Cargolux flies Chinese artefacts to Luxembourg

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Cargolux Airlines International has transported invaluable historic artefacts from China to support a cultural exchange between Henan Museum and Luxembourg’s Musee National d’Histoire et d’Art.

Three tonnes of cargo comprising of 145 artefacts were loaded onto flight CV975 from Zhengzhou, arriving in Luxembourg today (8 November) after a 10 hour flight.

The collection will be displayed at the museum as part of an exhibition called “The Origins of Chinese Civilization: Archaeological Treasures from Henan”.

The items, which provide an overview of 3,000 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 president and chief executive officer, Richard Forson says: “Cargolux is honoured 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.”

The airline has a long history of shipping priceless cultural items and sensitive artwork, boasting a number of partnerships with cultural institutions and museums.

Forson says: “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.”

Transporting fragile artwork and artefacts requires special attention, and Cargolux will be repeating the initiative next year when the exhibition is returned to China after its European stint.