Freighter operator Qatar Cargo has begun flying cows into Doha for a project that aims to establish a dairy farm and bypass a blockade by its neighbours.

The first 165 Holstein dairy cows were flown out from Budapest Airport last week onboard one of Qatar’s Boeing 777Fs operating on charter.

The airport said that loading the high-value and sensitive cargo of breeder calves required proper care and attention as the calves could not me left out in the sun while awaiting boarding. The calves were therefore transported to the airport in the early morning for their flight.

“One carriage box accommodates four calves standing in it weighing more than a hundred kilograms each preventing them from any injuries even if they get scared during the flight,” the airport said.

Budapest Airport property director René Droese added: “Fortunately, this special livestock cargo was not the first one for Budapest Airport; we have dispatched several ‘cattle charters’ from Ferihegy to the countries of the Middle East, or to the Pacific coast of Russia, like last time, for instance.

“Qatar Cargo operates three scheduled flights per week between Doha and Budapest with Airbus 330-200F cargo planes, but this charter plane, a Boeing 777 has about 60% more cargo capacity, and we do hope to see it more often at our airport going forward due to the dynamic increase of cargo volumes carried by the airline.”

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