February 14, 2018: Etihad Cargo recently transported 51 elite show jumping horses using Boeing 777 freighters from Belgium to Hong Kong for the annual Hong Kong Longines Masters event.
It’s the second year in a row that Etihad Cargo has transported elite horses from across the globe to the annual show jumping event held in Hong Kong.
Fifty one horses were accompanied by eight professional grooms, and a veterinarian as they made the round-trip journey from Liege Airport to the Hong Kong International Airport.
The cargo included Hong Kong Longines Grand Prix winner Aquila HDC, Paris Longines Grand Prix winner Cornet D’Amour, Pegase du Murier, Silver Deux de Virton HDC and Garfield.
Justin Carr, vice president of Etihad Cargo, said: “Longines Masters is the top show jumping event in the world, and we are proud to have been entrusted to transport these elite animals to this competition.”
“Our equine customers are important to us, and our focus on safe, comfortable and reliable services makes us a preferred partner for these specialist services. Last year, Etihad Cargo’s SkyStables transported over 2,500 horses across the globe,” said Carr.
The Longines Masters horses were transported on a Boeing 777 freighter equipped with a specially designed ventilation structure, temperature-control system, and two vital components.
Boeing 777 freighter is equipped with IATA-approved horse ‘air stalls’, designed with non-slip floors and covered with absorbent materials. The stalls are stocked with hay and water for the horses to remain fed and hydrated throughout the journey.
A team of professional grooms and veterinarians handled the horses while loading and the entire duration of the flight. They regularly visited the horses to keep them comfortable and calm.
Etihad Cargo operates a fleet of five wide-body Boeing 777 freighters, which has the capacity to carry up to 75 horses, and nine grooms at a time.