The roses in lovely Valentine’s Day bouquet may have taken a flight on American Airlines to get to you.
The Fort Worth-based carrier said it shipped over 1.7 million flowers the first two weeks of February in 2015 for the Valentine’s Day holiday. American’s cargo operations flies in flowers from the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia to the U.S.
“Each week, American carries shipments of freshly cut flowers to be sold worldwide, and last year alone, we transported more than 18.5 million pounds of flowers,” the airline told employees in a newsletter on Thursday.
Most of the flowers go through American’s hubs to clear the customs process before being trucked to flower shops and retailers. American said the flowers make it to their destinations in less than 48 hours from the time they are plucked from the fields and greenhouses.
Last Valentine’s Day season, its hub at New York’s JFK Airport received 573,000 pounds of flowers while Miami had 545,000 pounds. Dallas/Fort Worth Airport handled 156,000 pounds of flowers.