Feb 24 2012 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
APPRENTICES at Prestwick’s GE Caledonian will soon be working on the massive new engines fitted to the next generation of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft.
And for the first time, two lucky lads got the chance to get up close to a brand-new GE-powered jumbo jet when The City of Luxembourg flew into Prestwick from Seattle, USA.
GE’s Jamie Wragg, from Kilmarnock, and Shaun Harkin, from Catrine, won a competition which enabled them to be the first apprentices to look over the 747 fitted with its four sector-leading power units.
GE Caledonian maintains and overhauls the huge GEnx engines which power Boeing’s latest freighter, giving it a range of 8275 kilometres and a loading capacity of 140 tonnes.
Luxembourg-based Cargolux uses Prestwick regularly and the 747-800F will become a frequent visitor on its scheduled cargo services around the world.
The 747-800F is more fuel efficient than its predecessor as the hi-tech GEnx engines offer numerous benefits including better noise reduction and increased fuel efficiency.
Iain Cochrane, Prestwick chief executive, said: “Prestwick Airport and GE Caledonian are close neighbours within the vibrant aerospace sector in Ayrshire, and I’m delighted that GE is thriving thanks to the great work it does maintaining the new state-of-the-art engines.
“We were delighted to bring their apprentices and the Cargolux 747 freighter together for the first time so they could see the new units up close.”
l TIME is running out to benefit from a discounted membership to the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce.
New applicants can reap the benefit of a 20 per cent discount on their first year of membership up until the end of February.
Helen McBride, chamber business development manager, said: “We are a membership based organisation and are passionate about business. By joining the chamber, members can access a portfolio of business services that could save them time and money. With 86 per cent of our membership businesses with less than 50 employees, we don’t just work for the big boys.
“Smaller businesses that do not have an HR department find the chamber HR service invaluable, providing fully paid members of chamber with free unlimited access to a human resource and a health and safety advice line 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We strive to be the first port of call for business support, we’d love to tell you more about our value added services and encourage businesses to take advantage of our February offer.”
Call 01292 678666 or visit www.ayrshire-chamber.org