Sunday, May 02, 2021

Volga Dnepr Antonov An-124 Flies Medical Products To India

A Volga Dnepr Antonov An-124 has arrived in India carrying critical medical supplies from Tianjin, China. The aircraft carried 12 containers with liquid medical oxygen to boost available supplies, ordered by a private company. The flight comes as airlines globally look to support India during a severe second wave and shortages in critical medical supplies.

As India continues to face dire shortages of medical essentials like oxygen and ventilators, companies and governments have been flying in extra supplies. This week, an Indian firm hired a Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 to carry 12 containers filled with liquid medical oxygen tanks to Kolkata.

According to, the aircraft flew from Tianjin to Hanoi first and made a long stop on the ground. After over 16 hours, the An-124 continued its journey to Kolkata, a flight that took just three hours and 12 minutes. The supplies arrived at 06:27 AM local time this morning (2nd May).

The plane carrying the containers is owned and operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines, registration RA-82046. This An-124 is nearly 29 years old, beginning service with the airline in March 1993.

While this aircraft type has seen issues, it remains critical to the airline due to its size and cargo capacity. This plane was also briefly grounded from late November to mid-January but has since been cleared to fly and has been hard at work.

02/05/21 Pranjal Pande/Simple Flying

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