November 30, 2013

Heavy cargo flights taking off for Turkey

A 40-meter-long tram car is hoisted into an AN-225 cargo plane 
at Zhengding International Airport in Shijiazhuang on Friday 
before taking off for Turkey.
[Zhang Xiaofeng / for China Daily]

The world's largest cargo plane will carry two green-energy tram cars from Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, to Istanbul, making it the first air transport of high-quality, domestically built equipment of this scale to fly to Europe.

The AN-225, measuring 84 meters long with an 88.74-meter wingspan, arrived at the airport and waited on the parking apron for the loading of the two streetcars, each weighing about 20 metric tons, on Friday.