They are somewhat similar to the flying symbol of Ukraine: the huge Antonov cargo planes. The largest of them all, the six-engine Antonov An-225, was destroyed in combat operations at Hostomil airfield in the northwest of Kyiv at the end of February, in the first week of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
But the (slightly) smaller sisters of the An-124 still fly — and essentially carry relief supplies for Ukraine from around the world to Poland. The trips are paid for by Swiss logistics group Kuehne + Nagel, among others.
The Logistics Officer is currently transporting relief items to the Ukrainian population on behalf of international relief organizations. It is taken over by Kuehne + Nagel in the form of free logistics services worth up to ten million Swiss francs.
111 tons of relief materials
The largest cargo charter flight to date took off from Sharjah (UAE) on Tuesday. A Ukrainian Antonov An-124, one of the world’s largest cargo aircraft, transported 111 tons of aid from a UNICEF warehouse in Dubai and landed in Poland the same evening. Then the goods are transported to Ukraine by truck.
“Thanks to our longstanding partnership with UNICEF, we have been able to start the joint aid campaign for Ukraine very quickly,” says Detlev Trevesger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel. “We were able to transport the aid with a Ukrainian Antonov aircraft rather than token.”
Only a few dozen of these aviation giants, distributed among companies in Russia and Ukraine. It can be assumed that Russian planes are hardly ever operated internationally, while Ukrainian planes transport relief supplies mainly to Poland.
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