Antonov Airlines

2022-10-01 ANTONOV Airlines chartered for series of flights to carry sensitive cargo from Europe to Canada

The Ukrainian ANTONOV Airlines – world leader in outsized and super heavy cargo safely transported sensitive cargo to support manufacturing in the automotive sector

Kyiv, Ukraine, 2022: ANTONOV Airlines in cooperation with RXO Air Transport successfully performed two transportations of the high-tech CNC machinery from Milan, Italy to Hamilton, Canada on board one of its AN-124-100 aircraft .

The cargo with total weight 169 tons consisted of five pieces including three machines in plastic cover with dimensions 940 x 300 x 370 m and smaller wooden cases. The high-tech CNC machinery will used in automotive manufacturing of critical electric vehicle parts in one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world.

For onloading and offloading the cargo two external cranes were used as well as the special Antonov`s ramp system, the strongest and most rigid ramp system on the market. It has been designed and manufactured by Antonov`s in-house engineers to load heavy and oversized pieces. It allows the loading and unloading of single cargo with a maximum weight of 150,000 kg (330,000lbs) and height of 4.10m (13 ft 5).

“The peculiarity of CNC machinery is its dimensions - narrow and high parameters. 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”, commented Olha Danylova, Commercial Executive, Antonov Airlines, “This project is one of the most interesting last few years we`ve had to work with last few years. It is pleasure to work with RXO Air Transport`s professionals further and perform this dedicated team job.”

Russell Means, Senior Manager International/Heavy Lift, and John Beltsos, Director National Account Management, RXO Air Transport, orchestrated this transport with RXO’s customer and were on-site supervising the offload and delivery to customer.

"This RXO customer's critical mission required massive capacity and cutting-edge technology, exactly what we deliver," stated Russell Means, Senior Manager International/Heavy Lift, RXO Air Transport, "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 delivering many more air solutions with ANTONOV for our North America and global customers."