8 November 2022, 12:47 AM
Antonov announces another An-225 Mriya is under construction
According to Gavrilov, the work is underway at an undisclosed location – for security reasons.
The second An-225 will contain both new parts and parts salvaged from the original aircraft. The plane is already 30% done, with the total cost estimated at around $500 million.
Leipzig/Halle Airport, where Antonov's aircrafts are temporarily based, will help raise funds for the project. An-255 would often visit the German airport when performing her duties prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
On Feb. 27, during an attack on the Hostomel airport near Kyiv, invading Russian forces destroyed the An-225 Mriya – the world's largest heavy-lifting airplane, which was developed and created by Ukraine’s Antonov Design Bureau.
Ukrainian security services are investigating the circumstances of the destruction of the aircraft, in particular – why An-255 was not transferred elsewhere from Hostomel before Russia invaded.