Today, 4 June, a remarkable horse transport took place from Schiphol Airport to Calgary in Canada. The horses are being transported in a new, lightweight stall that is made of thermoplastic instead of aluminum. Moreover, ECS Livestock BV (ECS) booked a part-charter on KLM Cargo especially for these fifteen horses in seven stalls. For this shipment, an aircraft type change was necessary which KLM Cargo managed to operate successfully.
Lighter stall means less fuel burn
ECS developed the stalls together with Van Riemsdijk Rotterdam BV (VRR). The new type of stall is collapsible which means that when not in use, the stall can be folded (collapsed) to a small package. The biggest advantage however of this fiberglass reinforced thermoplastic lightweight horse stall is the weight: it is 200 kilograms lighter than a standard HMJ stall. “Airlines can save up to EUR 200 on kerosene per flight per stall,” says Edwin Hofstede, Managing Director of ECS at Schiphol Airport. “Since we are dealing with high fuel prices these days, I think this is a big step forward in saving money”.
ECS / Guido Klatte Gmbh and KLM Cargo worked closely together in this project. The horses will participate at the Spruce Meadows show jumping tournament and will return from Calgary in July. Since the aircraft type normally used on the route Amsterdam – Calgary is not suitable for stalls, ECS requested an aircraft type change from KLM Cargo. The airline considered it feasible to honor the request.