Antonov flies mining gear from Istanbul to Burkina Faso and Liberia
THE Ukraine's Antonov Airlines has transported 14 pieces of mining equipment, weighing 216 tonnes on two AN-124-100 flights from Istanbul to Ouagadougou and Monrovia, reports Mumbai's Stat Trade Times
22 April 2021 - 19:00
The 113-tonne cargo for the second flight was safely loaded in minimal time to meet the tight deadline required by the mines, both in the process of expanding operations.
'These two flights from Turkey to Africa were meticulously planned and both flights were completed with maximum payloads on each route,' said Antonov commercial executive Eugene Kiva.
'Antonov Airlines provided the flexibility required by our partner Skyair Chartering to perform these air shipments within the customer's deadlines,' he said.The airline made a single technical stop in Algiers, Algeria for the 103 tonne Burkina Faso-bound cargo and two stops in Casablanca, Morocco, and Diass-Thies, Senegal for the journey to Liberia to refuel and provide crew rests.
Said Skyair Chartering development chief Tekin Ertemel: 'The two flights provided by Antonov Airlines made sure the needs of the expanding mining facilities were met. Antonov's AN-124-100s are equipped with ramps, which are ideal to transport heavy and oversized loads safely and easily.'
Antonov Airlines has seen an increase in charters for mining projects since the beginning of the year and just last month completed three flights of equipment weighing 370 tonnes to Latin America from Australia, said the report.
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