AirBridgeCargo gets the cream with US feline flight

By Rachelle Harry

Special passengers on an AirBridgeCargo Airlines flight from Russia were left feline good when they landed in the US.

The airline recently transported 79 cats and dogs on a Boeing 747 freighter flight from Moscow to Chicago.

The animals’ journey was organised by Russian cattery Hakuna Matata and animal transportation specialists at AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

The cats, 54 of them in total, were transported in 25 crates to their destination. Breeds included Maine Coons, Siberians, Ragdolls, Bambinos, Sphinxes, Devon Rexes, Bengalis and British shorthairs.

Meanwhile, the 25 dogs — Chow-Chows, American cocker spaniels, French bulldogs, Tibetans and Caucasian shepherds — were moved in 21 crates.

Peter Novozhenov, regional director, Russia and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), AirBridgeCargo Airlines, commented: “Within our company, we have more than 15 years of experience in the transportation of various animals, including pets.

“Our specialists, both in the air and on the ground, follow IATA LAR and strict internal guidelines, whereas [our] sophisticated Boeing 747F onboard system allows for the creation of an ideal in-flight environment, making it possible to adjust the required temperature and humidity settings for each particular animal.”

Khristina Moiseeva, director of Hakuna Matata, added: “With animals’ health being of paramount importance, we were delighted to see that AirBridgeCargo and its team takes every delivery on a personal level, making sure that all the requirements are met and being always here to assists, no matter how many questions we might have.

“Some technical issues will always take place, but it is important to be prepared for these situations and follow the right guidelines to guarantee safety of ‘special passengers'”.

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