• FedEx Express is proud to serve as the official transportation provider for Tai Shan and Mei Lan’s upcoming journey to China.
• We are uniquely qualified to transport the pandas based on our extensive global transportation network and logistical expertise.
• Around the world, FedEx is committed to contributing to the communities in which we live and work.
• FedEx has a rich history in China with more than 25 years of experience serving customers shipping to and from this fast-growing market.
FedEx Express is proud to serve as the official transportation provider for Tai Shan and Mei Lan’s upcoming journey to China.
• FedEx Express will leverage its extensive global transportation network and logistical expertise to transport the two giant pandas from the U.S. to China on February 4, 2010.
• FedEx has been working closely with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia – and China organizers in Chengdu – to coordinate this special delivery.
o Mei Lan, a 3-year-old female panda born at Zoo Atlanta, will reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
o Tai Shan, a 4-and-a-half-year-old male panda born at the National Zoo, will reside at the China Conservation and Research Center’s Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China.
• We are very proud to be entrusted with the pandas’ safe transport to these wildlife preserves in China.
• A specially-branded “FedEx Panda Express” 777-Freighter is currently scheduled to fly the pandas and three of the zoo’s veterinary staff non-stop from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Chengdu, China.
o The “FedEx Panda Express” will originate in the FedEx global headquarters city of Memphis, TN, and fly to Atlanta on February 4, where Mei Lan will board the plane. The 777F will then travel to Washington, D.C. to pick up Tai Shan.
o From Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport, the pandas, animal care experts and flight crew will fly non-stop to Chengdu, China, where they land on February 5, 2010.
o Caravans of FedEx Express vehicles will help transport the pandas and their “luggage” from the zoos to the local airports in advance of the flight.
o Each pThe pandas will be traveling with necessities such as: 75 kilos40 lbs of bamboo, water and enrichment items.
• The first 777F joined the FedEx Express global fleet in September 2009. In early January 2010, FedEx launched the 777F into international service with a direct connection from Shanghai to the U.S.
• Thanks to the aircraft’s increased range and efficiency, the “FedEx Panda Express” will make the journey without any stops, landing in just under 15 hours.
We are uniquely qualified to transport the pandas based on our extensive global transportation network and logistical expertise.
• FedEx Express has an unparalleled global network.
o We currently offer time-definite delivery to more than 220 countries and territories, connecting markets that comprise more than 90 percent of the world's GDP, typically within 1-3 business days.
• Over the past few weeks, FedEx representatives have worked closely with zoo officials to ensure the safest transport of these special animals.
• FedEx has taken precautions to provide for the safe transportation of the pandas. For example:
• FedEx provided funds for two custom-built transport containers to house the pandas during their 14 ½-hour flight. The pandas and their “luggage” will be the only cargo shipped on the flight.
• Veterinarians from both the National Zoo and Zoo Atlanta have been granted special privileges to accompany the pandas during the transport, to ensure the animals are well cared for throughout the entire flight.
• The FedEx Express team members involved in this shipment are some of the company’s most seasoned.
• The departure and arrival events on February 4 will be closed to the general public due to security regulations. However, FedEx will provide updates online at news.fedex.com/pandas.
• FedEx is known for its reliable transportation of some of the world’s most precious cargo. In recent years, FedEx:
o Transported 90 tons of materials for the "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," including a 3,000 pound piece of the ship's hull, from Milan, Italy, to Atlanta, GA.
o Specially chartered an Airbus A310 to return 19 penguins and two sea otters to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas after a nine-month refuge in California following Hurricane Katrina.
o FedEx Express also had the privilege of transporting several giant pandas in the past – including Tai Shan’s parents Mei Xiang and Tian Tian in 2000. Later, in 2003, FedEx was again called upon to safely deliver Ya Ya and Le Le to the Memphis Zoo.
Around the world, FedEx is committed to contributing to the communities in which we live and work.
• As a global citizen of the world, FedEx is driven to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways through a combination of philanthropic efforts and socially-responsible programs.
• We actively support programs that encourage cultural exchange between the United States and China.
o FedEx is proud to donate the time and resources needed to transport giant pandas, which are beautiful symbols of China.
o Our support of these special deliveries highlights our commitment to the communities where we do business, animal conservation and educational initiatives.
For example, through Conservation International, FedEx is investing in the restoration of key panda habitats in the Sichuan Province of China, impacted in 2008 by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. We are also focusing on community-led conservation projects will create local job opportunities in wildlife protection, sequester carbon, rebuild the community, and protect valuable watersheds and wild panda habitats in the region.
• FedEx couples its business and logistics expertise with philanthropic contributions to respond quickly during times of disaster and to enhance safety, education and human health. Examples of our recent support include:
o FedEx has donated more than $1.8 million in cash and in-kind transportation to move relief supplies in response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti.
o FedEx delivered $1.5 million in relief supplies via Heart to Heart, and 31 tons of relief supplies in collaboration with Asia’s Star media company in response to the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province.
o As part of our ongoing relationship with the Salvation Army, FedEx donated a new Disaster Response Unit (DRU) canteen truck to the Salvation Army-National Capital Area Command in Washington, D.C., in May 2009
o FedEx introduced the Safe Kids “Walk This Way” program to China in April 2004. Since that time, the program has brought pedestrian safety education to more than 1.8 million students and parents in China.
FedEx has a rich history in China with more than 25 years of experience serving customers shipping to and from this fast-growing market.
• FedEx Express first established operations in China more than a quarter century ago.
• Today, FedEx is a global leader in providing fast and reliable express transportation service in China and throughout Asia through our AsiaOne network.
• FedEx Express currently serves more than 400 cities in China and employs more than 7,000 people around the country.
• We remain committed to China and we will continue to grow our presence and portfolio to serve this dynamic market.
o Just about one year ago, on February 6, 2009, FedEx commenced operations at its new Asia Pacific hub located at the Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China.
o The hub represents a $150 million capital investment and will be the center point of the company's operations in the Asia Pacific region for the next 30 years.
o The facility accommodates as many as 136 flights per week, providing access to more than 220 countries and territories served by FedEx. Its sorting systems are capable of processing up to 24,000 packages an hour.