Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Shipping Paintings as Cargo is a Fine Art for Freight Airline

Mondrian Exhibits Carried Safely to Russia as New Plane Arrives from Boeing
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA – THE NETHERLANDS – US – AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of the Volga-Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest cargo airline, was recently entrusted with the movement of 34 paintings by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian worth in excess of €130 million, onboard two freight flights from Amsterdam to Moscow.

The paintings were carried on ABC’s B747-8F and B747-400ERF freighters to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, under personal control of the Ministers of Culture of Holland and Russia, for an exhibition at the city’s Tretyakov Gallery, which continues until November 24th. Over the last two years the airline has carried 175 shipments of artworks, including exhibits for such leading museums and galleries as the National Pushkin Museum, Nacional del Prado, the Louvre, Sotheby’s, McDougall Fine Arts, and Hanson Gallery Fine Arts, as well as for private collections. Alexander Roschupkin, Commercial Director of ABC said:

“Transportation of unique, high value artworks requires great precision. This demanding task requires the highest level of professionalism and teamwork at each stage of the delivery process to protect the cultural property. Through our work in this specialist field, ABC has earned a reputation for its transportation services and gained the confidence of customers that we can guarantee safe and reliable carriage of their precious shipments.”

Piet Mondrian, the outstanding Dutch painter and arts theorist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is considered to be one of the founders of abstract art alongside the works of Kandinsky, Malevich, and Rothko.

In other ABC news, the company has just taken delivery of its fourth brand new Boeing 747-8 Freighter from Boeing's factory in Everett, Washington. The aircraft will make its first commercial flight on the airline’s Chicago (US) – Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – Moscow/Sheremetyevo (Russia) route, and will then be used on ABC’s existing route network linking Europe, Asia and the USA via AirBridgeCargo’s hub in Moscow.

With delivery of the fourth new generation Boeing 747-8F AirBridgeCargo is continuing to follow its long-term fleet modernisation strategy to further improve the quality of its product. The new 747-8F is quieter and offers lower fuel consumption as well as significantly reduced CO2 emissions. Denis Ilin, the airline’s Executive President, commented:

“Operating a modern, efficient and ecologically friendly fleet plays a significant role in increasing the quality of the product we offer to our customers. It also gives AirBridgeCargo Airlines a competitive edge which will help us achieve stable and sustainable development and maintain our position on the market.”

The latest addition means that AirBridgeCargo’s current fleet contains 12 Boeing 747 aircraft (five Boeing 747-400ERF, three Boeing 747-400F and the four Boeing 747-8F).