WASHINGTON (TVR) – Flower flights crowded the skies this past week, as billions of dollars worth of flowers made it into the United States for Mother’s Day.
A reporter for USA TODAY joined a United Airlines team to show readers how the carrier transports Mother’s Day flowers from Bogota, Columbia, into the U.S.
“The high-altitude, temperate region ranks as one of the world’s largest exporters of cut flowers, and each day there’s a tightly choreographed race to get millions of freshly harvested flowers to the airport and onto planes for delivery to customers around the world,” reporter Harriet Baskas wrote.
“United Airlines, which a major freight agency has been using to ship Jaroma Roses to Houston and on to Japan, has room in the cargo holds of three commercial flights from Bogota each day: two 737s (one heading to Houston; the other to Newark) that can accommodate less than 1 ton of cargo and a 757 to Houston that could have room for up to 3 tons of cargo.”
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Mother’s Day Flower Flights ‘Choreographed Race’
The annual “choreographed race” helps supply the $2.6 billion-worth of flowers that American consumers will buy for Mother’s Day 2018, the newspaper wrote.
““There are more than 2,000 different kinds of roses,” company president and owner Jaime Rodriguez told me at the start of a several-hour farm tour, “Here we produce about 50 different kinds. The best-sellers are always the red ones, but breeders are always creating new combinations and unusual colors.””
Read more of USA TODAY’s coverage of Mother’s Day flower flights.
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