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Antonov AN-124's Hard Up For Work?  
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

I guess it must be the slow time of year for the heavy cargo Antonov 124's. We had one deliver a load into New Orleans Int'l 2 weeks ago today. As of this morning, he's still sleeping down at our general aviation ramp. One of the rampers was telling me that he's staying there until he gets a call to deliver another load. Hope the crew's not overdoing it in the French Quarter!

Of course, if Tropical Storm Barry moves our way, that might get him to leave!

Tom in NO (at MSY)

"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
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User currently offlineFatboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

We had an AN-124 here at FAT a couple of months ago and it also sat on the ramp for a couple of weeks. I got a tour of the plane and the crew explained that it is SOP to sit for a week or two waiting for the next assignment. Since they haul big ticket items, they charge big ticket prices. They can afford to sit around for a few days. It's a lot cheaper to wait than fly that sucker. BTW, if you want a tour, just call the FBO that is doing the ground handling and leave a message for the crew that your babushka would like to cook them some Halushki and leplushki's. When they call back, tell them that your babushka just fell ill, but you'll give them a case of Jonnnie Walker Black for a tour. Works every time.

User currently offlineQNH1013 From Belgium, joined May 2001, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

The same over here in EBOS about 2 months ago. A Volga-Dnepr An124 sat here for three weeks. They got a lot of assignments, but it was A LOT cheaper to let the plane at the gate, then to fly it to another destination...


User currently offlineBH From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2485 times:

Same over here at BWI, they flew in a couple of historic tanks and sat at our ramp for 6 days. Very nice crews and they like to trade.

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