Antonov Airlines flies compressors to Turkmenistan


Antonov Airlines has transported four compressor skids on behalf of Bollore Logistics China from Calgary, Canada to Mary, Turkmenistan.

The compressor skids were transported for a Chinese oil & gas engineering, procurement and construction company on four separate flights for a gas field in Turkmenistan.

The consignment included a main skid measuring 13.7 metres long, 5.3 metres wide and 4.1 metres high weighing 81.5 tonnes, and a sub skid measuring 7.6 metres long, 5 metres long and 2.4 metres high weighing 13.9 tonnes, in addition to miscellaneous equipment.

Antonov Airlines carries an adaptor on-board each of its aircraft, extending the lift capacity of its system to a total of 30 tonnes.

Antonov Airlines commercial manager, Paul Bingley says: “Efficient communication between Antonov Airlines and Bolloré Logistics China, along with support from Bolloré Logistics offices in Canada and France ensured the seamless execution of the project.”

He says the AN-124-100 was the ideal aircraft to accommodate the oversized cargo, saying: “Due to the size and weight of the cargo, both the AN-124-100’s unique on-board crane system and extension ramps and mobile cranes were used for safe loading and offloading.”

Bollore Logistics North China managing director, Sun Hongbo says: “The level of expertise and professionalism of Antonov Airlines combined with their unparalleled flexibility were key factors for the successful completion of this project.”

“The four charters are the result of excellent teamwork and mark an important milestone in the close cooperation between Antonov Airlines and Bolloré Logistics.”