Atran Airlines completes first live-animal transportation in Europe with chick delivery

Atran Airlines has transported 533 boxes of one-day-old chicks from Spain to Russia – its first live-animal transportation in Europe.

The Volga-Dnepr Group express carrier operated a 737-800BCF charter flight, with the delivery supporting a local agricultural programme. Between them, the boxes weighed more than 2,200 kilograms.

The project was organised with the help of AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ team, another carrier within the Volga-Dnepr Group which has extensive AVI experience.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ live animal transportation manager Europe Steven Frederix commented: “Following Atran’s successful European AVI certification earlier this year and receipt of a Type 2 Transport certificate which allows the company to deliver live animals to, from and across Europe, the Atran team of logistics practitioners has organised a dedicated flight containing 42,640 one-day-old chicks.

“The delicate animals were handled and transported in accordance with IATA live animals regulations and European Council 01/2005 regulations maintaining a 24-26°C in-flight ambient environment at all times in order to ensure animals’ welfare.”

Atran Airlines’ commercial director Vasiliy Zhukov said: “We have been approaching the AVI market for a long time, seeing the demand and customers’ interests in 737 high-quality services. After implementation of our internal road map which covered certification, personnel training, and expansion of the fleet, we are now ready to offer specialist live-animals transportation services for our customers to and from Europe.”

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