IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group, has safely delivered one of the largest dinosaurs to walk the Earth on a shipment from Buenos Aires to London Heathrow. The titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum is around the same length as a British Airways’ Airbus A320 aircraft or four double-decker buses.
John Cheetham, Chief Commercial Officer at IAG Cargo, commented: “It is a privilege to partner with the Natural History Museum as the custodian of some of the world’s most important scientific artefacts. I want to thank our teams in Argentina and the UK who made this colossal task of transporting a 37-metre dinosaur a reality.”
The Natural History Museum confirmed IAG Cargo as its official exhibition logistics partner for its upcoming exhibition Titanosaur: Life as the biggest dinosaur back in November 2022. Now on UK soil, this will be the first time the magnificent titanosaur will be displayed in Europe.
Alex Burch, Director of Public Programmes at the Natural History Museum, commented: “We’re pleased to have IAG Cargo as our exhibition logistics partner on this exhibition. As one of the largest dinosaurs to ever roam the Earth, it is so important that we can showcase this cast to the public, connecting our visitors with nature and inspiring them to care for the large animals we share the planet with today.”
The dinosaur’s journey started in Trelow, Argentina, from where the cast travelled to Buenos Aires before it moved to London. In Trelow, Argentina, Patagotitan was dismantled into over 40 crates – to be flown in the bellyhold of two British Airways B787-9 passenger aircraft. Upon landing at London Heathrow, the unique freight was transported to a special facility ahead of its journey to the Natural History Museum, where it will be re-assembled for public display in March.
IAG Cargo has many years of experience transporting high-value, unique and precious consignments via its dedicated ‘Secure’ product, ensuring total peace of mind regarding moving cargo like the awe-inspiring titanosaur.
British Airways’ Captain Simon Boswell said: “The entire team and I felt honoured and privileged to fly this unique artefact from Argentina to the UK, and it was extraordinary to have been able to carry this precious cargo on a British Airways’ aircraft. Working with our sister company IAG Cargo, we’re delighted to have been able to play our part in its safe onward journey.”
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