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Loading Emirates cargo. Emirates transported 2,000 tonnes of cut flowers from Kenya which remains an important freighter station for the airline.

With the multibillion flower export business in Kenya, national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) and Emirates could make the segment a possible battleground to control freighting the commodity.

Already, Emirates is ahead of the pack in Kenya having freighted 2,000 tonnes of cut flowers from the East African nation through its Emirates SkyCargo in January.

Kenya Airways is also propping up for the general air cargo market of which flowers make up for a sizeable account in Kenya. The national carrier is aggressively moving to consolidate air cargo transport after successfully launching the first direct flight from Nairobi to the US.

With the Expo 2020 Dubai beckoning, Emirates is off to a good start with cut flower transportation from Kenya to its more than 155 destinations globally.

Last year, Emirates SkyCargo transported over 46,000 tonnes of flowers across the world with over 24,000 tonnes, originating from Kenya.

Valentine’s Day flowers demand

A Kenya Airways Dreamliner. The airline is planning to make the NBO-NYC route one of its best performing with plans to diversify offerings on the route in the offing.

When Kenya Airways inaugurated its first direct flight to the US, the fanfare and expectations were only comparable to the athletics events where Kenya does exploits on the global scene.

The launch could not have come at a better time when the company is seeking to cement its prominence as the Pride of Africa.

As the airline celebrates the first year of operating non-stop flights between Nairobi and New York, the JF Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4 Chief Executive Officer, Roel Huinink, says from a business perspective, the Nairobi-New York route is an important addition in its network development.

KQ’s 105,000 passengers in a year

Speaking to Kenya’s Chams Media, Huinink said, “It is a very important destination and also as a tourist destination it is high on the calendar of many people. It gives the Americans a very good opportunity to visit the beautiful country of Kenya and …