China Southern Airlines Offers “Charter Flight” for Pandas Presented to Hong Kong
GUANGZHOU, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--China Southern Airlines (NYSE:ZNH) (SEHK:1055) (SHA:600029) – www.cs-air.com/en – with the largest and most technically advanced aircraft fleet in The People’s Republic of China, is pleased to announce that it safely transported two giant pandas from Sichuan to their second home – Hong Kong.
Early on 10 April, China Southern Airlines inked a “Charter Flight” pact with the Management Bureau of Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province to enable the two giant pandas to fly the world carrier’s most advanced and largest B747-400 freighter to Hong Kong from Sichuan.
Thanks to China Southern Airlines’ rich experience and quality service in transporting live animals in past years, China’s central government specially designated China Southern Airlines to carry the pandas to Hong Kong, enabling the giant pandas to enjoy the nearly two-hour flight safely and comfortably.
Currently China Southern Airlines possesses two state-of-the-art Boeing 747-400 full-cargo freighters, enjoying high technology in flight speed and safety performance. In the past five years, China Southern’s B747-400Fs have successfully conducted numerous charter missions in moving minks, Bangladeshi tigers and crocodiles.
To ensure this special panda mission, China Southern Airlines specifically readjusted its cargo schedules and set up a detailed transport proposal and completed the slot application very quickly, all aimed at guaranteeing a safe and on-time transport to Hong Kong.
China Southern specially offered the two giant pandas a “Luxury Suite,” up to 735 cubic meters in the main cargo compartment, where the temperature was controlled between 8-20 degrees Celsius, with fresh and tender bamboo leaves and purified water available for them to enjoy.
The largest airline in The People’s Republic of China for the past 28 years, China Southern Airlines – www.cs-air.com/en – connects more than 80 cities around the globe. Major business and vacation destinations served in China include: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan, as well as international service, including: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Penang, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
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High res photos of the movement of the giant pandas is available upon request.