ANTONOV AIRLINES CARRIES MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM GERMANY TO NAMIBIA UNDER NATO’S SALIS PROGRAMME
The world’s heaviest plane, the AN-225, safely transported the medical cargo at short notice as part of the fight against Covid-19
Antonov Airlines has safely transported medical supplies at short notice from Germany to Namibia on the world’s heaviest aircraft, the AN-225 “Mriya”. The mission was executed under the Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) programme.
The AN-225, which has recently returned to commercial operation took off from its home base at Hostomel, Ukraine and flew to Liepzig-Halle airport, Germany to load the cargo destined for Windhoek, Namibia with one refuelling and rest stop in Accra, Ghana.
AN-225 has the biggest aircraft cargo cabin and is the best option to accommodate max possible volume of the humanitarian cargoes.
The AN-225 Mriya, which can transport up to 250 tonnes compliments Antonov Airlines’ fleet of seven AN-124-100s, two with a capacity of up to 150 tonnes.
The medical and humanitarian cargo, provided by German Military Medical Command, was a mixture of masks, anti-viral gowns, sick meds, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), transported on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence at the request of the Namibian Government.
Antonov Airlines frequently transports humanitarian aid on its AN-225 and fleet of seven AN-124-100s to rapidly support emergency services and governments by carrying volumes of cargo that cannot be matched by other aircraft.