Chinese Pandas Touch Down in Paris on the “FedEx Panda Express”
SEOUL, January 16, 2012–-FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world's largest express transportation company, announced the safe arrival of two three-year-old giant pandas, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport in France. Working in conjunction with ZooParc de Beauval, the specially chartered Boeing 777F flight known as the “FedEx Panda Express” landed in Paris on January 15, 2011 at xxx. The arrival of these Chinese ambassadors marks the first time in 10 years that giant pandas will reside in France. The non-stop flight was chartered especially for the VIPs – Very Important Pandas -and the pair travelled in custom-built enclosures provided by FedEx Express. 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. “FedEx Express is uniquely qualified to fly special cargo,” said David L. Cunningham jr, president, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. “In addition to FedEx extensive experience in handling shipments between China and France, our Boeing 777F allowed Huan Huan and Yuan Zi to travel in comfort and arrive in Paris in the fastest time possible “ FedEx Express donated its logistical services for the transportation, providing an expert team to ensure the rare animals’ safety. During the flight, the pandas were in the safe hands of seasoned pilots Captain Paul Cassel, Captain Tom Jenkins and Captain John Hunt, who all have extensive experience in transporting some of the world’s most precious cargo, ranging from white rhinos to penguins. “It was an absolute privilege and honor to fly Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, and to be part of this significant moment to bring the pandas to their new home in France,” said Captain Paul Cassell, FedEx Express. ”Although every flight is unique, this flight has been particularly special—carrying such rare animals made the journey very exciting for all of us.” The pandas continued their journey in FedEx Express vehicles to deliver them to their new home at ZooParc de Beauval. French authorities were also 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. People can follow the final leg of the pandas’ journey at http://blog.fedex.com/panda-express2012 and http://news.fedex.com/PandaExpress2012. For b-roll and extensive images of the pandas departure, arrival and handling please contact the FedEx Media team:.