Text & Pictures: Serge Van Heertum - Translation: Marc Arys  ©sbap 2022
 
A grey, almost rainy Sunday morning, but still very wet. Why drive to spend only a short morning to see some planes? Simply to capture at least one of them, a rarity in our skies and on our runways, I named the Antonov An-124-100 registered UR-ZYD in the colours of Maximus Air Cargo, a company originating from the United Arab Emirates.
Maximus Air is a company of the Abu Dhabi Aviation Group and was created in 2005 to transport oversize cargo. After operating for 5 years solely within the region, it has now become an international air cargo carrier and an air cargo wet lease operator (ACMI). The company currently employs around 245 people and operates a total fleet of eight all-cargo aircraft of the type Antonov An-124-100 (1), Ilyushin IL-76TD (2) and Airbus A300-600RP2F (5) throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.
This type of aircraft does not visit Belgium every day and it was the occasion to immortalize it, as well as some other aircraft having as a hub, the Airport of Liege (we are far from the base of Bierset and its Mirages... Nostalgia when you hold us!).
On the exotic side, let us note the Boeing B747-412F registered TF-AMB in the colours of Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo but operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic or the Boeing 747-412F registered TC-MCT of the Turkish company ACT Airlines.
The discovery (which was short) of this airport mainly dedicated to cargo flights clearly makes us want to go back there, but that will be another story.
 
Boeing 747-412F  TF-AMB (c/n 28263) Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo (Saudi Arabia) operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic
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Antonov An-124-100  UR-ZYD (c/n 19530502843) Maximus Air Cargo from UAE and operated by Ukraine Air Alliance (UAA)
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An impressive bird in unusual colours
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No less than 24 wheels !
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Boeing 747-412F  TC-MCT (c/n 26559) ACT Airlines (Turkey)
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A 20 years old machine but still an elegant airliner
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Liège Airport main traffic is cargo
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Ethiopian a company full of resources in this Covid crisis
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Tripple Seven nose and engine
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Boeing 777-F ET-AWE (c/n 65477) Ethiopian Cargo (Ethiopia)
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Full power take off
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Little bit jet wash on this wet day
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ASL (Air Service Liège) homebase
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The south side with ASL Airlines flight line
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The good old 737 windshield
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This aircraft was converted into cargo version as from September 2020 and was delivered in August 2021
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Another Ethiopian arriving
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Multiple tail colours...
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... Belgian and international
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Fokker F50 Freighter  SE-MFB (c/n 20252) Amapola Flyg (Sweden) 
In nearly 30 years, this aircraft has flown for 17 different airlines including VLM Airlines in Belgium between May and October 2005
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Airbus A321-211(P2F)  9H-ZTB (c/n 1238) Titan Airways (Malta)
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This aircraft was converted into cargo version in October 2019
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A last view on the tails...Certainly a place to be back in sunny conditions
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