State-of-the-art maintenance center for new GE engines
XEOS, a joint venture company of Lufthansa Technik (51 percent) and GE Aviation (49 percent), has commenced creation of a state-of-the-art maintenance center for engines in Środa Śląska, near Wrocław, Poland. At the new site, located within the Polish Special Economic Zone of Legnica, the newest generation of GE engines, primarily the GEnx-2B, will be maintained, repaired, and overhauled. The GEnx-2B is one of the most modern turbofan engines available. It was especially designed for the Boeing 747 aircraft.
The groundbreaking for the new facility took place in July 2017 with the center due to enter operation at the beginning of 2019. The new site will initially incorporate office, service, and operational buildings for approx. 150 engineers, office staff, and production personnel. An innovative test chamber for aircraft engines is planned as part of later expansions. As of 2021, the GE9X engine – currently still under development – is to be added to the service portfolio. Up to 2023 the total XEOS workforce will reach up to 600 employees.
Decisive for the selection of the location were the development potential, the commercial competitiveness of the site, and the support provided by the state. In particular, the favorable location and well-developed road network mean that the new facility can enter operation rapidly, quickly generating a profit for the participating partners. Further advantages include the availability of highly qualified personnel and the fact that parts of the engines to be maintained at the facility were designed by Polish engineers at the Engineering Design Center in Warsaw.