• American Airlines used a chartered Antonov An124-100 to transport a damaged engine from JFK to Charlotte, relieving the carrier's sticky situation.
  • Antonov Airlines, a Ukrainian carrier, held a permit for foreign air transport and could deliver the necessary engine parts that other US carriers couldn't handle.
  • Ground transport would have taken five days, but Antonov's swift response helped American Airlines avoid lost revenue of approximately $125,000 per flight.

American Airlines called on an Antonov An124-100 on the weekend after one of its Boeing 777-200 was stuck in Charlotte with a busted engine. The chartered Antonov was called upon to assist in transferring an RR Trent 800 engine, which was whisked south from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK).

According to data published by the Department of Transport, Antonov Airlines applied for an exemption on August 11th to operate the domestic route to assist the American Carrier. According to trackers on Flightradar24.com, the An124-100 was positioned at JFK on Saturday 12th, and transported the engine to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) later that evening.