Q7 Air Cargo invests in perishables specialist Airflo

By Damian Brett

Dubai-based logistics firm Q7 Air Cargo is to acquire an interest in the Dutch holding company of perishable forwarder Airflo from the Dutch Flower Group.

Q7 Air Cargo and its sister company, Tiger Freight, are long term operators in the African perishable logistics industry and their participation in the Airflo businesses “will further enhance our focus on delivering superior perishable logistics solutions to our customers”, they said.

Airflo has operations in Kenya and the Netherlands.

From the September 1, Q7’s Andrew Pattenden will be appointed chief executive  of the Airflo holding company, with Pim de Wit and Peter Verner Kristensen continuing to head the individual Dutch and Kenyan subsidiary business units respectively.

The Dutch Flower Group (DFG) themselves only recently completed the purchase of the Airflo businesses from DSV Panalpina.

Panalpina purchased the forwarder in 2015 as part of a drive to expand its presence in the perishables market.

Airflo specialises in the handling of perishables cargoes including fresh cut flowers, cuttings, vegetables and other products from its recently upgraded climate-controlled facilities located at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, while Airflo BV manages end-to-end logistics solutions, with a particular emphasis on perishable cargo moving into and out of western Europe.

Meanwhile, DFG is a worldwide family of specialised trading companies that import, export, trade and market development of cut flowers, bouquets, plants and decorative greens.

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