New Delhi: It’s called Mriya (dream in Russian) and it is big! Bigger than any other plane every built and it is scheduled to make its maiden journey to India – The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad is its destination.
Ukraine-built Antonov An-225 ‘Mriya’ will be making an overnight technical halt at Hyderabad on its way from Prague to Perth in Australia. On board will be an 117-tonne power generator meant for a mining company operating Down South.
From Prague, it will fly to Turkmenbashi in central Asia before arriving landing at Hyderabad. After flowing out of India, the plane will make one more technical stop at Jakarta before commencing the last leg of its journey to Perth in Western Australia.
There’s only one Mriya in the world and the scale of its size is mind boggling. The An-225 can operate with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes and It’s wingspan is almost as long as a football feet and the might beat has 32-wheel main landing gear. However, gives its size, the super jumbo can fly only 4000 km before needing to refuel.
As per reports, Hyderabad was chosen after evaluating a number of factors line runway length, technical facilities, air traffic density and proximity to the trans-continental air-route. The tentative date of Mriya’s arrival in Hyderabad is May 13, reports added.