AirBridgeCargo airlines have successfully completed trial loading of the world’s largest jet engine, the GE9x, on Boeing 747-8 Freighter.
The GE9X engine is a newly developed by GE Aviation that powers the Boeing 777X airplane, which first flew in early 2020. The propulsor core of the engine with the height of 2.85 m and weight of 11,545kg was loaded onto the 747-8 airplane in Chicago together with GE representatives.
When the engine arrived for first inspection for on-truck fixation, both ABC and GE teams strategized on positioning the engine onboard and attaching it with the aircraft’s structures, using 20FT pallets, cranes and other equipment. Moving the GE9X engine from delivery truck to a pallet took 30 minutes.
The ABC team managed to load the engine through the side cargo door on board within 7 minutes and off-loading took less than another ten minutes.
“It was a great pleasure working with AirBridgeCargo on the 747F transportation validation. 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,”” says Jin Suzuki, GE Aviation GE9X Product Support Engineer.(to be added from GE)