: Mriya in Australia: World's largest cargo plane touches down in Perth (photo, video)

13:07 May. 15, 2016

Mriya in Australia: World's largest cargo plane touches down in Perth (photo, video)

The world's largest airplane, Ukrainian Antonov An-225 Mriya takes off at the airport near Hostomel near Kyiv , Ukraine, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo)

Ukraine-built Antonov AN -225 safely reaches its destination

Traffic has been gridlocked for several hours as thousands of spectators gathered in Australia's Perth to witness the arrival of the world's largest cargo aircraft, Antonov AN-225, or Mriya, which means 'dream' in Ukrainian.

Despite the Mriya's arrival was delayed by almost two hours, the massive plane landed down safely in Perth's airport shortly before 12:00pm local time on Sunday.

As the aircraft must refuel every 4,000 kilometres, it had refuelling stops en-route including Turkembashi, Hyderabad and Kuala Lumpur.


AN-225 was built in the 1980s to carry the Russian Buran space shuttle above the fuselage.

When empty, it weighs just 175 tonnes, but fully loaded and crewed, the airplane can hold up to 600 tonnes.

The Anotnov 225 Mriya has 21 crew members comprised of seven cockpit crew, one flight manager, six engineers and additional support crew. The flying giant will stay in Perth for about two days.

Based on reporting by WAtoday, ABCnews

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