Antonov Airlines Transports Power Plant Rotor from Italy to Pakistan – Heavy Lift News
17 May 2018

Antonov Airlines Transports Power Plant Rotor from Italy to Pakistan

17 May 2018

The Ukrainian heavy lift and super heavy lift operator saw a record 139 per cent increase in tonnes of energy cargo carried in 2017

London, UK, Thursday, 17th May, 2018 – ANTONOV Airlines has transported a power plant rotor from Genoa, Italy to Karachi, Pakistan on board one of its seven AN-124-100 aircraft.

The cargo, which included the rotor and associated equipment, weighed a total of 108 tonnes.

“Careful planning was necessary to guarantee the safe loading and unloading of the rotor, and this was only possible thanks to the seamless collaboration between ANTONOV Airlines, the historical Italian freight broker Compagnia Merci Aeree Srl (CMA), and the shipper, FRACHT IT,” said Martin Griffiths, Commercial Manager, ANTONOV Airlines. 

“Energy was among our stronger sectors in 2017, accounting for 11 per cent of our total output.

“We saw a record 139 per cent increase in tonnes-km of energy cargo carried, which also included four flights from Slovenia to Mexico providing more than 60 megawatts of power, and 41 flights from the USA to Puerto Rico, with over 80 per cent of cargo carried being energy related.” 

ANTONOV Airlines has upgraded two of its AN-124-100 aircraft, allowing them to operate at their designed maximum payload of 150 tonnes.


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 28 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, defence, 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.    

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