FedEx overseas safe arrival of VIPs


Express cargo giant FedEx Express says two very important pandas (VIPs) arrived safely at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in France

FedEx overseas safe arrival of VIPs
FedEx overseas safe arrival of VIPs

January 17, 2012

Express cargo giant FedEx Express says two very important pandas (VIPs) arrived safely at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in France over the weekend.

Classed as "endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the giant panda is a universal symbol for the conservation of endangered species.

The three-year-old VIPs, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi from the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in China, enjoyed the services of a specially-chartered Boeing 777F flight known as the "FedEx Panda Express".

The arrival of these Chinese ambassadors marks the first time in 10 years that giant pandas will reside in France.












The pair travelled in custom-built enclosures provided by FedEx Express.

While in flight, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi spent the journey snoozing and eating bamboo.

They were accompanied by a Chinese veterinarian and animal handler as well as the managing director from ZooParc de Beauval to look after their needs throughout the journey.

The pandas later continued their journey in FedEx Express vehicles to their new home at ZooParc de Beauval with French authorities on hand to ensure a smooth ride.

Upon arrival, the pandas will reside together in the zoo’s new magnificent Chinese area in a specially-built giant panda enclosure.

FedEx Express is experienced
in the handling of
exotic cargo, having transported polar bears, white tigers, elephants, penguins, mountain lions, gorillas, eagles and even a 13-foot tiger shark used in filming the movie "Jaws".

Other unusual international cargo for FedEx includes a windmill from Denmark, the Ryder Cup and a vintage Jaguar Le Mans car worth more than £1 million.

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