There will be no shortage of roses in Sydney for Valentine’s Day tomorrow following a special delivery of 1.6 million long-stem roses from Africa.
Global freight company Panalpina has delivered the precious cargo from Kenya’s horticultural industry to Sydney via Emirates Sky Cargo’s B777 “Love Plane” freighter.
Cut flowers are Kenya’s second largest export commodity after tea.
Panalpina says Australia is one of the biggest Asia Pacific importers of the East African nation's famed roses.
The Love Plane marks the first direct full freighter flight from Nairobi to Sydney with a B777F and Panalpina claims to be the first and so far only freight forwarder offering the service.
The delivery follows the expansion of Panalpina’s cold storage facility in Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport last November 2018.
The new facility will ensure the company can move a projected 80,000 tonnes of flowers, fruit and vegetables in and out of Kenya by 2020.
“Some say love makes the world go round. Panalpina makes things go round the world, and we’re happy to make Valentine’s Day much more special for our friends down under,” says Quint Wilken, Panalpina’s global head of Air Freight Perishables.