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Air Canada Cargo isn’t known for horsing around – until now.
The subsidiary of Air Canada says it recently completed its first equine transport. And it wasn’t just any horse – this one was destined for King Charles III.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police gifted the horse, named Noble, to the King ahead of his coronation ceremony in May.
Air Canada Cargo made use of its new Equine shipping expertise with its freighter aircraft to transport the Mare from Canada to her new home in royal style.
Accompanied by an equine attendant, this animal flew in a specifically designed, state-of-the-art stall used by Air Canada Cargo to provide what it says is “the best level of animal welfare and groom safety possible.”
“We are extremely proud to have been able to send Noble to her new home and life with the Royal Family. Air Canada Cargo takes great pride in the safe and humane transport of animals, and our new equine service provides the highest standard of safety and care for these magnificent animals,” said Matthieu Casey, managing director, commercial, for Air Canada Cargo.
Riding Master, Sergeant Major Scott Williamson, RCMP Musical Ride, noted that horses present a unique challenge when travelling by trailer, “but that challenge is even more amplified when moving a horse by plane.”
“Add in the fact this was a gift for His Majesty King Charles III and the pressure really ramps up,” Williamson said. “I’ve been part of a few horse transports via air and this one went off without a hitch thanks to the great work and assistance of Air Canada Cargo. With this being their inaugural equine transport through their specialized service, the experience was all the more impressive in ensuring Noble’s safe and smooth transport to Europe.”
Earlier this year, Air Canada become the first airline to be re-certified by IATA for the safe transport of live animals by Air Canada Cargo.
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