EUROPE & CIS: Air Charter Service lifts a Beluga cargo

Air Charter Service Hong Kong recently flew eight Beluga whales from Vladivostok, Russia into Guangzhou, China. The large marine mammals were flown to China for a new zoo due to be opened in Zhuhai in early 2011. The five female and three male ‘white whales’, weighing 32 tonnes in total, which are naturally found in […]


Air Charter Service Hong Kong recently flew eight Beluga whales from Vladivostok, Russia into Guangzhou, China. The large marine mammals were flown to China for a new zoo due to be opened in Zhuhai in early 2011. The five female and three male ‘white whales’, weighing 32 tonnes in total, which are naturally found in the Arctic regions were flown aboard a chartered IL-76. Because the aircraft has a non-pressurised cargo deck it had to fly at a low altitude and had to be temperature regulated. As the cargo was so precious there were eleven cargo attendants in total on board ¨C one for each whale, a head veterinarian, a zoo representative and an ACS representative. ACS said the flight took months to organise as specialist tanks had to be built, and various other issues had to be meticulously planned between the zoo, the airline and ACS.