American Airlines Cargo Transports Priceless Spanish Art
American Airlines Cargo recently had the privilege of transporting priceless pieces of Spanish art from across the globe to San Antonio as the Texan city held their tricentennial celebration.
Works of art created by masters such as El Greco, Goya, Picasso and Velazquez will be displayed at the San Antonio Museum of Art exhibition titled “Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid.” The event runs from June 23 to September 16 and is sponsored by American Airlines Cargo.
More than 40 masterpieces from eight different collections will be on view at the exhibition, including pieces from the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.
A special level of care is required when transporting such unique pieces of art, a majority of which have never been shown previously in the United States. Both extremely valuable and priceless as cultural artefacts the paintings were given a high level of security and careful handling by the specialized teams at American Airlines Cargo. For this delicate project, American Airlines worked in conjunction with freight forwarding specialists in four countries to ensure the special cargo was handled with great care.
American Airlines Director of Europe and Asia Cargo Operations, Sandy Scott said, “These works of art are incredibly important to the city of San Antonio as they celebrate their tricentennial.”
Mr. Scott further added, “Of course, safely and securely transporting priceless Picasso and El Greco works across the globe is no easy task. This project required our team members to work together in a creative way while also partnering seamlessly with multiple outside companies in four different countries. While it was a huge undertaking, I’m proud that it was a success thanks to our teams’ dedication to protecting their cargo — no matter what it is — and ensuring a safe and timely delivery.”
The San Antonio Celebration marks the founding of the city in 1718 by Spanish Franciscan missionaries, with events being held throughout 2018.