It's horses for courses for CargoLogicAir

05 / 11 / 2018

CargoLogicAir (CLA) has transported elite race horses on two Boeing 747 freighter flights from the US to Europe.

The flights took place at the end of October from Atlanta to London Stansted and from Chicago to Shannon in the Republic of Ireland and followed CLA being awarded a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) licence.

Onboard the first flight to London, CargoLogicAir transported two high-value warmblood mares for its customer, Horse America.

The horses will participate in the UK’s famous Tattersalls’ Newmarket Sales of thoroughbred bloodstock in December.

Six days later, the second CargoLogicAir flight from Chicago transported 80 flat and hurdles racehorses, with an average weight of 500 kg each, on behalf of livestock charter specialist Intradco Global.

The horses had been acquired in the annual Keeneland sales in Kentucky, which attracts hundreds of bloodstock experts from across the globe.

"Prior to each departure, the horses were issued with a signed Health Certificate by the US Department of Agriculture before beginning their journeys in special horse stalls to ensure their comfort and safety," CLA said in a statement.

"Throughout the flights, they also received plenty of hay and other supplies and were monitored by trained and experienced grooms, who were employed by CLA’s customers to accompany the precious cargo during the entire journey by air and road."

CLA chief executive David Kerr said: “Gaining our USDA licence reflects the quality of service we provide and represents another important milestone for us because it enables CargoLogicAir to connect the biggest horse markets in the world between the UK, Europe and the US. This increases our ability to meet the needs of our cargo customers in this market segment and will open up new business opportunities for us.”

CLA added a fourth Boeing 747 freighter to its fleet last month.

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