July 6, 2019: AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has safely transported 146 heifers (cows) on a charter Boeing 747-8F from Houston (USA) to Bangkok (Thailand) in partnership with Intradco Global.
ABC has been consistently developing its dedicated ‘abc care’ product to cater to the needs of the customers transporting live animals.
The animals were grouped in 27 cow stalls, each securely stowed and lashed on the maindeck of Boeing 747-8F and flew more than 17,182 kilometres during 19 hours 45 minutes to its final destination in comfortable conditions. During the whole flight, the ABC flight crew made sure that the internal temperature was maintained in accordance with the required guidelines, within the range from 6 °C to 10 °C. Additional support was provided by the groom who made sure that all the cows felt safe and secure.
“We treat animals not like special cargo, but rather as very sensitive passengers who require extra care and attention. No matter how experienced and qualified our specialists are, with every flight we deepen our knowledge and learn from our experience, as each transportation is unique. This helps us in improving our services and mitigating the risks," said Sergey Lazarev, general director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
ABC employs Special Operational Procedures to guarantee well-being and safety of each animal on board. Its ‘abc care’ team has qualified specialists from all the departments involved in complex transportation.
"A successful formula for the organisation of such long-haul flight with live animals lies in the combination of expertise and experience of our ‘abc care’ team’ and operational capabilities of our unique Boeing 747-8 freighter. So far in 2019, we have achieved a four-fold increase in a number of charter flights with heifers and hope that will be able to contribute to this sector more in the months to come," added Lazarev.