The Chennai airport made way for the giant Antonov AN-124 aircraft, operated by a Russian freight company Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which landed in the city with 53.46 tonne of machinery from Xi’an Xianyang in China. The whole freight was unloaded and had to be carried on 13 trucks. This is first time an An-124 aircraft landed at Chennai airport with considerable amount of payload. Since the airport is a major gateway to south India, such hauls are expected to be a regular occurrence in future .
AN-124 aircraft is designed for long-range delivery and air dropping of heavy and large-size cargo, including machines, equipment and troops and has got a payload capacity of up to 150 tonnes. AN-124 is 69.1-metre-long and has an extensive wingspan of 73.3 metre.