Cargolux has flown racehorses from Luxembourg to Jakarta, Indonesia, where they participated in the Asian games.
The part-charter was operated in conjunction with horse transport specialist forwarder JIT-EX.
This ad hoc shipment was routed directly from Luxembourg to Jakarta, which required additional preparation from the Cargolux Charter team because Jakarta is not part of the regularly scheduled destinations for the European freighter operator.
Authorisations and paperwork had to be requested before the flight to ensure minimal flight disruption and subsequent animal discomfort.
A Cargolux statement said: “To ensure the flight went smoothly, Cargolux could count on its state-of-the-art HMC horse stalls and the dedicated CV alive team that specializes 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 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 747-8F.