Antonov An-225 taxiing at Zagreb Airport
The largest aircraft ever produced, the Antonov An-225, landed in the Croatian capital Zagreb yesterday, marking its first appearance in the former Yugoslavia. The cargo aircraft, affectionately known as Mriya (Dream), jetted into Zagreb at 17.45 local time on Friday. The aircraft has been chartered to carry the 136 ton transformer to the Philippines produced by Croatia’s Končar Power Transformer Company. The An-225 will be parked and loaded with cargo at Zagreb Airport throughout Saturday, giving spotters the perfect opportunity to snap some photos of the rare giant. Those wishing to take photos can do so from Zagreb Airport’s observation deck, known as the Spectator’s Terrace, today from 08.00 until 18.00. The aircraft is scheduled to depart the Croatian capital for Mactan-Cebu International Airport on the island of Cebu tomorrow at 06.00 in the morning.
Zagreb Airport says the arrival of the An-225 is further proof of the airport’s capabilities to deal with large aircraft. “Zagreb Airport is capable of handling even large aircraft like this. It is an extremely challenging feat which included the preparation and organisation of all necessary resources”, Zagreb Airport spokeswoman, Lidija Capković Martinek, says. She adds that all other air traffic at the airport, as well as passengers using its facilities, will be unaffected by the arrival of the Antonov. The massive transformer was transported to Zagreb Airport on Thursday night. It will take some fourteen hours to load it onto the aircraft.
Known for its immense carrying capability, the An-225 can transport up to 250 tons of cargo internally or 200 tons on the top of its fuselage. The aircraft is bigger than both the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380 and is longer and heavier than the Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose. The An-225 is powered by six turbofan engines and is the only one of its type ever to have been produced. It is operated by Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines.
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