Air Canada Cargo routinely flies boxes of live bees in the spring to support the agriculture industry. Bees play an essential role in the pollination of flowering crops such as blueberries, cranberries, canola, tree fruits, and certain vegetables. Each year, 250,000 queens and 40,000 small bee colonies are imported into Canada on behalf of farmers throughout the country.
In mid-April, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) was concerned that restricted global flight capacity might contribute to shortages for the coming season. Fortunately, the first queen bees of the season were flown in from California on a recent Air Canada flight. AAFC even tweeted their appreciation for the Cargo #BeeTeam!
Bees are also, of course, industrious honey producers, and in another shipment that was featured on LinkedIn, several colonies travelled from Auckland to Vancouver, and onward to news homes in Canada and the United States.
Did you know that bees produce a tremendous amount of heat? Mark Sheeler, Cargo Service Manager, noted that the temperature in the cargo hold is set to keep the bees as comfortable as possible during flight, and that dry ice can also be used to keep them cool.
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