Antonov and Rhenus join forces in urgent rotor move
PRESS RELEASE – Antonov Airlines and Rhenus Project Logistics USA have completed an urgent order to carry a 54-tonne rotor used in power generation from Ghana to India for and back. The rotor had sustained damage and needed to be repaired.
Rhenus chartered the flight to carry the rotor, which measured 10.5 by 3.9 by 4.1 metres. It was flown from Accra in Ghana to Mumbai in India and back.
Antonov used loading equipment designed by its in-house engineering team while the external cranes for loading and unloading at the airport were arranged by Rhenus. Antonov also developed technical instructions while Rhenus assisted the client in redesigning the skid to ensure the bladed rotor fitted inside the fuselage.
“This transport operation required well-coordinated preparation and actions from both partners to fly such outsized and heavy cargo safely”, comments Vladyslav Ishchuk, the commercial executive of Antonov Airlines. “We showcased our flexibility by providing the AN-124 aircraft on the required dates during an extremely busy period for the customer to minimise any disruption that could have been faced.”