How many roses will Lufthansa transport for Valentine’s Day?

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Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F D-ALCI arriving at East Midlands airport in 2008. Photograph: AirSpace user Goose

Did you give or receive a rose today for Valentine’s Day? If so, you may have Lufthansa Cargo and its MD-11 freighters to thank.

The carrier says it will have transported 34 million roses for Valentine’s Day. That equates to 1,200 tonnes, enough to fill 14 fully-loaded MD-11 freighters.

Over the weekend Lufthansa says its aircraft flew in “roses from South America and Africa to the airline’s hub in Frankfurt/Germany. The stopover at Frankfurt Airport is very brief. Within hours of landing, the roses are flown to consignees in Europe and beyond.”

“Among the major producers of fresh-cut flowers are suppliers in Kenya, Ecuador and Columbia, where the flowers are picked in the morning by rose producers and quickly transported to the airports. Lufthansa Cargo serves all three countries with frequent weekly freighter services. Such sensitive freight requires sophisticated transport solutions to ensure the roses look dewy fresh on Valentine’s Day and for some days afterwards.”

The MD-11 is Lufthansa Cargo’s sole aircraft type with the carrier operating 18 examples, but by April the carrier expects to select a new aircraft type to joint its fleet. Read more…

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