The An-225 Mriya aircraft that delivered medical supplies for fighting coronavirus from China to Poland on April 14 set another world record.
The Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
According to the statement, about 100 tons of medicines, laboratory tests, medical facemasks, and other protective equipment with a total volume of about 1000 cubic meters were loaded into the Mriya aircraft. “Such a volume of cargo has never been transported inside the cargo compartment of an aircraft in the history of aviation,” the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise said in the statement.
According to the enterprise, the aircraft’s Tianjin-Warsaw flight with a refueling stop in Almaty was ordered by Chapman Freeborn Airchartering Ltd. (Great Britain), and it was the An-225 aircraft’s first flight after undergoing maintenance and modernization. As the CFTS portal reported earlier, a Ukrainian-made engine control system was installed on the Mriya aircraft.
According to the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise, Antonov Airlines’ aircraft have transported more than 1,400 tons of cargo from China to various countries in Europe, America, and the Middle East since the end of March in fulfilment of orders as part of the efforts to counter the coronavirus pandemic.
The state enterprise noted that the An-225 aircraft holds more than 250 aviation records, including the record for transportation of a single cargo (187.6 tons) and the record for carrying capacity (253.8 tons).