The German Shepherd which was mistakenly flown to Japan by United Airlines was returned to its family in a luxury business jet where he received the royal treatment.
Pictures shared exclusively with DailyMailTV show 10-year-old Irgo on his 6,000-mile journey home where he experienced a pampered trip most people can only dream of.
Last month, the scandal-ridden air carrier suffered another PR nightmare when it accidentally put the Kansas-bound dog on a flight to Japan.
Irgo was returned to his family in Wichita two days later – after a flight home on a Bombardier Global 6000 private jet.
And while the four-legged friend suffered time away from his loved-ones, photos show the dog living the high life on the plush charter flight where he even ate his meal in the cockpit with the pilot.
DailyMailTV has learned the disastrous pet mix-up cost the company as much as $100,000 to fix.
High-flying doggy: Irgo, the 10-year-old German Shepherd is seen on his 6,000 mile journey home after he was accidentally put on a flight to Japan. He was returned by a private flight which went first to Hong Kong and then to
First-class meal: The four-legged furry friend experienced the royal treatment and was seen eating in the cockpit with the pilot
The high life: Irgo’s owner was told her dog would fly home in a regular cabin but ‘for some reason’, the airline changed its mind
The dog had been in Naruto, Japan, where he was sent by mistake in March after being mixed-up with a Lincoln the Great Dane at Denver International Airport.
Irgo’s owner Kara Swindle, 27, has vowed to sue the airline.
The mix-up happened a day after another dog suffocated in the overhead bin during another flight.
Swindle had arranged for Irgo to fly in the hold as she and her family moved from Salem, Oregon, to Wichita, Kansas.
But when they went to collect him once their flight had landed, they were given a Great Dane instead.
Irgo, they learned, had been put in that dog’s place on a one-way flight to Naruto, Japan by mistake by handlers who confused the two animals at Denver Airport, where they had stopped over.
After alerting United staff, Swindle got in touch with Lincoln’s owners, an American military family who live in Japan.
They kept in touch over Facebook until both dogs were safely returned, she told DailyMail.com.
The woman said she was in ‘complete shock’ when she went to collect Irgo and found that he had not made the flight.
‘I just couldn’t believe how this could happen!’ she said.
The German Shepherd was reunited with owner Kara Swindle (pictured) and her children in Wichita, Kansas, two days after being accidentally flown to Japan by United Airlines
Swindle, 27, said she was relieved to finally have the 10-year-old dog back after being separated from him for two days
When the family went to collect their dog after their flight had landed, they were given a Great Dane (pictured) instead
After alerting staff, she says she was told her dog would fly home in a regular cabin but ‘for some reason’, the airline changed its mind.
‘United wouldn’t let him fly in the cabin so they decided doing their corporate jet would be the best bet and got him there a whole lot faster as well.