The UK-manufactured parts, each weighing 23 tonnes and measuring 6,48 m long, 2,84 m wide, and 3,58 m high, travelled in modified crates designed to work with the AN-124–100’s unique on-board crane system.
Antonov is the only airline in the world that carries an adaptor on board each of its giant aircraft, allowing it to extend the lift of its crane system by 10,000 kg, giving a final lift capacity of 30,000 kg.
“By modifying the shape of the crates for this operation, we did not need to use additional ramp equipment and did not need to carry extra equipment on the aircraft,” said Martin Griffiths, Commercial Manager, Antonov Airlines, who organised the charter.
“This resulted in a faster loading process and reduced costs to the customer.”
Antonov Airlines was the first to offer the AN-124–100 commercially and also flies the largest aircraft in the world, the AN-225, with a payload of up to 250 tonnes that holds 242 world records.
Antonov Arilines’ Chief Pilot Dmitriy Antonov, who pilots the AN-225, flew the compressors to their new home in South Korea.