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Noah’s Ark of the skies

Great or small, domesticated or not, we are experts in transporting live animals across the world. When we handle priceless thoroughbreds, international-calibre polo horses and high performance sled dogs, we afford them just as much care as you would. We have also become renowned for our expertise in carrying a large variety of more exotic live animals such as giraffes, alpacas, white tigers as well as white rhinos; each of which require the highest attention and specialist care. No wonder our fleet is sometimes described as Noah’s Ark of the skies.

To safeguard the welfare of the animals we carry by affording them the safety, comfort and security that they deserve, we handle them with special care and in full compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Qualified staff, high professional standards and special care

Customers worldwide trust us when it comes to addressing their animal shipping needs. No animal is ever left without supervision and every flight is met, no matter the time. Through our headquarters and the LuxairCargo Centre in Luxembourg, we provide:

  • EU-certified veterinary station at the Luxembourg hub with fully certified Border Inspection post, veterinary services and holding space for any animals
  • Overnight accommodation in purpose-built pens in a contained and noise-protected area with temperature and lighting controls adjustable to suit different species
  • Moving of animals directly from the plane to the pens, thus avoiding ground contact, for sanitary concerns and disease protection reasons
  • Conditioned environments thanks to ventilation and temperature control systems, including state-of-the-art HVAC systems which duplicate natural environments from 4°C to 29°C
  • Close and personal attention from qualified animal handlers and attendants

Equine expertise

We regularly transport invaluable racehorses, giving a new meaning to the term "special handling", and regard each animal as a special responsibility. We transport about 3,000 horses a year; with up to three horses per horse stall (HMC), we can carry 84 horses on our Boeing 747-400 freighters and up to 90 on the 747-8F, both of which are equipped with multi-zone air-conditioning systems.

The Luxair cargo center: 108 meters between truck and aircraft

At our Luxembourg hub, we benefit from the high-quality service offering of one of Europe’s most advanced and best equipped airfreight handling centers:

  • Annual capacity 1.2 million tonnes
  • 85,500 m2 warehouse space
  • 113 truck docks and ample truck parking positions
  • 35 pallet breakdown and 49 pallet build-up stations
  • Fully-automated stacker system with 1,640 ULD positions
  • Dedicated AVI stations and live animal inspection rooms and veterinary facilities
  • Shortest transit times from/to aircraft

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Cargolux is a member of 

  • ATA - Animal Transportation Association
  • IPATA - International Pet and Animal Transportation Association 
  • IATA LAPB - IATA Live Animal and Perishable Board