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Emirates SkyCargo Flies Champion Horses to Dubai and Across Globe

[ April 5, 2018   //   ]

Emirates SkyCargo has transported leading equines for a variety of championship events across the globe.
The carrier most recently flew in some of the world’s most highly
rated racehorses to Dubai for the Dubai World Cup Championship, one of
the most anticipated and prestigious horse racing events in the world.
Some of the leading contenders for the Dubai World Cup such as West
Coast, Mubtaahij, and Talismanic had made their journey from their homes
to Dubai on Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet of freighters. Emirates SkyCargo
has transported some of the past champions of the Dubai World Cup
including Arrogate in 2017 and California Chrome in 2016.
Every year, during the racing season in Dubai, Emirates SkyCargo plays
an important role in flying horses from their homes to Dubai. The air
cargo carrier transported horses from across six continents in the
months running up to Dubai World Cup.
For the third year in a row, Emirates SkyCargo is transporting close to
100 horses across continents during the first three legs of one of the
world’s leading show jumping events- the Longines Global Champions
Show jumping horses were moved in two special charter flights from
Mexico City where they took part in the first leg of the Longines Global
Champions Tour to Miami. The horses arrived in Miami on the 31st of
March where they will be competing in the second round of the Tour.
In addition to the horses, each weighing between 600-650 kilograms,
equipment weighing tens of tonnes was also transported as part of the
Once done with the competitions at Miami, the horses will be flown to
Liege and from there to Shanghai on Emirates SkyCargo’s freighters.
The carrier is no stranger to transporting premium horses for
racing and other equestrian events around the world. In the last four
months, the carrier has transported over 350 horses through its network
of over 155 destinations across six continents. The air cargo carrier’s state of the art infrastructure for equine transportation includes a fleet of modern freighter aircraft, custom designed horse stalls as well as dedicated facilities such as a
permanent horse ramp at Dubai World Central (DWC) airport. The stable
horse ramp, one of the few such structures available in an airport
globally, allows the horse to transfer from the ground transport vehicle
to the horse stall or vice-versa in comfort with no danger of injury due
to an unstable surface.
Emirates SkyCargo works with leading international horse transportation
companies such as Janah Management and Equitrans to ensure a stress free
and safe journey for the horses. Horses also travel with qualified
grooms and in some cases with vets to make certain that the horses are
in full form when they land.