Ukraine’s Antonov Design Bureau is set to resume production of the An-225 “Mriya” ultra heavy transport aircraft after it signed a joint-cooperation agreement with the Aerospace Industry Corporation of China (AICC).
Under the first phase of the agreement, the partially finished second An-225 will be completed ahead of its handover to the AICC. The second phase will bring the resumption of full-scale licensed production of the type in China.
Antonov Airlines operates the only operational An-224, registered UR-82060 (MSN 19530503763), on special ultra heavy lift missions across the world. The 28 years-old An-225 was originally designed to carry the Soviet Union’s Buran Space Shuttle. However, after the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the aircraft was converted to commercial use.