Thursday, April 18, 2013

Onassis Boosts Lufthansa's Bottom Line With Equine Transport

Bloomberg reported recently on Athina Onassis de Miranda's (heir of the Aristotle Onassis fortune) recent deal with Lufthansa to provide a regular cargo contract transporting dozens of show jumpers to Brazil at a cost of $1M or more.

You can read the article here.

Interestingly, animal transport contributes 2 percent to the company's bottom line but the South American legs are some of the longest flown with equines, taking 12 hours to go Frankfurt-Sao Paulo or Frankfurt-Buenos Aires.  Lufthansa transports more horses than anyone else other than Air France-KLM Group and according to this article 24,000 horses are transported each year.  Air France claims about half those transports.  Lufthansa transports 110 million creatures a year, including lizards, tropical fish, cats, dogs, horses and zoo animals. 

(Wikipedia Photo)

Ms. Onassis lives in Brazil since her 2005 marriage to two-time Olympic bronze medal winner Alvaro Affonso de Miranda Neto.  She founded the Athina Onassis Horse Show as part of the "Global Champions Tour" which was founded in 2006 by Olympic gold medal winner Jan Tops.  Brazil did not have a five-star event despite its prominence in world show jumping.  The event will be held in October. 

 (photo from Luftansa Web Site)

According to the Luftansa web site:

At Lufthansa Cargo, transporting horses is a tradition. For more than 30 years, we fly jumpers, dressage and race horses, and polo ponies to all important competitions around the world. With us, they receive the best all-around service. 42 large animal stalls are available at the Frankfurt Animal Lounge. The facility’s special non-slip asphalt floor provides warmth and the greatest possible comfort for the animals. Our trained staff care for the animals’ welfare, but we also thought about the animal attendants: a separate bathroom has been built especially for them. 

Transportation takes place in special horse boxes. These have been developed in cooperation with breeders and veterinarians and ensure that the animal is transported safely and appropriately


  1. That is so interesting! I had no idea so many horses are flown around every year.

  2. I am grateful to know about the way Lufthansa had transferred animals.And I am really happy to know that all the horses were safe and healthy.

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