Antonov has issued an appeal to raise funds to replace its unique AN-225 Mriya aircraft that was recently destroyed during the conflict in Ukraine, reports HLPFI’s sister publication Air Cargo News.
The Ukranian aircraft design and manufacturing company issued a statement on Facebook on March 25 that said it plans to establish an international fund to enable the ambitious project to build a new version of Mriya.
“Despite the difficult times, the Antonov team resolutely considers it necessary to prevent the complete irretrievable loss of the legendary aircraft as one of the symbols of modernity and to begin the revival of the AN-225 Mriya transport aviation flagship,” said the statement.
“There is every reason for this – design, scientific and technical documentation, and most important – availability, great desire and inspiration of the Antonov team. Unfortunately, at a difficult time for Ukraine and Antonov Company there is not enough money to solve this problem.”
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