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Transporting artworks by private jet: everything you need to know.

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Are you an art enthusiast who needs to transport high-value artworks for exhibitions, fairs, or other cultural events? Do you want to ensure that your artworks are transported in optimal security conditions? As an art collector or broker, you understand that transporting artworks can be a challenge. At AEROAFFAIRES, we understand the importance of ensuring that your art pieces are transported safely, with the utmost care and attention. Private jet transport for artworks is becoming increasingly popular. Art owners often use private jets to transport valuable pieces of art because it provides increased security, real-time monitoring, and protection against weather and theft.

As experts in air freight, AEROAFFAIRES can help you organize a safe and efficient transport to offer you peace of mind. Whether you are a collector, artist, gallery owner, or just an art enthusiast, AEROAFFAIRES can explain everything you need to know about transporting artworks by private jet.


What are the advantages of private aviation for transporting artworks?


Transporting artworks can be a challenging task, but chartering a private jet for air freight offers many advantages. At AEROAFFAIRES, we ensure the safety, speed, and flexibility of our artwork transport services.

Firstly, chartering a private jet guarantees unparalleled shipping and delivery speed. Whether it is an urgent delivery via onboard courier or a scheduled transport, your artworks can be transported in less than 24 hours.

Moreover, the security of your goods is our top priority. Private jet transport is safer, with extreme care taken in handling the pieces. By choosing our air freight service, you benefit from a high level of security and care, thanks to the expertise of our teams and the equipment of our aircraft.

Another advantage of private jet transport is reduced waiting time at the airport. Waiting times at airports are kept to a minimum, significantly reducing the risks of theft or damage.

Finally, our access to over 3,000 airports worldwide and in Europe offers great flexibility in planning flights as close as possible to the artwork’s final destination, enabling fast and efficient transport.

Steps to ensure the safety of artworks during air transport:


Safety during the air transport of artworks is a major concern for air transport operators, such as AEROAFFAIRES, and artwork owners. It is a significant responsibility that requires strict security measures to ensure the safety of your objects during the journey.


Assessment of Value:

Remember to assess the value of the artwork before transportation to determine the necessary level of insurance.


Verification of Regulations:

Before transporting artwork, it is necessary to check local and international regulations regarding the transportation of artwork by private jet.


Careful Customs Clearance:

Artworks are subject to strict customs regulations when crossing international borders. To avoid delays or seizures, there are some documents to prepare before the flight, such as :

  • a safety certificate
  • certificate of authenticity
  • descriptive statement.

Depending on the flight, we can provide you with a list of all the necessary documents for the transit of artwork. You can visit the customs page to find out what formalities and documents are required depending on your personal or professional status.

Finally, you will need to pay customs duties when passing through customs.


Expert Air Freight Teams Ensure Packaging and Handling:

The teams minimize risks through careful handling to avoid the risk of damage during transport. Depending on the specific requirements of each object to prevent shocks, scratches, and vibrations, we select the most suitable packaging materials.


Handling teams ensure temperature and humidity control:

Artworks are sensitive to temperature and humidity variations, which can cause permanent damage. Sophisticated air conditioning systems control temperature and humidity conditions onboard the aircraft to ensure the safety of the objects.


Security Ensured During the Flight:

Security devices such as surveillance cameras, alarms, motion sensors, and locks are present on the planes to protect the objects from theft or intrusion. In addition, we guarantee continuous surveillance during the flight. Flight crew members monitor the objects throughout the flight, ensuring safe transport without the risk of theft or damage.


Insurance Ensures Safe Transport of Your Artworks:

As a specialized carrier, the airlines we work with subscribe to specific insurances to cover risks related to the transportation of high-value objects. This allows owners of artworks to have the assurance that their property is covered in case of damage or loss.



What equipment is necessary for transporting artworks on a private plane?



Transporting artworks on a private jet is demanding and requires meticulous preparation to ensure the safety of the artwork. This type of transport requires specific equipment to ensure the security of the pieces during the journey. The airlines we work with ensure the safety of your artworks through dedicated equipment for transporting valuable and voluminous items. Here is a list of essential equipment for transporting artworks on a private jet:

Custom packaging:

To ensure maximum protection during transport, custom packaging is used to protect the piece. The packaging material must be chemically neutral and weather-resistant. It is important to avoid direct contact with the artwork and minimize movements inside the packaging.


