Cargolux safely flew high-value race horses from Luxembourg to Jakarta in Indonesia last weekend so they can participate in the Asian Games.
The four-legged sports stars will compete in the equestrian part of the Games which are held in Jakarta from 18 August to 2 September. The competition is held every four years in an Asian or Middle Eastern city.
Cargolux said the part-charter operation was operated in conjunction with JIT-EX, and required careful preparation and planning to avoid causing the animals distress during the transport. Cargolux used its state-of-the-art HMC horse stalls and the dedicated CV alive team that specialises in the intricacies of live animal transportation.
The custom-designed HMC stalls provide increased stability and their double layer pallet base reduces the motion feeling for the horses, greatly reducing the stress the animals feel compared to traditional single layer pallets.
Cargolux is a member of the Animal Transport Association (ATA), whose aim is to ensure that animal handlers and attendants are fully qualified.
This ad hoc shipment was routed directly from Luxembourg to Jakarta which required attentive preparation from the Cargolux xharter team, since Jakarta is not part of the regular scheduled destination catalogue. Authorisations and paperwork had to be requested before the flight to ensure minimal flight disruption and subsequent animal discomfort.
Cargolux transports about 3,000 horses a year. With up to three horses per horse stall, the airline can accommodate 84 horses on its Boeing 747-400 Freighters and up to 90 on the 747-8Fs. As well as ATA, Cargolux is also a member of International Pet and Animal Transportation Association and the IATA Live Animal and Perishable Board.