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Jakarta, December 18th, 2020 – The Indonesia national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia supports the repatriation of protected animals by flying 11 (eleven) Orangutans from Malaysia and Thailand. The protected wildlife repatriation flight arrived in Jakarta on Thursday (17/12) Bangkok - Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur – Jakarta flights.

President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia Irfan Setiaputra said that "It is an honor for Garuda Indonesia as the national flag carrier to have the opportunity to support the Government's commitment through the Indonesian Ministry of Environment in preserving endangered species in Indonesia and fighting illegal wildlife trade".

In preparing the repatriation process of 11 (eleven) orangutans - divided into 9 orangutans from the National Wildlife Rescue Center (NWRC), Perak, Malaysia National and 2 (two) orangutans from Khao Prathap Chang Wildlife Breeding Center, Ratchaburi Province, Thailand - Garuda Indonesia ensures that all required documents and procedures for transporting orangutans are fulfilled according to international regulations from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as well as quarantine and customs regulations in Indonesia.

The nine orangutans from Kuala Lumpur flew by GA 821 arrived in Jakarta on yesterday afternoon at 14.00 WIB with an Airbus A330-900 neo fleet, while two other orangutans departing from Suvarnabhumi Airport on GA 867 arrived in Jakarta at 17.45 WIB on the same day by using the A330-300 fleet.

Garuda Indonesia also coordinated intensively with the Ministry of Environment about the readiness of the live animal room for orangutans during transit in Jakarta as well with the quarantine and animal health officer for the Orangutan’s health check procedures before departing again the next day to Jambi and Medan.

This orangutan repatriation flight certainly has an important meaning for bilateral relations between Indonesia and Thailand and also Malaysia, where the momentum of the repatriation of orangutans from Thailand also coincides with the commemoration of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Thailand, which have turned 70 this year.

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