Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has successfully transported some of the world’s best show jumping horses from Mexico City to Miami for the Longines Global Champions Tour. The air cargo carrier will later be transporting these horses from Miami to Liege and from there to Shanghai back to Liege. Emirates SkyCargo will be operating dedicated freighter flights over the course of the month to transport the equine champions and their grooms. Emirates SkyCargo worked closely with Peden Bloodstock, a specialist in horse transportation to manage the complex logistics involved in flying close to 100 horses across four different countries within the space of a few weeks.
Mexico City and Miami
Emirates SkyCargo transported 97 horses using two separate freighter aircraft from Mexico City on the 31st of March. The horses, each weighing between 600 and 650 kgs, were transported on the Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777F freighter aircraft along with grooms and about specialized equipment.
Miami International Airport is one of a handful of airports with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) facility on site to handle the import and export of live animals.
For the next stop in the itinerary, the air cargo carrier will transport the horses in two separate flights to Shanghai through Liege in mid- April 2018 and back to Liege on completion of the Shanghai leg of the tour. Dedicated and trained staff are on the ground at each destination to ensure smooth handling and maximum comfort for the horses.
Emirates SkyCargo combines state of the art facilities including a modern fleet of wide-bodied aircraft and specialized horse stalls along with exceptional logistical arrangements on the ground by working with specialists such as Peden Bloodstock. The result is a calm and comfortable environment that ensures the well-being of horses while at the same time complying with all international norms for the transport of live animals.
The air cargo carrier regularly transports champion horses for leading equestrian competitions around the world. With a global network of over 150 destinations across over 80 countries, Emirates SkyCargo has regularly transported premium horses across six continents. The carrier has transported two American champions- California Chrome in 2016 and Arrogate in 2017 to the Dubai World Cup racing event. Emirates SkyCargo also boasts of specialist facilities for horses such as a dedicated horse ramp for boarding horses at its freighter hub at Dubai World Central. Emirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator in the world and operates a modern fleet of 269 all wide-bodied aircraft, including 14 freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747.