For the third time in five years, Dublin was the stage for an American college football game between Boston College and Georgia Tech last weekend and sponsored by Aer Lingus.
IAG Cargo in Ireland played a key role in supporting the event under very challenging conditions, making sure all the kit was delivered to the team hotel a day ahead of the players ensuring the athletes could hit the ground running, literally.
Michael Sanfey, Director of Cargo, said: "American Football, even at college level, comes with an enormous entourage of players, coaches, bands, cheerleaders and supporters. These were accommodated on board a dedicated Aer Lingus A330-300 for over 300 passengers and just over 10 tonnes of cargo on each leg for Boston College alone."
Musical Instruments, uniforms, practice bags, food for the 100 players on each team, footballs, nets, helmets, foam fingers and more was among the freight loaded on to the flight. Added to the pressure was ensuring that everything was ready to return to the US on a flight barely three and a half hours after the final whistle blew.
Michael said: "While 40,000 people enjoyed sporting prowess on the playing field, the real heroes were as ever behind the scenes and I'd like to say well done to all at IAG Cargo in Ireland for a fantastic performance."
Georgia Tech claimed victory over Boston College, scoring the winning touchdown with just 35 seconds remaining on the clock, by the way.
Clips from the game can be seen here: https://vimeopro.com/aerlingusinternal/internal-communications.