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Air Cargo Carrier Coordinates Shipment of Priceless Cultural Icons

Texas Celebration Prompts Unique Project Freight Movement US – The city of San Antonio is celebrating its tercentenary this year having first been established in 1718 after being named three decades previously after St. Anthony of Padua by Spanish missionaries. The city is most probably most famous for being the home of the Alamo where Texas revolutionaries fought Mexican general Santa Anna, inspiring many to join the revolution for possession of the state.

Now the tricentennial celebrations have seen priceless Spanish art from locations around the globe transported to the city by American Airlines Cargo (AA) as an official sponsor of a celebratory exhibition.

The works by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Picasso and other masters will be displayed at the San Antonio Museum of Art exhibition[1], ‘Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid’, from June 23 to Sept.

16, many of the pieces never having been displayed in the United States before. The exhibition will include more than 40 masterpieces from eight different collections, including the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. Obviously when shipping items which are almost literally priceless requires the very highest levels of care from door to door (or wall to wall in this case).

These are not just pictures, they are irreplaceable cultural icons, a fact which was doubtless realised by the team from AA Cargo. The operation itself had all the hallmarks of a classic international project, involving as it did four separate forwarding agents from four different countries and each was partnered by AA team members to ensure the paintings were handled with the great care they required. Due to the value of the artwork, security officials were involved at every stage of the transport, including loading and unloading, packaging and processing through Customs.

Representatives from American Airlines oversaw this process to ensure that the paintings were never out of sight and always accompanied by a museum representative. In the end, the conveyance was seamless and the works of art arrived at their destination safely and on time. Sandy Scott, director of Europe and Asia Cargo Operations for American Airlines, commented:

“These works of art are incredibly important to the city of San Antonio as they celebrate their tricentennial. 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.”

Air Cargo Carrier Coordinates Shipment of Priceless Cultural IconsAir Cargo Carrier Coordinates Shipment of Priceless Cultural Icons

References

  1. ^ San Antonio Museum of Art exhibition (www.samuseum.org)

IAG Cargo seeks application globally for Hangar 51 innovation programme

Start-ups invited to join the industry-leading accelerator programme

June 21, 2018: IAG Cargo is currently seeking application for the International Airlines Group (IAG) Hangar 51 global innovation programme, in collaboration with British Airways and Avios. The initiative invites start-ups of all sizes and growth stages from around the world to join the industry-leading accelerator programme to transform the aviation industry.

The Hangar 51 global innovation programme goes beyond a traditional accelerator and offers disruptive companies ten weeks of co-working alongside IAG. IAG Cargo is seeking applicants with ideas or products to optimise cargo operations – this could include future cargo logistics such as shipping analytics, asset tracking, measurement and monitoring tools, smarter operations, such as big data analytics or robotic processes, and new products or wildcard disruptive ideas that have the potential to reshape the industry.

Lynne Embleton, CEO, IAG Cargo said, “There is huge scope for digital to enhance and transform the airfreight industry.

Through Hangar 51, IAG Cargo is excited to offer start-ups a chance to embed themselves in our business, to test and develop their products and has the opportunity to grow on a global scale.

We are looking forward to working alongside the next generation of logistics and technology companies to unlock opportunities and enhance our customer experience.”

Applicants will receive personalised mentoring and access to a vast network of industry contacts and experts from across the Group.

Successful applicants will also showcase their achievements at a Demo Day before an audience comprised of the Group’s senior management team and investors.

IAG Cargo opens third round of Hangar 51 disruptor funding

Air cargo disruptors have a further chance to secure development funding from IAG Cargo, as the major European carrier seeks new ideas or products to optimise cargo operations.[1] IAG Cargo, in collaboration with British Airways and Avios, is now accepting applications for its third Hangar 51 Travel Tech Accelerator Programme, inviting start-ups to apply for a ten-week long intensive accelerator and mentorship programme. Up to ten finalists will be able to present their final progress to the IAG Group’s senior management at a Demo Day in London, with a potential multi-million pound investment to scale their business up for grabs.

The initiative invites start-ups of all sizes and growth stages from around the world to join the industry-leading accelerator programme to transform the aviation industry. IAG Cargo said in a statement “The Hangar 51 global innovation programme goes beyond a traditional accelerator and offers disruptive companies ten weeks of co-working alongside IAG. “IAG Cargo is seeking applicants with ideas or products to optimise cargo operations[2] – this could include future cargo logistics such as shipping analytics, asset tracking, measurement and monitoring tools, smarter operations, such as big data analytics or robotic processes, and new products or wildcard disruptive ideas that have the potential to reshape the industry.

“Applicants will receive personalised mentoring and access to a vast network of industry contacts and experts from across the Group. Successful applicants will also showcase their achievements at a Demo Day before an audience comprised of the Group’s senior management team and investors. This will give them the opportunity to receive potential investment from IAG’s multimillion pound digital fund to scale their business.”

Lynne Embleton, chief executive of IAG Cargo, said: “There is huge scope for digital to enhance and transform the airfreight industry. Through Hangar 51, IAG Cargo is excited to offer start-ups a chance to embed themselves in our business, to test and develop their products and have the opportunity to grow on a global scale. “We are looking forward to working alongside the next generation of logistics and technology companies to unlock opportunities and enhance our customer experience.”

Start-ups are encouraged to submit their applications to join Hangar 51 at www.hangar51.com[3].

Applications close at midnight BST on August 5, 2018.

Read more Technology news[4]

References

  1. ^ ideas or products to optimise cargo operations. (www.aircargonews.net)
  2. ^ “IAG Cargo is seeking applicants with ideas or products to optimise cargo operations (www.aircargonews.net)
  3. ^ www.hangar51.com (urldefense.proofpoint.com)
  4. ^ Technology (www.aircargonews.net)

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