It is 25 years since Avianca Cargo general director Kurt Schosinsky first sold space on an aircraft, when he worked as an airfreight sales rep for DHL Global Forwarding — a company he worked at until earlier this year.
In the intervening years Schosinsky held several positions at the forwarding giant, including country manager for Colombia, Panama and the Caribbean, and managing director in Latin America for warehousing and distribution. He took up his current position at Avianca Cargo in February.
Earlier this year the carrier ended a four-year partnership with Etihad on flights to Europe as it decided to go it alone with a service between Bogotá and Brussels, via Miami. Avianca Cargo feeds in perishable volumes from Peru and Ecuador to fill the aircraft.
The location of Brussels makes it easy to connect cargo to the flower auction in Amsterdam, the main operation and consolidation centre in the continent for the flower industry.
To Asia, the airline mainly interlines with partners Qatar, Japan Airlines and China Airlines, Schosinsky says.
The northbound flights are expected to carry perishable cargo such as salmon and red fruits from Chile, flowers from Colombia, asparagus and mangoes from Peru and flowers and fruits from Ecuador.