LONDON, STANSTED: April 11, 2017. Antonov Airlines has delivered three compressors wieghing 23 tonnes each on an AN-124 aircraft from London Stansted to Incheon, South Korea.
The UK-manufactured parts, measuring 6.48 meters long, 2.84 meters wide and 3.58 meters high, travelled in modified crates designed to work with the AN-124-100's unique on-board crane system. The airline carries an adaptor on its AN-124s to extend the lift capacity of the crane to 30,000 kg.
"By modifying the shape of the crates for this operation, we didn't need additional ramp equipment [or] carry extra equipment on the aircraft," said Martin Griffiths, Antonov Airlines commercial manager. "This resulted in a faster loading process and reduced costs to the customer."
The cargo was delivered to London Stansted by Jan de Rijk Logistics: "We are honoured to be part of this project. It shows once again the confidence our customers have in us to transport equipment of high value that requires delicate handling," said CEO Sebastiaan Scholte.
Kiev, Ukraine-based Antonov operates AN-22, AN124 aircraft and the unique AN225 for outsize and project cargo. Chief pilot Dmitriy Antonov, who also flies the AN-225, was responsible for the flight to South Korea.
Antonov Airlines specializes in the aerospace, defence, energy, humanitarian, industrial, automotive, and oil and gas sectors.