July 14 - Antonov Airlines has arranged the transport of a 139-tonne heat exchanger from Germany to Canada on board an AN-255 freighter, the world's largest claimed aircraft.

The equipment weighed a total of 147 tonnes with its specially-constructed load cradle and associated handling equipment, and was too heavy for any other aircraft, claimed Antonov.

The cargo was flown a total distance of 8,400 km from Leipzig to Edmonton, via Keflavik, Iceland and Goose Bay.

Karpeles Flight Services GmbH, the charter arm of DB Schenker, chartered the flight, which was arranged, managed and operated by Antonov Airlines.

"When a really large load such as this needs urgent transportation, the unique AN-225 Mirya really comes into its own - provision an attractive alternative to long, time-consuming ocean voyages, and long, highly complex road haulage operations," said Antonov Airlines' commercial executive Andriy Blagovisniy.