Welcome to "ATA Members in Action". In this section we are highlighting the hard work and experience that our members put in day in and day out to ensure the safe and humane transport of animals around the world.
  • 20 Nov 2015 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    On 6 November, ATA member Animals First transported a two year old giant panda, Fu Bao, from the Vienna Zoo to Chengdu, China.

    The Vienna Zoo has a contract with the Chinese government that loans giant pandas to the zoo. If a cub is born to the pair of pandas, the zoo must send the cub back to China after two years.

    Animals First arranged a flight with Austrian airlines to transfer Fu Bao to Amsterdam. After arriving in Amsterdam, the panda was transferred to a KLM to Chendu flight on a B747 where attendants have full access to the panda during the flight.

    ATA member EagleFreight assisted in the customs clearance at AMS. This is the third successful panda cub transport from the Vienna Zoo to Chendu arranged by Animals First, with the first taking place in 2009 and the second in 2012. Click here to see a video of the 2012 transport, also arranged with KLM.

  • 13 Nov 2015 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    Last Friday, 6 November, 12 live alpacas originating from Santiago de Chile, arrived in Amsterdam. Born and raised in the Andes Mountains, these alpacas were on their way to Germany.

    The animals were shipped in a crate on a lower deck on KLM's direct flight from Santiago to Amsterdam. ATA member EagleFreight uses the Amsterdam Schipol Animal Hotel as a hub for further transit to the western regions of Europe.

    Usually alpacas arrive in one single lot, but sometimes, several crates with two layers arrive and orders are split in Amsterdam for several consignees.

    In this particular case, the 12 alpacas were consigned to two different customers in Germany, but shipped in one single crate. EagleFreight, as the agent for the Chilean shipper at Schipol, arranged for customs clearance and took care of the correct split in order to deliver the animals to their new domiciles.

    EagleFreight and KLM, two ATA members, are working close together to make such transport successful with respect for the welfare for the alpacas. As EagleFreight's motto says, "We do care for mother nature."

  • 30 Oct 2015 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    ATA Member IAG Cargo is welcoming six V.I.P.s on British Airways' first A380 flight to Miami on October 25. The six rhinos are embarking on a heavyweight journey from Johannesburg to Miami to ensure the continued genetic diversity for breeding programmes which are part of a global conservation effort.

    Gabriella Tamasi, Product Manager, Live Animals at IAG Cargo, explains: "With these rhinos weighing one metric tonne each, they take up a lot of space, so we need an aircraft that can handle them. Importantly, the A380 allows us to control the hold temperature to within one degree of accuracy - which is really important as rhinos give off a lot of body heat and we need to keep the temperature as comfortable as possible for these magnificent creatures."

    On the aircraft, specialists from IAG Cargo as well as veterinary teams will be available every step of the way to ensure a comfortable and relaxed flight. The creatures will be transported via IAG Cargo's Live Animals product, which specializes in the movement of animals of all types: from dogs and cats to lions and rhinos.

    Rhinos in Africa face a range of external threats including poaching and an encroachment on their space by humans. White rhinos have a conservation success story. Numbers in the wild dropped to as low as 50 in the early 1900s, but this subspecies of rhino has now increased in number to more than 20,000, becoming the most populous of all the rhino species. International zoo breeding programmes will help to ensure the long-term success of the species well away from the threat of poachers.

    In Augsut 2015 IAG Cargo filmed another special movement of a pair of lion cubs and a pair of southern white rhinos which can be viewed here:

  • 16 Oct 2015 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    Many thanks to ATA Member European Horse Services for sharing this great article recently published in the Los Angeles Times about their charter transport for the recent Longines Masters in Los Angeles! The article takes a look at the charter of 44 horses with a slideshow and video of their arrival at LAX.

  • 02 Oct 2015 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    Our first feature comes from the Air France KLM Martinair Cargo Animal Hotel in which they share a behind-the-scenes look at their animal lounge and how they care for the pets coming through Schipol. 

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