Airlines has switched its operational base from Kyiv-Antonov airport
in Hostomel, Ukraine, to Leipzig in Germany. The heavy-lift
specialist airline made headlines globally earlier this year when
Hostomel became the site of heavy fighting between Russian and
Ukrainian forces, with several of its aircraft destroyed.
Airlines give an update on Hostomel's destruction
week at the Worldwide Project Consortium conference in Vienna,
their new home base and detailed the extent of damage to Hostomel
Airport and the airline's infrastructure. During the presentation,
Antonov said their Hostomel base was destroyed, along with three
AN-74, and an AN-26-100. Two other aircraft, an AN-124 and an AN-22A,
are damaged with a decision about their future yet to be made.
it out of Ukraine and, in the future, will be based at Leipzig-Halle
Those planes are maintaining their flying hours operating missions on
behalf of NATO, the Ukrainian Government, and some humanitarian
flights. The AN-124-100s have been flying as far afield as North
America, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
against Russia have severely curtailed the operations of
Antonov's main competitor. It doesn't offset the loss of planes or
infrastructure, but it is a positive for Antonov Airlines. Over the
next 12 months, Antonov estimates it will fly at least one heavy-lift
mission a day, with nearly 1,300 landings anticipated. In the
meantime, Antonov did not give a timeframe for completing its move to