Antonov Airlines updates on fleet as it gains access to Hostomel

By Damian Brett

Antonov Airlines has provided an update on its fleet after it gained access to Hostomel Airport following the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area.

The company said on Twitter that the Antonov fleet of AN-124 aircraft have been relocated to Leipzig /Halle Airport, Germany and continue to operate charter flights around the world, preferring humanitarian missions for the people of Ukraine.

However, the company confirmed the loss of several aircraft in addition to the already confirmed destruction of the world’s largest aircraft, the six-engined AN-225.

“As a result of the Russian attack and occupation of the airfield, significant damage has been caused to its infrastructure, office buildings, hangars, as well as the destruction of the AN-74T, AN-26-100, and An-225,” the company said on LinkedIn.

The AN-74T is a transport aircraft while the AN-26 is a turboprop light transport aircraft.

Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, Antonov Airlines operated a fleet of one AN-225 Mriya, seven AN-124-100 Ruslans, one AN-22 Antei, two AN-12s one AN-26 and one AN-74T. 

The Antonov Company said that the control tower, administration building were also destroyed. Meanwhile, it said that AN-12, AN-22, AN-28, AN-132D and AN-124 aircraft, as well as hangars, were damaged.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]