Antonov carries 169 tonnes sensitive cargo from Europe to Canada
For onloading and offloading cargo, two external cranes were used as well as a special, strong and rigid ramp system
Ukrainian carrier Antonov Airlines, in cooperation with RXO Air Transport, successfully transported high-tech CNC machinery from Milan, Italy to Hamilton, Canada on board one of its AN-124-100 aircraft.
"The cargo with total weight of 169 tonnes consisted of five pieces including three machines in plastic cover with dimensions 940 x 300 x 370 сm and smaller wooden cases. The high-tech CNC machinery will be used in automotive manufacturing of critical electric vehicle parts in one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world," says a release from Antonov.
For onloading and offloading the cargo, two external cranes were used as well as the special strong and rigid ramp system designed and manufactured by Antonov`s in-house engineers to load heavy and oversized pieces, the release added. "It provides transportation of a single cargo weighing up to 150,000 kg (330,000lbs) and with height up to 4.10 m (13 ft 5)."
Olha Danylova, Commercial Executive, Antonov Airlines says: “The peculiarity of CNC machinery is its dimensions. It is narrow and high. Therefore, to put it on the loading ramp and secure it inside the aircraft it was necessary to design a special transport frame. The frame had to be universal to use it for the series of scheduled flights. The light weight was the vital requirement for the frame due to the limited payload for transatlantic air transportation. This project is one of the most interesting missions for recent years. It is a pleasure to work with RXO Air Transport's professionals and perform this dedicated team job.”
Russell Means, Senior Manager International/Heavy Lift and John Beltsos, Director, National Account Management, RXO Air Transport, supervised the transport, the release added.
"This RXO customer's critical mission required massive capacity and cutting-edge technology, exactly what we deliver," says Means. "Thanks to teamwork and expertise from RXO Air Transport/Expedite, Antonov and our ground agents, together with the AN-124-100's unique capabilities, this project was successful. As RXO grows, we look forward to providing more air solutions with Antonov for our North America and global customers."