Animal 'passengers' have special needs and their well-being during the transportation is paramount, as required by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Aviacon was involved in a range of animal transportation projects from international horse shipments and livestock airlifts to the relocation of exotic species.
In 2006, the Air Company delivered a pair of the world’s rarest species of rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) from Nepal to Europe as a gift from the King of Nepal to Vienna Zoo.
In his letter of gratitude, the Director of Animal Transport Association and the Chairman of CITES noted that he ‘will recommend the company to everybody who prepares shipments of live animals around the world’.
In 2008, Aviacon’s aircraft delivered eight white whales from the Russian city of Anapa to one of the world’s largest oceanariums located in Hamilton, Canada.
In 2015 we obtained valuable experience in providing secure transportation for horses. It gave us proven knowledge of the industry standards, regulations and the network of special equipment providers.
In 2020 “the world’s loneliest elephant” named Kaavan was airlifted onboard our IL76TD from Pakistan to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia. The famous American singer Cher, together with the activists of the charity Foundation Four Paws International, campaigned for his freedom for years.
The 156 dogs and 133 cats were carried aboard the Avicon RA-76502 aircraft, which took off from Kabul on January 30, 2022 and landed in Canada two days later after stopovers in Turkey and Iceland.
The pets belong to diplomats, troops and contractors who left Afghanistan in August 2021 as the Taliban took control of the country.
Charlotte Maxwell-Jones, who cared for the animals at Kabul Small Animal Rescue (KSAR) and organised their evacuation, supervised the loading at Hamid Kharzai International in Kabul.