.

Other Restrictions

Passengers are permitted to bring a maximum of 3 pets onto a flight with them if 2 are checked as baggage and 1 is in the cabin. Korean Air has restrictions on brachycephalic breeds (snub-nosed) transported in the cargo compartment of domestic flight operated with narrow body aircraft from July to September. The dog breeds that are regarded as this type are: Dogo Argentino, Mastiff, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bulldog, Brussels Griffon, Shih Tzu, Spaniel(English toy), Japanese Chin, Chow Chow, Pug, Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, Shapei, Affenpinscher, Tibetan Spaniel, and Pit Bulls; and cat breeds are: Burmese, Exotic, Himalayan, and Persian. Korean Air also does not accept what they consider to be fierce dogs (as defined by the Korean Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries), animals that are violent, on medication, ill, have a strong odor, or are pregnant. Breeds that are not allowed to travel are Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Laika, Ovtcharka, Kangal, Wolfdog, and any dogs that are mixed breeds of any listed.

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