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Etihad launches new service transporting horses

SkyStables will see horses travelling in temperature controlled stalls equipped with anti-slip floors

Etihad launches new service transporting horses

Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad Airways today launched the new SkyStables service, aimed at horse owners looking to transport their priced animals around the world.

Supervised by expert managers, SkyStables offers owners, breeders and equestrian organisations global transport arrangements on Etihad Cargo’s fleet of 10 Airbus and Boeing wide-body freighters, with the service available to horses and other similar species.

Horses travel in dedicated stalls equipped with anti-slip floors, which are then loaded in temperature controlled sections of the aircraft and horses will be attended to by their grooms throughout the flight.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, 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 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 at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”

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