Published on October 19th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Antonov An-225 Arrives in Shannon Again

The world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov AN-225 touched down at Shannon Airport this afternoon from China carrying a cargo consignment for distribution in the Irish retail sector. The last time was on the 10th June 2020 when it carried the single largest consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be flown into Ireland on a single flight. At that time the AN-225 took 20 men, on shift rotation, 15 hours to hand load 6,249 boxes. The Antonov is due to depart Shannon at 9.00 am on Wednesday morning. It is reported that the aircraft will pay two more visits to Shannon within the next couple of weeks.

Commenting on the arrival of the Antonov 225, Shannon Airport Operations & Commercial Director Niall Maloney said, “With a wingspan wider than the Croke Park pitch and, from nose to tail, over one and a half times the length of an Olympic swimming pool, the Antonov 225 stands alone as the largest plane ever made. It is wonderful to see the plane flying in commercial cargo, a further sign of a recovery in our economy. We love having the Antonov here. It’s an incredible aircraft and when you see it on the taxiway here, it dwarfs anything else on the airfield. When you take its enormous size into perspective, it’s almost unbelievable that it can get up into the skies, let alone be as graceful when it’s up there. The plane also attracts significant interest with aviation enthusiasts from around the country who travel here in large numbers to view this unique aircraft.”

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