Antonov Airlines

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Antonov Airlines
126 x 126 px
IATA
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ICAO
ADB
Callsign
ANTONOV BUREAU
Founded 1989
Hubs Gostomel Airport
Fleet size 22
Parent company Antonov
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Website www.antonov.com/services/antonov-airlines

Antonov Airlines is a Ukrainian cargo airline, a division of the Antonov aviation company. It operates international charter services in the world of oversized cargo market. Its main base is Gostomel Airport near Kiev.[1] The company owns an Antonov An-225, the world's largest operational cargo aircraft and the only one completed.

History[edit]

Antonov Airlines An-74T at landing at Hostomel Airport, Ukraine.

The airline was established and started operations in 1989 through a marketing agent agreement with Air Foyle to market Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo charters worldwide. This relationship ended in June 2006. The same month Antonov Airlines and another large player in the global specialty air cargo business, Volga-Dnepr Airlines (Russia), established a joint venture company — Ruslan International[2] — where each company has a 50% stake. The joint operation of the Ukrainian and Russian fleets allows them to share the combined An-124-100 commercial fleet of seventeen aircraft (seven of which belong to Antonov Airlines)[3] and the only Antonov An-225 in service worldwide — the largest cargo aircraft in the world.[4]

Notable cargo delivered by Antonov Airlines include:

Fleet[edit]

Currently the airline's fleet consist of:[11]

Antonov-225 at Gostomel Airport (Antonov airport), Ukraine
Antonov An-140 at Gostomel, Ukraine, 2008
An-124-100 kneeling with front ramp down (note tilt of aircraft fuselage and retraction of front wheels)
Antonov An-22 "Antaeus"

Antonov Airlines also operates the following aircraft for the Antonov Design Bureau:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 76. 
  2. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  3. ^ "Company Profile". Volga-dnepr.com. 2006-12-27. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  4. ^ a maximum take-off weight of over 600 tonnes and the plane with the widest wing-span, at 88.4 m (290 ft) http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-5000/heaviest-item-airlifted/
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/08/17/331063/video-worlds-largest-aircraft-an-225-emerges-to-set-new-lift-record.html
  7. ^ "Antonov's Giant: the An-124 Ruslan". 
  8. ^ "looking at irish rail past and today". 
  9. ^ http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-5000/heaviest-item-airlifted/
  10. ^ Pavey, Rob (2011-03-31). "SRS pump will head to Japan | The Augusta Chronicle". Chronicle.augusta.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]

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