Carriers add charters for Valentine’s Day flower demand surge

It’s T-minus 3 days until Valentine’s Day, and the international logistics industry is gearing up for the seasonal spike in demand for the perishable currency of the Hallmark holiday. You guessed it – flowers. Many carriers working within networks that encompass major exporting regions of roses and tropical buds – e.g. East Africa and South […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 11, 2019

Africa’s ‘Moon Shot’: Preparing for an African air cargo renaissance

Built more than 60 years ago, Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is hardly a cutting-edge example of a modern, global air cargo hub. While there have been some recent expansions to its cool-chain handling facilities, NBO’s connectivity to the rest of the world is relatively modest. Still, Kenya’s largest airport has ardent fans. “Jomo […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 4, 2019

Panalpina expands cold storage at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport

This week, Panalpina opened its expanded cold-storage space at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). With this development, the company seeks to strengthen both services for customers in the perishable industry, and its competitive position in the region. Panalpina has doubled its cold-storage space at the airport by 1,500 square meters. According to the company, […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 29, 2018

Brussels boosts cool chain connectivity with Avianca service, dolly fleet expansion

With the addition of service to South America via Avianca Cargo and the doubling of its temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals dolly fleet, Brussels Airport (BRU) has made great strides this month in boosting the capabilities of its cool-chain operations. On Nov.18, one of Avianca Cargo’s fleet of five A330-200 freighters touched down at BRU for the carrier’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 23, 2018

Air France-KLM’s de Nooijer says perishables, e-commerce key to turnaround

Ever since Marcel de Nooijer was appointed executive vice president Air France-KLM Cargo at the end of 2016, he has focused on restoring the cargo division of the legacy carrier to its former glory after several years of less-than-stellar results. At the end of 2017, the carrier began to see some sustained improvement, with a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 4, 2018

Top 5 cool chain innovations making a difference in supply chain quality

With the value of the temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical market topping US$1 trillion dollars, air cargo handlers are searching for the best way to ensure that these commodities are kept at a very specific, narrow temperature range during their journey in the air, and especially on the ground, where the risk is highest for a temperature incursion […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 28, 2018

Valentine’s Day roses won’t come cheap after Kenya capacity crunch

If you haven’t yet picked up the traditional dozen roses for your significant other this Valentine’s Day, it isn’t too late – but be prepared to pay a premium over even the typical seasonal increase, after an airfreight capacity shortage nearly stranded the blooms in Kenya. As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal, the increase […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 14, 2018

Cargolux’s weekly Quito service brings Ecuadorian flowers to Europe, Asia

Cargolux Airlines launched scheduled all-cargo services to Quito on July 2, providing four flights per week, originating in Luxembourg and transiting through two airports in Brazil (Curitiba and Viracopos) as well as on in Mexico. The Quito connection sets up more opportunities to ship Ecuador’s cut flower exports to markets in Amsterdam, Luxembourg and beyond. […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2017

The DFW Difference: How the Texas hub became a gateway to Latin America

John Ackerman was reviewing the freight numbers prior to an airport board meeting, but something about the numbers looked fishy. “The increase in cargo volumes was just too high,” recalled Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)’s executive vice president for global strategy and development. But after the number crunchers had revisited the data, they confirmed that […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 3, 2017

Flower Power: Can standards bring order to the chaotic flower market?

In mid-April Conrad Archer, managing director of Panalpina Airflo, Kenya, was bracing himself for a sharp spike in traffic volume. The run-up to this year’s Valentine’s Day had produced a surge of more than 30 percent above normal in flower volume, and projections for Mother’s Day pointed to a similar spike – which translates into […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • May 8, 2017

Seasonal flower shipments provide a second peak-season for Air France-KLM

Despite cuts to scheduled main-deck capacity between Nairobi and Amsterdam, Air France-KLM-Martinair said it maintained its dominant position in the transport of fresh-cut flowers out of popular gateways like Nairobi, Quito and Bogota. For the past five weeks, weekly average volumes have hovered around 1,000 tonnes, down only slightly from an average of 1,150 tonnes […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 9, 2017

Valentine’s day flower trade drives air cargo business [ VIDEO]

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day this year, Emirates SkyCargo has added four additional freighters from Nairobi, carrying an additional 350 tonnes of flowers into Amsterdam. LATAM Cargo announced that it is transporting more than 160 million bouquets of flowers (around 9,000 tons) in the three weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. Luxembourg-based Cargolux said […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 13, 2017

Miami International to roll out ocean-to-air pilot program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cleared the way for Miami International Airport to receive perishable freight imports by sea and load it aboard international flights – making it the first airport in Florida to handle ocean-to-air trans-shipment. The airport announced that the shipments should start by the end of 2016. Customized Brokers, a […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 14, 2016

Cargolux now flying flowers direct to Amsterdam

Luxembourg-based Cargolux is now routing freighter flights from South America directly to Amsterdam, the all-cargo airline announced this week. The new route is in response to South America’s growing output – and European demand for – cut flowers. Each week, Cargolux flies an estimated 95 tons of flowers from Latacunga (Ecuador) and Bogotá (Colombia) to […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 13, 2016
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