✈️ Did you know that the world’s largest cargo plane is the Antonov An-225 Mriya? This impressive aircraft was developed in the Soviet Union in 1985 and is still in operation today. With a wingspan larger than any other operational aircraft and a cargo hold that can carry payloads of up to 250,000 kg (551,156 lbs), it’s no wonder the Antonov An-225 is the king of the cargo planes.
But it’s not just its size that’s impressive. The Antonov An-225’s landing gear has a total of 32 wheels to support its massive weight, and it has a range of 15,400 km. This makes it a popular choice for oversized and project cargo.
The world of air freight is an integral part of global trade, with around 35% of world trade estimated to be transported through air freight, accounting for approximately $6 trillion. Every day, about 140,000 tonnes (30,8647,167 lbs) and 20 million parcels of air cargo are flown around the world, making it all possible. So, the next time you see a cargo plane soaring through the sky, remember the impressive engineering that went into making it possible.