Antonov Airlines performed air transportation of two green−energy tram carriages produced by Chinese CNR TANGSHAN RAILWAY VEHICLE CO LTD from Shijiazhuang, China, to Samsun, Turkey. Taking into account the cargo dimensions (each carriage of 20.04 х 2.88 х 3.60 m) the AN−225 Mriya, the world’s largest transport airplane with length of cargo compartment of 43.3 m, was chosen to perform this flight. To provide possibility of loading and carrying two carriages as well as their accessories for one flight of the AN−225, ANTONOV’s engineers have developed special transport equipment in shortest terms. Total weight of the cargo reached 70 t. The loading process was widely broadcasted by Chinese mass media.
It was the first batch of such type tram carriages to be delivered to Turkey. The flight lasted 10 hours. The transportation was performed in strict accordance with the schedule approved by the customer. It was much more time−efficient compared with traditional means on the sea or by rail.
For 25−year age, the Mriya carried carriages for the first time, but this task was performed successfully. On Decenber 3, the AN−225 returned to the Kyiv−Antonov airport. New flights are ahead.
Source / Author: Antonov