Exotic fruit boost the business of Cargolux Airlines
Blueberries from Chile, asparagus from Peru or beans from Kenya – consumers in Europe and the USA, as well as Asia’s emerging countries demand for fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year. Demand for safe and reliable air transport of perishable goods is expected to increase.
In 2017, more than 2.4 million tonnes of fresh products have been transported worldwide on board of the Cargolux’s aircraft, a 3.3 percent increase compared to 2016. With more than 1.1 million tonnes, fruit and vegetables comprise around 46 percent of all fresh products in air cargo.
“With CV fresh, Cargolux offers a special product tailored to the special requirements of these perishable goods. Customers appreciate the airline’s long-standing experience in this area, which is built on expertise, innovation and close personal attention”, says Chris Nielen, VP Sales at Cargolux at the opening of the Fruit Logistica trade fair.
Fast growing African countries like Ghana, Kenya and South Africa are importing commodities by air such as hi-tech goods, agricultural products and machinery, while export shipments are mainly perishables, such as fruit and vegetables for European consumers. „Cargolux is the preferred partner of African companies with trade relations to Europe, the USA and Asia,“ says Chris Nielen.
Cargolux is the world’s first GDP-certified airline, as well as the world’s first ‘Lean & Green’ carrier. Its fleet is composed of 14 Boeing 747-8 freighters and 13 Boeing 747-400 freighters and operates from one of Europe’s most modern centers for temperature-controlled logistics in Europe at Luxembourg’s Findel Airport.