Cargolux adds 1,200 tonnes capacity to transport millions of roses to Europe

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February 13, 2018: In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, Cargolux is all geared up to transport millions of flowers, including red roses to Europe from Africa and Latin America by Boeing 747F aircraft.

In addition to its 20 weekly flights out of Nairobi, Quito and Bogota, Cargolux has added about 1,200 tonnes of extra capacity to meet the peak demand ahead of the celebration.

In order to offer highest standard to transport fresh products, Cargolux uses thermos blankets to ensure additional protection for temperature-sensitive shipments. 

“We are operating a modern fleet of Boeing 747F aircraft, which has the state-of-the-art thermal capabilities, in order to guarantee reliable transport of flowers to lovebirds around the world,” said Stavros Evangelakakis, product manager for fresh and temperature controlled commodities of Cargolux.

“With ’CV fresh‘, we also offer our clients a specialised product to transport perishable goods,” said Evangelakakis.

Meanwhile, Columbia, Ecuador and Kenya are key destinations for flowers. Kenya caters to about seven percent of the global flower trade. The European market comprises 35 percent of Kenya’s flower harvest during the Valentine’s season. Besides Europe and North America, Asia is fast evolving as a potential market for flowers.

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