AirBridgeCargo readies itself to transport world's largest engine

Loading onto 747 freighter took 30 minutes in total as ABC and GE practise for future transportation flights
Air cargo, GEnx engine, GE9X, Ge engine
ABC Airlines

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), a specialist in the transportation of oversized and heavy shipments, has successfully completed transportation validation of the GE9X on a Boeing 747-8 freighter.

The GE9X engine from GE Aviation powers the Boeing 777X, which first flew in early 2020.

The core of the engine, with a weight of 11,545kg was loaded onto the 747-8 in Chicago together with GE representatives.

Both ABC and GE teams strategised on positioning the engine on-board and attaching it with the aircraft’s structures, using 20 foot pallets, cranes and other equipment. Moving the GE9X engine from delivery truck to a pallet took 30 minutes.  

The ABC team loaded the engine through the side cargo door on board within seven minutes. Off-loading took less than another ten minutes.

Jin Suzuki, GE Aviation GE9X product support engineer, said: “Our teams learned much through this process and the AirBridgeCargo team was highly competent in their efforts. This is a great step forward for the GE9X entry in service readiness effort.”

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