Kiev-based Antonov Airlines using its AN-22 aircraft delivered a 30-tonne container with winches and equipment from Orstend to Instanbul on 12 August, a press release confirmed. The cargo was ordered for repair works on a deepwater pipeline between Turkey and Cyprus.
Antonov’s air transport division said the flight was chartered by Istanbul-based SkyAir Shop Aviation Services Serkan Dikmen.
Its AN-22 aircraft, considered the world’s largest turboprop, was immediately loaded in less than 24 hours after order confirmation, the company noted.
The cargo airline said it used loading equipment specifically designed and manufactured by its parent Antonov Company for loading and unloading containers of such capacity.