On 6 November, ATA member Animals First transported a two year old giant panda, Fu Bao, from the Vienna Zoo to Chengdu, China.
The Vienna Zoo has a contract with the Chinese government that loans giant pandas to the zoo. If a cub is born to the pair of pandas, the zoo must send the cub back to China after two years.
Animals First arranged a flight with Austrian airlines to transfer Fu Bao to Amsterdam. After arriving in Amsterdam, the panda was transferred to a KLM to Chendu flight on a B747 where attendants have full access to the panda during the flight.
ATA member EagleFreight assisted in the customs clearance at AMS. This is the third successful panda cub transport from the Vienna Zoo to Chendu arranged by Animals First, with the first taking place in 2009 and the second in 2012. Click here to see a video of the 2012 transport, also arranged with KLM.