Antonov AN-225 flies 154 metric tonne waste heat boiler from Leipzig, Germany to Edmonton, Alberta. (Edmonton, Canada) DB Schenker today announced the successful move of a 154-metric tonne waste heat boiler to Edmonton International Airport (EIA) for its customer, Agrium Inc. The waste heat boiler is a vital component used in the production of nitrogen fertilizer destined for Agrium’s Fertilizer Operations in Redwater, Alberta, approximately 52 km north of Edmonton. Schenker of Canada Limited’s Projects Division arranged for all segments of the delivery originating from Berlin, Germany including barge, truck, and final arrival at Edmonton International Airport via the Antonov AN-225. From there, the cargo will be carried by over-sized trailer to the Agrium Redwater plant. According to Eric Dewey, President and CEO, Schenker of Canada Limited, “This is a massive undertaking that required months of extensive planning, right down to the final details. Agrium’s timeline negated the option of ocean transport and we were very fortunate the Antonov AN-225 was available to transport the waste heat boiler from Berlin to Edmonton.” “We are undergoing a significant site construction and replacement project at our Redwater site,” explains Kevin Melnyk, Plant Manager Nitrogen Operations, Agrium Redwater. “DB Schenker knows we have a critical implementation timeline and they are working to specific deadlines to transport this waste heat boiler. At Agrium safety and reliability are the way we operate. The installation of this new boiler will significantly improve the production reliability at our site.” “A critical role of EIA is efficiently supporting this type of heavy-lift cargo operation”, says Alex Lowe, Manager Cargo Business Development at EIA. “This operation is a prime example of the growth in cargo at EIA. Recent and continued investments in the airport’s cargo infrastructure will continue to enable this region’s economic growth.”
Antonov Airlines is a Ukrainian cargo airline, a division of the Antonov aviation company. It operates international charter services in the world of oversized cargo market. Its main base is Gostomel Airport near Kiev. The company owns an Antonov An-225, the world’s largest operational cargo aircraft and the only one completed. The airline was established and started operations in 1989 through a marketing agent agreement with Air Foyle to market Antonov An-124 Ruslan cargo charters worldwide. This relationship ended in June 2006. The same month Antonov Airlines and another large player in the global specialty air cargo business, Volga-Dnepr Airlines (Russia), established a joint venture company — Ruslan International — where each company has a 50% stake. The joint operation of the Ukrainian and Russian fleets allows them to share the combined An-124-100 commercial fleet of seventeen aircraft (seven of which belong to Antonov Airlines) and the only Antonov An-225 in service worldwide.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, Russian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрия, Dream, NATO reporting name: “Cossack”) is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. The An-225’s name, Mriya (Мрiя) means “Dream” (Inspiration) in Ukrainian. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060. A second airframe was partially built; its completion was halted.
The Antonov An-225, initially developed for the task of transporting the Buran spaceplane, was an enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124. The first and only An-225 was completed in 1988. After successfully fulfilling its Soviet military missions, it was mothballed for eight years. It was then refurbished and re-introduced, and is in commercial operation with Antonov Airlines carrying oversized payloads. The airlifter holds the absolute world records for an airlifted single item payload of 189,980 kilograms (418,834 pounds), and an airlifted total payload of 253,820 kilograms (559,577 pounds). It has also transported a payload of 247,000 kilograms (545,000 pounds) on a commercial flight.