Jun 29 | 2021
(Asia) Single AN-124-100 Charter from Poland to the Philippines
Antonov Airlines recently transported five S-70i Black Hawk helicopters on a single AN-124-100 flight from Rzeszów, Poland, to Angeles, the Philippines.
The cargo weighed 35 tonnes in total, including loading equipment, and is the second delivery of the Polish-built S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to the Philippines.
Each helicopter weighed 5.6 tonnes and measured 17.5 meters long, 3.2 meters wide and 3.9 meters high, and were loaded using the AN-124-100’s winches.
Antonov Airlines’ in-house engineers developed loading and unloading plans to ensure safe loading and transport within the plane’s cargo cabin specifications.
“Although the total payload in terms of weight was quite light for our aircraft – loading five helicopters safely and transporting them without damage takes considerable collaboration,” said Amnon Ehrlich, director North America – aerospace, government and defense programs. “We have been working closely with Sikorsky as well as their logistics supplier Helicopter International Shipping Services for several months to ensure that all current and future program requirements are met."
The first transport under the agreement was completed in November 2020 and was also for five S-70i Black Hawk helicopters, which were delivered to Clark Air Base, north of the Philippine capital, Manila.
Antonov Airlines operates seven AN-124-100 including two AN-124-100M-150 with up to 150 tonnes payload, the largest turboprop-powered aircraft AN-22 (60-tonne payload), as well as the 250-tonne payload AN-225 Mriya, the largest cargo aircraft in the world. Antonov is a member of The Heavy Lift Group, whose members are international project cargo specialists.