Antonov Airlines is a Ukrainian cargo airline, a division of the Antonov aviation company. It operates international charter services in the world of oversized cargo market. Its main base is Gostomel Airport near Kiev. The company owns the only completed Antonov An-225, the world's largest operational cargo aircraft.
|Net income||$187.4 million (2014)|
The airline was established and started operations in 1989 through a marketing agent agreement with Air Foyle to market Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo charters worldwide. This relationship ended in June 2006. The same month Antonov Airlines and another large player in the global specialty air cargo business, Volga-Dnepr Airlines (Russia), established a joint venture company — Ruslan International — where each company has a 50% stake. The joint operation of the Ukrainian and Russian fleets allows them to share the combined An-124-100 commercial fleet of seventeen aircraft (seven of which belong to Antonov Airlines) and the only Antonov An-225 in service worldwide — the largest cargo aircraft in the world.
- An 88-ton water turbine for the Tashtakumska Hydroelectric Plant from Kharkiv to Tashkent;
- Civil engineering vehicles to deal with the consequences of the earthquake in Spitak, Armenia;
- Vehicles and systems for resolving the Persian Gulf crisis (mine clearance bulldozers, mobile electric stations, special mine, and oil-clearing boats, humanitarian assistance);
- A 135.2 ton Siemens generator from Düsseldorf, Germany, to Delhi, India, was air-lifted by an An-124;
- Nuclear fuel in special containers from Habaniya, Iraq, to Yekaterinburg, Russia, under the United Nations program for disarmament of Iraq;
- A 102-ton locomotive from London, Ontario, Canada, to Dublin, Ireland;
- A 70-ton generator was flown to Lahore, Pakistan, from Doncaster Robin Hood, United Kingdom, for power station needs;
- A 140-ton generator was flown from Zagreb, Croatia, to Cebu, Philippines for replacement on one of two generators which was hit by lightning.
- A 187.6 ton power plant generator from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Germany, to Yerevan, Armenia (listed in the Guinness Book of Records)
- A 95-ton Putzmeister concrete pump from the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, United States, to Japan to assist with the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant
- On 20 July 2015 a 76-ton single piece electrical transformer was flown from Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, China, to Karachi, Pakistan, for Quaid-e-Azam solar park power project.
The Antonov Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
|Antonov An-22A Antei||1||—||UR-09307|
|Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan||3||—||UR-82029/UR-82072/UR-82073||UR-82072 : old colors|
|Antonov An-124-100M Ruslan||4||—||UR-82007/UR-82008/UR-82009/UR-82027|
The airline's fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of 2009):
- 3 further Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan
- 1 Antonov An-22 Antaeus
- 2 Antonov An-12 (Stored)
- 1 Antonov An-26
- 1 Antonov An-74
Antonov Airlines also operated the following aircraft for the Antonov Design Bureau:
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