On September 30, XEOS, the new aircraft engine service center located in Środa Śląska near Wrocław (Poland), celebrated its official opening. The company is a joint venture of Lufthansa Technik (51%) and GE Aviation (49%) and is a service center for GEnx-2B and GE9X engines.
It was built in a record time of 16 months and the first commercial engine was accepted for repair in April 2019. At the end of 2019 a total of about 20 engines will have been inducted for service here. After reaching its maturity in 2023 the plant will repair more than 200 engines per year. The joint venture partners have invested about PLN 1 billion (US$250 million) to construct the facility and its own training center from scratch, along with a test cell which is still in the ongoing second construction phase of the project. Ultimately, the plant will employ about 600 people.
At the moment the XEOS team consists of 300 people: aircraft engine mechanics, engineers, logistics specialists and administration staff. They come not only from Środa Śląska and Lower Silesia, but from all over the world – with 12 nationalities in total.