February 20, 2013 has been successfully completed intercontinental flight of the An-2 as part of the project "From coast to coast» («From Ocean to Ocean»). The plane landed safely at the international airport of Cape Town, South Africa (South Africa), starting December 5, 2012 from the airfield Plekhanovo in Tyumen after a flight from Cape-Stone on the shore of the Arctic Ocean.
During his record on the duration and extent (for an aircraft of this type) flight An-2 plane traveled more than 20,000 km. "Anna" was held over the territories of 15 countries-Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa.
The successful completion of the project was made possible thanks to the cooperation of specialists of "UTair" and the project partners — kompaniyExecuJet Aviation Group and Liftec. Piloting and maintenance of the An-2 on the route are the crew of "UTair-Cargo" in the opytnyhpilotov Sergey Bykov, Sergei Alexander Dimitrenko aircraft technician Achimova. In Kiev, the crew was joined by representatives of partners — Mark Hill and the trainee pilot Tracy Curtis Taylor, who led the trip for blog
In Cape Town, partner, "UTair" on the project — kompaniyaExecuJet Aviation Group will give the veteran aircraft for use for charitable purposes.
The unique flight An-2 was dedicated to the 65th anniversary of this multi-role aircraft, a hard worker. An-2 — the world's aircraft, which was manufactured more than half a century, and was given an honorable record in the Guinness Book of Records. A number of modifications made to this day.
The airline "UTair" one of the three leaders of the Russian air travel market. In 2012, the company's aircraft transported 8,582,681 passengers. In the park, "UTair" more than 200 aircraft. Airline has flights to 110 destinations. The main hub of the airport of Vnukovo (Moscow), which runs more than 100 daily flights. Website proetka "From ocean to ocean"
The charitable mission, which will be launched Russian "Anushka" is called "Just Love". It is based on the idea that many people, including children, love aviation, but not all have the opportunity to climb into the sky. But flying a plane, according to one of the ideologists of the project Mark Hill, gives an unforgettable experience and vivid emotions, which sometimes change their life and attitude of people. The An-2 will perform demonstration flights and transportation orphans African continent.