LATAM Cargo ships 15,500 tons of flowers from Colombia and Ecuador for Valentine’s Day


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LATAM Cargo ships 15,500 tons of flowers from Colombia and Ecuador for Valentine's Day

LATAM Cargo ships 15,500 tons of flowers from Colombia and Ecuador for Valentine’s Day

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LATAM Cargo shipped over 15,500 tons of flowers from Colombia and Ecuador for Valentine’s Day 2022. This is a 16% increase from the previous season (13,200 tonnes).

To carry out such activities, the company doubled its turnover between January 17 and February 6. Valentine’s Day is one of the peak seasons for flower export, and it is also a celebration of Mother’s Day, so there is a strong demand for flowers.

LATAM Cargo’s Manager’s Word

«The positive result is due to our long-term cooperation with our suppliers and customers and reflects the trust they have placed in us by choosing us as an ally during a critical time for their business. It’s been a few weeks of intense planning to produce great solutions. DesirĂ©e AramburĂș, LATAM Cargo’s international commercial manager for Colombia and Ecuador, said their goal was to meet the capacity, operations and service needs of their business.

More than 260 LATAM Cargo takeoffs between Bogota, Medellin and Quito deliver flowers to major consumption centers. In Colombia, supply almost doubled during the peak season, from 28 to 56 frequencies. In all, 9,200 tons of flowers – mostly roses, carnations and chrysanthemums – were shipped to Miami, from where they were distributed across North America.

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In Ecuador, the company nearly tripled its supply, from 11 regular operations to 30 on Valentine’s Day. This growth has enabled it to ship more than 6,340 tons of flowers, especially roses and mini-roses, to Miami (USA) and Amsterdam (Netherlands).

«This year the company will receive three cargo planes as part of the announced growth plan for 2021, although their market has not yet been determined, we can predict a more auspicious season together with our customers,» DesirĂ©e AramburĂș concluded.

The company currently has seven Boeing 767-300Fs and four Boeing 767-300BCFs. It expects to take delivery of 10 aircraft between 2022 and 2023 to complement the attractive cargo movement in the region. As a result, it has consolidated its position as the main group of freight operators in South America.

future plans

The company explained that this will enhance connectivity from the region to North America and vice versa. Specifically, the link between Colombia and Ecuador will be strengthened to support exports in the flower sector. Chilean salmon exports will also be supported. In Brazil, capacity to and from North America and Europe will be increased to boost import and export markets.

The 767-300BCF can carry up to 51.6 tons (113,900 lb) and has a range of 3,345 nautical miles (6,190 km).

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