American Airlines Cargo Boosts Lime Exports from Brazil
Major US Airline, American Airlines Cargo has recently carried out multiple shipments of limes from Brazil to feed the increasing demand during the country’s peak growing season. The increased demand is brought about by the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday.
Several shipments of over 227,000 pounds (103 tons) of the popular citrus fruit have been transported from Brazil to Canada in just one month. That volume of lines could make 1 million margaritas and if you stacked the limes end-to-end they would tower over 79,000 feet which is the twice the normal cruising altitude for an American Airlines Cargo airplane.
Due to the low lime harvest in Mexico this year, this has resulted in consumers in the food service industry, notably hotels and restaurants in Canada sourcing the tart fruit from Brazil. The South American Country is more reliable and not as susceptible to the weather.
American Airlines Cargo employed their widebody, fuel-efficient Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 aircraft for the lime transportation. The route saw the limes flown from both Sao Paulo (GRU) and Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to New York (JFK). Upon arrival at JFK, the limes were placed in refrigerated trucks for the onward journey to Canada.
American Airlines Cargo Managing Director of Sales for Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, Lorena Sandoval said, “The global market for citrus fruits is changing and while limes move across our international network on a year-round basis, these large-scale movements to Canada were something special,”
Further adding, “Our ideally suited aircraft have enabled us to assist Brazilian growers in reaching a new and expanding market.”