AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has transported 66 giraffes on a charter flight from South Africa to China via its hub in Moscow.
The 66 baby giraffes, collectively weighing around 38 tonnes, were on their way to various animal parks in the Zhengzhou region, travelling from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport via ABC’s hub at Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport.
The long-necked animals travelled in groups of three in each container and were accompanied by animal specialists as well as a plentiful supply of water and food for the journey.
A dedicated abc CARE team ensured all of the flight and handling procedures were organised in compliance with IATA Live Animal Regulations and provided their expertise to complete the required documentation for the transportation.
ABC general director, Sergey Lazarev says: “Each time we organise a dedicated charter flight with live animals onboard, we fully understand the high level of our responsibility to ensure their safety and well-being.
“We also must show our customers that their trust is us as experienced logistics practitioners for such important cargoes is well placed and in full compliance with international industry standards.”
BSI Logistics Tianjin was the customer for the flight; airfreight manager Jasmine Zhang says: “We’re happy to see our lovely giraffes starting their new lives in China. Thankfully, they are all safe and healthy! We really appreciate ABC’s hard work, professional assistance and support. We think our best choice is to choose your charter service for our next shipment.”