VIDEO: Emirates freighter Rosie blossoms in Barcelona
02 / 05 / 2017
An Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter, nicknamed Rosie because of her rose decal, made a special appearance in Barcelona on the occasion of ‘The Day of the Rose’.
The Catalan festival, originally St Jordi’s Day, is celebrated on April 23 every year with locals gifting roses and books to one another.
Earlier this year, Emirates SkyCargo unveiled the rose decal on the aircraft in Dubai on Valentine’s day. The decal, which was the first of its kind for Emirates SkyCargo, highlights the carrier’s contribution to the global floriculture industry by transporting fresh flowers across the world.
In 2016, Emirates SkyCargo transported over 70,000 tonnes of fresh flowers including roses across its network of over 150 destinations across six continents.
Said an airline spokesperson: "In the two months since the installation of the rose decal, Rosie has been playing her part in facilitating global trade. During this time the aircraft has travelled around the world to over 35 cities in 25 countries across six continents ranging from Australia to the US.
"Rosie has also carried over 7,000 tonnes of cargo ranging from general cargo to perishables and even horses. True to her name Rosie has also transported over 550 tonnes of roses over multiple flights between Nairobi in Kenya, Quito in Ecuador to the global flower hub in Amsterdam, the Netherlands."
Watch a video of Rosie arriving in Barcelona on the day of the rose.