AFKLMP Cargo transports about 3,300 tonnes of flowers to Europe
Feb 13, 2019: Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo), has once again this year, shipped flowers in large volume to Europe. This time, the French airline group transported about 3,300 tonnes from leading production and export countries such as Kenya, Ecuador, and Colombia over a two-week period in January and February.
These included Kenya’s famous roses, known as Rhodos. The additional 1,100 tonnes for Valentine’s Day consist of some 57,500,000 stems.
The company informed through a statement: “Using our Boeing 747-400 full-freighter and combi-aircraft, we were able to generate ample main deck capacity to and from our three main flower starting points of Nairobi, Quito, and Bogota. For the first time, we rerouted four Air France B777 freighter flights from Nairobi to Paris via Amsterdam to support the demand for flowers and Dutch trade.
“What’s more, the bellies of our long-haul passenger aircraft and interline partners are well suited to carrying flowers to Europe. The greatest share of our capacity is mainly intended to supply the European – primarily Dutch, English, Italian, French and Russian – and Asian, most notably Japanese, markets.”
In 2018, AFKLMP Cargo shipped more than 84,000 tonnes of flowers from Africa and Latin America to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
To move flowers and plants seamlessly from grower to wholesaler, Royal FloraHolland, Schiphol Cargo, and AFKLMP Cargo have initiated the Holland Flower Alliance, an ambitious group of floricultural logistics professionals dedicated to the pursuit of innovation and sustainability in the floral supply chain.