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KIEV: September 26, 2018. Antonov Airlines conducted an emergency relief mission to typhoon-hit Guam in September, utilising its AN225 to carry more than 120,000 kgs. of supplies to the island.

The flight was organised within hours, illustrating the flexibility of Antonov and the suitability of its aircraft for transporting large quantities of cargo at short notice, said the company.

AN 225 aid flight Hurricane 2The AN-225 ‘Mriya’ was chartered by Air Partner on behalf of the US Government as Typhoon Mangkhut was about to hit Guam in the Mariana Islands, some 1,600 miles east of Manila in the Philippines.

The aircraft made its way from Ukraine to California in a 13-hour non-stop flight, before flying from Oakland to Guam with 123,000 kgs of aid.

This was the first visit of the AN-225 to the island and its ability to load and unload through the aircraft’s nose cargo ramp without any special ground infrastructure proved a key factor.

“Delivery time and maximum payload were key factors in the choice of the AN-225 aircraft for this air shipment,” said Ruslan Bykovets, head of Commercial Department, Antonov Airlines.

Because of the Open Skies Agreement between Ukraine and the US, which grants the airline a blanket exemption giving unlimited flights to and from the US, Antonov can carry any type of cargo with only a few hours’ notice and without the need for a US Department of Transport (DoT) statements of authorisations, which is crucial in time-critical emergency scenarios when deployment is needed within a very short timeframe.

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