EUROPE/CISl Lufthansa comes up roses

Lufthansa Cargo transported more than 1,200 tonnes of roses for Valentine’s Day this year. That amounts to a record number of around 34 million Valentine roses or 14 fully loaded MD-11 freighters. Lufthansa Cargo aircraft flew in roses from South America and Africa to the airline’s hub in Frankfurt/Germany for the annual 14 February celebration, […]


Lufthansa Cargo transported more than 1,200 tonnes of roses for Valentine’s Day this year. That amounts to a record number of around 34 million Valentine roses or 14 fully loaded MD-11 freighters. Lufthansa Cargo aircraft flew in roses from South America and Africa to the airline’s hub in Frankfurt/Germany for the annual 14 February celebration, with the flowers flown to consignees in Europe and beyond within hours of landing, the carrier said.

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.