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Hong Kong Airport Improves the Aero Engine Handling Infrastructure


Hong Kong Airport Cargo Terminal (HACTL) has commissioned a new Aero Engine Handling Centre (AEHC), thereby making a bid to increase the movement of aircraft engines through Hong Kong Airport.

Hong Kong is one of only two locations in Asia which have certified repair, modification and overhaul facilities for Rolls-Royce Trent engines, used in the A330, A340, A350 and A380, as well as the 777 and 787 aircraft models.

HACTL used to handle an average of two aero engines per day. The new infrastructure will allow to increase aero engines turnover, each of which can weigh up to 8 tonnes and cost over USD20 million.

The terminal has installed a dedicated scale to facilitate checking of engine weight. Measures to improve engine handling include the imposition of a 5 km/h towing speed limit and the convoying of cargo by pilot cars back and front. In addition, a dedicated route has been introduced to reduce engine towing distances on the airfield. HACTL will engage only the most experienced tractor drivers for the towing of aero engines.

The terminal is training staff in special disciplines for the handling of this valuable, delicate cargoes, and is forming a dedicated handling team. Hong Kong Airport is known for the ability to handle any type of cargo aircraft, including Antonov AN-124. Its giant maindeck cargo compartment can carry up to 5 of the largest engines simultaneously.


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