Boxes with flowers are being loaded to Emirates SkyCargo freighter
Dhaka: Every year, millions of roses are gifted worldwide on Valentine’s Day resulting in a spike in demand for flowers in early February. To meet this requirement, Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, operates daily scheduled freighter flights to Nairobi, Kenya and four weekly freighters to Quito, Ecuador, around the year to uplift additional quantities of roses from these major flower producing nations.
The flowers are then flown to destinations across its network such as important global centres of flower distribution like the Aalsmeer market in the Netherlands and directly to customers around the world.
However, in order to meet the additional demand this season, Emirates SkyCargo operated a total of nine freighter flights dedicated for flowers over and above scheduled operations this year.
The carrier has transported close to 900 tonnes of roses over and above the around 4000 tonnes transported monthly.
Emirates SkyCargo has also notched a number of historic firsts this year. The air cargo carrier operated its first direct freighter flight carrying flowers from Nairobi directly to Sydney and from Quito directly to Los Angeles.
This is in keeping with the trend where flower farms supply directly to end customers in global markets in addition to supplying to the flower auction houses.
Emirates SkyCargo has designed a specialised three-tiered portfolio of solutions - Emirates Fresh, Emirates Fresh Active and Emirates Fresh Breathe - for air-freighting different kinds of perishable cargo including food items and flowers.
Emirates Fresh Breathe provides ventilated cool chain solutions for fresh cut flowers. In order to ensure maximum freshness and shelf life, the flowers are maintained between 2 and 5 degrees centigrade.
Emirates SkyCargo also transports flowers in the belly hold of its passenger aircraft from other markets such as India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia.
Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet of Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 aircraft offer a cargo capacity of over 100 tonnes per flight.
In 2018, the air cargo carrier moved closed to 2.6 million tonnes of cargo.