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Air India flies endangered vulture from Chennai to Jodhpur


MUMBAI: Indian Airlines had an unusual flyer on one of its flights on Friday when it flew a cinema vulture, an endangered raptor, from Chennai to Jodhpur via Delhi on Friday.
Kanyakumari Division Airlines, Chennai, says a ventilator-assisted pet-compatible aircraft has been deployed on the Chennai-Delhi-Jodhpur route under the guidance of the conservationist, Tirunelveli circle and forest.
After receiving the necessary approvals from civil aviation ministry and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) the bird was transported by flight to Rajasthan. The airline said: “The vulture has arrived safely in Jodhpur and the forestry department appreciates Air India’s efforts in facilitating this process, right from arrival to departure. onion. “Air India Cargo and other divisions worked in tandem with forest department officials to comply with all the necessary procedures for the smooth movement of birds,” it added.
Air India has a long history of flying animals and birds and among its worthy anecdotes is about a baby elephant who flew from Bengaluru (then Bangalore) to Spain in 1967. Spanish Surrealist House Salvator Dali designed an ashtray for Air India and was looking for an elephant as compensation.
More recently, in 2020, when domestic air travel resumed after suspending services from late March to May 25 due to pandemic closures, Air India received spike in demand for pet transportation. An airline spokesperson said that in the four months to October 2020, Air India flew more than 2,000 pets on its domestic flights.

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