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.”