MASkargo has successfully transported a pair of giant pandas from China to Kuala Lumpur on 21 May. Fu Wa and Feng Yi were onboard MASkargo’s own A330-200 freighter which recently was repainted with a special livery for the occasion.
Flight MH 6462 made a special ferry flight to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) before heading to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with the precious cargo. The Chinese government loaned the pandas to Zoo Negara for 10 years to mark the 40th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic ties.
Upon arrival, the panda pair was warmly welcomed by Y.B Datuk Seri G. Palanival, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment; and HE Huang Huikang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia.
Mohd Yunus Idris, CEO of MASkargo who was present at the handover ceremony for FuWa and FengYi in Chengdu was also onboard flight MH 6462. “In a development that augurs well for Malaysia, we are proud to be a part of such a significant event. It is an honor for MASkargo to transport one of the national treasures of the Republic of China to Malaysia,” Idris said.
Also onboard the flight were Dr. Li of the China Wildlife Conservation Association and Dr Naim Zainuddin of Zoo Negara to ensure the wellbeing of the giant pandas. Fu Wa (male) and Feng Yi (female) were immediately taken to Zoo Negara and will be quarantined for about one month in their enclosure.
Their arrival originally scheduled for 16 April was postponed as the Chinese government focused on efforts to find Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, missing since 8 March.