An Antonov An-124 flight arranged by Ruslan International has successfully transported a 101-tonne oil platform component from Bergen in Norway to Busan, South Korea, via Helsinki, Novosibirsk (Russia) and Tianjin (China).
The load weighed a total of 114,000 kilos, which was almost the maximum amount the aircraft is capable to carry on the route. It comprised a "separator" along with two support frames and other loading equipment.
Ruslan's commercial executive Alexander Kraynov said in a company release, "This highly unusual cargo once again proved the exceptional capabilities of the An-124, as well as the value of Ruslan International as a provider of viable solutions for seemingly impossible loads."
Given that the large dimensions of the piece, measuring 11.59 metres in length, 3.92 metres in width, exceeded the aircraft's main cabin height of 4.4 metres by 1.66 metres, the company's load planners designed support cradles that enabled the load to be supported after rotating it 90 degrees. The load's resultant offset (eccentric) centre of gravity within the cargo cabin then required special approval from the aircraft's designers, Antonov Design Bureau.
A separate flight carried 5,000 kilos of additional equipment, required for unloading at destination. The flight was one of a series required for the same project.
Ruslan manages and markets the combined Antonov An-124 fleets of its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines.