Love is in the air: Avianca Cargo flys 18,000 tons of flowers

An Avianca Cargo aircraft in flight.
Photo Credit: Avianca

Avianca Cargo closes another Valentine’s Day season with almost 300 cargo flights operated from Colombia and Ecuador to North America between January 16 and February 8, carrying close to 18,000 tons of flowers.

This year, Avianca Cargo continues to lead the transportation of flowers from Colombia to the United States, executing a season focused on quality, on-time performance, and a premium service.

Months of Preparation

Avianca Cargo has once again closed a successful Valentine’s Day season, setting new records and doubling its regular capacity to cater to the high demand.

Preparation is key, and Avianca Cargo spent months in advance gearing up for the Valentine’s Day rush, focusing on implementing logistical solutions to guarantee an efficient season.

In Miami, the heart of the flower trade, Avianca Cargo made significant investments in infrastructure.

By expanding and modernizing the Jetfloor and enhancing the cooler’s configuration, the company boosted its capacity by a staggering 83%, allowing it to handle up to 6 flights simultaneously.

These upgrades were instrumental in meeting the soaring demand for flower transportation.


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Processing and Delivery Times

Avianca Cargo clearly didn’t stop at infrastructure upgrades; it seems they also set new standards in processing and delivery times.

In Miami, the company achieved a remarkable 57% reduction in processing and delivery times, ensuring that flowers reached their destination swiftly and in pristine condition.

Additionally, the perishable cargo depalletization capacity was increased by 40%, further streamlining operations and minimizing delays.

Avianca Bogota Operations

In Bogota, Avianca Cargo implemented measures to streamline operations and enhance customer service. Extended receiving hours, a 24/7 service on the receiving lines, and a 30% increase in personnel all contributed to a smoother operation.

The introduction of a virtual scheduling system slashed cargo acceptance times by 56% compared to the previous year.

Blossoming Partnerships

“This Valentine’s Day season once again positions us as the leading cargo airline transporting flowers from Colombia to North America,” affirmed Diogo Elias, Senior VP of Avianca Cargo.

With service levels exceeding 90%, Avianca Cargo’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. The company’s dedication, coupled with precise coordination across the supply chain, ensured a successful season, earning the trust and loyalty of customers.

Among the flowers exported this season, roses and carnations from Bogota, pompons, hydrangeas, and chrysanthemums from Medellin, and roses, carnations, and gypsophila from Quito took center stage.

Augusto Solano, president of Asocolflores, emphasized the importance of efficiency in the export process, highlighting Avianca Cargo’s role as a crucial ally in bringing joy to homes across the U.S.

Celebrating Latin American Floral Heritage

In a symbolic gesture, Avianca Cargo pays tribute to Latin American flowers by adorning one of its airplanes with an exclusive floral design.

This act underscores the company’s unwavering commitment to supporting the flower industry and spreading love and happiness worldwide.

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