Antonov Airlines flies emergency relief to Guadeloupe
Antonov Airlines works with EDF Group to transport generators from France to the Caribbean in under 24 hours, for relief to hurricane-stricken Guadeloupe.
September 19, 2017
By PLA Editor
Antonov Airlines AN-124-100 aircraft delivered portable generators for EDF Group to Hurricane-stricken Guadeloupe. The emergency consignment of 32 EDF Group generators was recently moved from Châteauroux, France to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, in under 24 hours. The generators, which weighed a total of 105 tonnes, are needed to provide electricity to France’s Overseas Region of Guadeloupe and Overseas Collectivity of Saint Martin, both of which were severely affected by Hurricane Irma.
“The aircraft was in Cairns, Australia at the time the charter was confirmed, which meant we had to respond promptly to move it halfway around the world,” said Paul Furlonger, Antonov Airlines. “The AN-124-100s’ unique onboard crane system, which has a lift capacity of 30 tonnes, allowed for a safe loading and unloading process, without the need for a special ground infrastructure at the airport.
“This is the first in a series of ANTONOV Airlines flights that will deliver humanitarian and relief cargo to the Caribbean from the governments of France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. We remain committed to providing fast and efficient solutions globally for humanitarian aid.”
The AN-124-100, with a payload of up to 150 tonnes, is one of the world’s largest aircraft.