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Love is in the air with Qatar Airways Cargo

That bunch of red roses that appears on your desk from an apparent “anonymous admirer”, those flowers you carefully select to take home to the special person at your side, the single-stemmed rose between the Flamenco Dancer’s teeth at a romantic, candle-lit dinner later that evening… There is a good chance these flowers were among the 60 million roses flown out of Ecuador, Colombia, and Kenya, on board of one of the many Qatar Airways Cargo special charters and flights networking the world in the run-up to this year’s Valentine’s Day.

“This is Qatar Airways Cargo’s second Valentine season out of Colombia  and our sixth season out of Ecuador,” continues Ian. These respective countries are the second and third largest flower exporters in the world, after the Netherlands.

Qatar Airways Cargo has positioned itself during the pandemic as a critical supplier of capacity. The cargo carrier has further strengthened its position, and brought stability, as well as an ever-expanding global network, to its local market. "The relationship we have with our customers is never more evident than during the Valentine period. The trust and support we have developed has ensured that there is, and always will be, a strong relationship in Ecuador and Columbia," emphasises Ian. Over in Kenya, ranked fourth in global flower exports, Qatar Airways Cargo Regional Cargo Manager Africa, Mr. Nicolas Danton points out that the carrier has been involved in the transport of flowers from Nairobi (NBO) for more than 10 years and that the airline “will be largest cargo operator in NBO” in the run up to Valentine’s Day 2022.

“Qatar Airways Cargo is always there to support the regular customers with extra capacity during the Valentine period,” continues Nicolas. Transport starts in the last week of January through to around 9 February. Following careful handling before departure, they travel to Liège (LGG), Belgium, from where they are trucked to Amsterdam, the biggest market for flowers in Europe. “A lot of coordination is required to arrange the charters with the authorities, and to handle the extra volumes and flights during that period,” explains Nicolas, emphasising the close and constant customer contact to ensure proper shipment planning on the respective flight days. During the Valentine season, this translates into an additional 13 B77F charters alongside the usual scheduled freighter and passenger flights. “At Qatar Airways Cargo, our aim is to encourage our customers' success. We are supportive of everything they do and always go the extra mile to assist where they need us the most,” concludes Nicolas.

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