Frankfurt-Hahn Airport made aviation history last week when the heaviest single cargo item ever sent via airfreight was loaded onto an Antonov 225
At 1623 metres long and 427 metres wide, the consignment - a generator for a gas power plant in Armenia and its loading frame - weighed in a record 18909 tonnes
The overall transportation was co-ordinated by General Transport and Charter Service Niklas on behalf of Alstom (Switzerland)
Before being loaded in Hahn, the generator was transported by ship from Rotterdam to Longuich on the Moselle River, and from there via heavy-load transport vehicle to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport
In order to transport the entire gas power plant to Armenia, a total of six flights are required, all of which will take off from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport
Five of the six flights have already been completed: four with Antonov 124 aircraft and the fifth last week with the Antonov 225
The final cargo item, a transformer, will also be flown to Yerevan aboard an Antonov 225 in the next few days
"There are many good reasons to handle this transport via Frankfurt-Hahn Airport," said Fritz Mumenthaler, president & CEO of General Transport "Firstly, the airport is easily accessible for heavy load transports Also, I have great confidence in the airport operator's highly professional handling procedures Moreover, the airport works in a very flexible way and has an infrastructure tailored to suit consignments of this scale"
Frankfurt-Hahn has, for many years, been a key cargo base Its geographical location in the centre of Europe, the 24-hour operating licence, the 38 km runway and the short access and departure routes between apron and road are among this airport's key competitive advantages
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