Ukraine’s Antonov aircraft is looking to inject western technologies and spare parts into its giant An-124 Condor and An-225 Mriya designs. So instead of having one giant plane constructed under one giant design philosophy, they’ll both now be a mix of both West and East.
Doing so would not only ease these aircraft’s spare parts woes, but it could result in new sales for the the Condor, a jet whose capabilities remain in high demand.
Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines operates seven An-124s, as well as the massive An-225, the largest cargo plane in the world, and simply the largest plane ever, depending on how you measure it.
The AN-225 is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It has airlifted a total payload of 253,820 kilograms. (253 metric tons)