Flower power from Ecuador keeps growing for Emirates SkyCargo
EMIRATES SkyCargo is celebrating five years of flying roses from Ecuador to destinations worldwide, reports London's Air Cargo News
EMIRATES SkyCargo is celebrating five years of flying roses from Ecuador to destinations worldwide, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The airline launched its freighter operations in Quito in December 2013 with a weekly service - today it operates Boeing 777 freighters four times a week.
That's more than 50,000 tonnes of Ecuadorian exports from Quito. In 2017 alone, 12,400 tonnes of fresh flowers were flown from the Ecuadorean capital.
High season for flower exports lasts between August and February but the peak demand for roses occurs in late January and early February in the run up to St Valentine's Day often requiring additional freighter capacity to be deployed to meet demand.
More recently, Emirates SkyCargo has also helped promote the growth of exports of perishables such as mangoes and baby bananas from Ecuador to markets such as Germany, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore.