Who will become the heavyweight champion?

It’s official. Both Ukraine-based Antonov Company and Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group have confirmed they will end their decade-long sales joint venture, and go it alone in the outsize and heavylift marketplace beginning 1 January. The two companies created the joint venture, Ruslan International, in 2006 to jointly market their combined An-124-100 fleets. Given that their airline subsidiaries, […]

Antonov attempts to freeze Russian An-124 operations

Antonov is attempting to freeze Russian An-124 operations, while at the same time thawing out an old freighter that has been in the freezer for the last eight years. Yesterday we looked at the way Ukraine’s Antonov Group might market its outsize and heavylift capacity after announcing the breakup of its Ruslan International joint venture […]

Invisible cargo connections

Sometimes things just don’t make any sense. Maybe you read a story and came away scratching your head, wondering “Why would they do that?” Sometimes it’s more than one story or report. Sometimes it seems like you must be reading news about the air freight industry on another planet. And then, maybe sharing a drink […]

Unknown Hong Kong-based company to restart An-225 production in China?

According to a press release put out by Ukraine-based Antonov on 30 August, a two-part “cooperation agreement” was reached with a Chinese company identified as “Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC)” to resume production of the An-225 Mriya (of which only one has been built to-date). Noting that “both stages would be implemented individually,” Antonov […]

The uncertain future of the An-124.

There has been much speculation recently on the whereabouts of – and even the operators of – Russia’s An-124s. Former operator Polet, which was forced to file for bankruptcy last year and has repeatedly been in the Russian courts since, fighting various creditors, is reported to have at last been forced to give up its […]

Size matters

Airbus last week announced its selection of major suppliers for the Beluga XL, the new upsized version of the Beluga air transporter the manufacturer has long used to transport subassemblies for production of some of its aircraft. We list the suppliers at the end of this post, but the announcement reminded us that while standard production […]

Silk Way launches new freighter type with 10-unit order

Ukraine-based aircraft designer Antonov booked a firm order for ten An-178 freighters from Azerbaijan-based all-cargo carrier Silk Way Airlines. The An-178, a twin-jet freighter based on Antonov’s 99-seat An-158 passenger aircraft, logged its first flight last week, and the Silk Way order, as well as a two-unit order from China’s Beijing A-Star Science & Technology […]

How did that huge thing get into the airplane?

Everybody knows that the An-124 is the go-to freighter for moving outsize and heavyweight cargo. But how do those massive pieces of machinery, those trucks, those helicopters, get into the freighter? For your weekend viewing pleasure we offer this video from Volga-Dnepr Airlines (which operates ten An-124s), showing a variety of different cargoes being loaded […]
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