Cargolux brings 3000 years of Chinese culture to Luxembourg

In the framework of a cultural exchange agreement between China’s Henan Museum and Luxembourg’s Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art (MNHA), Cargolux has transported invaluable historical artifacts between Zhengzhou and Luxembourg. A total of 3 tonnes comprising 145 cultural artifacts were carefully loaded aboard Cargolux’ flight CV975. They arrived early this morning after a 10 hour flight 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 entitled “The Origins of Chinese Civilization: Archeological Treasures from Henan”. These items, that provide an overview of 3000 years of Chinese heritage, 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 honored to have been entrusted with such an important and invaluable shipment. 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”, said Richard Forson, Cargolux President and Chief Executive Officer.

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”, Mr. Forson added.

Transporting fragile artwork and ancient artifacts in particular requires special attention, often involving months of careful planning and coordination. A successful endeavor requires not only the use of customized packaging but also extra careful handling, both on the ground as well as in the air. This ambitious initiative is set to be repeated next year when the exhibition is returned to China after its European stint.


About Cargolux Airlines International

Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe’s leading all-cargo airline operating a fleet of 30 Boeing 747-8 freighters and Boeing 747-400 freighters. As a future-geared airline, Cargolux also has 10 efficient Boeing 777-8F on order to replace its ageing 747-400 aircraft. The Cargolux worldwide network covers over 75 destinations on scheduled all-cargo flights and offers full and part-charter services. The company has more than 85 offices in over 50 countries and operates an extensive global trucking network to more than 250 destinations. With over 50 years of experience in the air cargo industry and an extensive product portfolio, Cargolux provides tailored transport solutions for all types of shipments. The Cargolux Group also offers aerial firefighting services through its dedicated unit Aquarius Aerial Firefighting. As a responsible cargo carrier, Cargolux has developed a solid Sustainability program encompassing Environmental, Social, and Governance principles. The Cargolux Group employs close to 2,500 staff members worldwide.

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