Largest aircraft in the world for the first time in Australia – Antonov-225 Mryia with 117 ton generator on board landed at the West Coast.
XXL freight of DB Schenker on board of the largest aircraft in the world: With a 117 ton generator on board the Antonov-225 Mriya (AN 225) has landed for the first time in Australia. Thousands of onlookers witnessed, when the cargo aircraft arrived Sunday morning local time in Perth in Western Australia.
"The excitement was great, there were high expectations," says Ron Koehler, CEO of Schenker Australia Pty Ltd, "to organize air freight in an Antonov 225 is an absolute highlight. The cooperation between our experts in Adelaide and Perth with Czech colleagues went smoothly. We are really proud of this order of our clients here in Australia. "
The company Karpeles Flight Services, a specialist of DB Logistics subsidiary DB Schenker for the chartering of aircrafts is responsible for the organization of the trip around the world.
The transport of the generator started on May 10 in the city of Pilsen (Czech Republic), from where it was brought overnight by a special multiple-axles truck to Prague.
At the airport of the Czech capital the generator was loaded into the AN 225 (84 m long, 18 m high). The generator (8,80 meters long, 3,50 meters wide, 3,20 meters wide) is covered with a special canvas welded on at more than 30 fixation points in the Antonov. Departure took place on Thursday.
Stopovers on the almost 14.000 km long trip were scheduled in Turkmenbashi (Turkmenistan), Hyderabad (India) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)). DB Schenker also arranges for the land transport to the Australian client, an alumina refinery in Collie, a four hour drive from Perth.
The Antonov 225 Mryia won’t stay long in Australia: On May 17, she takes off to Italy with "only" XL cargo on board: A 25 tons rotor.