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SHANGHAI: January 07, 2019. Cargolux is to sponsor a flight to help relocate two beluga whales 6,000 miles from China to Iceland in Spring 2019 on behalf of the Sea Life Trust.

The complex journey will see the two belugas move from Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai, China via land, air and eventually by sea to the large sanctuary in a natural bay at Heimaey, one of the Westman Islands, located off the southern coast of Iceland.

LX ECV 01The secluded bay will be the world’s first open water sanctuary for Beluga whales in a ground-breaking global marine welfare project. The bay, which measures up to 32,000 sq. mt. with a depth of up to 10 metres has been chosen to provide a more natural sub-Arctic environment and wild habitat for these amazing whales to call home.

Andy Bool, head of Sea Life Trust said: “This is a complex but truly inspiring project to be working on and we are extremely grateful to Cargolux for their generosity in becoming our official transport partner and helping us move Little White and Little Grey to their new, more natural home. Cargolux teams have been working with our animal care team, veterinarians and marine experts to ensure we provide the very best journey for Little Grey and Little White.”

Bool continued: “We have also been working with Little Grey and Little White for months preparing them for the journey which includes specialist equipment and bespoke stretchers as well as a whole host of leading animal experts who will work around-the-clock as the whales make the journey to their new home.”

Richard Forson, Cargolux president and CEO added: “Cargolux is honoured to have been entrusted with two such incredible whales. This is a ground-breaking project and one which our animal transport experts are proud to be part of.”

The project is a natural follow-up to the increasing amount of measures that the airline has taken to raise awareness about the necessity to promote conservation, preserve the environment and fight illegal animal trade. As a signatory of the UN Global Compact and committed to the UN’s Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals, the company says conservation and sustainable development rank high on its list of priorities.

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