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Grounded Russian Antonov AN-124 Will Be Flown to Ukraine

Grounded Russian Antonov AN-124 Will Be Flown to Ukraine


A new round of sanctions against Russia will include ending a year-long fiasco involving a Ukrainian-built, Russian-owned AN-124. 


Photo: AeroXplorer | Seth Johnson


Year Long Fiasco


On February 27, 2022, a Russian-registered Antonov AN-124 (RA-82078) landed at Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport (YYZ) in Canada carrying COVID-19 testing kits from China. This would be the last time the aircraft would fly, as just a few days later it would be grounded by the Canadian government.




The grounding was due to the Russia-Ukraine war and Canada levying sanctions on the Russian government and business enterprises in the country. Among the business affected were all Russian airlines — both carrying passengers and cargo. Since Russian airlines and registered aircraft were banned from flying in Western countries' airspace, the AN-124 remained in Canada. 


New Sanctions


After a week of visiting various European and North American leaders, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced the official transfer of the grounded Volga-Dniepr Airlines' AN-124 to Ukraine. The official announcement came through the PM's social media accounts, where he stated "...we are preparing to confiscate the AN-124 aircraft...of the aggressor [Russia] in Canada and transfer them to Ukraine..." 



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About Antonov and the AN-124


Antonov State Enterprise was founded in May of 1946. In the 76 years since then, the company has produced some of the world's most iconic aircraft such as the Antonov AN-225, AN-2, and An-124.


Photo: AeroXplorer | Connor Ochs


The AN-124, nicknamed "Ruslan" in the East, is the second largest cargo aircraft in the world, just behind the destroyed and soon-to-be-rebuilt Antonov AN-225 "Mriya". The plane first flew on the 24th of December 1982, with its official introduction being made at the 1985 Paris Air Show. Most of the world's Antonov AN-124s were built in Ukraine, with approximately 20 being manufactured in Russia between 2009 and 2014

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251d ago • Reply
C Howller Hatman 1793.. I love your political views!!! Thank goodness you can only vote once....Maybe in your world it will be counted many times. Your adjectives do set the tone for open conversation with people that wear blinders and in lock step with you. Called the Choir..
395d ago • Reply
Buck33 Maybe Canada should load it with 100 tons of 155mm artillery shells to bring back to Kyiv !
395d ago • Reply
Joe Good on Canada The russian aggressors need a taste of their own barbaric illogical invasion medicine. Next we'll see pooh-tin riding an AN 124 shirtless into the sunset brainwashing his country yokel followers who think he's a mythical superhero. As Borat used to say "Glorious nation of Kazakhstan"
386d ago • Reply
Hatman1793 Go figure. The STUPID Liberals in charge of socialist utopia Kanada have no problem stealing taxpayer dollars, so why should a Russian jet be any different? But why give it to a corrupt kleptocracy headed by a charlatan who refuses all ceasefire offers & won’t negotiate peace? If the jet does arrive safely it won’t last long as the Russian Airforce can easily destroy it on the ground.
396d ago • Reply
Gary Busch I had a Ruslan on charter a few times. It was a solidly built plane. However, I was paying $5,500 ACMI charter but then having to pay $7,200 in fuel consumption. The fuel cost was half-again the charter hire. It was a very expensive hire but being able to put over 100 ton loads in one shipment helped even out the costs. With current fuel prices I can't imagine the operating costs today.
396d ago • Reply
daniel wolf I guess it's a death sentence for the AN-124, it will have the same ending as its big brother.
397d ago • Reply
Shawn The information in this article is incorrect. This is the 5th largest cargo aircraft after the 225, Dreamlifter, Baluga and C-5 (which the 124 was copied from).
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