A giant Antonov AN-124 freighter has delivered a new engine to a Boeing 777-300 grounded in Iqaluit, in the Canadian Arctic, following an emergency landing by the jet. The engine, a General Electric GE90, was delivered to the grounded Swiss International Air Lines aircraft, less than 48 hours after the jet landed in Canada.
It was transported on one of the seven AN-124s operated by ANTONOV Airlines.
The airline says the AN-124 remained in Iqaluit (IATA: YFB) for five days, in temperatures of around minus 35 degrees Celsius, with a wind chill of minus 52 degrees Celsius, while the unserviceable engine was removed and the new engine was installed on the jet.
The unserviceable engine was then loaded onto the AN-124 and flown to East Midlands Airport (IATA: EMA), UK.
Passengers and crew on board the Swiss International Air Lines flight from Zurich, Switzerland, were safely flown on to their destination in Los Angeles, USA, within hours of the emergency landing in Canada.
Martin Banns, Commercial Executive at ANTONOV Airlines in the UK, and responsible for organising the flight commented: “It was important to get the new engine to Canada as soon as possible after the incident, and be flexible enough to stay on the ground for as long as was needed.
“Remarkably, despite sitting on the ground for five days in those extreme temperatures, our AN-124 required no de-icing due to a lack of moisture in the air.”
The GE90, which is the most powerful turbofan engine in the world, weighed 13 tonnes measured 725cm in length, 378cm in width, and was 399cm high.
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