Cargolux Airlines International has flown high-value horses from Luxembourg to Turkmenistan to participate in the Equestrian Jumping competition at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games.
The airline worked in cooperation with Peden Bloodstock, which specialises in horse transport, to move the animals to Ashgabat in mid-September.
After the completion of the games on 27 September, Cargolux carried the horses back to Luxembourg, again in cooperation with Peden Bloodstock.
Relying on the support of its handling agent, LuxairCARGO, the Cargolux team used its state-of-the-art HMC horse stalls that offer increased safety and comfort for the four-legged guests.
The HMC provides higher stability and its double layer pallet base also reduced the motion feeling for the horses, greatly reducing the stress the animals feel compared to single layer pallets.
Cargolux is a major player in the transportation of horses by air, and is a member of the Animal Transport Association, whose aim is to ensure that animal handlers and attendants are fully qualified.
The games, which were awarded to Ashgabat by the Olympic Council of Asia in 2010, involved 6,000 athletes and officials from 65 teams.