For the second year in a row, Etihad Cargo has successfully shipped a consignment of show jumping horses to Hong Kong for the annual Hong Kong Longines Masters.
Eight professional grooms and a veterinarian accompanied the 51 horses as they made the round trip from Liege Airport in Belgium to Hong Kong International Airport.
Among the special guests were the Hong Kong Longines Grand Prix winner Aquila HDC, Paris Longines Grand Prix winner Cornet D’Amour, as well as other champions including Pegase du Murier, Silver Deux de Virton HDC and Garfield.
Etihad Cargo vice president, Justin Carr says: “Longines Masters is the top show jumping event in the world and we are very proud to have been entrusted to bring these prized animals to this competition.
“Our equine customers are very important to us and our focus on safe, comfortable and reliable services made us a preferred partner for these specialist services. Last year alone, Etihad Cargo’s SkyStables shipped more than 2,500 horses around the world.”
The horses were transported on a Boeing 777 Freighter equipped with a specially designed ventilation structure and temperature control system.
It is also equipped with IATA-approved horse air stalls, and designed with non-slip floors that are covered in absorbent materials, the stalls are stocked with hay and water for the horses to remain fed and hydrated throughout the flight.