Time Frame: Birds on a plane

  • Photo by Sharon Hines/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

October 7, 2013

There is first class (diamond if you are flying Etihad) and for a very special few, there is falcon class.

This photo was taken in 1983 for Life Magazine and shows a private plane taking falcons owned by Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum on a hunting trip to Pakistan.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Dubai Falcon Hospital by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The facility was the first special hospital for falcons in the Middle East.

If you cannot afford a private jet to transport your falcon, incidentally, it is worth noting that Etihad is perhaps the only airline in the world to allow falcons in the main cabin.

For guidance, you are permitted one falcon of up of to three kilos  per guest in economy, but two in higher classes.