Cargolux Airlines has transported 230 tonnes of valuable artwork from the United States to Basel in Switzerland ahead of the Art Basel Fair 2019.
The priceless commodities, totalling an impressive 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 coordination with its forwarding partners Masterpiece, Dietl, and Hasenkamp.
Cargolux global product manager for CV, Christian Theis 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 recognized 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.”
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.