JAL puts on a special cargo service to get New Year chrysanthemums from Okinawa to all parts of the country

JAL puts on a special cargo service to get New Year chrysanthemums from Okinawa to all parts of the country

People working at Naha Airport loading the first shipment of chrysanthemums for New Year at around 8:00pm on December 14.


December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the lead up to the season’s peak at the nationwide auction for chrysanthemums for the New Year, from December 15 to 23, Taiyo no Hana, a union of flower producers and Japan Airlines dispatched a special flight at around 2:00am on December 15, to transport Okinawan chrysanthemums to markets outside the prefecture. The flowers were loaded onto a plane at Naha Airport at around 8:00pm on December 14.

The volume on this first flight was 10 tons, including great chrysanthemums and chrysanthemum sprays. During the eight-day period, JAL and Taiyo no Hana intend to operate six special night-flights between Naha and Haneda, transporting a total of 750 tons of flowers.

Katsuyoshi Hokama, the union chief of Taiyo no Hana, said, “Many people will take it easy at home this New Year, so we hope that sales of New Year’s chrysanthemums will better than last year.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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