Cargolux adds flower flights for Valentine’s Day

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Feb 14, 2017: Luxembourg based all cargo airline Cargolux is busy, once again this year, as Africa’s flower growers and shippers call on the airline’s services and expertise to bring their goods to European consumers.

Throughout each year, Cargolux carries more than 20,000 tonnes of flowers from African markets which translates to around four million flowers per flight. This year, the airline experienced such strong demand that it operates a large amount of extra flights in addition to its seven weekly scheduled services.

Cargolux delivers the flowers to European markets within 48 hours after they were harvested. Countries in South America and Africa are increasingly expanding their share of the cut flowers market.

Kenya holds 7 percent of the global market share today. 35 percent of all sales of cut flowers in the European Union originate from this African country. For Cargolux, this market represents a major part of its African business.

The main destination for Valentine’s Day roses are the Netherlands, but shipments also go to the United States, Australia, Russia and some smaller markets.

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on March 8, Cargolux will also add additional flower flights out of South America.

With "CV Fresh", Cargolux offers a special product tailored to the special requirements of these perishable goods.

Boeing’s 747 freighter, with independently adjustable temperature zones, gives Cargolux the ideal tool for long-range flower transports. The airline also uses specialised refrigerated containers as well as sophisticated temperature measuring devices on board of its aircraft. Customers can track the shipment’s condition and ambient temperature of the aircraft at any time, even during the flight.

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