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Page 14 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • JUNE-JULY 2017 Antonov steps in to provide 39-minute emergency flight ANTONOV Airlines has transport- ed two mining filtration units for Hunt and Palmer Cargo Charters from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina in one of its AN-124 -100 aircraft. The cargo, which weighed a total of 24 tonnes, was urgently needed after adverse weather in the region closed the roads. The consignment included two large industrial piping filtration units measuring 12 metres long, four metres wide and approxi- mately 3.6 metres high. “The flight was needed as the road conditions in the region were too hazardous due to adverse weather,” said Dan Litten, aircraft charter broker, Hunt and Palmer. “We worked closely with An- tonov Airlines to get the permits issued for the aircraft to fly at such short notice. “The AN-124 -100 was the only aircraft that could accommodate our cargo – and the flight took only 39 minutes.” The AN-124 -100 on-board crane system, which has a max- imum lift capacity of 20 tonnes, allowed for safe loading and unloading of the cargo. Antonov carries an adaptor on-board each of its aircraft, extending the lift capacity of its system by 10 tonnes to a total of 30 tonnes. “No special adjustment or external equipment was required for what was one of the short- est flights we have operated in a decade,” said Martin Banns, commercial executive, Antonov Airlines. “We were able to lift the cargo straight off the trailers with the aircraft’s internal cranes.” * Antonov Airlines operates a fleet of seven AN-124-100 aircraft, including two modernised - 150M variants, with a payload of up to 150 tonnes, together with the AN-22, with a payload of 60 tonnes, the AN-225, the largest aircraft in the world, which has a payload of 250 tonnes, and small- er AN-26 and AN-74 aircraft. Martin Banns, commercial executive, Antonov Airlines.