Antonov Airlines is a Ukrainian cargo airline, a division of the Antonov aviation company. It operates international charter services in the oversized-cargo market. Its main base is Hostomel Airport near Kyiv. The company owns the only completed Antonov An-225 Mriya, 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.
- Delivery of two Max Bögl TSB maglev trains from Munich, Germany to Chengdu, China.
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 livery|
|Antonov An-124-100M Ruslan||4||—||UR-82007/UR-82008/UR-82009/UR-82027|
|Antonov An-225 Mriya||1||—||UR-82060|
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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