Irish horses take wing for China


Specialist livestock broker Intradco Global and Etihad Cargo have transported 75 thoroughbred horses from Shannon Airport in Ireland to Shanghai Pudong Airport on board a B777-200F aircraft, despite ongoing Covid restrictions

Equine cargo account manager at Intradco Global, Sara Havers, said, “Restrictions pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the task of transporting 75 horses in one charter made this a challenging operation. However, our attention to detail and our long experience in flying horses, combined with our teamwork with Etihad Cargo made this transport a success. The arrival of these thoroughbred horses in China will help develop the quality of their market, and we are delighted to have further enhanced an already strong working relationship with the client.”

Intradco Global have previously coordinated some of the largest international movements of horses around the globe, including Europe’s largest horse charter of 86 thoroughbreds.

The charter took advantage of Etihad Cargo’s SkyStables, which guarantees a comfortable and safe journey for horses. As well as the horses travelling in 25 specialist air stalls, both British and Chinese grooms were onboard, with an on-call vet available 24/7 throughout the operation.


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