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Colombian gold artifacts fly to London

By Hpanchal on September 27, 2013

American Airlines Cargo delivered more than 200 pieces of gold and ancient artifacts to London.

The artifacts are for one of the British Museum’s upcoming fall exhibitions, Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia.

American worked with specialist art movement logistics company Momart to handle and transport the precious cargo from Bogotá, Colombia, to London. Modified packing cases with the latest monitoring technology were specially created to ensure the objects arrived at the museum in perfect condition.

On-board couriers hand-carried gold pieces, which needed to be maintained upright, and special artwork cases protected the other pieces during transport.

“This was a highly-complex single cargo movement, and our cargo specialists in Bogotá, Miami and London executed a textbook operation,” said Tristan Koch, American’s managing director of cargo sales and marketing – EMEA. “We are delighted to have played a part in their safe arrival.”

The gold and artifacts are owned by the Museo del Oro in Bogotá and are being loaned to the British Museum for the exhibition, which runs Oct. 17 through March 23. The exhibition examines the myth of El Dorado and explores the rich and diverse cultures of Colombia before the 16th century arrival of the Spanish.