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.

Cargo Talk - - Front Page -

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


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