Extra cargo flights: a boost for Kiwi delicacies
China Airlines has scheduled eight dedicated B777F freight aircraft between Taipei and Christchurch for January 2023 to take famous South Island delicacies into Asian markets.
The services will transport 800,000 kg of high value exports, including live lobsters, live oysters, chilled salmon, and fresh cherries out of Christchurch, with general cargo filling the inbound flights. The cherry season alone is expected to produce five million kg of fruit this season and the direct scheduled air freight flights will get them to Asian markets quickly, still at their best and able to command highest prices.
An air cargo spokesperson says the seafood is sent by air to overseas markets all year round, but the peak demand is during the lead-up to the Chinese New Year, which falls on 22 January this year. (cj)