May 10, 2017: ANTONOV Airlines is on a global expansion mode, and as part of the plan, it will establish a presence in the US and Hong Kong.The Kyiv, Ukraine-headquartered carrier recently established a new office at London Stansted Airport in the UK and had appointed a general sales agent in Japan and Australia.
“We are excited to be growing our presence globally in some of the world’s most dynamic economies. Ukraine has developed excellent links with the USA as a result of an Open Skies Agreement, which has granted ANTONOV freedom to operate to and from the US without the need to obtain US Department of Transport (DoT) statements of authorization, said Oleg Orlov, Vice President, ANTONOV Company.”
ANTONOV also announced that it is working with Ukrainian and Western suppliers for its fleet modernisation programme.
ANTONOV Airlines operates a fleet of seven AN-124 freighters, with a payload of up to 150 tonnes, as well as the biggest aircraft in the world, the AN-225, with a payload of 250 tonnes.
The heavy and super-heavy lift specialist has engaged with new suppliers for its fleet modernisation programme.
ANTONOV has introduced Dunlop tyres to a number of its airframes including its AN-124 and AN-225 fleet. The new tyres enable the AN-124-100M-150 aircraft to operate at their designed maximum payload of 150 tonnes, and have a much-improved lifespan, leading to lower tyre cost per landing.
ANTONOV is also working with US Honeywell for its avionics, Pratt & Whitney, Dowty Propellers, and Zodiac Aerospace in addition to other western suppliers.
“Our AN-124s will be flying for the next quarter of a century, and we are making sure they are at the cutting edge of aviation technology and design. We are working with some of the most respected suppliers in the world for the modernisation of our fleet. As the design bureau, ANTONOV Company is the only company that can make amendments to the AN aircraft,” said Graham Witton, Managing Director, ANTONOV Airlines (UK).