The arrival of the plane confirms Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport’s ability to handle all sorts of aircraft.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a six-engine strategic heavy lift cargo transport plane design and built by Ukraine’s Antonov Design Bureau (ADB).
Mriya is an English word that means “dream” or “inspiration.” Cossack is its NATO reporting name. The plane was based on the An-124 Ruslan (NATO: Condor).
The Cossack is the world’s heaviest fixed-wing aircraft, capable of carrying 640 tons of cargo.
It dwarfs the Airbus 380, the An-124, and the Boeing 747 Freighter in size.
Meanwhile, as demand for air travel grows, major airlines are already flying scheduled flights with only fully vaccinated crew members.
In other news, the United States Trade and Establishment Agency has announced a $1.2 million grant to promote the development of a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport.
The ceremony presided over by the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, who attended by members of the Ghanaian government, grantee representatives from the Ghanaian firm, Aerojet Aviation Ltd, and industry professionals.
The feasibility study is a necessary step before the project’s implementation. This will be the first full-service MRO facility in West Africa.