An Antonov An-124 makes the link between Boeing and Airbus

Seattle to Toulouse

It’s hard to underestimate how much world affairs are often been driven by antagonism between two major rivals.  

You name it! If the Cold War was about NATO vs the Warsaw Pact, the Age of Empires was shaped by the rivalry between France and Britain and the Ancient World had Rome battling (and ultimately defeating) Carthage.  

The modern aviation industry also has its competing duopoly between Boeing and Airbus and by extension, its two aeronautical capitals: Seattle and Toulouse. 

This is why this flight on February 2, 2023, detected on flight tracking apps, managed to draw the attention of the aircraft spotting community. 

If a nonstop flight between Boeing Field (BFI), home of the American manufacturer, and Toulouse-Blagnac (TLS), where its European counterpart has its main base, was not a remarkable enough sight, it turns out it has been operated by no less than an Antonov An-124, an aircraft that is also a head-turner wherever it lands. 

We are, of course, not privy to the purpose or content of this flight (which is likely to be a re-positioning of some sort for the An-124, unless the two aerospace companies or their suppliers have started exchanging large volume cargoes) we could not pass the opportunity to share this find with our audience. 

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Miquel Ros
Deputy Editor[br][br] Miquel has been Deputy Editor at AeroTime since late 2022 and is based in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to his work for AeroTime, he has published on other international media outlets as well, such as CNN, The Points Guy and Airways Magazine. Miquel also worked at the editorial team of Flightglobal and produces, a site and podcast about the aviation industry.
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