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Engine of growth for Hactl in Hong Kong

[ June 17, 2021   //   ]

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), is setting up an Aero Engine Handling Centre (AEHC).

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 Airbus A330, A340, A350 and A380, as well as the Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner.

Hactl hopes to attract more aero engine traffic to and through Hong Kong. It has installed an additional, dedicated outsize weigh-scale to facilitate double-checking of shipment weights. and enhanced aero engine handling procedures have been drawn up. It is also training additional staff and is forming a dedicated aero engine handling team.

It add that the Antonov AN-124 freighter is featuring increasingly in the transport of aero engines, as its maindeck cargo compartment can carry up to five of the largest engines simultaneously, compared to the more common B747 and B777 freighters which can only carry three engines, and require them to be partially dismantled.