Ukrainain air transporter Antonov Airlines recorded an 81 per cent increase in revenue in 2017, compared to 2016, while January to May figures in 2018 were up 42%, with aerospace being one of the key sectors for the carrier.
The company said its growth is the result of its strategic partnership with Dreamlifts Ltd and the establishment of its UK headquarters at London Stansted Airport.
The heavy lift and super heavy lift operator is working with western suppliers for its fleet modernisation programme, which will ensure its aircraft are fit to fly well into the future.
As part of this programme, Antonov has increased the payload of two of its AN-124 airframes from 120 to 150 tonnes and will expand this across the remaining five airframes in due course.
Under the Open Skies Agreement between Ukraine and the US, Antonov is the only AN-124 operator to be granted a blanket exemption for unlimited flights to and from the US.
The agreement allows it to carry any type of cargo to or from the US with only a few hours’ notice without the need to obtain US Department of Transport statements of authorisation.
Antonov operates a fleet of seven AN-124-100 ‘Ruslan’ aircraft with up to 150 tonnes payload, its 60-tonne payload AN-22, the world’s largest turboprop-powered aircraft, and its unique 250-tonne payload AN-225 ‘Mriya’, the largest aircraft in the world, as well as smaller AN-74 and AN-26 aircraft.
Posted on: July 17th 2018