Antonov Airlines safely transports mining cargo across the Andes in record time.
Antonov Airlines safely transported two mining filtration units for Hunt & Palmer Cargo Charters from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina in one of its seven AN-124-100 aircraft, in 39 minutes. The cargo, which weighed a total of 24 tonnes, was urgently needed after adverse weather in the region closed the roads. The consignment included two large industrial piping filtration units, measuring 12 metres long, four metres wide, and approximately 3.6 metres high. The AN-124-100 on-board crane system, which has a maximum lift capacity of 20 tonnes, allowed for safe loading and unloading of the cargo. Antonov carries an adaptor on-board each of its aircraft, extending the lift capacity of its system by 10 tonnes to a total of 30 tonnes. Antonov Airlines operates a fleet of seven AN-124-100 aircraft, including two modernised -150M variants, with a payload of up to 150 tonnes, together with the AN-22, with a payload of 60 tonnes, the AN-225, the largest aircraft in the world, which has a payload of 250 tonnes, and smaller AN-26 and AN-74 aircraft. Antonov Company, the design, manufacturer, operation and maintenance authority of Antonov AirlinesÃ?Â¢?? fleet, recently announced it is working with Ukrainian and Western suppliers for its fleet modernisation programme. Courtesy; AJOT.com