Chinese pandas arrive at new home at Copenhagen zoo
SAS Cargo has transported two giant pandas from Beijing, China to Copenhagen, Denmark, where they will live at a new zoo in the Danish capital
SAS Cargo has transported two giant pandas from Beijing, China to Copenhagen, Denmark, where they will live at a new zoo in the Danish capital.
The two pandas, Mao Sun and Xing Er, travelled in two separate, customised boxes in the forward compartment of an Airbus A340 aircraft during the journey. The aircraft was specially decorated for the occasion with the photos and names of the panda pair, reported London's Air Cargo News.
'Panda2' arrived on time at the Vilhelm Lauritzen terminal in Copenhagen where media waited together with a reception committee of ministers, ambassadors and other VIP invitees.
Speeches were held while Mao Sung and Xing Er were moved from the aircraft to the specially decorated truck that took them on the final stretch to the Copenhagen zoo.
The pandas are a gesture of goodwill from Chinese president Xi Jinping, following the Queen of Denmark's state visit to China in 2014.
'All went very well, and the two pandas are now happily resting and eating in their new home at Copenhagen zoo, ready to receive keen visitors when the zoo officially opens on April 11.
'It was a great pleasure and honour to be part of this very prestigious transport. We have a long experience in transporting live animals and sensitive shipments but this was of course a very special event with such dignitaries onboard,' said SAS Cargo Group president Leif Rasmussen.