Coming up roses for Western Global
16 / 05 / 2017
Florida-based Western Global Airlines is flying 100m flowers to Miami. The leading carrier of Mother’s Day flowers to the US is operating 76 dedicated flights between Miami and South America to carry exotic varieties of roses and carnations that do not grow in the US, primarily from Ecuador and Colombia.
Packed flowers are flown on Western Global’s temperature controlled 747-400 and MD-11 freighter aircraft to Miami, each carrying more than 1 million flowers for customs clearance and delivery to wholesalers and thousands of stalls, florist shops and grocery stores all over the US.
It also flies planeloads of Mother’s Day flowers from Africa to Europe.
President and chief executive, Jim Neff, says: “As a family-friendly company, we are delighted to play a role in making millions of moms feel special and loved. We are experts at airlifting perishables all over the world – fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and of course flowers. Shipping agricultural goods can provide added challenges, especially given their short shelf-life. For this endeavor, ensuring fast, responsive service and optimal temperature-controlled environment is of utmost importance, and our dedicated team is once again delivering with excellence.”