Transaero Moves to Protect Endangered Amur Tigers with Special Livery and Education Program

By Paul Riegler on 23 June 2015
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A Transaero 747 at Moscow Vnukovo last month

A Transaero 747 at Moscow Vnukovo last month

Transaero Airlines and the Amur Tiger Center announced a joint effort to protect rare and endangered species such as the Amur tiger.

To call attention to the tiger’s plight, Russia’s second largest air carrier announced the partnership with the unveiling of a Boeing 747-400 aircraft with special Amur tiger livery.  The airliner’s nose section is painted with the head of an Amur tiger as part of this “Tiger Flight” joint project.

“In the coming decade, the fate of Amur tigers and the wildlife in general will depend in significant part on the concerted actions by the international community,” the airline said in a statement.  Using the tagline “Caring for tigers together,” the goal “is to attract attention to the problems of conservation of Amur tigers and the threat that this big, but at the same time vulnerable, animal has to face,” said Andrei Smirnov, director general of the Amur Tiger Center.

A recent census conducted by the Russian government with the support of the Amur Tiger Center and World Wildlife Federation found that the Amur tiger population in the Sikhote Alin mountain region and Primorye Province in the Russian Far East has increased to approximately 540.  The region is home to 95% of the world’s Amur tiger population, which is more commonly known as the Siberian tiger.

Transaero will add a wildlife section in its in-flight magazine and on social media to call attention to the issues facing Amur tigers and other endangered animals.  Passengers on the Amur tiger-liveried 747 will also be able to watch documentaries produced by the Amur Tiger Center.

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