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User currently offlineLtbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6226 times:

How are large animals (such as racing horses), zoo and exotic animals transported on freight airlines. I am not talking about pets traveling with their owners as luggage or service animals with their owners. I know that racing horses are often transported on aircraft around the world. I would also like to know some of the common security or health laws that apply in the transport of such animals. Are their any airline or other websites that discuss this?

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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1632 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6205 times:

Hi Ltbewr-

I remember watching (and taping) a program a few years back on the Discovery Channel called "The Secret World of Air Frieght" or something of that nature. Part of the show involved transporting a pure-bred racehorse on Northwest Cargo from the Pacific Northwest to Japan (or vise-versa, I can't remember). The horse was given its own stall in the plane, complete with bedding straw, food and a (rather large) training/caregiver crew that sat in the rear of the plane in several rows of standard airline seats. The toughest part was keeping the horse upright and calm during takeoff and landing, where the plane would accelerate, decelerate, shudder and make strange noises that might spook the animal. Also, a strong and fast horse getting off the plane onto a crowded, busy, and noisy apron was also a source for concern. A very interesting program.

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User currently offlineNW7E7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 534 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6194 times:

Yeah I also saw that program a couple of times. Those horses had their own stalls and everything. If I am not mistaken, it was a NW 742.

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6183 times:

Check out http://www.maskargo.com. MASkargo's cargo terminal at KLIA is the only animal friendly facility in South East Asia.

User currently offlineLtbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6126 times:

The Malaysia Cargo airline website referred to above answered many of the questions I had, mainly in their postings of regional news articles and press releases on their services. Apparently they are one of the leading movers of live animals by air and one of the few with specialized services for them. I know that in the USA, JFK and LAX are the two major ports of entry of foreign animals and have Dept. of Agriculture facilites to quarantee and process the health paperwork for the imported or visiting live animals for pets, breeding use or for zoos. Within the USA, Louisville, KY and some other cities where horseracing or the breeding of horses takes place have some facilities for them.

User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2448 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6119 times:

I'm not sure where it was coming from or headed to, but a couple of years ago on a US Airways flight from PHX to PIT the captain told us we had a white tiger in the cargo hold...


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6095 times:

When Zoo Atlanta got their pandas at little more 5 years ago, UPS flew them in from China on a 767 dubbed "Panda Express":

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When the National Zoo in Washington D.C. got their pandas a few years back, FedEx had an MD-11 with a special panda livery (FedEx Panda Express, of which they had two different liveries that flew on this MD-11) that flew them in:

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Air Transport International also flies animal cargo (primarily racehorses) with their DC-8 Combis:

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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4697 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6096 times:

KL601 and 602 AMS-LAX-AMS are very frequently travelled by horses (but horses can be transported on every 744M flight), wich are carried in special containers (pallet size) on the main Deck on the 744M's. At AMS they stay in the KLM Animal Hotel before their flight, and are loaded, and unloaded on the supervision of a KLM Animal Attendant wich also goes on the flight. Usually there are one or more grooms (stalknechten for those in holland), often provided by the person shipping the horses.

On my flight AMS-LAX this summer we had 5 horses, who's final destination was SLC. The Groom was going there as well, but she flew there, while the horses were carried by road later.

Jurgen



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6077 times:

I remeber that I saw a report about the transport of racing horses from Frankfurt to Sydney for the Olympic Games in the year 2000. Lufthansa has an employee who is specialized for organizing animal transports. They used a 74F equipped with special boxes for the horses, behind those boxes they installed a few seat rows for the people who cared about the horses during the flight. The routing of the flight was FRA-DXB-SIN-SYD with a cockpit crew change at every airport.

In the past it was not so easy to transport large animals like horses half around the world. When the Olympic Games were held in Melbourne in 1956, the horse contests were in Stockholm/Sweden because it was too difficult to transport the horses to Australia during this time, the flight time was simply too long.

Patrick


User currently offlineAOMlover From France, joined Jul 2001, 1305 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6047 times:

When I was at La Reunion island in the Indian Ocean, I was near the airport when a horse got off-loaded from an AF B747-200F.

User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3660 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5990 times:
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Yeah I also saw that program a couple of times. Those horses had their own stalls and everything. If I am not mistaken, it was a NW 742.

Actually, the horses were shipped on FedEx. I believe the program followed them from Kentucky to Japan. They also showed FedEx shipping F1 cars down to Australia. The program followed NW from Singapore to Japan and ended in Anchorage.

Horses are usually shipped in LD-9 stalls. They are horse stalls built on 88-in pallets. Other animals can be shipped in their own cages if they fit onto pallets. I've seen 2 large boars shipped in their own cages and strapped down to a pallet.


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5963 times:

Horses have had to be shot before on aircraft. If one panics, since the horse is a prey animal (herbivore), the whole group (similiar to herd) can panic.

That can cause serious trouble.


Anyone know if elephants are ever flown?


User currently offlineJaxs170 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5952 times:

I know a few years back US Air allowed a pig to sit in first class with its owner on a flight from I believe it was PHL-SEA. The story is out there on the net if you want to dig it up, can't remember how big the pig was off the top of my head.


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User currently offlineUSrampleadSTL From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

We also sold an F seat to a penguin going to be on an animal planet show--saw that in our inflight magazine awhile back. I've seen big animals in regular airliner cargo bins--biggest I've offloaded was a wolf for the STL zoo, but AA had a tiger at some point.


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