Hyderabad: Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world’s largest, longest and heaviest aircraft ever built is on a rare delivery mission, flying across three continents.
The world’s biggest airplane, made its first touch down in Hyderabad, India on Friday. Mryia landed from Turkmenistan at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad (Hyderabad) early Friday morning.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya has a maximum take-off load of 640 tonnes and its wingspan measures 88 metres. The plane has a total of 32 wheels and 6 engines. The gigantic plane is used only once or twice a year to transport heavy loads.
Mriya will be delivering a 117-tonne power generator from the Czech Republic to Western Australia for a refinery, according to an agreement with the transport and logistics company DB Schenker.
Officially called the Antonov An-225, the plane was developed in the 1980s to carry the Soviet version of the space shuttle on its back.