KUZU Airlines Cargo carried 12 dolphins from Osaka to Izmir on 5th and 6th of February, 2008. The first leg of the operation from Osaka to Tienjin was three hours. After one hour standing on Tienjin Airport for fuel uplift, the second leg from Tienjin to Almaaty lasted for 5 hours and 10 minutes. In Almaaty again fuel uplift lasted for one hour. The operation ended succesfully in Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport with the final flight leg from Almaaty to Izmir that lasted for 5 hours and 40 minutes.
The captain, who operated the flight, Nuri POCAN told that the dolphins were between 7 and 14 years old and each was weighing about 1,4 tonnes. They were carried in the wet hammocks which were hung in special containers and their skin have been covered with a special gel to prevent loosing the moisture. Maindeck cabin temperature was fixed to 15°C and the cabin pressure altitude was kept at 5.000 feet for the dolphins comfort. The Flight altitude was never higher than 27.000 feet.
Two Brasilian instructors and an English veterinarian accompanied to the dolphins and no problem reported about the heath of the dolphins during the whole journey. The wild dolphins will be trained by their Brasilian instructors for show and rehabilitation of otisim and the rest of their life will continue in Izmir / Turkey.
The captain Nuri POCAN adds: “The dolphins symbolize freindship all over the world and a person senses a great sympathy to these living beings. As a result of these feelings the Flight team of the operation and myself felt a big responsibility and it was really a wonderful Flight. When we arrived to Izmir we were proud of bringing them safely to their new home.