Receiving flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables at your doorstep has never been so straightforward.
Lufthansa Cargo and the Cool Chain Group (CCG) have joined forces on the to-door delivery of fresh products. Lufthansa Cargo has been providing this service for the past 15 years, and with CCG, it will be expanded to other markets including 36 European destinations. It is ideal for customers requiring fast and reliable shipment of fresh cargo in a temperature-controlled environment but with no transport service of their own from airport to consignee.
A few days before Valentine´s Day, 1,000 tonnes of roses were flown from warmer climates in Africa (Kenya) and South America (Ecuador and Colombia) to Frankfurt, with Lufthansa Cargo. On a single flight, up to 90 tonnes of roses can be transported, and this is actually more environmentally-friendly than growing the roses in Germany. According to by the UK’s Cranfield University, that would produce more CO2 as each individual flower needs artificial irrigation and an additional heat supply to grow.
To meet the exceptionally high demand for roses on Valentine’s Day, the cargo airline arranged special flights in addition to the scheduled connections. As soon as the roses are harvested, they are whisked to the packaging centre then direct to the aircraft. They are unloaded in Frankfurt, where, from this hub, the roses are sent to other destinations.
1,7 million tons delivered
Lufthansa Cargo ranks among the world’s leading cargo carriers. Its 2013 traffic figures show the airline carried around 1.7 million tonnes of freight and mail and sold 8.7 billion tonne-kilometres (RTK). Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves 300 destinations in around 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, and an extensive road feeder service network. The bulk of the cargo business is routed through Frankfurt airport. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
The CCG Group, based at Kelsterbach near Frankfurt, operates a global network dedicated to managing the supply chain of temperature-sensitive products. As a perishables integrator and specialist logistics provider, CCG offers innovative concepts for start-to-finish supply chain solutions from source to destination.