The largest aircraft in the world has a 250-tonne capacity and is ready to help customers with high volume or oversized shipments after routine maintenance is completed this week.
Ukrainian airline ANTONOV Airlines is launching its AN-225 Mriya into commercial operation to support customers in the heavy-lift market, where capacity is in high demand.
The Mriya, which has onboard loading equipment, and a cabin, which can be pressurized, will compliment ANTONOV’s fleet of seven AN-124s, two with a capacity of up to 150 tonnes. Earlier in the year, the AN-225 was actively involved in the delivery of humanitarian and medical cargoes and safely transported more than 1,300 tonnes of such cargoes to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is a surge in demand for AN-124 aircraft at the present time,” said Andriy Blagovisniy, Commercial Director, ANTONOV Airlines. “Taking into consideration the current limited availability of AN-124 aircraft on the market, we are giving priority to time-critical cargo, and to give additional lifting capacity, we will enter our AN-225 aircraft into commercial operation after running routine maintenance.