New York- and San Francisco-based artist Qinmin Liu is gearing up for Art Basel Miami Beach next month, and like tens of thousands of other attendees, she anticipates high ticket prices, long lines, crowds, and flight delays. Hence Angelhaha, Liu’s brand new private airline created specifically for transportation to art events. From the Art Basel fairs in Switzerland, Miami, and Hong Kong to the Venice Biennale, participation in art events commands a lot of travel. For most, this means steep airfare for an uncomfortable journey. That’s where Angelhaha Airline comes in.
The first ever art airline, Angelhaha is a “dream-driven business corporation” that Liu proposes will be “the most successful 21st century company under female leadership.” The venture, which is as much a work of art as it is a highly specialized mode of transportation, will offer one-way trips to art events around the world.
First up is Art Basel, which officially kicks off on December 7. Angelhaha’s maiden voyage will transport nine fair-bound travelers to Miami on December 6. The service will be provided by Liu in partnership with Meisihang Private Aviation, and unlike your run-of-the-mill commercial flight, everything from the customer service to the food, even the smell of the airline, will be curated to foster a comfortable, positive, and universally memorable experience.
While the artist hasn’t disclosed the details of the Miami trip, “prices for future flights will range from $300 to $3,000, depending on itinerary and carrier,” artnet News reports.
So while the average commercial flight is complete with little to no legroom, unidentifiable food and waning customer service pleasantries, Angelhaha “is influenced by the idea of combining ‘flying with happiness’ with perfect and unpredicted services on an airplane,” according to the project’s website.
“Angelhaha makes your life happier,” says Liu. “Yes! Art makes your life happier.”
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