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Intradco Global and Chapman Freeborn Collaborate to Transport 18 Giraffes from South Africa to Brazil


Intradco Global and Chapman Freeborn Collaborate to Transport 18 Giraffes from South Africa to Brazil

Intradco Global and parent company, Chapman Freeborn, have worked together on a charter flight to transport 18 giraffes from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) to Río de Janeiro Galeão Airport (GIG).

Averaging 4.3-5.7 meters when fully grown, the animals were transported whilst still young to ensure they had the legally required head clearance in the 2.95 meter-high crates, which were made of metal and plywood to make them both sturdy and leak-proof.

When animals are transported by air, it is of utmost importance that their safety and happiness are at the forefront of the operation. As such, Intradco Global and Chapman Freeborn ensured the giraffes’ speedy loading to reduce the time spent on the ground at the airport. Two attendants traveled with them during their 10-hour direct flight, one of whom was a breeder who has known the giraffes their whole lives, continually monitoring their well-being and providing them with fresh food and water as required.

After arriving in Rio de Janeiro, cranes were used to efficiently offload the 6 crates, each containing 3 giraffes, from the 747F aircraft. The animals then entered a mandatory 30-day quarantine, which they will finish on 11th December to then be transported to their new home.

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Alexander Kraynov from Intradco Global said, “This charter was in collaboration with the Chapman Freeborn South Africa team. Cargo Charter Manager, Gerhard Coetzee, was on the ground in Johannesburg communicating with the handling company and customs agents, and ensuring the loading went quickly and smoothly. Together we completed a successful operation that saw 18 exotic animals travel over 7,000 in safety and comfort.”

Intradco Global is the world’s leading equine, livestock and exotics transportation air charter specialist, with over 30 years of experience in providing the safest air charter logistics for animals of all shapes and sizes. Part of the Chapman Freeborn family, Intradco Global is a member of Avia Solutions Group, a leading global aerospace services group comprising more than 7,000 aviation professionals in almost 100 offices across the globe.

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Intradco Global Debuts their Innovative Pig Lift

This week Intradco Global introduced their brand new innovative Pig Lift, proving that not only can pigs fly, but they can get to their aircraft in style too!

The innovative Intradco Global Pig Lift comprises a custom-converted van that has been modified to enable pigs to transfer from their lorry transport to their crates, at varying heights, without having to navigate any ramps.

Both the front and the back of the Pig Lift can be powered with the touch of the button to ascend and descend, to accurately meet the pigs at the level they are at on their lorry and the level of crate they are walking onto. Without such technology, pigs must walk up and down sometimes steep ramps, which is not only potentially dangerous but can also be stressful for them.

Intradco Global’s Pig Lift puts the pigs’ safety and happiness at the forefront of the process.

The Pig Lift’s debut was on April 27th 2021 at Stansted Airport (STN), where 1,030 purebred registered breeding pigs were its first passengers. They were transferred from multi-storey lorries, that had travelled from Northamptonshire, onto two and three storey crates without the need to use any ramps or any moving parts that had to be manually adjusted.

The pigs then travelled on a Boeing 747-8F aircraft to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) in China, with a short stopover in Kazakhstan to freshen their food and water supplies.

Intradco Global’s Pig Lift is just one example of the company’s commitment to cutting-edge charter equipment with a focus on safety, comfort and animal welfare. Their livestock stalls, equine loading ramp and even their bespoke giraffe crates are just some of the equipment that is widely regarded as ‘best-in-class’, and now the Pig Lift can join that list too.

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On the 12th Day of Christmas Intradco Global Gave to Me… 3,000 Pigs.

It has been a busy week for Intradco Global, the world’s leading equine, livestock and exotics transportation air charter specialist. The continuous growth of the company’s global operations allowed Intradco Global to transport over 3000 animals around the world in just six days.

Even though the holiday season is upon us, Intradco Global has no time to rest.

In less than a week, the Intradco Global team transported live animals from the United Kingdom to China, from the United States of America to Qatar and China, and from Denmark to Russia – a truly global operation. The team ensured safe and timely transportation with a total of 3146 pigs and 199 cattle on five separate charter flights for different clients over six days.

Livestock transportation poses a set of unique challenges as the cargo requires exceptional care, safety, and attention. With over 30 years of experience, the Intradco Global team has the knowledge and means to ensure the best conditions for live animal transportation.

“As we grow our global footprint, the focus is on developing our expert teams in key import and export markets. It is exciting to see really collaborative relationships with airlines and shippers in new markets. Live animal shipments require close and accurate communication between all stakeholders involved. Our experienced teams have got the right mix of local and global knowledge, allowing for competitive pricing, with a precise service,” commented Charlie McMullen, Intradco Global Director.

The company is constantly expanding its global coverage and is currently rapidly growing in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.


About Intradco Global

Intradco Global is the world’s leading equine, livestock and exotics transportation air charter specialist. The company’s experience in arranging the air transportation of horses includes coordinating flights for Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Breeders’ Cup, and Dubai World Cup winners. Intradco Global’s bespoke service and global coverage have seen them become a trusted partner of shippers, owners, and trainers.

Intradco Global’s knowledge in accommodating unusual species also makes the company popular with game reserves and animal welfare organizations.

Intradco Global is a family member of Avia Solutions Group, the largest aerospace business group from Central & Eastern Europe with 83 offices and production sites providing aviation services and solutions worldwide.

Avia Solutions Group unites a team of more than 7000 professionals, providing state-of-the-art solutions to the aviation industry and beyond.

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