Yesterday (November 21), American Airlines Cargo flew 10 brown bears from Ezeiza International Airport near Buenos Aires in Argentina to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, Texas, on board one of its Boeing 787s.
The bears, who had been living at the Mendoza Zoological Park about 1,200 km from Buenos Aires, are to end their journey at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.
“All team members involved worked together to ensure a successful, safe, and seamless experience for the bears and our customers,” informed David Vance, vice president operations for American Airlines Cargo.
Six female bears were carried in the forward cargo compartment of the aircraft, and four male bears were carried in the aft cargo compartment – each in their own individual cage.
No other freight was carried, so the bears had the cargo compartment of the Dreamliner to themselves.
After arriving at DFW, each bear was carefully loaded into a trailer for the next stage of their journey to Colorado.