A Ukrainian An-124-100 "Ruslan" aircraft has transported two large industrial piping filtration units with a total weight of 24 tons from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza (Argentina) for the company Hunt & Palmer Cargo Charters.
The plane delivered the two large industrial piping filtration units with a length of 12 meters, a width of 4 meters, and a height of about 3.6 meters to Argentina in just 39 minutes on Saturday, the CFTS reports. According to the press service of Antonov Airlines, this is a record time for transportation of such cargoes. According to Hunt & Palmer Cargo Charters’ representative Dan Litten, "the flight was needed as the road conditions in the region were too hazardous due to adverse weather."
According to Antonov Airlines’ Executive Director Martin Banns, it was one of the shortest flights in the past ten years of the company's operations. No special equipment was needed to unload the cargo: it was unloaded with the aircraft’s internal cranes.
As the CFTS reported, a Ukrainian An-225 "Mriya" aircraft transported a cargo weighing a total of 182 tons (an electric turbine engine weighing 155 tons housed in a special structure weighing 27 tons) from Sao Paulo to Santiago in November last year. This was the second heaviest single-item cargo ever transported by a plane and a record for South America.
The Antonov state aircraft manufacturing plant has released a new video of the test flight of its newest aircraft, An-132D. The An-132D is the first Antonov aircraft to be built without Russian parts. The aircraft is adapted to operate in various climatic conditions, including hot climates, high-altitude, and unpaved airfields.