The afternoon of the 2sd September, EK 9497, an Emirates Boeing 777 freighter carrying 40 horsepower from Haneda airport lands at Liège airport.
It was the last of 16 flights operated by Emirates SkyCargo to transport champion horses between Liège and Tokyo, successfully closing one of the largest horse charter movements in air transport history.
Nabil Sultan, Senior Vice President of Emirates Division, Cargo, said: “Emirates SkyCargo is delighted to have successfully concluded horse charters for the world’s most prestigious sporting event.
“It has been a monumental effort by our team requiring months of planning and coordination with our partners and authorities to ensure that these international equine champions receive the best care and the best flying experience.
“We have drawn on our extensive experience of riding horses for sporting events across the world over the past two decades to operate the 16 flights between Liege and Tokyo. “
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Emirates SkyCargo carried 316 horsepower on eight flights from Liege to Tokyo and 323 horsepower on an equal number of flights for the return trip over a seven week period with the first flight operated out of 13e July and the last operated on 2sd September.
The 16 flights were operated by three Emirates Boeing 777 freighter in a high density configuration (A6-EFG, A6-EFH and A6-EFK) allowing between 9 and 11 grooms to fly with and care for the equine guests on every flight. In total, 157 grooms flew on charter flights between Liège and Tokyo.
A total of 60 Emirates cabin crew flew the 16 charter flights on horseback. The air cargo carrier has also transported 336 horse boxes, over 160 tons of special equipment and food and drink for equine champions on its flights.
Emirates SkyCargo worked closely with Peden Bloodstock and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) for 18 months to finalize the details of charter flights and ensure that the horses would travel in a comfortable and stress-free environment.
The Emirates SkyCargo charter planning team ensured that the entire operation ran smoothly, including securing available aircraft, flight attendants, stevedores and crews. ground technical assistance.
Emirates is one of the world leaders in air transport of horses for sporting events.
The carrier has developed Emirates Equine, a specialized product for the calm and comfortable transport of horses on its Boeing 777 cargo plane which complies with the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) and all other applicable directives.
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