13:07 May. 15, 2016
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.
Ukraine's Mriya and some Boeings pic.twitter.com/v4pW966h7M— Leonid Ragozin (@leonidragozin) May 15, 2016
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.