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As last month’s freezing Baltic blast reigned over northern Europe, IAG Cargo was preparing to move some of its most precious cargo to date… a rare and endangered Asiatic lion.
Plans for Quvum the lion to be transferred from Moscow Zoo to a new home at Madrid Zoo were set in motion when a mate was located there as part of the zoos’ breeding programmes.
But as March’s icy cold front – known as ‘the Beast from the East’ – descended on the continent, Quvum's transit was waylaid by temperatures that breached -26 °C in the Russian capital, threatening the safety of any animal attempting to fly. When the weather improved a few weeks later, Quvum’s flight finally departed and arrived safely in Madrid.
This isn’t the first time that IAG Cargo has worked with Moscow Zoo – last year it facilitated the transit of a baby orangutan, who, too small to fly in the hold, travelled instead in British Airways’ Club World between Moscow and London. For Quvum's transit, IAG Cargo worked with the zoo to ensure that the container he would travel in was compliant with IATA regulations, and obtained an agreement from the Animal and Plant Health Agency and the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre that allowed him to stay in IAG Cargo’s Premia warehouse to minimise stress and reduce disturbance.
With only a few hundred Asiatic lions left worldwide, we feel privileged to have been trusted with such an important transfer. Asiatic lions were once found anywhere from Turkey to eastern India, but from the 20th century, hunting had left them close to extinction. As a signatory to United for Wildlife, IAG Cargo is committed to raising awareness about the poaching crisis, and putting a stop to the illegal wildlife trade.
Through IAG Cargo’s Live Animals product, we transfer species ranging from Bengal tigers and rhinos to orangutans and giant rabbits.
ATA members in action:
Jetpets deliver pooch to couple sailing the Solomon Islands in a yacht
Cheeky Terrier, Rusty hitchhikes 1500km from home by himself. Jetpets gets him all the way back home free of charge
Time to Submit Your Abstract
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The practical EU video for horses, based on the guide to Good Practise for the transport of horses and three dedicated Fact Sheets, is now available.
This video provides practical advise to ensure that horses transported remain in good welfare, and is available with translated subtitles in 8 languages ( German will follow soon).
ATA Members assist in transport of Panda family to Calgary. See more below!
Dear ATA Members,
As professional animal shippers, we know you share United’s deep commitment to the safety and comfort of animals transported via air. Therefore, we want to share with you that we are conducting a thorough and systematic review of our PetSafe program to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and the animals that travel. To achieve this outcome, we will partner with independent experts in pet safety, comfort and travel.
While we conduct this review, effective immediately we will not accept any new PetSafe reservations. We expect to complete our review by May 1, 2018. We will honor any existing PetSafe reservations confirmed as of March 20, 2018, although we will assist any customer that wishes to cancel their reservation.
For animals and pets with confirmed reservations, our Airport Operations and PetSafe teams have taken immediate steps to improve our pet transportation process by adding additional layers of redundancies and checks to our process. This currently includes increased oversight by more senior airport leaders, additional levels of in-person confirmation of all animal boarding and de-boarding, and the addition of a third layer of verification before releasing the aircraft for departure. We will continue to explore other ways to improve our operation.
We apologize to you for the impact of our temporary suspension of new PetSafe bookings. As we know you agree, the health and wellbeing of all animals during transport is of the utmost importance.
Thank you as always for your support and your business.
Global Manager, Product Development & Marketing, PetSafe
March 20 issue
ATA members attend the IATA World Cargo Symposium
ATA President-Elect Filip Vande Cappelle presents at the IATA meeting
ATA Board member Bruce Clemmons presents in the Live Animal track
March 6 issue
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