ANTONOV Airlines has transported three 23 tonne compressors on one of its seven AN-124-100s, from its UK base at London Stansted Airport to Incheon International Airport.
The compressors measured 648cm long, 284cm wide, and 358cm high and travelled in modified crates designed to work with the AN-124-100’s unique on-board crane system.
ANTONOV is the only airline in the world that carries an adaptor on board each of its giant aircraft, allowing it to extend the lift of its crane system by 10,000 kg, giving a final lift capacity of 30,000 kg.
“By modifying the shape of the crates for this operation, we did not need to use additional ramp equipment and did not need to carry extra equipment on the aircraft,” said Martin Griffiths, commercial manager, ANTONOV Airlines. “This resulted in a faster loading process and reduced costs to the customer.”