Last week (2 February 2023) IAG Cargo safely delivered the skeleton cast of the world’s largest known dinosaur—Patagotitan mayorum—on a shipment from Buenos Aires to London Heathrow.
The Natural History Museum partnered with IAG Cargo to deliver the full cast of the titanosaur ahead of its exhibition in London, ‘Titanosaur: Life as the biggest dinosaur,’ which will run from 31 March 2023 to 7 January 2024.
The cast was stored into 32 crates and transported in the belly capacity of two British Airways B787-9 aircrafts, alongside 4 crates of real fossils including a real femur bone measuring more than two metres.
Now on UK soil, this will be the first time the titanosaur will be displayed in Europe. The dinosaur’s journey started in Trelow, Argentina, from where the cast travelled to Buenos Aires before it moved onto London. In Trelow, Argentina, Patagotitan was dismantled into more than 40 crates—to be flown in the bellyhold of two British Airways B787-9 passenger aircraft. Upon landing at Heathrow, the freight was transported to a special facility before being delivered to the Natural History Museum where it will be re-assembled for public display in March.
Over three times heavier than Dippy the Diplodocus, the 37-metre Patagotitan mayorum is around the same length as a British Airways’ Airbus A320 aircraft or four double decker buses, IAG Cargo noted.
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