One of the world’s largest cargo planes has touched down in Auckland carrying an America’s Cup challenger’s boat.
The Antonov AN-124 landed at Auckland Airport this morning after flying from Rhode Island on to Chicago, and then Honolulu.
American Magic, taking a crack at the cup for the New York Yacht Club, had their first AC75 yacht delivered to New Zealand at the end of June by sea.
The four-engine AN-124 aircraft is the smaller variant of the six-engine Antonov AN-225 Mriya.
It has a take-off weight of 400 tonnes, is 69 metres long and has a wingspan of 73 metres.
It’s not the first time an AN-124 has come to Auckland – pop star Taylor Swift used them to transport her gear here in 2018.