AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has safely delivered 54 cats and 25 dogs to their new homes.

ABC flew a total of 35 crates of Maine Coon, Siberian, Ragdoll, Bambino, Sphynx, Devon Rex, Bengali, British shorthair and other cats together with 21 crates of Chow-Chow, American cocker spaniel, French bulldogs, Tibetan, Caucasian shepherd and other dogs breeds on Boeing 747 freighter flights from Moscow, Russia, to Chicago, in the US.

The long-haul transportation was organised in co-operation with Russian cattery Hakuna Matata, which cares for Siberian cats.

Said Peter Novozhenov, Regional Director, Russia and CIS, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, “Within our company, we have 15+ years of experience in the transportation of various animals, including pets. Our specialists, both in the air and on the ground, follow IATA LAR and strict internal guidelines, [while a] sophisticated Boeing 747F onboard system allows for the creation of an ideal in-flight environment, making it possible to adjust the required temperature and humidity settings for each particular animal.”

Director of Hakuna Matata cattery, Khristina Moiseeva commended the airline for its total dedication to every delivery, “making sure that all the requirements are met and being always here to assist, no matter how many questions we might have,” she commented. “Some technical issues will always take place, but it is important to be prepared for these situations and follow the right guidelines to guarantee safety of ‘special passengers’.”

All the animals were duly cared for throughout the flight and while in the cargo handling agent’s facility to ensure they had enough food, water, and felt safe.