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Kai Kai and Jia Jia - Two Giant Pandas - Arrive in Singapore

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Kai Kai and Jia Jia, two giant pandas, arrived safely in Singapore on Thursday morning.

 The approximately 4.5 hour flight on a Boeing 747-400F, which departed Chengdu at 03:45, landed at Singapore Changi Airport at 08:20.

The departure and arrival timings were scheduled as such to minimise any climate-related discomfort, and throughout their journey, the cabin temperature was kept between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius, consistent with the temperature of the pandas’ natural habitat in Sichuan.

The gentle giants travelled in custom-made crates that offered ventilation and space to move about. ‘Inflight meals’ of bamboo, fruit and water were provided. A team of five keepers and vets from both China and Singapore were also on board to ensure the pandas’ well-being.

“Singapore Airlines is pleased to have transported Kai Kai and Jia Jia comfortably to Singapore. We warmly welcome them to their new home at the River Safari, and are privileged to be playing our part in this significant conservation initiative,” said SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong.

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