50 horses fly first class for FEI World Cup with Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways Cargo has flown 50 of the finest European horses to Omaha for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.

The thoroughbreds flew from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska on board a Boeing 777 Freighter, with each horse stall containing two animals, who were joined by a total of 11 grooms and 20 tonnes of equine equipment.

The equine guest will fly back to Amsterdam after the FEI World Cup Finals, which finishes on 2 April.

Qatar Airways chief officer cargo, Ulrich Ogiermann says: “Qatar Airways Cargo accomplished another successful equine charter this month. We place great emphasis on care and safety in live animal transportation, particularly horses which require specialist service and well-trained staff. We offer personalised solutions, high quality operations and an excellent record of on-time delivery, making us the premier carrier of live animals.”

The customer was ECS Livestock, and director Edwin Hofstede says: “Transporting these world-class horses globally is always challenging and involves proper coordination between all parties involved. The successful charter is testament to Qatar Airways Cargo’s wealth of experience in transporting star-performing horses around the world.”

Qatar Airways Cargo transported over 2,300 horses in 2016-17, up 10 per cent on 2015-16.