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The Ruslan of Stansted. (Antonov An-124 heavy cargo aircraft operated out of Stansted Airport, London, Great Britain)

LONDON-The gigantic bulk of a Soviet-built Antonov An-124 freighter aircraft has become a regular feature of the skyline at Stansted Airport as a further manifestation of glasnost in the airline industry.

The aircraft is based here as the result of an unusual deal between HeavyLift Cargo Airlines, U.K. specialist in carrying oversize freight, and Volga-Dnepr, a Russian joint-stock company based 400 mi. east of Moscow.

Volga-Dnepr is the first such company to be established in the Volga region and is claimed to be the first independent company in Russia to receive an air operator's certificate. A major shareholder is the Ulyanovsk aviation industrial complex, where An-124s and Tu-204s are built.

The two partners set up a company called HeavyLift-VolgaDnepr as a U. …

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