April 14 - Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported the New Zealand Aotearoa - Emirates Team New Zealand's race boat - from Auckland to Bermuda for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup sailing competition which will begin in late Ma
Emirates SkyCargo transported the race boat and all associated support equipment including the team's chase boat. The consignment had a total weight of 44,490 kg (44.49 tonnes). At over eight tonnes, the team's chase boat was the heaviest individual component in the shipment, while the largest items were the ship's two hulls which measured over 15 m each in length.
In order to facilitate the loading and air transportation process, the sailing boat was disassembled into smaller parts - two hulls, two wings, beams, rudders and other equipment. During the packaging process, metal frames were used to reinforce the packing to ensure that there would be no damage to the individual components during the transportation process.
The packaged components were transported to the airport by truck, before travelling to Bermuda, with a stopover in Los Angeles, USA for the aircraft to refuel.