Customized transport crates:

Handling teams use specially designed transport crates to protect and package artworks. These crates must be resistant to:

  • shocks
  • humidity
  • temperature variations
  • atmospheric pressure.


Temperature control systems:

Private jets must be equipped with temperature control systems to maintain constant temperature and humidity during the journey. These systems ensure that the artworks are not exposed to conditions that could damage them.

Securing straps:

To keep the transport crates in place during the flight, robust securing straps are used on the private jet. These straps must be designed to prevent movements of the artworks during the journey and capable of withstanding turbulence.


Security devices:

Other monitoring devices include:

  • security seals
  • alarm systems
  • surveillance cameras.


Handling equipment:

To load and unload the transport crates onboard the aircraft, teams use carts, hoists, and winches. The teams we work with at AEROAFFAIRES are experts in air freight and handling precious objects. Entrusting them with the movement of your property is a guarantee of serenity.


How much does it cost to transport art by private jet?


Transporting artwork by private jet is often more expensive than other modes of transportation. The cost depends on several factors, including:

  •  the size
  • the weight
  • the fragility
  • the value of the artwork
  • the distance of transport
  • the time required for transportation
  • additional services requested.

Note that private jet transportation is often faster than other modes of transportation. This advantage can offset the additional cost it incurs.

As a specialized art transportation carrier, AEROAFFAIRES offers custom quotes for each private jet transport request.

The costs include:

  •  the rental price of the aircraft
  • fuel costs
  • handling fees
  • insurance
  • additional services such as security, packaging, and unpacking of the artwork.


On what type of plane do artworks travel?


Artworks can travel on different types of planes. The choice of aircraft will depend on various criteria, including:

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Fragility
  • Value

At AEROAFFAIRES, we are attentive to the needs of our clients. Depending on the quantity of artworks to be transported, we will propose the most suitable aircraft. Here are some examples of planes that AEROAFFAIRES uses for the transport of artworks for its clients:


Private jets:


Private jets are used for transporting artworks due to their limited but secure storage space. Planes like the Gulfstream G650 or Bombardier Global 7500 can be equipped with a specialized and customized storage compartment dedicated to artworks.


Cargo planes:

Cargo planes, such as the Boeing 747 or Antonov An-124, can also be used for transporting large or high-value artworks. These planes can offer customized storage compartments and specialized handling equipment.


Turboprop planes:

Propeller planes, such as the Pilatus PC-12 or Beechcraft King Air, are often used to transport small artworks on regional flights. These planes offer limited storage capacity but can provide a controlled transportation environment for artworks.


Based on several factors, we can advise you on the most suitable aircraft for transporting your artwork.


Charter a private jet with AEROAFFAIRES to transport your artwork.


With 30 years of expertise in air charter brokerage, AEROAFFAIRES accompanies you to ensure the transport of your most precious assets. We have been working with hundreds of airlines for 30 years and know their strengths for these particular flights. We will assist you throughout the preparation of the flight, as well as during the boarding and disembarking of your artwork.

Flying with AEROAFFAIRES means choosing peace of mind.

For your requests for art transport by plane, contact AEROAFFAIRES at +33 1 44 09 91 82, by email:, or fill out our online quote request. We will respond in less than 2 hours.

  • What types of artworks can be transported by private jet?

    Private jets can carry a wide variety of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, antiques, musical instruments and collectibles.

  • How to choose the right private jet for transporting works of art?

    It is important to choose a private jet that has a cargo hold large enough for the artworks you are transporting, as well as a humidity and temperature control system to preserve their integrity.

  • How much does it cost to transport works of art by private jet?

    The cost will depend on the size of the cargo hold required for the artwork and the distance to be travelled. It is advisable to request a quote from several private jet rental companies to compare prices.

  • What are the steps to follow when organising the transport of works of art by private jet?

    It is recommended that you contact a private jet rental company that specialises in transporting artworks. You will need to provide information on the size and weight of the artwork, as well as the desired destination and date of transport. The private jet hire company will then be able to arrange transport and provide you with a quote.