04/12/2011 08:15 GMT | Updated 03/02/2012 05:12 GMT

Panda Express Lands In Edinburgh With Tian Tian and Yang Guang

Tian Tian and Yang Guang, two giant pandas from China, have arrived in Scotland onboard their private jet, the Panda Express.

It is hoped the pair will boost tourism and the economy.

The rare animals were delivered by FedEx on a specially chartered Boeing 777F flight, dubbed the "FedEx Panda Express"

On board there was a veterinarian and two animal handlers from the Edinburgh Zoo and the Bifengxia Panda Base.

The eight-year-old breeding pair are destined for the city's zoo, where they will stay for at least 10 years.

They will be the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years.

The arrival date - which coincides with the Scottish First Minister's visit to China - had been kept under wraps until earlier this week.

Tian Tian, meaning "sweetie", and Yang Guang, meaning "sunlight", were born in 2003.