Monday 27 February 2017

World's Biggest Plane To Arrive In The UK

Antonov An-225 Mriya

The world's biggest plane is coming to Britain.

The Antonov An-225 Mriya will reportedly be regularly seen at airports around the country after its operator opened a new base at London's Stansted Airport .

The hulking aircraft can carry 50 cars or four battle tanks but is used for freight transport by a Ukrainian owned company.

It is known for attracting fans around the world whenever it lands and last year drew 15,000 people to an airport in Perth, Australia.

The plane had delivered a power generator from the Czech Republic to a Western Australia mine site last May.

The visits to the UK will come because the plane's Ukrainian owners, Antonov Airlines, have struck a deal to expand its presence in Britain, The Times reports.

The aircraft was originally developed in 1988 to carry a space shuttle, known as the Buran, for the Soviet Union.

Antonov An-225 Mriya

It is the longest and heaviest jet every built.

The plane is 84m-long and weighs 175 tonnes or 600 tonnes with cargo and fuel.

Antonov Airlines business development officer Michael Goodisman told the newspaper said many of the company's larger planes would use UK airports.

"With Antonov now away from its joint venture and developing independently, tbhey are looking to the UK as a good commercial operating point," he said.

"This is all about Antonov's desire to engage with the West... and develop a closer relationship with the UK."



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