Four Boeing 777s used to shift 400 tonnes of dog food

Four Boeing 777s, similar to this Air New Zealand one pictured, were used late last year to shift 400 tonnes of dog food.
Four Boeing 777s, similar to this Air New Zealand one pictured, were used late last year to shift 400 tonnes of dog food. Photo credit: Getty

It has been revealed that late last year 400 tonnes of dog food was shifted by four chartered Boeing 777s.

To put that in perspective the 777's are one of the world's largest passenger jets at around 75 metres long. 

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Air New Zealand operates 15 of them, each seating more than 300 people. 

Aircraft charter specialist Air Charter Service (ASA) were used to move the dog food after a computer virus meant supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand would have run out of popular brands. 

ASA's Asia Pacific Region director Stephen Fernandez said his company was contacted by a freight forwarder who had received a call from a leading dog food manufacturer.

"Their supply chain management system had been affected by the widely publicised ransomware attack last year, meaning that they were left extremely short of their top ranges in Australasia," Mr Fernandez said. 

He said the company urgently needed to restock and wouldn't risk losing customers by waiting for their usual delivery methods to ship the large quantities needed to replenish the shelves, as they are produced halfway around the world in France.

"It is not the first time that the stock management of food orders has led to clients chartering with us. We have flown ham, steaks, flour and burgers before now, but I think that this is the first time pet food has been needed so urgently."

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