Cargolux has transported invaluable historical artefacts between Zhengzhou, China and Luxembourg under a cultural exchange agreement between China’s Henan Museum and Luxembourg’s Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art (MNHA).
A total of 3.0 tonnes comprising 145 cultural artefacts were carefully loaded aboard a Cargolux B747 and arrived safe and sound 10 hours later from the carrier’s China hub in Zhengzhou to its home base in Luxembourg.
The collection will be displayed at the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art (MNHA), as part of an exhibition titled: ‘The Origins of Chinese Civilisation: Archeological Treasures from Henan’. These items provide an overview of 3000 years of Chinese heritage and include some of the earliest-known examples of Chinese bronze ritual vessels and jade ornaments dating back to the Xia and Shang Dynasties.
“Cargolux is honoured to have been entrusted with such an important and invaluable shipment,” says said Richard Forson, Cargolux president and chief executive officer. “Our expert teams, who are well-versed in the transportation of sensitive and precious cargo, have meticulously prepared this move to ensure a smooth transport process.”
The airline has indeed a long history in the shipment of priceless cultural items and sensitive artwork. Cargolux boasts a number of partnerships with cultural institutions and museums. “We are proud of our expertise in handling delicate commodities and we look forward to continuing our work in support of culture and the arts”, Forson added.
Transporting fragile artwork and ancient artefacts in particular requires special attention, often involving months of careful planning and coordination, the carrier notes. “A successful endeavour requires not only the use of customised packaging but also extra careful handling, both on the ground as well as in the air,” it says.
This ambitious initiative is set to be repeated next year when the exhibition is returned to China after its European stint.