Antonov An-225 Mriya landed at Hyderabad
GMR Hyderabad International Airport saw the maiden Indian flight of AN-225 Myria Antonov Airlines of Ukraine on its Code F compliant runway. The airport was chosen for the landing on infrastructure strength and technical parametres.
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 metric tonnes of MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight). It hurtled its landing gear in the wee hours of the night on May 12 at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad parking at the airport’s Code-F (Airbus A380 Compatible) Cargo Apron. The aircraft arrived from Turkmenbashi in Central Asia and after 24 hours halt at Hyderabad proceeded to Jakarta, Indonesia, and thereafter to its final destination Perth, Australia. There are only a few airports in world which can accept this kind of aircraft since the length and width of AN 225 through its wing span is wider than even the world’s largest passenger transport carrier, the Airbus A380 double decker aircraft.
SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL said, “We feel privileged to host the world’s biggest, longest, heaviest aircraft at Hyderabad Airport. 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.”
“Hyderabad Airport is the only Greenfield airport in South India to have a functional standby runway for 24x7 flight operations. This helps in operating air services even during the maintenance of the main runway. We handled nine A380 aircraft movements which chose our airport for unscheduled landings and other services requirements,” he further added.