Lionesses Dream Ticket To Africa With Peter Andre To Wave Them Off At London Heathrow Onboard KQ New B787 Dreamliner Flight

International wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation have announced that two rescued circus lionesses, sisters Maggie and Sonja, will embark on an epic journey ‘home’ to Africa this week on the inaugural Kenya Airways Dreamliner flight from London Heathrow via Nairobi to Johannesburg.

Singer, TV Star and Born Free Patron, Peter Andre, will be making a special trip airside to see the lionesses as they are loaded on to the new B787 Dreamliner to start the 6,000 mile journey to their new life at the Born Free Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre at  Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa.

In partnership with Kenya Airways, and with Peter on-hand to wave them off, Maggie and Sonja will begin their journey on Tuesday 20 January, arriving in the UK from their temporary home in Belgium via the Eurostar. They will then travel to Heathrow where they will fly to Nairobi aboard Kenya Airways’ new Dreamliner, before connecting to Johannesburg and completing the journey to their new home just outside of Port Elizabeth by road, transported by Land Rover vehicles.

The team at Kenya Airways were proud to be able to offer Maggie and Sonja passage to Africa as part of the launch of their new Dreamliner, which will operate between London and Nairobi, Kenya. Sally Peters, Marketing Manager of the airline, which has worked closely with the Born Free Foundation on numerous projects, including the inflight ‘Change Brings Change’ appeal, said:

“We are delighted to have our new Dreamliner operating out of London Heathrow but to have such special passengers on board makes this is a truly memorable flight.”  

Katrina Hanson, Cargo Manager Kenya Airways, also added  “We are thrilled to offer our services to carry this amazing, unique cargo.  With the expertise of our support teams and our African network it is great we can logistically make this happen for Maggie and Sonja.

Born Free’s President, Will Travers OBE, who will join Maggie and Sonja for the flight to Nairobi, added:

“To see the dedication of so many to give these lionesses a new future under the African sky is a dream come true. Born Free’s vision is that one day no more animals will have to suffer like Sonja and Maggie have and that wildlife will live in the wild where it belongs.”

On arrival in Johannesburg, the lionesses will be transported with support from Born Free’s partners at Land Rover in two Land Rover Discoveries to their new home at the award winning Shamwari Game Reserve. Here they will be released into a large African bush enclosure at the Born Free Education and Rescue centre, where they will start their new lives.