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Air Partner soars with RSPB’s Eagles

Air Partner is perhaps best known for its Royal Warrant from HM Queen Elizabeth II, but last week the freight team worked with RSPB Scotland to fly a very different kind of important cargo; live sea eagle chicks.

Air Partner Freight has again worked with RSPB Scotland to fly six live white-tailed sea eagle chicks from Alesund in Norway to Edinburgh as part of a major translocation project. Now in its sixth year, the East Scotland Sea Eagle Project is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland, and aims to reintroduce the species back to the east coast of Scotland following successful reintroductions to the west coast in the 1970s and ’90s. The 2012 year reintroduction was financed by Heritage Lottery.

Air Partner Account Manager Lindon Cooper said, "Aviation logistics are never easy, and when you’ve got live cargo to transport, it is particularly important to ensure that everything goes smoothly. We adapted the aircraft to ensure that the cabin was kept as dark as possible, and that noise was kept to a minimum. The cabin temperature also had to be controlled at 14 degrees Celsius to maintain optimum conditions. Air Partner has worked with RSPB Scotland before and we were delighted to leverage our experience to help them ensure that the eaglets had a safe flight."

Bruce Anderson, RSPB Scotland, said: "Attention to detail and the timely operation of these flights are key to the project’s success; the service we received from Air Partner helped to us to achieve this."

Air Partner Freight is a leading aviation firm with considerable experience transporting live and other precious cargo; the company’s flexibility and bespoke service means that they can meet the most demanding schedules every time. For over 50 years, Air Partner has been the trusted choice for multi-national corporations, industries, governments and aid organisations across the globe. The company is fully listed on the London Stock Exchange and holds the aviation industry’s only Royal Warrant to HM Queen Elizabeth II, demonstrating its strength and secure financial stature.

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