Antonov Airlines has transported a power plant rotor from Genoa (Italy) to Karachi (Pakistan) on board one of its seven AN-124-100 aircraft.
The oversized cargo, which included the rotor and associated equipment, weighed a total of 108 tonnes. Antonov Airlines worked with Italian freight broker Compagnia Merci Aeree Srl (CMA), to transport the payload for shipper, FRACHT IT.
Antonov Airlines commercial manager, Martin Griffiths said: “Careful planning was necessary to guarantee the safe loading and unloading of the rotor. Energy was among our stronger sectors in 2017, accounting for 11 per cent of our total output.”
He added: “We saw a record 139 per cent increase in tonnes-km of energy cargo carried, which also included four flights from Slovenia to Mexico providing more than 60 megawatts of power, and 41 flights from the USA to Puerto Rico, with over 80 per cent of cargo carried being energy related.”
Antonov Airlines has upgraded two of its AN-124-100 aircraft, allowing them to operate at their designed maximum payload of 150 tonnes.