American Airlines Cargo safely delivered more than 3,000 pounds (1,500 kilograms) of priceless artifacts belonging to the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection from Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG).
Working with Cookes Crating, one of America's oldest and most respected fine art shippers, over 100 artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, rare first editions, manuscripts and official records, were transported to The University of Hong Kong Museum and Art Gallery. The three month long exhibition tells the story of African American achievement and contribution.
"With priceless artifacts like those in this collection, we offer customers peace of mind with our High Value service, which includes enhanced safety and security measures, such as special handling and surveillance at every touch point," said Joe Goode, American Airlines Cargo's managing director, Cargo Sales – Western Division. "Plus, with our direct flight from LAX to HKG, we were able to quickly and successfully deliver the shipment in prime condition before the exhibition's debut in Hong Kong."
The Kinsey family's long-standing relationship with American was just recently extended to the Cargo division for the shipment of their invaluable collection because of the carrier's experience in handling high-value shipments.
"My family and I have been loyal customers of American Airlines for nearly 40 years, beginning with my parents who have visited 100 countries and flown millions of miles," said Khalil Kinsey, general manager and chief curator – The Kinsey Collection. "American has played an integral role in our business from a travel perspective, and we are excited to expand our relationship to the cargo and logistics aspect. The Cargo division provided a smooth and efficient experience that gave us great comfort and confidence that our crates full of priceless contents would be handled with the utmost care, as well as arrives safely and on time."
American was the official airline sponsor of the event.