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Red Roses from Kenya to Australia: Panalpina made it possible | Coastweek

Love-struck Australians who want to give out roses for Valentine’s Day on February 14 have Panalpina and the Kenyan horticultural industry to thank. International freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina has just flown an entire Boeing 777 cargo aircraft packed full of freshly cut roses from Nairobi to Sydney, right in time for the romantic holiday.
 

Panalpina flying 1.6 million Kenyan roses on ‘Love Plane’
charter from Nairobi to Sydney in time for Valentine’s Day

NAIROBI -- Kenya is one of the world’s largest exporters of cut-flowers, which represent the country’s second largest export commodity after tea, and 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 Boeing 777F.

And Panalpina is the first and only freight forwarder with this service offering in the market.

The special delivery of 1.6 million roses follows the expansion of Panalpina’s cold storage facility in Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in November 2018, which will enable the company to move a projected 80,000 tons 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.
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About Panalpina: The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions.

The company combines its core products – Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics and Manufacturing – to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions for twelve core industries.

Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers’ supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be.

Energy and Project Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector.

The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in around 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in another 100 countries.

Panalpina employs approximately 14,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.

 

             

 

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