Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) has completed its first engine shipment using its Boeing 747-8F aircraft.


Image source: Kuehne+Nagel (K+N); Loading the 9-tonne Rolls Royce engine onto the aircraft.

The team in Chicago transported a 9-tonne Rolls Royce aircraft engine onto its B747-8F aircraft – named Inspire – from Chicago to Hong Kong.

According to K+N, it took four people, three pieces of machinery and one hour to load the engine into its aircraft.

The aircraft has been put into operation as part of the long-term charter agreement with Atlas Air, which sees K+N chartering the entire and exclusive capacity of two B747-8Fs.

In addition to expanding its airfreight offering, 2022 was a busy year for the forwarder’s project logistics team, which was involved in delivering wind turbine components for the pilot phase of Chile’s Haru Oni project – an integrated hydrogen plant producing synthetic fuel from wind and water.

HK+N Haru Oni

Image source: Kuehne+Nagel (K+N)

On behalf of Siemens Gamesa, components were shipped from multiple ports in China to the port of Puntas Arenas in Chile during February 2022.

The cargoes comprised one nacelle; three blades; four tower sections; one drive train; one hub; and one main component. The shipment had a total volume of 435 freight tons.

K+N provided engineering services, including method statements as well as lifting, bedding, lashing and sea-fastening design, and chartered a heavy lift vessel for the transport. The forwarder’s project scope also included the loading at origin and discharge in Chile.