Antonov Airlines works with DAHER to support joint Japan and Europe international research and development project.

Antonov Airlines transported two Toroidal Field (TF) coils earlier in the year from Vatry, France to Nagoya, Japan on board one of its seven AN-124-100 aircraft.

The coils, which measured 9.3 metres long, 5.6 metres wide, and 2.7 metres high, and weighed 21 tonnes each, were transported on the behalf of DAHER. Antonov Airlines was chartered to deliver the final two coils for JT60-SA, a joint international research and development project involving Japan and Europe, the first sixteen having been delivered by sea.

“A physical loading inspection of the cargo was arranged a couple of months before the loading”, said Paul Bingley, Commercial Manager, Antonov Airlines.

“Since the original frames were designed for sea freight transportation, alteration to the frames was required, to enable a safe loading and transportation of the cargo.

“Suggestions were put forward by Antonov Airlines’ team and by working in close cooperation with our customer DAHER, we have ensured that the cargo was safely delivered as per original schedule and despite the bad weather in Vatry.”

Antonov Airlines operates a fleet of seven AN-124–100 aircraft, including two modernised -150M variants, with a payload of up to 150 tonnes, in addition to the AN-22, the world’s largest turboprop-powered aircraft, with a payload of 60 tonnes, and the unique AN-225, the world’s largest aircraft, with a payload of 250 tonnes.