Antonov Airlines has started deploying its An-225, the world’s largest operational aircraft, on services supporting the effort to combat coronavirus.

The six-engined freighter had recently been restored to flight following a substantial upgrade programme.

Antonov says the aircraft departed Kiev on 11 April on the first commercial service since the modification.

Source: Antonov

Antonov recently test-flew the An-225 following an upgrade

Recruitment of the An-225 will provide a sixth Antonov Airlines transport for coronavirus support work. It has been deployed to transport humanitarian aid and medical equipment to European countries from China.

The aircraft (UR-82060) has been flown initially to Tianjin via Almaty, arriving at the Chinese city on 12 April.

Antonov says the aircraft is joining a fleet of five An-124s conducting similar services.