Avianca keeps not only medical supplies moving, but flowers too

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Avianca Cargo has carried out more than 3,000 flights, with the transport of more than 110,000 tonnes to 24 destinations around the world, including Shanghai, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Granada, Guyana, Paramaribo, New York and Edmonton.

Additionally, through the carrier’s express cargo subsidiary, Deprisa, Avianca has transported more than 6,900 tonnes of goods, correspondence and cargo to national destinations in Colombia.

Julian Laverde Avianca
Julian Laverde

“Committed to Latin America and addressing the crisis in which we find ourselves, from Avianca we continue to make every effort to continue operating within the framework of current restrictions,” says Julian Laverde, vice president of Network Operations for Avianca Holdings.

“In this way, we have adapted our work to work with governments, airports, air traffic authorities, as well as with our clients in the cargo segment, even reaching destinations that are not usually part of our passenger or cargo operations, such as Canada, Italy, Belgium, and even China,” Laverde adds.

As of 31 May, Avianca Cargo transported 100,493 tonnes of cargo including general cargo, medical supplies, toiletries and food. In addition, the company made 396 cargo flights on B787-8 passenger aircraft carrying nearly 10,000 tonnes to 24 destinations in total, including Shanghai, China, where to-date nine round-trip flights have been made, transporting cleaning and personal protection implements required in different South American countries, such as Colombia, Peru and Chile.

Also significant to note, is that in the midst of a market facing a contraction in supply, the carrier has continued to transport flowers and meet the commitments agreed with exporters in Colombia and Ecuador.

In the last Mother’s Day season, Avianca transported 12,311 tonnes of flowers, and during the third week of May alone, completed an uplift of 720 tonnes of flower product.

The carrier operates a fleet of 103 aircraft including five A330-200Fs and 13 B787-8s (nine B787-9s are also on order).

The carrier is also committed to supplying the interior of Colombia and through Deprisa, a domestic express company owned by Avianca Holdings, has transported in recent weeks to different cities in the country more than 6,900 tonnes of urgent shipments, essential products, medicines, biological samples, consumer products marketed through electronic channels, among others.

Likewise, in coordination with the airline, more than 225 tonnes of essential products, medical supplies and foodstuffs have been transported to the islands of San Andrés and Leticia.

To date, and in response to requests from governments and embassies, the company has operated 138 flights to different destinations in Latin America and Europe, including routes that are not regularly operated by the airline. In this way, during the last weeks Avianca connected for the first time in a direct way, destinations including: Rome, Toronto, Madrid, Munich and London.

This enabled more than 11,500 people to return to their place of origin in different destinations around the world.

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