Etihad moves Newton, Beethoven, Bach and Darwin
Etihad Airways has announced the successful transportation of more than 100 historic manuscripts from Berlin’s State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) to the National Library of Australia (NLA) in Canberra.
The treasures, which span 1,000 years of human history, feature exquisite illuminated manuscripts, rare letters, sketches, documents and priceless musical scores, each handwritten by major figures in literature, religion, science, music, exploration and philosophy.
They include handwritten works by Erasmus, Bach, Beethoven, Curie, Dante, Darwin, Dickens, Einstein, Galileo, Kafka, Machiavelli, Luther, Mozart, Michelangelo, Napoleon, Newton and Nightingale.
The masterpieces will be part of a fascinating exhibition named Handwritten: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Treasures from Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, when they go on display in Canberra from November 26 to March 18.
Air freighted from Germany to Australia on board Etihad Airways flights, the priceless manuscripts were specially packed in tailor-made, humidity-controlled cargo crates.
Art handlers accompanied the precious cargo on the flights, carrying the artifacts in protected hand-carry cases.
According to Etihad Airways the exercise involved close synchronisation between the airline and key partners in Germany, Abu Dhabi and Australia.
Roy Kinnear, senior vice president cargo at Etihad Airways, said: “This successful logistics operation further proves Etihad Airways’ ability to provide premium and secure logistical solutions for our partners and customers and we are delighted to have played our part in coordinating and providing this service.”
Well over 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the Canberra exhibition over the four month period. Once the exhibition ends, Etihad Airways will freight the precious cargo back to the Berlin State Library.