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King Tut Antiquities Take Flight in World Tour

by Jason Baker

March 7, 2018

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Loading King Tut artifacts to FedEx Custom Critical truck

The only way to transport King Tut’s trove of treasures is through painstaking care and precautions.

As the official logistics provider of the KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition, FedEx transported 20 crates filled with almost 32,000 pounds of priceless artifacts more than 7,500 miles.

Ancient relics are incredibly sensitive to humidity and temperature. Materials last longer at cooler temperatures, and rapidly changing temperatures may have damaging effects on metals, stone, and other items. Changes in humidity cause objects to expand and contract, which can cause damage and accelerate deterioration.

More than 150 objects in the KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition were expertly packed in custom-built crates. The process was overseen by members of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and were outfitted with special tilt-sensing recorders.

The artifacts were escorted from Cairo by their own embedded special security team and a curator from Egypt, and were given a dedicated flight aboard a FedEx 777F, one of the most fuel-efficient planes in the FedEx fleet. On board the aircraft, the materials were loaded to travel towards the center of the plane, away from the door. This regulates air flow, and is the most temperature-stable position on the plane.

When they landed in Los Angeles, the crates were loaded to special temperature-controlled FedEx Custom Critical trucks for the final portion of the journey from the airport to the California Science Center.

Los Angeles is hosting the world premiere of the exhibition from March 24, 2018 – January 6, 2019 before it moves to Europe. The exhibit will conclude with the items going on permanent display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum being constructed in Cairo. More information at www.californiasciencecenter.org.

Loading King Tut artifacts to FedEx Custom Critical truck
Loading King Tut artifacts to FedEx Custom Critical truck
Loading King Tut artifacts to FedEx Custom Critical truck

Media b-roll package from Los Angeles arrival of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition:

King Tut arrival in LA, approved b-roll from FedEx on Vimeo.

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Comments on King Tut Antiquities Take Flight in World Tour

    ROMEO says:

    All These Years And He Still Lives ‼️ A GOD in Real Life

    Elba says:

    This is history! Wow! I wish I can be there to see it all!

    michele elcox says:

    This is so amazing…..

    Adam says:

    Great Pictures!!

    Chris Kosiak says:

    As a huge history buff I’m so excited that you shared that with us. This is so cool. I have seen the Tut exhibit at the Fields Museum in Chicago and that was awesome. Just wish someone would’ve asked me for my help with the antiquities. So cool they trust my company with this.

    Magda Lozano says:

    My name is Magda and I’m a Logistics Coordinator at FedEx Ground-SmartPost. I’m so proud of how FedEx handled these special artifacts. GREAT TEAM WORK!!!!

    I’m considering flying to LA just to see this exhibition and brag that the company I work for performed the task of transporting King Tut’s Treasures. Super Proud!!!!

    Anonymous says:

    Got tickets! Cannot wait to see the exhibit in April.

    Kristie says:

    Great to see the process of what it takes to transport such valuable and historical items to get from one point to the next. Great job to the entire team!

    Ramona says:

    What a great work, congrats FedEx!

    PJ says:

    I’m excited to go see it for myself!!!

    Tim Watts says:

    Great Job Everyone for taking great care of Mr Tut antiquities , showing the world FedEx is an amazing company putting ours customers first . If King Tut were alive today Im sure he would be impressed and use FedEx ! Tim Burnaby YBY canada

    Tamela Brown says:

    I enjoyed watching the video so awesome and exciting. Go FedEx!!

    kim genova says:

    I wish to do the same! I saw the exhibit in NYC as a child and now wish to see it in LA! Amazing job with great care and trust placed in FedEx

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