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Kiev, Ukraine - On April 14, the giant heavy cargo transporter Antonov An-225 Mriya operated a cargo flight to Warsaw, Poland from Tianjin, China with a record volume of medical supplies in its cargo hold that will be used in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

The plane was loaded with about 100 tons of medicines, reagents for laboratory tests, medical masks and other protective means with a total volume of about 1000 cubic meters. A cargo of such volume was not carried in an aircraft compartment ever before in the history of global aviation.

The Antonov An-225 Mriya landed at Almaty airport in Kazakhstan for refueling and the crew rest before arriving in Warsaw. This flight ordered by the British company Chapman Freeborn Airchartering became the first for the AN-225 after maintenance and modernization performed by Antonov Company.
The Mriya was fitted with a new engine control system and LCD screens. The An-225 joined to the missions of An-124-100 Ruslans of Antonov Airlines performing charter flights for transportation of medical cargos needed to fight the COVID-19.

From the end of March till present, Antonov Airlines’ planes transported over 1400 tons of cargo from China to different countries in Europe, America, and the Near East.

“Our team is very proud of the possibility to contribute and take part in the fight against the global pandemic. So, I would like to thank everybody, who takes part in the organization of these missions from China and in particular to those who are involved personally in the An-225 flight to Warsaw. We are much obliged to our customer Chapman Freeborn for cooperation and the possibility to perform such important and necessary mission together,”

Vitaliy Shost, Senior Deputy Director of Antonov Airlines said.

Let’s remind, that AN-225 Mriya set over 250 aviation records, in particular, by the transportation of mono-cargo weighing 187.6 tons and the absolute record of a payload of 253.8 tons.

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