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LUXEMBOURG: January 31, 2019. Cargolux Airlines International handled a record number of live animal transports in 2018, increasing  shipments by 15.7 percent.

The number of horses handled by the airline rose 30 percent from 2,000 to 2,600 horses year-on-year - some 50 percent of all live animals handled annually. 

Cargolux horsesChristian Theis, Cargolux global product manager for its CV Alive product commented: “It is an important part of our business, and we have made a number of investments over the years to ensure a top-of-the-range transport solution.”

The airline uses state-of-the-art HMC horse stalls that provide increased stability with a double layer pallet base that reduces the motion feeling for the horses, greatly reducing the stress the animals feel compared to traditional single layer pallets. The airline's 747 aircraft are also equipped with multi-zone air-conditioning systems that can be adapted to suit any animal’s environment throughout the flight.

Cargolux has a growing list of items it refuses to carry for ethical reasons and is actively engaged against the illegal trade of wild animals. As part of its Live Animal transportation policy, Cargolux operates in full compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Cargolux is also a member of IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) and IATA LAPB (IATA Live Animal and Perishable Board) as well as a signatory of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products.

In a related announcement the airline has closed its first Japanese operating lease with call option (JOLCO) transaction for a Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft. The transaction is the first of its kind for Cargolux on the Japanese market.

“We are pleased to have been able to close this transaction together with our partners within a very short time period,” says Maxim Straus, Cargolux Executive Vice President & CFO. “It reflects Japanese investors’ confidence in Cargolux and it opens further refinancing opportunities for our company. We see the JOLCO as the perfect complement to our existing finance portfolio.”

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