Emirates SkyCargo flies champion of Melbourne Cup Australia 2018

Following the race victory, Emirates SkyCargo transported the champion horse from Melbourne to Dubai on its dedicated Boeing 777 freighter aircraft on November 11th. Cross Counter flew in from Melbourne along with seven other horses from the Godolphin stables - Folkswood, Benbatl, Blair House, Emotionless, Comicas, Best Solution and Prize Money.

Cross Counter Emirates SkyCargo Melbourne Cup Australia


To maximise the care and attention given to horses during the flight, all of Emirates SkyCargo’s Boeing 777 freighter aircraft have provision for qualified horse grooms and vets to travel with the horses. This allows them to regularly check on the welfare of the horses in the aircraft.


Emirates SkyCargo has also invested in creating dedicated facilities on the ground, including a horse lounge and ramp at Dubai World Central (DWC) to minimise any chances of stress and injury to the animal during the loading process.  The carrier also has expert loadmasters to oversee the loading of horses into the freighter aircraft and works with reputed horse transportation companies such as Janah Management to offer end to end services.

Emirates SkyCargo is at the forefront of the global air cargo industry offering cargo capacity on over 255 passenger aircraft and 14 freighter aircraft. The air cargo carrier combines a modern fleet, state of the art infrastructure including two hubs in Dubai and experienced staff to achieve the highest standards of service delivery and customer satisfaction.