At the end of 2017, Intradco Global flew 191 dairy cattle from the United States to Thailand, for a long-standing government-subsidised project. Although this seems like a large and rare shipment, Intradco has seen an increase in the demand for livestock export charters over the past two years, with countries around the world aspiring to become self-sufficient and independent on food production, rather than relying on expensive imports. With each live animal weighing in at 500kg, this was certainly not a small payload, requiring a Boeing B747-8F aircraft and using Intradco’s custom-made steel and aluminium composite stalls.
Tom Lamb, Charter Manager at Intradco, said:
“With the animals coming from their quarantine all the way upstate in New York, we decided on using SWF (Stewart International) airport, with the Air Atlantic Team assisting us with build and loading – very much requiring all of their willpower and assistance in the frozen conditions through the night. We flew out our stalls prior, and it took us 2 days to build and set them up, loading the cattle during the evening. The heifers all arrived safely and in good shape in Bangkok – a successful operation all around.”
See below further photos of the operation: