Antonov Airlines

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Antonov Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1989
Hubs Gostomel Airport
Fleet size 10
Parent company Antonov
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Net income Decrease $187.4 million (2014)

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 the Antonov An-225, the world's largest operational cargo aircraft and the only one completed.


Antonov Airlines An-74T at landing at Gostomel 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:

In 2017 Antonov Airlines opened a United Kingdom office at London Stansted Airport, with a first flight in February by an Antonov An-124 Ruslan.[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"

The Antonov Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[12]

Antonov Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
Antonov An-22A Antei 1
Antonov An-26-100 1
Antonov An-28 1
Antonov An-74T-100 1
Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan 3
Antonov An-124-100M Ruslan 4
Antonov An-178 1
Antonov An-225 1
Total 13

The airline's fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of 2009):[13]

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


  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 76. 
  2. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  3. ^ "Company Profile". 2006-12-27. Archived from the original on 15 February 2014. 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)
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
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  7. ^ "Antonov's Giant: the An-124 Ruslan". 
  8. ^ "looking at irish rail past and today". Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. 
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  10. ^ Pavey, Rob (2011-03-31). "SRS pump will head to Japan | The Augusta Chronicle". Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  11. ^ "UK office handles Antonov Airlines charter". aircargonews. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 35. 
  13. ^ [2] Archived 8 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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