**Replace 30/03/21 @ 17:42 UTC – Added flight particulars after response from airline**
In a collection of six flights, Ukrainian cargo-specialist Antonov Airways has carried COVID-19 vaccine equipment from Germany to the US, regardless of heavy snowfall over the east coast forcing airport adjustments. Chartered by DHL International Forwarding, the airline operated its An-124 Ruslan planes, carrying 100 tonnes every.
Vacation spot airport swap at brief discover
Antonov Airways (or Antonov Design Bureau) operated six An-124 flights from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany to airports within the US, together with Baltimore, Maryland, and Kinston Regional Jetport, North Carolina.
Heavy snowfall pressured the quadjets’ pilots to vary vacation spot airports navigating the poor climate situations. As a substitute of 1 cargo touchdown in Baltimore as deliberate, the crew needed to make their technique to Stewart International Airport, New York, to make sure protected supply.
“The flights have been an incredible constitution challenge that we carried out along with Antonov Airways professionally and to the fullest buyer satisfaction. Previously few months there have been plenty of challenges to grasp, most just lately a snowstorm on the US east coast, which meant we needed to change the vacation spot airport at brief discover,” Christopher Klein, Senior Supervisor International Charters, DHL International Forwarding, stated in an announcement.
The flights happened over a interval of six months. The primary flight to Baltimore happened on September twenty sixth, 2020, and the ultimate flight operated to Kinston on February twenty seventh this yr.
The flight that needed to change its vacation spot to Stewart Worldwide Airport operated on February 14th and was affected by the identical storms that noticed several airports in the US close entirely.
Specifically engineered loading gear
Antonov Airways has a fleet of seven An-124 Ruslans, and the kind has a payload of 150 tonnes. The medical gear transported as a part of the constitution settlement with DHL weighed in at 100 tonnes per consignment.
The cargo was loaded and unloaded utilizing exterior cranes, and what the airline says is exclusive gear developed by its personal in-house engineers.
Dmytro Prosvirin, Head of Buyer Service Division, Antonov Airways, stated, “It’s a international effort within the combat in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic and we’re honoured that Antonov Airways performed a key function on this.”
Not the biggest fleet of An-124s
Regardless of the title suggesting that might be the case, Antonov Airways just isn’t the only real operator of Antonov plane. Though, it’s the solely provider in possession of the one specimen of the world’s largest aircraft – the An-225 Mriya, which has the capability to move as much as 250 tonnes of cargo
Different operators of the An-124 are air constitution specialist Volga-Dnepr with 12, Abu Dhabi-based Maximus Air Cargo with one, and the Russian Aerospace Forces with 12 in service and one other 12 in reserve.
Whereas the pandemic has most definitely triggered an increase in pharmaceutical gear airfreight, the An-124s have additionally been busy with different transports. These previous six months, amongst their extra notable cargo, they’ve additionally transported mining equipment to Brazil, a 54-tonne generator from Ghana to India, and fireplace vans to assist combat the California wildfires.
Have you ever ever seen one of many Antonov cargo planes shut up or when it’s being offloaded? What was it like?