Friday, June 22, 2018

Air Cargo Carrier Coordinates Shipment of Priceless Cultural Icons

Texas Celebration Prompts Unique Project Freight Movement
Shipping News Feature
US – The city of San Antonio is celebrating its tercentenary this year having first been established in 1718 after being named three decades previously after St. Anthony of Padua by Spanish missionaries. The city is most probably most famous for being the home of the Alamo where Texas revolutionaries fought Mexican general Santa Anna, inspiring many to join the revolution for possession of the state. Now the tricentennial celebrations have seen priceless Spanish art from locations around the globe transported to the city by American Airlines Cargo (AA) as an official sponsor of a celebratory exhibition.

The works by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Picasso and other masters will be displayed at the San Antonio Museum of Art exhibition, ‘Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid’, from June 23 to Sept. 16, many of the pieces never having been displayed in the United States before. The exhibition will include more than 40 masterpieces from eight different collections, including the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.

Obviously when shipping items which are almost literally priceless requires the very highest levels of care from door to door (or wall to wall in this case). These are not just pictures, they are irreplaceable cultural icons, a fact which was doubtless realised by the team from AA Cargo. The operation itself had all the hallmarks of a classic international project, involving as it did four separate forwarding agents from four different countries and each was partnered by AA team members to ensure the paintings were handled with the great care they required.

Due to the value of the artwork, security officials were involved at every stage of the transport, including loading and unloading, packaging and processing through Customs. Representatives from American Airlines oversaw this process to ensure that the paintings were never out of sight and always accompanied by a museum representative. In the end, the conveyance was seamless and the works of art arrived at their destination safely and on time. Sandy Scott, director of Europe and Asia Cargo Operations for American Airlines, commented:

“These works of art are incredibly important to the city of San Antonio as they celebrate their tricentennial. Of course, safely and securely transporting priceless Picasso and El Greco works across the globe is no easy task. This project required our team members to work together in a creative way while also partnering seamlessly with multiple outside companies in four different countries. While it was a huge undertaking, I’m proud that it was a success thanks to our teams’ dedication to protecting their cargo, no matter what it is, and ensuring a safe and timely delivery.”