Ruslan International – the company which manages and markets the combined Antonov An-124 fleets of its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines – has carried a power station rotor from Kuwait to Singapore, using one of the seventeen giant Antonov An-124 aircraft under its management.

Loading and unloading the giant rotor – weighing 99 tonnes on its custom-designed cradle, and measuring 13.97m x 3.61m x 3.83m – required the use of mobile cranes and the aircraft’s own portable ramp system, the latter adding a further 7 tonnes to the total load uplifted.

The aircraft used – registration UR82008 - is the first of Antonov’s An-124 aircraft to be repainted in the new blue and yellow livery already seen on its unique An-225 aircraft. All other Antonov-owned An-124 aircraft in the fleet will be repainted as they undergo maintenance.