Air Partner has once again flown white-tailed sea eagle chicks from Norway to Scotland as part of a major reintroduction project. The 16 eaglets arrived in Edinburgh on a chartered Metroliner and are now in aviaries in secret locations. Air Partner’s freight team ensured the cabin temperature was maintained at 14 C for the two hour flight from Alesund.
Now in its fifth year, the reintroduction programme is a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland. Affectionately known as ‘flying barn doors’ due to their eight foot wing span, white-tailed eagles became extinct in the UK in the early 19th century. The initiative aims to return the species to its former range in Scotland.
This latest arrival of sea eagles, gifted to Scotland from Norway, received an official welcome last Friday (June 24) from Stewart Stevenson, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, and Norwegian Consul Mona Røhne.
Lindon Cooper, an Air Partner freight analyst, commented: “Air Partner frequently moves animals and birds, and flying sea eagle chicks is repeat business for us. It is an honour to fly such precious live cargo. The flight went smoothly and the eaglets had the shortest and most comfortable transfer possible. We look forward to the day when they will take to the skies using their own power.”