This December, Emirates SkyCargo is completing five years of freighter operations to the Ecuadorian capital Quito.
The freight division of Emirates commenced its freighter operations to the Ecuadorian capital in December 2013 with a once-a-week service. Now, with the growth in demand, the frequency has been increased. Currently, Emirates SkyCargo’s Boeing 777 freighter aircraft transport cargo from Quito four times a week.
Over the last five years, the carrier has been facilitating exports of Ecuadorian roses as well as other flowers and perishables through its Quito freighter service. Roses are one of the most popular export commodities from Ecuador and are renowned for their vibrant colour and long shelf life.
Since December 2013, Emirates SkyCargo has helped transport over 50,000 tons of Ecuadorian exports from Quito. Fresh flowers including roses form the bulk of export commodities transported on the freighters. In 2017 alone, close to 12,500 tons of fresh flowers were flown from Quito to other parts of Emirates’ network in Europe, Middle East and Asia. The peak season for flower exports lasts from August to February, but the peak demand for roses occurs in late January and early February in the run up to 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. With its global network of over 155 destinations Emirates SkyCargo facilitates the development of new export opportunities and makes an important contribution to the local economy in Ecuador where more than 100,000 people are dependent on the floriculture sector.
Stattimes.com reports that with Emirates Fresh, the carrier’s three-tiered suite of specialised solutions, flowers and other perishables from Ecuador retain their freshness and longevity during their journey.