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Volga-Dnepr despatched yet another Antonov AN124-100 to Singapore in July 99, bearing "Titan" titles alongside her own. RA-82003 is pictured with engines running at full throttle and full brakes applied. This went on for a full 5 minutes before brakes were released and the giant freight hauler thundered down runway 20L and made what must be the lowest pass over the golf course south of the airfield.

So you think the Antonov 8 has joined the Dodo in extinction? One such rare bird smoked her way into Changi Airport operating for AirMark Indonesia Aviation with additional titles aft of the wing proclaiming "Singapore Pte Ltd". Equally exotic is the 3C-KKZ registration which is traced to Equatorial Guinea!.

Arguably the most dramatic-looking Russian-built freighter is the Ilyushin IL-76, and a specimen bearing primary "PHEONIX" title and secondary "TRANSATTICO" title flew into Changi Airport on a flight from Sharjah to Colombo. This IL-76TD bears Sudanese registration ST-AQB and may have been an ex-Atlas Air machine from Iran.

The rather handsome Boeing 747-100F in the colours of Kitty Hawk International (N709CK) was seen on final approach into Changi Airport's runway 20R on 10 Aug 99.

Hinduja Cargo Airlines operated a series of flights into Changi Airport on behalf of Pacific East Asia Cargo in Feb/Mar 1999. Boeing 727-200F VT-LCC is seen taxiing to the airfreight centre after landing at midday.

The Antonov AN-124-100 Condor had always been a nocturnal visitor into Changi Airport, preferring to avoid the hottest part of the day. RA-82045 sporting the striking Volga-Dnepr / Heavylift Cargo Airlines livery is photographed on final approach on a flight from Brisbane on 7 March 1999.

Heavylift Cargo Airlines operated an Antonov 12 (UR-13332)leased from Motor Sich on flights from Singapore to various parts of crisis-hit Indonesia. Typical cargo for these sorties include humanitarian aid from the Singapore government as well as from public contributions.

Pacific Express of New Zealand operated an Ilyushin IL-76 (RA-76786) several years ago. The airline has since flown into the history books.

Garuda Indonesia briefly operated a Boeing 737-200F (PK-GWR) on the Jakarta - Singapore route in early 1998.

Pacific East Asia Cargo (PEC) and TNT jointly operate a Boeing 727-200F (N-6809) on the Manila - Singapore - Jakarta route.

Seen at Changi Airport in 1984 is Boeing 747-2B5F in the original livery of Korean Airlines Cargo. It has since taken on the current colours of Korean Air Cargo.

EVA Air Cargo operates a growing fleet of MD-11Fs and B-16108 is seen here arriving from Amsterdam.

Air France Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo jointly operate freighter services between Paris and Singapore. Air France Asie Cargo's Boeing 747-228F (F-GCBH) is seen here touching down at Changi Airport in Sep 98.

Although Martinair Holland (MP/MPH) does not operate scheduled services into Singapore, her Boeing 747-21AC (PH-MCF) often transits Changi Airport enroute to Australia.

Northwest Cargo has been operating dedicated freighters to Singapore since 1985 and B747-251F (N618US) lifts off on an early morning trans-Pacific flight.

KLM Cargo operates twice weekly on the Amsterdam - Milan - Dubai - Singapore - Penang - Dubai - Amsterdam route using her Boeing 747-300SF.

Federal Express operates a mix of MD-11F, DC-10-30F and Airbus A310-200F to Singapore. The Airbus A310-200F (N416FE) operates to Fedex's hub in Subic Bay in The Philippines.

Continental Micronesia's Boeing 727-200Fs are regular visitors to Singapore, and N627DH makes a smoky touchdown at the end of a Guam - Manila - Singapore flight.

Singapore Airlines Cargo was a relatively late-operator of the Boeing 747F (compared to the likes of JAL Cargo and Korean Air Cargo), but quickly moved to establish a seven-strong Boeing 747-412F fleet. 9V-SFE touches down at Changi Airport with another load of fresh fruits and meat from Auckland, New Zealand.

Perhaps the most unusual member of Singapore Airline's freighter fleet, the Boeing 737-300F's career with the airline was short-lived. The singular example (9V-SQZ) was operated on flights to Bangalore, India and Hong Kong.

A short-lived resident at Changi Airport was this CL-44 leased from Tradewinds (USA). Asia Pacific Air Cargo (APAC) had envisaged a small network covering South East Asia and had indeed operated the "swing-tail" on flights to Indonesia and Vietnam in the late 1980s.


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