As part of an international conservation effort to protect the white rhinoceros from extinction, Southwest-Florida based Western Global Airlines safely airlifted eleven endangered white rhinos from Johannesburg South Africa to an undisclosed wildlife conservation center in the Eastern United States. Western Global Airlines, a leading U.S. certified FAA 121 all cargo airline with worldwide coverage, was contracted by Network Airline Management (NAM) on behalf of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) which champions the survival of the world’s rhinos, to relocate these magnificent animals due to severe poaching and habitat loss in Africa. The eleven rhinos were accompanied by a veterinarian for the 15-hour flight aboard one of Western Global Airlines’ highly efficient MD-11 freighter aircraft, then transported to a sanctuary where conservationists are working to increase their population.
“Western Global Airlines has been entrusted with this very challenging rescue flight because of our unparalleled responsiveness and dependability,” said James (Jim) Neff, President and CEO of Western Global Airlines. “Since our inception it has been a top priority of the company to operate humanitarian relief and animal rescue flights in addition to the commercial charter and wet lease flights we operate in the general cargo sector. In this particular case, it is an honor for us to have participated in the conservation effort of a rare and vulnerable species whose existence is being threatened.”
As part of this commitment, Western Global Airlines operated the “Spirit of Freedom Flight”, the world’s largest lion rescue airlift in history, where Western Global flew 33 abused and suffering lions from South America to a sanctuary in South Africa after being rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI). This dramatic rescue was recently broadcast on CBS 60 Minutes, and the heroic work of ADI has helped lead to laws banning the use of wild animals in circuses in more than 15 U.S. states and more than 20 countries.
“We have become keenly aware of the abuse that animals are suffering around the world as a result of poaching, loss of habitat, illegal sales, and circuses” Jim Neff added “We will always be available to support these incredibly important rescue missions. Anyone who shares our core beliefs about animal husbandry can help by visiting www.rhinos.org and www.ad-interantional.org to sign a petition, attend an event or make a donation to help save these animals and protect future populations.”
About Western Global Airlines
Headquartered in Estero, Florida, minutes from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), Western Global Airlines is a U.S. certified FAA 121 all cargo airline which owns and operates a fleet of 13 fuel efficient and highly reliable wide body freighters (747-400 and MD-11) offering worldwide coverage. Western Global Airlines has redefined the ACMI (wet-leasing) and Charter model which had been static for almost 50 years by developing a revolutionary new customer-focused model that provides airlines, logistics companies and others truly variable and flexible capacity. It offers the industry’s only low-cost, highly responsive outsourced cargo operating platform, custom tailored to satisfy the changing requirements of each customer, with high reliability, 24/7/365. Western Global Airlines has flown to over 250 airports in more than 100 countries on six continents. For additional information about Western Global Airlines, visit www.WesternGlobalAirlines.com.