InstoneAir horse stalls from our Airstable range livestock containers can be divided into 5 main types and are generally used on wide bodied freighters such as B747 / B777 / MD11 and can also be centre loaded on A310 / B767 etc.
1. Airstable Rigid – fully enclosed.
2. Airstable Droptop – roof lowers for belly positioning.
3. Airstable Fully Collapsible – 3 or 4 can be stacked for economical positioning.
4. Charter stall wide bodied – fully collapsible light weight and generally used on wide bodied charters.
5. Charter stall narrow bodied – generally used on B737 / B757 / A310 / AN12 charters.
InstoneAir is very flexible in the way Airstables can be provided:
Ad hoc rental: rental on a per use basis.
Contract Rental: a fixed price per stall for a set period regardless of the number of uses. It might be for a week, month or year and can include maintenance.
Outright Sale: stalls are available for purchase and can include a maintenance or spares package. Most spares are available ex stock from one of our depots in UK, USA, Australia, Middle East or Hong Kong.
All equipment can be supplied with a maintenance contract and we can also supply ancillary services such as grooms/trucking/protective
Airstable Design Options
The original Airstable was designed by InstoneAir in 1983, since when The Company has developed a full range of models originating from this highly successful design. The Company now designs and manufactures horse stalls to fit any aircraft type in any configuration. A comprehensive range of design options and features can be incorporated to meet an airline’s specific requirements. There are now some 40 design options relating to the Airstable range and our sales or design department will be delighted to discuss your requirements.
The Airstable Rigid is generally regarded as being the best possible container available to transport horses. It is a fully enclosed rigid container consisting of a light alloy frame, attached to GRP faced panelling built onto a steel base.
It can accommodate 3 large horses in individual stalls.
- Designed for wide bodied aircraft – B747 / B777 / MD11 etc. with Left or Right or Double Contoured Roof (B777 / MD11)
- Can also be centre loaded on A300 / A310 / B767
- Converts quickly to cargo configuration
- Simple to operate
- Compatible with existing Unit Load Devices and has standard handling requirements
- 4 way forklift base (optional)
- Robust construction to minimise damage and repairs
- Fully adjustable partitions to provide variable width for each horse
- Fully protects horses both in the aircraft and while on ground equipment
- Ramps at both ends for (un)loading
- Rear internal doors (optional)
- Sliding hatches each side for groom and vet access
- Attaches to 125/96 pallet (PMC/ P6P)
- Non slip rubberised floor
- Entirely leakproof to prevent contamination of aircraft structure or other cargo
- Easy to clean and disinfect
- Adjustable ventilation apertures to control light and airflow
The main feature of the Airstable Droptop is that the roof can be lowered to belly height (63”/163cms). This enables the container to be (de)positioned in the belly holds of aircraft and can be used to carry small animals such as sheep, goats, calves etc. or other general cargo, in the bellies. The Airstable Droptop incorporates many of design features and options found in the Airstable Rigid and when being operated with the roof raised is a similar size.
Airstable Fully Collapsible
The Fully Collapsible Airstable enables 3 or 4 containers (depending on model) to be stacked on a lower deck aircraft pallet for (de)positioning. It takes around 15 minutes for 2 people to assemble each container. Many of the features found on the Rigid and Droptop models are incorporated in the Fully Collapsible Airstable and it is designed to fit all wide-bodied freighters. A particular feature is the interchangeable and reversible solid roof making it extremely versatile.
The container can be fitted with a B747 non contour roof or changed to a single contour B777 roof which can be reversed to fit the left or right side of the aircraft. It is the only horse stall manufactured anywhere in the world to incorporate this very useful feature.
Charter Stall – Collapsible (wide bodied)
The collapsible stalls used on wide bodied aircraft are similar in dimensions to the ‘Airstables‘ and also have groom access. They attach to 125/96 pallets (PMC/P6P) fit B747 / MD11 / B777 aircraft and can be centre loaded on A300 / A310. A canopy can be fitted if required, which can also be adjusted to control ventilation or light.
The stalls have adjustable partitions and individual front doors, and
are generally used on full or part charters rather than scheduled services. They can be collapsed quickly for palletisation and can be loaded into standard 20’/40’ sea containers for economical (de) positioning.
Charter Stall – Collapsible (narrow-bodied)
The ‘walk on/off’ system is generally used on narrow bodied aircraft such as B757 / B737 / B727 / 146 / AN 12 / AN 74, as well as A300 / A310 and Horses are loaded via a ramp or loading box, which is a fast, safe way to load horses. The system is designed for quick/compact palletisation for economical positioning. There is also a special stall designed specifically for use on B737 aircraft. This stall can be used as a ‘walk on/off’ system or loaded by Hi-Loader.
InstoneAir developed a very
lightweight, high strength collapsible aluminium/composite B747 / B777 / MD11 cattle pen. The pen design enables more cattle to be carried on a long sector than other conventional types of penning system. The pens are very thin and light, allowing more floor area to be utilised than on other systems.
A full B747 set of pens is about 10,000lbs lighter than conventional wooden or aluminium types, thereby making available a significantly higher payload.
The use of the InstoneAir cattle pen permits approx. 6 extra head of cattle at 1,500 lbs each to be carried on a B747 charter.
Loading ramps / Inspection pens
InstoneAir has designed and constructed a variety of loading ramps, dolly ramps and veterinary inspection pens, to assist in the loading of both horses and livestock.
Static ramps are generally used for ‘walk on/off’ charters and can be used for both horses and livestock. Ramps have been positioned in Europe and USA and some can be positioned to an airport by towing, or loaded on a low loader. There are a variety of designs, some of which incorporate power-driven hydraulics, so the ramp platform can be raised or lowered in seconds at the touch of a button. Other ramps are raised and lowered manually.
Portable ramps have been designed to be carried on board aircraft to be used for charters, where no static ramp is available.
Dolly ramps have been designed to load horses from the ground into Airstables. These are either heavy-duty, static types or portable so that they can be carried around on an aircraft.
Veterinary inspection pens have been designed so that vets can inspect horses being unloaded from Airstables. Horses walk out of the Airstable into the inspection pen and then out the other end directly into a truck. This allows the vet to inspect the animals in a safe, secure environment and prevents the horses touching the ground, which is a quarantine requirement in some countries.