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World’s biggest plane lands in Dubai

Dubai hosted the world’s largest plane on Tuesday, when Antonov An-225 Mriya touched down at the Al Maktoum International Airport.

The eventual target for Al Maktoum International is a capacity of more than 200 million passengers a year, and it will become the world’s largest global gateway once completed.

Dubai aircraft enthusiasts can now take pride in the fact that their city has hosted the largest plane on the planet, as well as feasting their eyes on photos and video of this beast of the skies.

Ukrainian-manufactured Antonov An-225 Mriya weighs a whopping 175 tonnes without cargo or fuel and has been carrying a 117-tonne generator on its recent travels around the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

The mind-blowing aircraft, used for delivering very heavy cargo, is powered by six engines, measures 84-metres in length and has 32 wheels.

As per the $32bn expansion project announced by Dubai Airports in September 2014, the Al Maktoum International Airport – located in Dubai South – will become the world’s biggest airport with an ultimate capacity in excess of 200 million passengers per year. It will have a final cargo capacity of 16 million tonnes per annum.

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