ATRAN Airlines, an express carrier within Volga-Dnepr Group, has successfully delivered 89 pigs from Moscow (Vnukovo, Russia) to Vladivostok (Russia). The flight was organized in cooperation with Intradco Global, the world’s leading animals’ transportation air charter specialist.
The thoroughbred animals, weighing over 12,000 kg and located in dedicated wooden boxes, took their seats aboard a comfortable Boeing 737-800BCF and flew almost 9,000 km with a technical stop in Krasnoyarsk where they had some time to rest, eat and breathe some fresh air. After landing in Vladivostok pigs were trucked to their new place of habitat – the agricultural complex to be part of the breeding program.
To guarantee the well-being of the animals aboard the freighter, both teams of ATRAN and Intradco Global worked on the design and production of dedicated wooden boxes which were done within the shortest time frames in line with the current industry requirements. ATRAN has also addressed Volga-Dnepr’s specialists from the integrated logistics service department to align all the working issues and find a trustworthy and reliable supplier in Russia for cages’ manufacture.
Seamless ground handling is an integral part of live animals’ transportation, especially during winter period. With much contribution and dedication from the Vnukovo Cargo handling agent in Moscow, the loading went smoothly and took around one hour. During the flight, the crew monitored the temperature environment aboard which differs depending on the species the carrier transports.
Vasiliy Zhukov, Commercial director of ATRAN, comments: “When it comes to animals’ transportation there is no minor detail as all the factors are equally important. All the flights are organized in line with IATA LAR and based on the best practices of Volga-Dnepr Group. We are always here to guide our customers through these complex shipments – from choosing the right transportation method to import/export permits, quarantine regulations, veterinary health inspections and beyond. We would like to thank our partners – Intradco Global and Vnukovo Cargo for their support and streamlined operations”.
ATRAN Airlines offers its customers dedicated solutions for transportations of various types of cargo – general, e-commerce, dangerous goods, live animals and others. The company operates a fleet of Boeing 737 freighters and links the cities of China with Russia and Europe. It has recently enlarged its fleet of B737 freighters which now consists of 3 Boeing 737-400SF and 6 B737-800BCF.