Feb 15, 2016: Avianca Cargo transported 9.620 tonnes of flowers between January 18 and February 7, 2016, for Valentine’s Day, originating from Bogota, Medellin and Quito and bound for the United States, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, England and China, among others.
The operation included regular flights and charter flights. The latter were bound for Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Among the flowers being transported were roses and carnations, grown and sent from Bogota, while dahlias, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums where exported from Medellin. Also, roses and baby’s breath were transported by Avianca Cargo from Quito and bound for Miami, Los Angeles, San Juan, Toronto, Aruba, Curacao, San Salvador, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Seoul, Peking, Taiwan, Shanghai and Brisbane.
Victor Mejia, vice president, Avianca Cargo, commented, “It is gratifying to see the results of this effort. The successful 2016 Valentine’s Day season confirms the high levels of professionalism of those of us that conform this export chain. At Avianca Cargo we are proud to make part of this service network of flower growers, exporters and countries around the region.” During the 2016 season, the Company recorded the highest volume of cargo to Miami, mobilising 821 tonnes of flowers in one single day. Avianca Cargo’s itinerary for the season was satisfactorily followed, reaching 95 percent reliability for scheduled transfers.
These cargo volume and operational quality results were possible due to the use of a modern fleet of Airbus A330-200F aircraft, configured with hauls designed for compartmentalised temperature control, that is optimal to transport flowers and perishable goods in general.
Avianca Cargo represents the cargo transportation business using passenger and cargo aircraft, covering 105 destinations in 28 countries throughout America and Europe, with a modern fleet of more than 176 aircraft for short, medium and long range flights. This number includes the fleet dedicated to cargo aircraft comprised of five A330-220F, the most modern medium-sized freighters operating in the region, with a capacity for up to 65 tonnes each.