Airbus Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4310 times:
Last two weeks during my visit to Canada and every time i was at YVR i saw the AN124 in Antonov Design Bureau colours and saw it once in YYZ as well. Can someone tell me what are those planes doing there?
In case you want, I have taken some pics of them so email me at email@example.com and I will be glad to send it to you or if someone wants to help me post it here... thanks!
Airman99o From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4273 times:
Ya I have been wondering the same thing?? Have to say one thing, They sound amazing at take off. I live right in the runway path of the airport here in Toronto and what an amazing sound. I didn't know what it was at first till I saw the plane. Wow the whole house shook. Amazing aircraft, I would love to see its larger sister ship some day. I bet that one sounds ten times louder than the 124.
Yyz717 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4242 times:
Someone mentioned recently that the YYZ visits were for the Molson Indy. But I have also heard steel shipments as Slawko indicated above. The Honda plant in Alliston (NW of YYZ) was having steel shipment problems and announced a recent short term plan to ship in steel by air.
PhilB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4198 times:
Antonov Design Bureau and Volga Dnepr AN124 fleets currently provide the core of the world's bulk cargo airlift capacity.
Users include Boeing, Bombardier, Rolls Royce, UK Ministry of Defence, US Govt, United Nations plus a host of individual companies ranging from generator manufacturers to car race and rally teams.
Most flights are either one off or long term contract charters but some consolidated loads are flown when the opportunity arises.
Over the years, loads have included military hardware from most nations taking part in UN peacekeeping and military campaigns, aircraft engines, railway engines, large generators and power station parts, famine and refugee relief items, aircraft fuselages (including RAF Nimrods) - in fact both companies operate on a basis of "if we can lift it, we'll deliver it, anywhere in the world we can land the aircraft".
The crews are assigned to an aircraft and are very much self sufficient, operating like the tramp steamers of old. Some crews don't see home for months at a time and Seattle, Shannon, Toronto, Kabul, Sydney are as much "home" as Kiev or Ulyanovsk.
Volga Dnepr now has a base in Houston, geared to the oil industry.
Antonov Design Bureau AN124s are marketed ny Air Foyle/Heavylift (Heavylift having previously been joint operators with Volga Dnepr).
Here in the West of Ireland, it is not uncommon to see up to 5 124s on the ground at Shannon with 1 or 2 Volga Dnepr aircraft on maintenance, one on standby and a couple of others (Volga or ADB) calling for fuel.
RayChuang From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4196 times:
At where I live, the sight of a Volga Dnepr An-124 at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, CA is very commonplace. This is because the plane is used to ferry satellite parts from the Lockheed-Martin Sunnyvale, CA plant.
Captaingomes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4172 times:
What's the status of the 225 now? Will it be in service like the 124's are now? It would be amazing to see that bird, although I have a feeling that any other encounter with the 124 would be less spectacular after that.