Commander Dmytro Antonov, pilot of some of the largest commercial aircraft in the world, posted a new video on his YouTube channel and once again spoke about the reconstruction of the An-225 Mriya, the largest aircraft in the world that destroyed its only unit in the world. March, shortly after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
First, the pilot comments that with the departure of the previous board of directors who according to him was involved in false and corrupt practices, and With the arrival of the new General Director Yevhen Gravrilov, the reconstruction projects of the state-owned company began to progress. In addition, the company managed to conduct business from its secondary base at Leipzig Airport (Germany), where there are five An-124 Ruslan four-engine aircraft.
During his speech, he also explores two initiatives, namely one of them Activate Jostomel AirportAntonov base of operations, which was severely damaged during the battles that took place there at the beginning of the war, And another to rebuild the An-225.
New facilities in Jostomel
As for the airport, which serves as the operational base of Antonov in Ukraine, which was bombed during the Russian invasion, Commander Antonov states that the reconstruction project should be implemented with the modernization of facilities.
This includes not only repairing what was damaged, but also making better use of the available space on the site. For example, it is mentioned that the new project will include the revitalization of the flight test station for existing aircraft or for new models, such as the updated An-178, as well as the construction of a large cargo terminal and a small passenger terminal. , so as to expand the use of the site and mitigate the severity of other airports in Kyiv. He did not say when the project would start or end.
Reconstruction of the An-225 Maria
About the An-225 Mriya (“dream” in Ukrainian), which for thirty years was the largest commercial airliner in the world, until it was destroyed, Commander Antonov says the reconstruction project “It definitely happens.” And that all possibilities are explored, Including the involvement of the world’s largest manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing and Embraer in the rebuilding effort.
In this sense, global manufacturers can contribute with expertise In so many areas that a new version of Mriya comes with the latest technology built in. Although the pilot commented on this must-try initiative, he did not say if any talks were already underway with manufacturers.
In any case, the details of the project are still not available and the state-owned Antonov has not talked about this topic for some time. It is also not known how much all this will cost. At the moment, according to Commander Antonov, the desire is that the plane will fly over Kyiv in 2026, when Ukraine will complete 35 years of independence.
The full video can be viewed below.
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