ANTONOV AN-225 flight brings huge payload of emergency aid to Guam hurricane victims
ANTONOV Airline’s AN-225 ‘Mriya’ carried out a round-the-world trip in the period from 9th to 15th September, flying more than 33,000 km
London, UK, Monday 24th September 2018 – An ANTONOV-225 flew an emergency mission carrying supplies for the typhoon-hit island of Guam, USA, on 11th September.
The flight was organised within hours, once again illustrating the flexibility of ANTONOV Airlines and the suitability of its aircraft for transporting large quantities of cargo at short notice, in emergency situations.
The 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, located in the Pacific Ocean 1,600 miles east of Manila in the Philippines.
The aircraft, which is the biggest in the world, made its way from Ukraine to California in a mammoth 13-hour non-stop flight, before flying from Oakland International Airport to Guam International Airport with over 123,000 kg (271,200 lb) of aid.
This was the first visit of the AN-225 to the island of Guam.
The choice to use the AN-225 was made based on its immediate availability, coupled with the need to transport the maximum possible volume of cargo in the shortest possible timeframe.
The capability of the aircraft to load outsized cargoes, such as emergency response vehicles, allows the team responsible to plan operations flexibly in rapidly changing circumstances during emergency situations.
The ability to load and unload through the aircraft’s nose cargo ramp without any special ground infrastructure allows for the transport of a wide range of cargo with minimal notice, as well as enabling the operation to be carried out completely autonomously.
“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.
“The ANTONOV Airlines team organised this complicated operation overnight during the weekend, proving once again our ability to react quickly to the needs of the customers 24/7, which is crucial in maintaining our position at the forefront of the cargo charter market.”
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 Airlines 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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About ANTONOV Airlines
ANTONOV Airlines specialises in the transport of outsized and project cargo worldwide using its fleet of seven AN-124-100 “Ruslan” aircraft with up to 150 tonnes payload, its 60-tonne payload AN-22, and its unique 250-tonne payload AN-225 “Mriya”, which is the largest aircraft in the world, as well as smaller AN-74 and AN-26 aircraft.
More than 29 years after launching as the first company to offer the AN-124-100 commercially, ANTONOV Airlines continues to deliver air cargo solutions across the aerospace, defense, energy, humanitarian, industrial, automotive, and oil and gas sectors.
ANTONOV Airlines is a division of ANTONOV Company, headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine, and a Ukrainian state-owned enterprise, which designs, develops, produces and maintains the AN aircraft.
The UK office of ANTONOV Airlines is based at Diamond Hangar, London Stansted Airport.
The USA office of ANTONOV Airlines is based at Houston, Texas.
Western Associates, Inc., Air Cargo Partners Worldwide (ACP), and Flywell Aviation are ANTONOV Airlines’ General Sales Agents (GSA) for Japan, Australia, and India respectively.
To find out more, visit antonov-airlines.com