Antonov flies high with Indian airports .............................................................................
Antonov Airlines specialises in international cargo transportation. Michael Goodisman, Business Development Director, Dreamlifts, Antonov Airlines, sees potential in the Indian market and shares future growth plans.
Since when you are operating in India?
We were the first to operate charter air transportation of large−size and extra−heavy cargoes on the AN-124 commercial, way back in 1989. We started with one aircraft and its successful operations formed a new market segment on airlift of super-heavy cargoes. We are flying in India since the beginning.
AN-225 Mriya made its first landing in Hyderabad, what are your basic requirements in choosing the airports?
AN-225 stopped at Hyderabad for refuelling the aircraft while en-route Australia. The idea behind bringing the aircraft here was also to showcase the technological capability of Ukraine-based Antonov.
The AN-225 has one of the longest runway requirements for any aircraft. At required take-off field length of 9,842 ft, it requires extreme power to get this bird airborne, limiting its use to only the largest airports.
Are you looking for more airports in India?
Yes, we are in talks with the Delhi airport. In terms of technical runway performance and taxi ways and strength, they are technically suitable.
How many cities are you covering in India?
With AN-225, it’s Hyderabad, we are trying to add Delhi also. For AN-124 it’s Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru. We are very comfortable flying from Indian airports; it’s never a worry.
Which are the strongest verticals?
The airlines’ strongest sector is defence and aerospace, which continues to grow and make significant amount of business. Across the board in all sectors, the demand is from the Middle East, Africa and Asia and mainly from Europe and the US to these regions.
In terms of aerospace, it is quite consistent and demand persists. We see projects in the pipeline there for the long-term.
Why you have chosen Flywell Aviation for India as part of ongoing global growth programme?
Flywell Aviation’s long experience within the Indian market, coupled with our unique offering for the transport of outsized cargo, will ensure highly professional and dynamic services to this important region.
The airlines’ strongest sector is defence and aerospace, which continues to grow and make significant amount of business
Michael Goodisman Business Development Director, Dreamlifts, Antonov Airlines