The world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov AN-225 touched down from China carrying a cargo consignment for distribution in the Irish retail sector.
The six-storey-high, Ukrainian-built Antonov AN-225 is the only one of its kind. It has a wingspan of 88 metres, 32 wheels and is capable of carrying 640,000 tonnes on take-off. Known as the ‘Mriya’ the Russian word for dream.
With the longest runway in Ireland at 3,199m, Shannon Airport is the only airport in Ireland capable of accommodating the Antonov AN-225.
The Antonov is due to depart Shannon tomorrow at 9am.
Hey @AerLingus, I’m not one to normally take to Twitter to complain but think this is important. I have just experienced my 2nd return long haul flight where there were no vegan or even vegetarian meals available. (1/5) pic.twitter.com/JGJ1ZRwICv
I pre ordered their meal on the outgoing long haul and the return. The outgoing was well prepared but on the way home, I noted that someone else seemed to get my pre ordered meal and I was left with very little going home. This was last year to LA.
In fairness @AerLingus it should be a regular inflight menu option. Not something requiring a 2 days request notice! Considering the impact aviation has on our environment. Wouldn’t plant based vegan options as standard be a welcome positive?
YouTube brainbox GGP Grey investigates efficient and not-so-efficient ways to board commercial airline flights.
Random boarding is better, it seems, but as physicist Jason Steffen showed in 2008, there is a precise order which minimises the delay caused by other passengers stowing their luggage in overhead compartments.
A very impressive timelapse of Singapore’s Changi airport by photographer Milton Tan who was given unrestricted access, often filming so close to the landing planes that you can see his tripod shuddering in the turbulence. Tan talks about the experience on his blog.