On the afternoon of 2nd September, EK 9497, an Emirates Boeing 777 freighter transporting 40 horses from Haneda Airport landed at Liege Airport.
This was the last of the 16 flights that Emirates SkyCargo operated to transport champion horses between Liege and Tokyo, bringing to a successful close one of the largest horse charter movements in the history of air transport.
Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo, said: “Emirates SkyCargo is delighted to have successfully wrapped up the horse charters for the world’s most prestigious sporting event.
“It was a monumental effort from our team requiring months of planning and coordination with our partners and authorities to make sure that these international equine champions were given the best care and flight experience.
“We drew upon our extensive experience flying horses for sporting events across the world for the last two decades to operate the 16 flights between Liege and Tokyo.”
Emirates SkyCargo transported 316 horses on eight flights from Liege to Tokyo and 323 horses on an equal number of flights for the return journey over a period of seven weeks with the first flight operated on 13th July and the last operated on 2nd September.
The 16 flights were operated by three Emirates Boeing 777 freighters in a high density configuration (A6-EFG, A6-EFH and A6-EFK) allowing for between 9 and 11 grooms to fly with and look after the equine guests on each flight. In all, 157 grooms flew on the charter flights between Liege and Tokyo.