Emirates flies show jumping horses for Longines Global Champions Tour

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Emirates SkyCargo has transported some of the world’s best show jumping horses across three continents in a month for the Longines Global Champions Tour.

The airline transported 93 horses, which each weighed 600-650 kilogrammes, in two flights from Liege to Mexico City between 31 March and 1 April on Boeing 777 Freighters along with 11 grooms and about 30 tonnes of equipment.

This was followed by a shorter three hour journey to Miami before returning to Liege on 16 April.

For the next stop, 96 horses and 27 grooms flew from Liege to Shanghai on 22 and 23 April on three flights and back on 1 and 2 May.

Emirates SkyCargo operated 10 freighter flights each carrying 25 horse stalls to transport the equine champions and grooms, and the airline worked closely with Peden Bloodstock, a horse transportation specialist the manage the complex logistics involved in flying close to 100 horses across four different countries within the space of a few weeks.

The horses spent about a week on the ground at each destination before being transported to the next stop, and all the winners of the CSI 5 level competitions in Mexico City, the highest international level for show jumping as designated by the International Equestrian Federation, had travelled with Emirates SkyCargo.