157 grooms, 160 tonnes of equipment, 336 horse stalls flown on the charters
An Emirates Boeing 777 freighter recently transported 40 horses from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Belgium’s Liege Airport. This was the last of the 16 flights that Emirates SkyCargo operated to transport champion horses between Liege and Tokyo, bringing to a successful close one of the largest horse charter movements in the history of air transport.
“Emirates drew upon our extensive experience flying horses for sporting events across the world for the last two decades to operate the 16 flights between Liege and Tokyo,” stated Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.
Emirates SkyCargo transported 316 horses on eight flights from Liege to Tokyo and 323 horses on an equal number of flights for the return journey over a period of seven weeks from July to September 2021.
The 16 flights were operated by three Emirates Boeing 777 freighters in a high density configuration (A6-EFG, A6-EFH and A6-EFK) allowing for between 9 and 11 grooms to fly with and look after the equine guests on each flight. In all, 157 grooms flew on the charter flights between Liege and Tokyo.
Emirates is one of the world’s leaders in air transportation of horses for sporting events. The carrier has developed Emirates Equine, a specialised product for the calm and comfortable transportation of horses on its Boeing 777 freighter aircraft which complies with IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) and all other applicable guidelines.