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Cherries, blueberries, lamb in Air NZ Christmas cargo rush

16th December 2020 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

New Zealand cherries, lamb and blueberries are among the food products hitting international markets as Air New Zealand’s cargo business ploughs on with its summer schedule.

Air NZ’s cargo business will deliver around five million kilograms of food over summer

The airline will deliver more than one million kilograms of New Zealand lamb up to the UK in time for Christmas.

Around two and a half million kilograms of New Zealand cherries will be taken to Asia markets in January – the equivalent of around 21 Boeing 787-9s.

Blueberries en route for Australia in February and March are expected to tip the scales at around 600,000 kilograms.

And more than 800,000 kilograms of capsicum will go into Japan, and another 300,000 kilograms into Australia between December and March.

The airline division’s busy season runs from November through to March delivering favourite products for Christmas and Chinese New Year around the world.

“This year, Cargo has played a big role in helping our export community maintain international trade links at a time when global supply chains were heavily disrupted,” Air NZ’s general manager of cargo, Anna Palairet, said.

“It’s also played a vital role in keeping our airline afloat when much of our passenger network hasn’t been operating.”



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