Pigs can fly: Boeing jumbo jet hauls 700 swine across Russia

80 tonnes of Duroc pigs carried in first of a series of 17 charter cargo flights


Logistics Middle East (UAE)

14 Oct 2020


AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has safely delivered over 700 breading pigs from Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow to Vladivostok on a Boeing 747-8F charter flight.


The flight carrying elite breeding pigs is the first in a series of 17 flights under the charter programme.


A total of 719 elite breeding Duroc pigs, weighing over 80 tonnes, were safely loaded in double-deck wooden containers, trucked from Voronezh region (Russia) to Sheremetyevo International Airport to be further transported to Vladivostok under strict temperature environment.


The flights, which will run until spring 2021, will be operated with pigs coming from Voronezh and Tambov regions, as well as from the Republic of Bashkortostan.


“Together with our long-standing and reliable ground handling partner, Sheremetyevo Cargo, we are able to leverage this charter programme, consisting of 17 flights, and guarantee the well-being of the animals within the airport premises, on the apron and during the whole flight,” said Nikolay Glushnev, general director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines...