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Page 14 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • DEC ‘16 - JANUARY 2017 cover story 72 racehorses in Kuwait thanks to Etihad Cargo - which calls them the ‘most precious cargo carried’ eTihAD cargo has shipped a special consignment of 72 race- horses from england to Kuwait at the conclusion of the europe- an racing season. The racehorses – worth a combined gBP36 million – were transported from London Stansted Airport to Kuwait city, where they will spend the win- ter months training and racing in the temperate middle eastern climate. They were flown on one of the carrier’s B777 freight- ers, which are equipped with seating for up to nine grooms and can accommodate up to 75 horses at a time. David Kerr, senior vice presi- dent of etihad cargo said: “The middle east has strong ties to these magnificent crea- tures dating back thousands of years and, to this day, they are arguably the most precious cargo we carry. in 2016 alone etihad cargo has been entrust- ed to transport more than 1,200 horses, with several more large shipments scheduled.” A team of six professional grooms handled the horses in flight. When the horses arrived at Stansted they were loaded by their grooms into jet stalls, specially designed with non-slip floors that hold three horses apiece. The iATA-approved stalls were then loaded on to the tem- perature controlled cargo hold of the aircraft in an operation that took more than six hours. The carrier operates a fleet of nine wide-body freighters – five B777Fs and four A330Fs – which can be configured to carry 75 and 30 horses respec- tively.