An-225 MRIYA

Antonov Airlines operates the unique AN-225 Mriya – the world’s heaviest aircraft.

‘Mriya’ – meaning ‘Dream’ in Ukrainian – entered commercial service in 2001. Originally developed to transport the Energiya carrier-rocket and Buran space shuttle, it has since garnered 242 world records across a 30-year period.

Based on the AN-124 design, the AN-225 has similar loading capabilities as its forerunner (cranes, winches), but boasts a longer internal cabin (43.3 m versus 36.5 m) and higher payload (250,000 kg versus 150,000 kg).

Since its maiden flight on December 21, 1988, the AN-225 has delivered heavy and outsize shipments across the globe. It is scheduled to remain in service until at least 2033.

 

AN-225 Mriya
Maximum Payload 250,000 kg (551155 lbs)
Maximum Volume 1,200 CBM
Cargo Cabin LWH 43.3 x 6.4 x 4.4 m (1704.7 x 251.9 x 173.2 in)
including Ramp 45.4 x 6.4 x 4.4 m (1787.4 x 251.9 x 173.2 in)
Cargo Door WH 6.4 x 4.4 m (251.9 x 173.2 in)
On-Board Crane 30,000 kg (66 138.67 lb) lift

Loading Equipment

For oversize and heavy cargoes

Loading of oversized and super heavy cargoes with weight up to 200,000kg (440,000lbs) – using OPTG-120M loading equipment and external cranes

The OPTG-120M ramp system is the strongest and most rigid ramp system on the market. It has been designed and manufactured by Antonov Airlines to load heavy and oversized pieces.

Advantages of the OPTG-120M ramp system:

  • Lightweight and easily transportable;
  • Allows easy inspection during loading process;
  • Anchored to the floor after installation;
  • Track size is adjustable;
  • Lashing/anchoring points on both sides;
  • Winching points/joint points available;
  • In excess of 17 m (55 ft 9 in) clearance of the external part. Suitable for any type of container. Can be extended if necessary;
  • Fully adjustable: can be used simultaneously with standard platforms (0.236 m [9.3 in] from the aircraft floor) and low platforms (0.141 m [5.5 in] from the aircraft floor).

The OPTG-120M ramp system is used in the transportation of heavy pieces on the AN-124-100/150M and AN-225 aircraft. It allows the loading and unloading of cargo with a maximum weight of 200,000 kg (440,000 lbs) (for AN-225) and height of 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in) (both AN-225 and AN-124).

For tall pieces up to 4.27m

Loading of tall pieces with height up to 4.27 m (168 in) – using OPKG-50 loading equipment and external cranes

The OPKG-50 ramp system is a unique, low profile skate-type loading equipment intended for loading and offloading oversized cargo weighed up to 50,000 kg (110,231 lbs) into the AN-124-100/150M and AN-225 aircraft. Although the system is similar to the OPTG-120M ramp system, it allows the loading of higher, but lighter pieces. However, the loading concept is the same as the OPTG-120M ramp system.

OPKG -50 ‘Next Generation’ Ramp System:

  • Lowest profile on the market – 0.08 m (3.15 in);
  • Wide track size – 5.502 m (18 ft 6 in);
  • Length – 25 m (82 ft);
  • Brackets can be dismantled, allowing greater space between packed ramp and containers.
Cargo parameters restricted to the following limits:

  • Single cargo weight – 50,000 kg (110,231 lbs);
  • Max height 4.27 m (14 ft 1 in);
  • Weight per running meter up to 3600 kg (7,937 lbs);
  • Cargo footprint must be flat for proper weight distribution.

For vehicles with low ground clearance

Loading of vehicles with low ground clearance – using OZDKG loading equipment

The OZDKG ramp is a special piece of external equipment intended for loading and offloading long and heavy-wheeled vehicles into the AN-124-100/150M and AN-225 aircraft. Generally used when parameters like length, road clearance and the weight of vehicle will not allow loading via the aircraft’s own integral ramp.

Basic parameters:

  • Maximum weight of vehicle 120,000 kg (264,558 lbs);
  • Approach and departure angles to be no less than 5°;
  • Maximum axle load weight 15,000 kg (33,069 lbs).

Loading cars using car rack system

Loading of cars – using car rack system

Antonov Airlines’ Car Rack System is a special double-deck loading system allowing up to 50 cars to be loaded on two levels. Subject to vehicle dimensions and weight, cars can simply be driven onboard.

The AN-124-100/150M has the unique ability to adapt its floor loading capacity for the transport of multiple vehicles.

The use of the double-deck loading system means that twice the floor area can be used for the accommodation of vehicles such as saloons, rally cars and certain types of 4 x 4s.

Using internal cranes for cargoes with up to 30,000 kg

Loading of cargoes with weight up to 30,000 kg (66,139 lbs) using aircraft internal cranes via rear cargo

Both the AN-124-100/150M and AN-225 aircraft contain an onboard crane system designed and utilized for the loading and unloading of single pieces weighing up to 30,000 kg (66,139 lb).

Cargo can be delivered to the aircraft’s rear cargo door on trailers/trucks, from which it can be lifted by the aircraft’s bridge cranes using four hooking points. The AN-22A also contains an onboard crane system capable of lifting pieces weighing up to 10,000 kg (22,046 lb). Cargo loaded by this method must have suitable lifting points and a balanced CoG (Centre of Gravity) to safely load such pieces.

Loading using aircraft winches

Loading using aircraft winches

Both the AN-124-100/150M and AN-225 aircraft contain an onboard winch system capable of handling single pieces weighing up to 120,000 kg (264,555 lbs) (AN-124-150M) and 200,000 kg (440,000 lbs) (AN-225).

Generally used in conjunction with a ramp system and external cranes, the aircraft’s onboard winch system is arranged using a loading pulley block system depending on the weight of item to be loaded.

Loading via nose and rear cargo ramps

Loading via nose and rear cargo ramps

Loading of self-propelled vehicles via nose and rear cargo ramps is the simplest method of loading the AN-124-100/150M and AN-225 aircraft.

The aircraft nose door is opened, the aircraft ‘kneels’, its ramp is unfolded, and vehicles are simply driven into the cargo hold.

Loading can be carried out through the nose cargo door and offloading via the rear cargo door.

Using forklift for general cargo

Loading of general cargo using forklift

Loading of general cargo using forklift – another simple method of loading. Forklifts can be used for loading and offloading of wooden pallets, small crates and similar items through the nose cargo door.

Forklifts are not the property of Antonov Airlines and are not carried on our aircraft, but they can provided locally with prior notice.