AirBridgeCargo Airlines successfully flew 175 cows across the North Pole on a Chicago-to-Krasnoyarsk, Russia, routing. It was a particularly difficult flight, according to a press release, since cross-polar traffic encounters zero wind conditions and is vulnerable to radiation hazards, satellite navigation system errors and compromised radio contact.
Fortunately, the Boeing 747-400 freight flight went off without a hitch, according to the press release. The heifers landed safely at Krasnoyarsk’s Emelyanovo Airport and were then moved to a local breeding farm.
AirBridgeCargo’s chief pilot Oleg Trotsenko, who has participated in cross-polar flight trials for 15 years, operated the aircraft — which, he admitted, was no small task. “For each pilot, opening and deployment of this new air path is a challenge,” he said in a statement.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Executive President Tatyana Arslanova envisions more cross-polar flights in the future, however. “[We] see the benefits provided by cross-polar flights for the growth of the transit potential of our country,” she stated.
“This route allows for savings in both time and fuel consumption, and we do hope that it will be popular with our customers,” Arslanova added.