Cargolux Airlines has transported 230 tons of artwork from the US to Basel, Switzerland, ahead of the Art Basel Fair 2019.
The priceless commodities, totalling 104 pallets, were spread out over eight flights, three originating from Los Angeles and five from New York.
Upon arrival in Luxembourg, the precious cargo was loaded on board 31 trucks for the final leg of the journey. The shipment was handled by the airline in co-ordination with its forwarding partners Masterpiece, Dietl, and Hasenkamp.
Christian Theis, Global Product Manager for CV precious, said: “We are thrilled to have been approached for this important and invaluable transport. Cargolux has a solid experience in the handling of sensitive commodities and is recognised in the industry as a leading provider of such services. Requests for sensitive shipments like this one reflect our customers’ trust in our service offering.”
Jordan Starr-Bochicchio, Manager, Art Fair Services at Masterpiece International, added: “We were very happy to have received all the attention necessary to execute such a large undertaking smoothly. It was clear that Cargolux took this very seriously, and committed the necessary resources and time required to make sure that everything happened as planned, at both JFK and LUX. We look forward to the next opportunity to work with your team on a project of this scale.”
The art pieces will be exhibited at the Basel Messe for a week and comprises the work of about 4000 artists from around the globe. Premium international galleries lend their pieces for the event, which attracted over 90,000 visitors for the last edition.