Ruslan international – the joint venture company which manages and markets the 17-strong fleet of giant Antonov An-124 aircraft belonging to its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines – has transported a further load of four wing assemblies for the latest Gulfstream business jet.
The wings – for the recently-launched Gulfstream G280 super midsize business jet – were flown from the manufacturing plant in Oklahoma to the aircraft assembly plant in Tel Aviv. The charterer was the Tulsa, Oklahoma branch of Kuehne + Nagel.
Each crated wing measured 7.14m x 2.24m x 1.14m, and weighed around 8,000 kgs. Their ground transportation required escorts, due to their size. The wings were placed in two stacks on the aircraft, using special loading equipment. At a total of just 32,000 kgs, the load was one of the lightest but bulkiest carried by the aircraft.
Gulfstream’s newest aircraft, the G280 boasts the longest range at fastest cruise speed in its category; its performance is largely due to the revolutionary design of its wings, which also contribute to its ability to serve some of the world’s most difficult airports.