NCA Initiates Live Animals Service at Hahn

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) which recently upgraded its services at Hahn airport from Boeing 747-400F  to Boeing 747-8F equipment, has now added a new service to its portfolio there called “Live Animal Service” (AVI).

Frank Schlund of Hahn Airport (left) and VG Cargo’s Douglas Borer  /  courtesy HHN
Frank Schlund of Hahn Airport (left) and VG Cargo’s Douglas Borer / courtesy HHN

Hahn airport which is situated in between Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Cologne airports, has so far not been known as an airport specializing in the handling and air transport of live animals.
This new service introduced last week by NCA has changed this.

Pythons, Lizards and Colubrids
These were the first new “air passengers” loaded by Nippon Cargo Airlines on their journey from Hahn to Tokyo’s Narita airport.
According to the carrier, this is just the start of plans to increase their AVI product out of the airport.
The Boeing 747-8F is well equipped to accommodate such transport which normally requires delicate ventilation and heating systems in order to assure the well being of these VIP passengers. Temperature can be individually regulated throughout all positions, including the belly holds of Boeing’s latest addition to their freighter product.

Frank Schlund, NCA’s German General Manager states that “our departure density in conjunction with a modern aircraft and the cargo-friendly infrastructure at Frankfurt-Hahn airport will allow us to increase the new service.”
Hahn airport offers their clients a round the clock operation as well as a veterinary service which is available at all times.

The shipping of live animals from Hahn airport could be on the increase as other freight carriers who are using the airport also show interest in moving this highly sensitive range of goods on their flights.
NCA is handled by VG Cargo at Hahn who can in turn boast an array of state-of-the-art handling facilities which in their view are also optimal for the proper handling of live animals.

Christoph Goetzmann, Hahn’s Sales Director says “we are very pleased that we have convinced another cargo client of our customer service.”

John Mc Donagh

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