AirBridgeCargo carries out trial loading of world’s largest jet engine

By Rachelle Harry

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has successfully completed a trial loading of a GE9X – the world’s largest jet engine with a height of 2.85 m and weight of 11,545 kg – into a Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft.

Developed by GE Aviation, the GE9X is a new engine that powers Boeing 777X aircraft, which first flew at the beginning of this year.

The ABC team loaded the engine into the plane through the side cargo door in seven minutes, and used pallets, cranes and other equipment to secure it to the aircrafts structures. Offloading the engine at the destination took 10 minutes.

Fedor Novikov, deputy general director of AirbridgeCargo, commented: “We are proud to be a part of the GE9X transportation development. We appreciate the vote of confidence and look forward to supporting GE Aviation further.”

Jin Suzuki, GE Aviation GE9X product support engineer, added: “It was a great pleasure working with AirBridgeCargo. Our teams learned a lot through this process, and the AirBridgeCargo team was highly competent in their efforts.”

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