Volga-Dnepr upgrades second An-124 with a third to follow

Volga-Dnepr upgraded the capacity of a second An-124 aircraft by 20 tonnes.

The upgrade means the aircraft will now be able to carry a maximum total cargo payload of 150 tonnes.

Work carried out on the aircraft includes a new re-enforced floor and tyres.

The carrier said that it planned to upgrade another of its 12 An-124s this year while past reports suggest that work will also be carried out on a fourth aircraft.

When announcing the upgrade of it its first An-124 in June last year, the carrier said that the flight range has also been increased, while a single piece of cargo weighing up to 120 tonnes can be transported.

The dimensions of the cargo cabin are: 36.5m x 6.4m x 4.4m, while its crane capacity is 20 tonnes.

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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]