Antonov Airlines flew four Apache AH-64E Attack helicopters on behalf of Boeing, from Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport , Arizona, USA, to Hindan Airforce Base in India.
The project required special planning and execution due to complex geopolitical issues affecting the flightpath of the cargo.
“The Antonov Airlines team was responsive and willing to support deadlines while applying for the complex overflight permits required for military cargo.” said Jon Roland, program manager at Boeing.
“Antonov Airlines partnered with us to secure the required clearance and permissions, creating a cooperative environment to ensure smooth delivery.”
“We worked out how to best use the available space during loading to safely transport the cargo,” said Amnon Ehrlich, commercial director, Antonov Airlines USA.
“We also took into consideration the high summer temperatures in Arizona while planning the move. The loading started in the early hours to avoid the high temperatures. Following a night-time departure, the mission was completed 24 hours later.”