Etihad Cargo Transports 72 Horses on a Single Flight
Etihad Cargo recently shipped a special consignment of 72 elite racehorses from England to Kuwait after the European racing season.
The combined value of the 72 racehorses are valued at S $45 million. At London’s Stansted Airport, the IATA-approved stalls were then loaded onto the temperature controlled cargo hold of the aircraft, with the operation taking more than six hours to load. They were transported from London to Kuwait City, where they will spend the winter months training and racing in the temperate Middle Eastern climate. They were flown on one of the carrier’s Boeing 777 freighter, which can accommodate up to 75 horses at a time.
David Kerr, Senior Vice President of Etihad Cargo, said: “Safety is the most important thing for our equine customers, which is why it is imperative we offer a safe and reliable service on all of our shipments.
“The Middle East has strong ties to these magnificent creatures dating back thousands of years and, to this day, they are arguably the most precious cargo we carry. In 2016 alone Etihad Cargo has been entrusted to transport more than 1,200 horses, with several more large shipments scheduled before the end of the year.”
Conan Busby, MAG’s Head of Cargo, owners of London Stansted Airport, said: “We are delighted that Etihad Airways chose Stansted to handle this delicate and valuable cargo. Stansted is the UK’s number one airport for horse travel and handles many specialist flights every year. Many of the horses taking part in this year’s Olympic Games and the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations passed through Stansted’s dedicated equine facility.”