Hyderabad welcomes India’s first Antonov 225 call

Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was chosen over other Indian Airports for its technical expertise based on several factors such as runway length, ground manoeuvring area, technical facilities, air traffic density and proximity to the trans-continental air route.


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GMR Hyderabad International Airport recorded a first for any Indian airport on 12 May by welcoming the world’s largest cargo aircraft, the AN-225 Myria (‘dream’ in Ukrainian) owned by Antonov Airlines of Ukraine on its Code F compliant runway.

The flying behemoth holds almost 240 world records under its belt, powered by six super charged turbo-fan engines, operated by a six-man crew, lifting a mammoth 640 tonnes of MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight).

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Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was chosen over other Indian Airports for its technical expertise based on several factors such as runway length, ground manoeuvring area, technical facilities, air traffic density and proximity to the trans-continental air route.

The aircraft arrived from Turkmenbashi in Central Asia and after a 24 hour stop at Hyderabad  proceeded to Jakarta, Indonesia and thereafter to its final destination Perth, Australia. There are a limited number of airports in the world which can accept this kind of aircraft due to the length and width of AN 225 with its wing span being wider than the A380.

“We feel privileged to host the world’s biggest, longest, heaviest aircraft at Hyderabad Airport,” said SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL. “The landing of AN 225 Myria is the testimony to our robust infrastructure, technical expertise and operational efficiency. That of all airports in India, Hyderabad Airport was chosen as the technical stopover for the aircraft of this size and volume reiterates our competence as a world class airport operator and a logistic hub.