|Freighters at Vienna|
|René Posch, 01/12/2006|
Planes-international.com had the
chance to visit two of the biggest freighters, a Boeing 747-400F of Korean
Air Cargo and an Antonov An-124 of Antonov Design Bureau, at the end of
After the develpoment as the biggest aircraft, the Antonov An-124 took off for its first flight on 26th December 1982. It is similar to the American Lockheed C-5 "Galaxy", with the difference to carry more than 120 to of cargo, which made the Antonov An-124 to the world's largest aircraft till sistership An-225 "Myria" took off in 1989.
The An-124 is powered by four Lotarew engines and has an range of around 5000km when fully loaded.
In 2005 the manufacturer
decided to produce another 15 Antonov An-124 with modern electronics and
more efficient engines to sell them for civil cargo transport. The biggest
fleets of Antonov An-124 have Antonov Design Bureau, Volga Dnepr and Polet
Airlines, whereby 56 aircraft of this type where produced till 2004.