Last updated: 05:00 PM ET, Mon November 09 2015

Emirates Adds Decals to Airbuses in Support of United for Wildlife

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | November 09, 2015

Emirates Adds Decals to Airbuses in Support of United for Wildlife

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Emirates airline has added custom decals on two of its Airbus A380 planes with some of the most endangered animals in the world as a way to show support to "United for Wildlife."

United for Wildlife is a group that unites the efforts of the world’s leading wildlife charities in the fight against the illegal animal trade. The new decals were added to the planes in order to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and express the need for action.

The first of two planes with the decals of endangered animals worked a route to London and the second flew to Mauritius in Africa. The decals cover almost 40 percent of the aircrafts, and the project took 28 people a total of 2.5 days—about 900 man hours—to apply the decals on just one plane.

Thanks to the official YouTube page of Emirates, you can view a time-lapse video of the decals being applied to the two Airbus A380 planes:

Emirates Airline President Sir Tim Clark released a statement, saying, “Many animals, in particular African elephants, rhinos, tigers, and pangolins, are under extreme pressure because of an unprecedented spike in the illegal wildlife trade. The world is in a global poaching crisis, and everyone has to do their part to stop this, before it is too late. Emirates believes that the global transport industry, including airlines, can play a significant role to break the supply chain of illegal wildlife trade. And at Emirates, we are committing the resources to do our part.”

In addition to the newly designed planes, Emirates will also support the cause by highlighting feature stories about wildlife protection in its in-flight magazines, showcasing podcast interviews and airing wildlife programming and feature films on its entertainment system.

The company will also work to better train its employees to detect and deal with illegal wildlife products in transit, and Emirates has banned trophy game shipments.


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