An Apache AH-64 Attack Helicopter is loaded onto an AN-124-100, which can carry up to 5 units.
An Apache AH-64 Attack Helicopter is loaded onto an AN-124-100, which can carry up to 5 units.

Antonov Airlines Partners with Boeing to Transport Indian Air Force Apache Helicopters

Antonov Airlines flew four Apache AH-64E Attack Helicopters on behalf of Boeing, from Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA), Arizona, USA, to Hindan Airforce Base (VIDX) in India.

An Antonov Airlines AN-124-100, which can accommodate up to five Apache helicopters, transported the aircraft, with a total payload of 39 tonnes including their dismantled rotor blades.

“The Antonov Airlines team was responsive and willing to support deadlines while applying for the complex overflight permits required for military cargo,” said Jon Roland, Boeing Program Manager.

“Antonov Airlines partnered with us to secure the required clearance and permissions, creating a cooperative environment to ensure smooth delivery.”

Boeing has contracted Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines to transport its AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to India. An An-124 is shown here loading an Apache painted in Indian Air Force markings at Boeing’s plant in Phoenix, Arizona.
Boeing has contracted Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines to transport its AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to India. An An-124 is shown here loading an Apache painted in Indian Air Force markings at Boeing’s plant in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Antonov and Boeing engineers collaborated closely on mission planning in real time during the loading process.

The project required special planning and execution due to complex geopolitical issues affecting the flightpath of the cargo

“We worked out how to best use the available space during loading to safely transport the cargo,” said Amnon Ehrlich, Commercial Director, Antonov Airlines USA.

“We also took into consideration the high summer temperatures in Arizona while planning the move.

“The loading started in the early hours to avoid the high temperatures. Following a night-time departure, the mission was completed 24 hours later.”

Boeing has already contracted Antonov Airlines for further Apache helicopter shipments later this year.

An Apache AH-64 Attack Helicopter is loaded onto an AN-124-100, which can carry up to 5 units.
An Apache AH-64 Attack Helicopter is loaded onto an AN-124-100, which can carry up to 5 units.

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