Antonov AN 225 transports gas cooler weighing 141 tonnes to Canada

A gas cooler weighing 141 tonnes was loaded on board an aircraft at Leipzig/Halle Airport today. The machine made its way to the airport from Berlin by inland waterway and low loader and two cranes moved the unit on board an Antonov AN 225, the largest aircraft in the world, using a specially constructed ramp. This was the heaviest item of freight ever handled at Leipzig/Halle Airport.

Workers employed by PortGround GmbH performed the loading opera-tion on the spot. The ground handling and freight services provider is part of the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG Group and has had many years of experience in handling heavy items.

“Leipzig/Halle Airport offers ideal conditions for freight charter flights around the globe with its excellent transport connections and the op-portunities provided by its 24-hour operating permit. Our subsidiary PortGround has also had a wealth of experience, which goes back many years, when it comes to handling outsize cargo; our customers value this highly,” Markus Kopp, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, points out. He adds, “PortGround has loaded a variety of vehicles, industrial plant and helicopters and even complete underground trains on board different types of aircraft in the past. Not least thanks to this expertise, PortGround offers tailor-made ground handling services for all types of air freight. We’re particularly delighted that the Antonov 225 has now become a “regular guest” at Leipzig/Halle for these reasons.”
Source / Author: Leipzig/Halle Airport