Kuzu carries special cargo
27 / 02 / 2008
KUZU Airlines Cargo has airfreighted 12 dolphins from Osaka to Izmir. The dolphins, who were between seven and 14 years old, each weighed about 1.4 tons, and were carried in wet hammocks, which were hung in special containers and their skin covered in a gel to prevent loss of moisture.
The first leg of the operation from Osaka to Tienjin was three hours. After one hour standing on Tienjin Airport for re-fuelling, the second leg from Tienjin to Almaty lasted five hours, where another re-fuel lasted one hour. The operation ended successfully in Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, after a further five hours and 40 minutes.
Captain Nuri Pocan: “The dolphins symbolise friendship all over the world and a person senses a great sympathy to these living beings. As a result of these feelings, the flight team of the operation and myself, felt a big responsibility and it was a really wonderful flight. When we arrived at Izmir we were proud of bringing them safely to their new home.”