Wash­ing­ton pan­das leav­ing for Chi­na in style on FedEx jum­bo jet

Washington pandas leaving for China in style on FedEx jumbo jet

The beloved giant pan­das at Smith­so­ni­an’s Nation­al Zoo in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., are leav­ing ear­li­er than expect­ed — and in style.
Giant pan­das Mei Xiang, 25, and Tian Tian, 26, who arrived at the Smith­son­ian in Decem­ber 2000, and their 3‑year-old cub Xiao Qi Ji will be leav­ing to go back to Chi­na before Nov. 15, well ahead of their stay’s expi­ra­tion date of Dec. 7.
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Their trip to the Chi­na Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Soci­ety will be care­ful­ly planned and exe­cut­ed, includ­ing their ride to Bejing: the world’s largest twin-engine car­go plane cour­tesy of FedEx, accord­ing to Axios.

FedEx Giant Pan­da Express
Cour­tesy of FedEx

Since Russ­ian air­space is closed to Amer­i­can car­ri­ers, the plane will take a dif­fer­ent route to bring the pan­das to Chi­na. The car­ri­er will leave Dulles Inter­na­tion­al Air­port in Vir­ginia and land in Alas­ka to refu­el before arriv­ing at Cheng­du Shuan­gliu Inter­na­tion­al Air­port in west­ern Chin …