The airline deployed an An-124-100 to fly the crane and associated oil well safety equipment, including booms, tracks, control stations and water pumps, which weighed a total of 70 tonnes, reported Logistics Middle East, Dubai.
'Antonov Airlines yet again proves to be an invaluable partner when we are tasked to handle mission critical cargo for our clients,' said Crane Worldwide sales supervisor Dillon Lato. 'We had an AN124 agreement signed, aircraft on the ground, loaded and ready for wheels up to the destination in 48 hours.'
Antonov Airlines and Crane Worldwide have teamed up before on projects and most recently, Crane Worldwide chartered Antonov Airline's An-225 'Mriya', the world's largest aircraft, to fly chemical drums from Singapore and Malaysia to Saudi Arabia.
Antonov Airlines also provides rapid, airborne support for offshore oil well spills, by transporting fully assembled well capping stacks to speed up emergency response times.