Tuesday, November 12, 2013

World's Largest Aircraft Arrives in Cebu

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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Copyright Photo: Gerard Montejo/PPSG
First Gen Corporation acquired the new transformer for its San Lorenzo natural gas-fired power plant in Batangas City. The 150-ton transformer arrived on board the Antonov 225, the world's largest aircraft. The arrival of the aircraft in Cebu on Tuesday marked the very first time that the aircraft landed in the Philippines. It is also the heaviest cargo delivery ever received by air in the country.

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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Copyright Photo: Skybertus/PPSG
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. 

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Copyright Photo: Berniemack Arellano/PPSG



28 comments :

  1. Thank you Russia. ;)
    Greetings from the philippines.

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  2. Thank you Russia!

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  3. Thank you so much Russia!

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  4. Any way that this can be used for airdrop of supplies to eastern coasts of Leyte and Samar? Please, relief is still not getting to many areas and people do not even have water to drink!

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  5. First of all, the plane is from Antonov Airlines, a Ukrainian airline company, not Russian. Second of all, it is still unclear whether they'll be using this plane to transport relief goods to the typhoon victims. Don't be so quick to thank anyone.

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    1. Didn't you read? The plane is Russian Built.

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    2. da fuck cares which airline this giant belongs, were talkin about who built it, dumbass

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    3. Its called Antonov,witch is a Russian last name not Antonenko you stupid nationalist and if it wasn't for the Russians Ukraine would never had the factory build in Ukraine to forfil the contract,dumbass, and Ukranians are all Russians anyways cause its all started in Kiev you depreciated moreon

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  6. I salute Russia for your generousity and kind-heart. God Bless you & thank you so much for helping!

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  7. Is this from Russia or Ukraine?

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  8. For your information Antonov 225 is not carrying relief goods or any aid to the Philippines, instead its carrying a transformer for a plant in batangas.

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  9. Very Thank You Russia now lets see if the a380 can land here
    and thanks for usa to brought the c-17 and heli osprey

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  10. Thank You Russia

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  11. It is not for the relief operations, it is only here to deliver the generator for the First Gen Corporation (FGC) San Lorenzo natural gas-fired power plant in Batangas City. Cebu airport is probably the only airport they can land on at that moment due to safety reasons.

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  12. Thank u Russia!!!

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  13. First - Ukraine is not Russia! it was part of The USSR before.
    Secondly - Read first please. "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."
    SO I THINK NOPE, THIS HUGE PLANE CANNOT GO TO MANILA AIRPORT AND BRING RELIEF GOODS!

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  14. you are so vocal Anonymous, you are a stupid person!THANK YOU RUSSIAN,whatever it is it could definitely help.

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  15. the generator was not a donation... it was purchased... it jsut happened to be delivered during the typhoon...let's read very well. :)

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  16. This An-225 plane was designed and created by Antonov's Design Bureau which is situated in Kyiv, Ukraine. And for today it's worked for Ukrainian "Antonov" Airlines.
    And generator created by Siemens, which is German company. Why did all of you say "Russia"?????

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  17. I think we are dealing with a idiot who is not educated and anonymous.

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  18. How idiotic are some people here?`If want to thank, then thank to to insurer, who pays for this transport. If you think, it's not enough, thank the company that built a new transformer in 4 mounth instead of 12. If you think, this is still not enough thanking, thank the Design Bureau Antonov and the company that owns the 225 and keep it in the air. If there es s.o. you really dont have to thank it Russia, cause Russia did nothing to keep this aircraft in the sky after the stopped planning to bring an USSR-Version of a spaceshuttle in the space. SO WHO IS THE DUMBASS HERE?????

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    1. Ukraine stoled that a/c from USSR after separation and not Designed anything else why do we have to thank Ukraine?

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    2. I'm the grammar police for the night. It is not 'stoled'.

      Present Tense is 'steal'
      Past tense is 'stole'
      Past Perfect Tense is 'stolen'

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  19. Spacibo comrades.

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  20. The Philippines can't thank you enough, it is so heart warming.. Thank you Russian Nation :)

    Land Transport Philippines

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