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Here's my contribution for now, more pictures later.

There was quite a number of people that showed up! Everyone on Highway 19 slowed down and was probably wondering what was going on.

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If I recall correctly, the Antonov 225 was in Calgary sometime in March of 2012. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware/forgot it was coming to YYC that day, and I regret doing so now. Hopefully it makes it's way to YYC sometime soon...

Yes it was here in March of 2012... I heard about it after the fact. Wish I had been there too...

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In case anyone was interested, the world's largest cargo plane is back in the air today after long-term maintenance!
While a few test flights were done a couple of weeks ago around its home base in Kyiv, this is the first long-distance/commercial flight for the aircraft since September 2018.
 
The AN-225 (UR-82060) is en route to China to collect medical supplies this morning. It is currently flying as ferry flight ADB354F to China; via Almaty, Kazakhstan for fuel, according to Flightradar24 on Twitter.
 
More info on the AN 225 helping COVID-19 relief efforts: https://www.airway1.com/antonov-an-225-will-enter-the-fight-against-covid-19/
 
AN 225 flight history and related information can be found here: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ur-82060
 
The Antonov Company also posted a press release on Facebook about its COVID-19 related cargo operations.
Quote: "On April 11, 2020, the world's largest transport aircraft AN-225 Mriya departed from the Kyiv-Antonov-2 International Airport (GML) for the first commercial flight [since September 2018] after maintenance and upgrading. AN-225 is involved in the transportation of humanitarian aid and medical equipment to fight the coronavirus from China to European countries. AN-225 will become the sixth aircraft of Antonov Airlines, airlift subdivision of ANTONOV Company involved in missions on transportation of vital cargoes against COVID-19. Additionally, the missions performed by five AN-124-100 Ruslans are made within the SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution) program in the interest of NATO and the EU."
 
In addition, Antonov Design Bureau and Volga-Dnepr Airlines have both been using their fleets of Antonov AN-124 cargo aircraft to fly dozens of medical supply flights from China to Europe over the past few weeks in order to get much needed medical supplies quickly to Europe to help fight COVID-19.
 
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The Antonov AN-225 is expected to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) on Thursday night (April 30th), carrying PPE.

More information here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-worlds-biggest-cargo-plane-to-ship-chinese-ppe-to-quebec/

 

UPDATE: (May 2, 2020): The AN-225 was delayed leaving China, and arrived at YMX a day late, on the evening of May 1st (at 20:22 EDT). It left YMX the next morning, on May 2nd (at 07:16 EDT).

 

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World’s biggest cargo plane to ship Chinese PPE to Quebec

The cargo specialists arranging a massive shipment of personal protective equipment from China for the Quebec government have turned to the world’s biggest aircraft to carry the load.

The Soviet-era Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to carry what will be the largest single delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Canada later this week to Montreal’s Mirabel Airport. The most recent flight plan calls for the huge aircraft to land on Thursday night.

Much of the freight is expected to be medical gowns that be can be used by health care workers.

Quebec’s gear is taking a different route from some other shipments chartered by the federal government and provinces. The plane will pick up the PPE in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin rather than Shanghai. The Tianjin airport is the only one where the AN-225, which weighs more than 285 tonnes and has a wingspan of more than 88 metres, is allowed to land in China.

The AN-225 is a one-of-a-kind plane. The world’s largest operational cargo aircraft, it’s owned by Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines and modelled on an aircraft that carried the Soviet/Russian space shuttle Buran.

 

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An Antonov AN-124 is scheduled to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) tomorrow afternoon (May 20th), carrying PPE. See the tweet below.

UPDATE: (May 21, 2020): The AN-124 (UR-82072) landed at YMX at 17:36 EDT on May 20th. It left YMX the next morning, on May 21st, at 04:57 EDT.

 

In related news, although still unconfirmed, the Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) on Sunday morning (May 24th), carrying PPE. See the tweet below.

UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-225 landed at YMX at 07:29 EDT on May 24th. It left YMX on May 26th at 07:19 EDT (after being delayed due to an engine issue).

 

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Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to land at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Wednesday May 29 carrying medical supplies, as per Pearson's website. Not sure what time however.

Anyone who plans to catch it should take the appropriate safety precautions I think we all know by now.

https://www.torontopearson.com/en/whats-happening/stories/antonov-an-225-mriya

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As I type this post (21:00 EDT on May 25th), an Antonov AN-124 is heading to Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Registration is UR-82072 (the same AN-124 that visited YMX on Wednesday, May 20th).

See the two screenshots below.

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UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-124 (UR-82072) landed at YEG at 20:32 MDT (22:32 EDT) on May 25th. It left YEG the next day, on May 26th, at 13:01 MDT (15:01 EDT).

 

 

 

 

In other news, the Antonov AN-225 has an engine issue (#4 engine) and will not leave Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) until around 08:00 EDT tomorrow, May 26th. An Antonov AN-74 is bringing in the required parts to fix the engine, and repairs are expected to be done overnight. See the tweet below.

The engine issue will likely result in the AN-225 being delayed into Toronto (YYZ).

