American Airlines takes care of 10 bear necessities aboard B787-8
Nov 23, 2019: American Airlines Cargo transported 10 brown bears from Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on November 21. The bears' final destination is a Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.
“All team members involved worked together to ensure a successful, safe, and seamless experience for the bears and our customers. It’s always an honor to play such an important role in animal transport, and we are thankful to have been selected for this incredible opportunity,” said David Vance, VP operations for American Airlines Cargo.
The bears originated from the Mendoza Zoological Park, about 1200 km from Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.
American Airlines Cargo team members, along with members of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, assisted in the successful transportation.
The six female bears traveled in the forward cargo compartment of the aircraft, and the four male bears traveled in the after cargo compartment of the aircraft – each in their own cage.
The bears had the cargo space on the airline’s B787-8 aircraft reserved entirely for themselves, and no other cargo was onboard.
After arriving at DFW, each bear was carefully loaded into a trailer for the duration of their journey to Colorado.