CargoLogicAir has helped satisfy demand for fresh flowers for Mother’s Day by flying over 100 tonnes of roses, carnations and other flowers to Stansted Airport from Bogota.
UK Mother’s Day is a busy time for the flower market, with £200 million being spent on gifts.
The airline operated the flight on behalf of its general sales agency partner in Ecuador and Columbia, Solent Freight Services, with the nine-hour flight arriving in London and the flowers travelling onto florists and supermarkets across the UK.
CargoLogicAir chief executive officer, Dmitry Grishin says: “With our modern Boeing 747 aircraft, we are ideally placed to ensure customers in the UK receive the freshest flowers. Our first commercial flights at the start of 2016 delivered over 200 tonnes of flowers from Nairobi to the UK for St. Valentine’s Day.”
“With the UK flower and plant market now worth over £2.2 billion a year, we expect to see more flower charters this year as the industry clearly values the speed and reliability of air cargo when sourcing from global suppliers to satisfy year-round demand.”
CargoLogicAir says the 747-8F is the most advanced aircraft of its type for shipments requiring strict temperature controls, with four separate temperature zones to ensure cargo such as flowers arrive at their destinations as fresh as when picked.