The world's largest aircraft touched down in Cebu early on Tuesday after a flight from Zagreb, Croatia with the delivery of a replacement transformer for a power plant in Batangas.
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Mactan-Cebu Airport was chosen as the most viable location for the aircraft to safely land when considering the combination of onward land transportation, sea freight, and airport capacity. The transformer is being installed in the San Lorenzo plant "to ensure both sufficient power supply and stability of the Luzon grid."
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The new transformer is replacing a similar unit that caught fire a few months ago reducing the plant's capacity from 500 down to 250 megawatts. As delivery of the new transformer was urgent, First Gen exercised all resources necessary to speed up the delivery. "Instead of the typical 12 month manufacturing time for this size of transformers, Siemens Knocar manufactured the transformer in just four months," First Gen revealed in a press statement. "Flying in the transformer to the Philippines saved a further five to seven weeks of transport time, compared to the option of transporting it by sea."
The Antonov AN-225 is the only aircraft of its type flying in the world. It boasts a wingspan of 88 meters and can transport up to 250 tons. Although it was originally designed for military purposes, it presently serves as a cargo plane for transporting extremely large and heavy loads.