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Lufthansa Cargo Becomes The 1st Airline To Carry A Rolls-Royce Trent XWB Engine On A Boeing 777

Last week, Lufthansa Cargo announced that it transported a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine as a commercial load in the main deck of a Boeing 777F for the first time. Previously, only specialized freighters such as the Airbus Beluga, Boeing C-17, or Antonov An-124 have flown the engine commercially. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is one of the most advanced turbofan engines and exclusively powers the Airbus A350 family. While Lufthansa Cargo has transported the engine before as a spare to one of its own… ( More...

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mbrews 5
Bit of irony, eh ? Using a Boeing 777F freighter to transport a Rolls XWB engine for Airbus 350.

Guess that the Airbus Belugas and/or the Antonovs are all booked up.
Colin Seftel 3
Lufthansa Cargo obviously wanted to use an aircraft from their own fleet and the 777F is their only widebody.
David Ingram 1
Something like when GE flew the new GEnx engines to Everett via the AN-124.
hal pushpak 2
Must've been a tight fit..
Brian Chandler 0
I mean not really. Had you actually read the article before commenting you would see there's photos included
hal pushpak 1
There's just one photo of the engine in this article. It is a stock photo from RR or DLH. And yes, I read the article the first time around. This used to be a civil and collegial place for aviation enthusiasts.. Can we be nice?

Even if an XWB is broken up into sections, I'm referring to the girth of the engine. Unless you're saying the pieces go in sideways–and if they do, there's still the matter of the girth. All I said was that it would be a tight fit. Surely you wouldn't disagree?

The fan alone, sans cowling, is 3m (118 inches.) Wikipedia. The main door of a 777F is 120 inches. The height of the 777’s main cargo cabin is 125 inches. Even trying it diagonally, it would be a tricky fit.

"I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" (The Kinks 1964)
hal pushpak -1
djames225 1
The engine was broken down, into 2 different sections, as can be seen in the photos. It was not a complete all-in-one assembly.
djames225 1
While it's great Rolls-Royce developed the breakdown carry stands, it would not be of benefit should an engine be needed in an extreme condition.
Probably best when the bird is in for maintenance and needs an engine and time is not critical.
William Monti 1
What a beautiful engine.
Onward Lam 1
not even a 747F with its nose up ? That is one big engine. Given the prevalence of the A350, I am really surprised that the designers at R&R did not take logistics into consideration. There are only a handful of Belugas, C-17s are mostly military (I think), and An-124, well, can become problematic.
djames225 3
They did take logistics into consideration, hence the design of the breakdown stands. That would have been the only way to get that monster into a 777F.


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