Emirates SkyCargo celebrates Valentine’s Day in own style
A Monitor Report 13 Feb, 2017  |
Dhaka: Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, for the first time in its history has unveiled a unique decal featuring a rose on one of its Boeing 777-F freighter aircraft ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Emirates SkyCargo around Valentine’s Day adds supplementary cargo capacity every year in the major flower trade lanes to be able to bring the additional volumes of flowers to Aalsmeer - the world’s largest flower auction house in Amsterdam - and from there onwards to other global destinations. Although the transportation of flowers is a year-round activity, there is a marked increase in the volume of flowers- in particular roses- being transported around Valentine’s Day which is the single most important annual date for floriculturists worldwide. It is estimated that close to 250 million stems of roses are grown worldwide exclusively to cater to the increased demand for flowers around Valentine’s Day.
Generally, every day Emirates SkyCargo transports fresh flowers across its global network of over 150 destinations. This includes the flowers transported on board dedicated freighters and in the belly hold as well. Between January and December 2016, Emirates SkyCargo transported over 70,000 tonnes of fresh flowers around the world.
The journey of a flower usually begins in a farm where it is harvested by hand. The freshly harvested flowers are then sorted, arranged in bouquets and hand packed into boxes which are then loaded on the aircraft. In order to ensure maximum freshness and shelf life, the temperature in the cargo hold of the aircraft is maintained between 1 and 3 degrees centigrade.
Emirates Skycargo also offers a range of innovative cool chain solutions to ensure that the flowers are maintained at the right temperature from the origin to destination. The carrier also offers a number of specialised transportation solutions for customers across different business verticals such as pharmaceuticals and automobile.