njdevilsin03 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 736 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2785 times:
Do many airports see increased FedEx flights on this holiday? Drove by FLL at 630pm today and there are 3 MD-10 and two MD-11's on the ramp. Are these flower shipments from South America or just a busy Monday at FLL?
HPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2777 times:
Probably flowers from South America. Mondays are not normally busier than any other day, at least on the airline side of the operation. V-day is the third busiest time of year for FX and we do ramp up flights for the holiday, but that kind of capacity is way over what FLL would need. Leads me to think FLL is an entry point for the flower shipments that feed the entire system.
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2578 times:
Quoting HPRamper (Reply 1): Leads me to think FLL is an entry point for the flower shipments that feed the entire system.
Where does FedEx fly to from FLL besides for MEM of course. From what I read online at fedex.com seems like MIA is their Latin American hub. I am sure MIA will/did have plenty of flowers come in. According to FedEx 80% of Roses come from Ecuador and Colombia, FX does fly to Quito from MIA.
Ugh, tell me about it. The 757s have helped a lot with the narrowbody dispatch reliability, and I'm hoping the 767s will do the same when they come online. Assuming FX retires some of the oldest build MDs.
Quoting flymia (Reply 4): Where does FedEx fly to from FLL besides for MEM of course.
I know this isn't the case, but when I think of "flower shipments from South America" I get the image of a MD-11 hull full of loose red roses just piled as high and as deep as they can be fit. But it does beg the question - how are flowers packaged for transportation between hemispheres on an aircraft*?
*how are they packaged within the pallets, I mean?