 

UPDATE: (May 27, 2020): The AN-74 (UR-74010) landed at YMX at 01:57 EDT on May 26th. It left YMX the next morning, on May 27th, at 01:40 EDT.

AN-225 UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-225 departed Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) at 07:19 EDT on May 26th (headed back to Tianjin, China (TSN) via Anchorage, Alaska, U.S. (ANC)).

 

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On 5/22/2020 at 1:19 PM, 43 Kennedy said:

Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to land at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Wednesday May 27 carrying medical supplies, as per Pearson's website. Not sure what time however.

Anyone who plans to catch it should take the appropriate safety precautions I think we all know by now.

https://www.torontopearson.com/en/whats-happening/stories/antonov-an-225-mriya

Just had another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The webpage/article has now been updated with the revised scheduled arrival date of Friday, May 29, 2020. 

Some people on social media are hinting at an afternoon AN-225 arrival on Friday. However, as I post this, there is currently no specific arrival time.

 

 

EDIT (May 29, 2020): Took another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The article now says that the AN-225 will arrive on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

 

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The AN-225 is on it's way to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) from Nagoya, Japan (NGO) before heading to Toronto (YYZ). It is due to land in Anchorage 20 minutes late at 00:25 local time. 

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A Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th. See the two screenshots below (both taken after the AN-124 departed YEG on May 30th).

The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82043) landed at YEG at 22:02 MDT on May 29th (00:02 EDT on May 30th).

UPDATE: (May 30, 2020): The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG the next day, on May 30th, at 14:02 MDT (16:02 EDT).

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A second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 also arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th. See the screenshot below.

The second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82046) landed at YEG at 22:39 MDT on May 29th (00:39 EDT on May 30th).

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UPDATE: (May 31, 2020): The second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG on May 31st at 20:01 MDT (22:01 EDT).

 


 

 

On 5/26/2020 at 6:23 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

Just had another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The webpage/article has now been updated with the revised scheduled arrival date of Friday, May 29, 2020. 

Some people on social media are hinting at an afternoon AN-225 arrival on Friday. However, as I post this, there is currently no specific arrival time.

 

EDIT (May 29, 2020): Took another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The article now says that the AN-225 will arrive on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

I thought that I would put it on the record that the AN-225 landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 09:51 EDT on May 30th. It landed on Runway 24R.

For archival purposes, here is the flight information (see screenshot below). Flight information is from Flightradar24.

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UPDATE: (May 31, 2020): The AN-225 departed Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) the next morning, on May 31st, at 08:34 EDT. It departed on Runway 06L.

For archival purposes, here is the flight information (see screenshot below). Flight information is from Flightradar24.

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On 5/30/2020 at 3:26 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

A Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th.

The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82043) landed at YEG at 22:02 MDT on May 29th (00:02 EDT on May 30th).

UPDATE: (May 30, 2020): The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG the next day, on May 30th, at 14:02 MDT (16:02 EDT).

 

On 5/30/2020 at 3:26 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

A second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 also arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th.

The second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82046) landed at YEG at 22:39 MDT on May 29th (00:39 EDT on May 30th).


Another Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) today, May 30th. See the screenshot below.

The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82078) landed at YEG at 18:54 MDT (20:54 EDT) on May 30th.

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UPDATE: (June 1, 2020): The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG on June 1st at 17:37 MDT (19:37 EDT).

 

 

 

RA-82078 is the third Volga-Dnepr Airlines AN-124 to arrive at YEG within 24 hours; with RA-82043 and RA-82046 being the other two Volga-Dnepr Airlines AN-124s.

Additionally, an Antonov Airlines AN-124 (UR-82072) visited YEG on May 25th-26th. 

On 5/25/2020 at 9:00 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

As I type this post (21:00 EDT on May 25th), an Antonov AN-124 is heading to Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Registration is UR-82072 (the same AN-124 that visited YMX on Wednesday, May 20th).

 

UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-124 (UR-82072) landed at YEG at 20:32 MDT (22:32 EDT) on May 25th. It left YEG the next day, on May 26th, at 13:01 MDT (15:01 EDT).

 

 

 

Edmonton International Airport has a news article on their website regarding the three Volga-Dnepr Airlines AN-124s arriving at YEG: https://flyeia.com/corporate/media/news/eia-setting-records-with-cargo-charter-flights/

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May 30, 2020 (Edmonton, AB) – Edmonton International Airport is a hub of activity this weekend with the arrival of multiple cargo-related charter flights, helping set new records for this service and providing needed revenue.

Cargo charter flights are unique flights that are contracted specifically for dedicated cargo, beyond what would normally be transported in the underside of regular passenger flights or scheduled freighter services. With the substantially reduced flight schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cargo charters continue enabling the movement of critical goods. In the first quarter of 2020, total cargo volumes at EIA were up seven per cent compared to Q1 in 2019.

This tremendous bright spot for EIA will be highlighted by the arrival of three Antonov AN-124 planes within 24 hours. The Antonov-124 is one of the largest planes in the world, surpassed only by the Antonov AN-225 and a small group of specialty transport planes. These AN-124 planes will be parked at multiple aprons at EIA as they require complex logistical operations and need large maneuvering and handling areas for safety.

 

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