It is equipped with a high volume of cargo capacity, drive-on loading ramps and a variety of built-in freight handling equipment. The jet was manufactured between 1982 and 2014, and in total 55 were built. There are currently 26 civilian models in operation.
The cargo transport behemoth, which has the NATO reporting name “Condor”, was designed in the 1980s in the Ukrainian SSR, part of the Soviet Union (USSR). At the time it was the world's heaviest gross weight production cargo airplane, a position the An-124 kept for decades until the arrival of the Boeing 747-8F in 2010. The An-124 remains the largest military transport aircraft in the world.
The An-124 was designed for long-range delivery and air-dropping heavy or bulky cargo, including machines, equipment and troops. The jet was a key player in Cold War aviation; a strategic coup for the Soviets that won international attention and a number of world records.
According to aircharter.co.uk