Click Here for Cute Ponies. And a Panda. No, Really.

LAN flew 50 Argentine Polo Ponies from Miami to Madrid this past Sunday.

The ponies were participating in the Polo Summer Season in Sotogrande, Spain, and the journey required specially equipped stalls and they were accompanied by four human minders.

LAN of course does not normally fly this route, it was handled with a Boeing 777 Freighter.

I didn’t realize LAN’s Cargo operation had this dedicated aircraft, and explains why the ponies weren’t flown on oneworld partner and Spain-based airline Iberia which services the route twice daily (American flies Miami – Madrid as well). Iberia, though, did provide the grand houndling in Madrid where the horses continued by truck.

LAN Cargo’s Boeing 777F can handle up to 78 horses, and has carried giraffes, rhinoceros, elephants, dolphins and wallabies (oh my!).

Of course ponies are nothin’ compared to the panda who was yanked away from his parents in San Diego and forced to connect via Shanghai and Chengdu enroute to Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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