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An124 at alicante

Old 13th Apr 2019, 19:26
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An124 at alicante

I landed at Alicante on wed 10/4/19 an124 was there went to airport today 13:4/19 was still there any ideas anyone .
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Old 14th Apr 2019, 01:06
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There are only a couple of dozen An-124s active. Ten minutes with FR24 would probably give you your answer.
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Old 14th Apr 2019, 03:45
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OK, I had ten minutes. Tramping all over the world. March itinerary was:

Melbourne - Darwin - Johor Bahru - Al-Ain - Prestwick - Stavanger - Moscow - Abu Dhabi - Dubai - Abidjan - Alicante.

Still there.
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Old 14th Apr 2019, 07:21
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From another forum the answer to the question is, Alicante has been chosen as a tec stop by the Antonov's operator. WilliumMate might know more.
Nice big pan, does much else other than bizz and the based 737F use it?
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Old 14th Apr 2019, 14:07
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This was parked at lunchtime weds 3rd April and still there when I flew back on the evening of the 6th. Looked great!
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Old 18th Apr 2019, 20:54
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As i posted on another thread seeing a rare 4 part contrail today I quick checked FR 24 and it was an AN124 cruising in splendour across a beautiful blue sky . Routing Keflavik to Verona. As mentioned above they truly are the tramp steamers of the skies and it must be one of the more interesting flight deck jobs in Aviation in todays process driven increasingly homogenous world .
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Old 21st Apr 2019, 09:52
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I followed an AN124 into ALC last month; ATC slowed us down about 100 miles out, but even so we had to go into the hold along with four or five others. According to ATC the delay was partly due to a routine requirement for a runway inspection after an AN124 lands. Why would that be necessary? And is it an ALC thing or does it happen everywhere?
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Old 21st Apr 2019, 10:05
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Originally Posted by skerry View Post
I followed an AN124 into ALC last month; ATC slowed us down about 100 miles out, but even so we had to go into the hold along with four or five others. According to ATC the delay was partly due to a routine requirement for a runway inspection after an AN124 lands. Why would that be necessary? And is it an ALC thing or does it happen everywhere?
It's not the case everywhere; must be a local procedure. The outboard engines are probably pretty close to the runway shoulders - reverse thrust might blow grass / dirt up, which is something they'd want to check in case it needs sweeping ahead of the next movement. Just a guess mind you.
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Old 21st Apr 2019, 17:03
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Originally Posted by flightcatcher View Post
It's not the case everywhere; must be a local procedure. The outboard engines are probably pretty close to the runway shoulders - reverse thrust might blow grass / dirt up, which is something they'd want to check in case it needs sweeping ahead of the next movement. Just a guess mind you.
Interesting. I wonder if they similarly have to do a runway inspection after an A340 landing ?
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Old 21st Apr 2019, 18:52
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Originally Posted by G-ARZG View Post
Never heard of such a thing with an A340 (but then even the A340-600 has a 10m shorter wingspan)
Yes, it has a shorter wingspan, but the engines are as close to the edge of the runway as an An-124's.
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