Sailing in the sky: Emirates transports America’s Cup boat from New Zealand to Bermuda – video
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported New Zealand Aotearoa – Emirates Team New Zealand’s race boat - from Auckland to Bermuda in advance of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup sailing competition.
The high-tech sailing boat had to be disassembled into smaller parts – two hulls, two wings, beams, rudders and other equipment. The loading process took four hours.
Emirates Team New Zealand’s complete shipment weighed slightly more than 44 tonnes.
At more than eight tonnes, the team’s chase boat was the heaviest individual component in the shipment. The largest items in the shipment were the ship’s two hulls which measured over 15 metres each in length.
Three ground crew from Emirates Team New Zealand travelled with the equipment onboard the plane for the flight which lasted 18 hours and 50 minutes, including a 90-minute stopover in Los Angeles.
Emirates said it would have taken six weeks to transport the boat over sea from Auckland to Bermuda.
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Updated: April 13, 2017 04:00 AM