Etihad Cargo has been chosen to transport show jumping horses from Belgium to Hong Kong for the annual Longines Masters taking place on 15-17 February.
This is the third consecutive year that Etihad Cargo has transported the elite horses, with a dedicated charter flight from Liege delivering 68 horses accompanied by professional grooms and a vet for the round-trip.
Wiam Al Qamshui, business development manager responsible for Etihad Cargo’s SkyStables equine product says: “We move horses all around the world from places like Barbados, Bogota and Japan, as well as the key Europe and Middle East equine markets. Today’s announcement comes on the back of a record 2018 that saw us transport over 2,000 horses for the first time.”
Equestrian events organiser EEM World chose Etihad Cargo to carry the consignment, with founder and CEO Christophe Ameeuw says: “We are delighted to entrust the safety and care of these world class show jumping horses to Etihad Cargo this year again. We look forward to their arrival at Hong Kong airport next Monday 11 February and kick off of the Masters and the Asia Horse Week.”
The horses will be transported on a Boeing 777 Freighter equipped with a specially designed ventilation structure and temperature control system.
It is also equipped with EASA and FAA certified horse air stalls, designed with non-slip floors that are covered with absorbent materials and stocked with hay and water to keep the horses fed and hydrated throughout the flight.