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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