Perth counting down to Antonov An-225 arrival

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 12, 2016
Pago Pago, American Samoa, October 13, 2009 – A Russian Antonov AN-225 cargo plane, the world’s largest fixed wing aircraft, approaches Pago Pago airport in American Samoa. The cargo plane is the largest in the world and carried generators contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist the island with electrical power restoration. (Casey Deshong/FEMA Photo Library/Wikimedia Commons)
The An-225 coming in to land at Pago Pago airport, American Samoa. (Casey Deshong/FEMA Photo Library/Wikimedia Commons)

The Antonov An-225, the world’s largest aircraft, is on its way to Perth on what will be its first visit to Australia.

The aircraft is carrying a 135-tonne generator for a resources company and is expected to land at 1000 on Sunday and remain in Perth until Wednesday.

Australian Aviation contributor Geoffrey Thomas reported in The West Australian on Thursday that the Antonov is making its way to Perth from Kiev via Prague, Turkmenbashi, Hyderabad and Kuala Lumpur.

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Anticipating massive public interest in the massive aircraft, Perth Airport has set up a dedicated viewing area for the public to come out to see the six-engine behemoth. The airport is also offering free parking in specially designated carparks to cater for the thousands expected to turn out for the aircraft’s arrival, and there will also be temporary toilets and food trucks at the Antonov “event zone” located near Terminals 1 and 2.

Perth Airport says on its website the regular public viewing area on Dunreath Drive will be open but it was expected to fill up very quickly and would be closed once full.

“The Level 3 viewing deck at T1 International has limited capacity, and it is expected there will be long queues and wait times,” Perth Airport said.

“There will also be time restrictions for the viewing deck and the area will be cleared of all visitors every 30 minutes. There is restricted viewing in the other terminals (T1 Domestic, T3 and T4), and they are not recommended vantage points. The Antonov Event Zone is not paved, so please dress appropriately (closed in shoes) for the conditions. All spectators enter at their own risk.”

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Where to go for Perth Airport's Antonov Event Zone. (Perth Airport)
Where to go for Perth Airport’s Antonov Event Zone. (Perth Airport)

Perth Airport has also reminded people the use of remotely piloted aircraft is prohibited within 3nm of the airport under Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations.

“If you are found with a drone at Perth Airport you will be reported to the Australian Federal Police and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority immediately,” it said.

Developed originally to transport the Soviet Union’s version of the Space Shuttle, the Buran, the An-225 is a development of the An-124, and first flew in 1988. Named Mriya, Ukrainian for ‘dream’, it has a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes, a wing span of 88 metres and a cargo volume of 1,300m3, while each of its six engines generates more than 50,000lb of thrust. Production of a second An-225 commenced in the late 1980s, but it was never completed.

The aircraft’s progress to Australia can be followed on the Flightradar24 website.

Antonov AN-225 at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. (Larske/ Wikimedia Commons)
The An-225 at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. (Larske/ Wikimedia Commons)
Antonov AN-225 taking off from Toulouse. (Laurent Errera/Wikimedia Commons)
The An-225 taking off from Toulouse. (Laurent Errera/Wikimedia Commons)

9 Comments

  • Ray E

    says:

    What are the flight numbers for each of the flights to track on flightradar24?

  • Gary

    says:

    UR 82060 and adb3610

  • Chris

    says:

    Sydney Airport should take note on how to treat aircraft enthusiasts

  • Dislav - Poland

    says:

    What time on Sunday landing is scheduled AN 225 in Perth local time?

  • Lance

    says:

    The time of ETA is 11.55 WAST Perth lunch time
    The flight plan for the departure 0611 am from Kuala Lumpur Int’l (KUL / WMKK
    Arrival 11:53 AWST On The way? Perth Int’l (PER / YPPH)

  • Paul

    says:

    Didn’t we see the antonov in adelaide airport many years ago. ? Not first time in Australia, but definitely the best public friendly and organised event. Well done perth airport for realising this commercial business flight is an event too. Even the media finally acknowledged this local event before it happened and not after all is said and done and pointless like they normally do.

  • steveadelaide

    says:

    Paul, In late ’89 or early ’90’s the An-124 made a delivery into Adelaide. I went to see it at the time, had already walked through one at the bicentennial airshow in ’88 at Richmond and watched it doing its flying display. Something that huge shouldn’t be able to do tricks the way it did. The 225 hasn’t been into Adelaide, I would have been there.

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