Original news was published on 18 August, 2014
Etihad Cargo, the freight division of United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrier Etihad Airways, has unveiled a new equine service called SkyStables, targeted at customers around the world wishing to transport horses, zebras and donkeys by air. SkyStables offers equine owners bespoke global transport arrangements on Etihad Cargo’s fleet of 10 Airbus and Boeing wide-body freighters. The service is available across Etihad Cargo’s scheduled network of 44 freighter destinations with charter services to other cities also available.
Equipped with anti-slip floors, horses and other equine travel in dedicated stalls which are then loaded in temperature controlled sections of the aircraft.
Throughout the flight, the animals are attended to by the owners’ own grooms, ensuring equine arrive at their destination fit and healthy. David Kerr, Etihad Airways Vice President Cargo, said: “Our new global SkyStables product is a tangible example of innovation being at the very forefront of how we continue to develop our business by adding more services for new and existing customers. “SkyStables goes beyond simply meeting the safety, security and reliability needs of equine owners, offering instead a more comprehensive air transport solution which is overseen by dedicated and fully trained Etihad Cargo equine managers.” “The animals are well looked after prior to, during and after the flight, and combined with a dedicated handling team and facilities at our Abu Dhabi hub, we also have approved export and import processes in place with local UAE customs and police, in addition to a full veterinary service.”