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Lufthansa Technik proves B777F capability for A350 engines

Posted 3 October 2016 · Add Comment

Airlines in need of a spare engine for the new Airbus A350 will find life easier thanks to developments from Lufthansa Technik and Rolls-Royce.

Working with Lufthansa Cargo in order to support the German carrier’s passenger fleet - the team took a Trent XWB aircraft engine provided by Rolls-Royce and loaded it into a Boeing 777F.
This first successful loading trial means that now the seamless
logistics of providing spare engines via air freight are assured.
When prepared for loading, the engine and its transport stand weigh eighteen tons. The engine weighs seven tons (dry weight) and is five meters long; the fan is three meters in diameter. As a result, the engine could previously only be transported via special flight with an Antonov An-124, an Airbus Beluga or a Boeing C-17.
As an alternative, Rolls-Royce developed a completely new type of transport stand upon which the engine can be placed and divided into two large modules.
On this split engine stand, the large-volume fan can be separated from the rest of the engine within a single day. The individual modules are then optimally prepared for transport together with the other tools required for engine replacement, and can be loaded.
The unit that results from this approach can also be transported in freighters from the Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft families.
"Months of planning preceded the test," explains Ralf Henker,
responsible for supply chain management in aircraft maintenance at Lufthansa Technik. "Without the partnership and cooperation of our colleagues at Rolls-Royce and Lufthansa Cargo, we would not currently be able to ensure that we can supply every destination airport of the new fleet with a replacement engine if necessary. Every move we make
has to fit, and every wheel of the logistics chain needs to mesh optimally with all the others."
"Over the last four months, we developed a detailed loading and rigging plan based on our experience with other capital goods that are similarly sensitive and yet difficult to handle," says Harald Mueller, who is responsible at Lufthansa Cargo for aircraft handling competence & quality assurance. "It's great to see that it works in practice exactly the way we envisioned it."
For some time now, Lufthansa Technik has supported a variety of A350 operators in the areas of component supply and aircraft maintenance. More than 800 aircraft of the A350 type have been ordered from Airbus to date.
 

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