Lufthansa Technik (LHT) and GE Aviation have launched a new engine MRO service facility and joint venture (JV), XEOS, in Southwest Poland to overhaul GEnx-2B and GE9X engines.
Located in Środa Śląska near Wrocław, the facility has celebrated its official opening on Sep. 30. Work on the construction site began in early August 2017.
The JV of LHT (51%) and GE Aviation (49%) invested about PLN 1 billion ($250 million) to construct the facility and their own training center from scratch in 16 months, along with a test cell which is still under construction.
The first commercial engine was accepted for repair in April 2019. In 2019, a total of about 20 engines will have been inducted for serviced at the new shop. After reaching its maturity in 2023, the plant will repair more than 200 engines per year.
LHT CEO Johannes Bussmann said, “The successful opening of the XEOS engine shop with our partner GE is a cornerstone for our long-term growth strategy to offer comprehensive MRO services also for the latest generations of aircraft engines."
GE Aviation Services President & CEO Jean Lydon-Rodgers said, "XEOS represents a unique collaboration between LHT and GE Aviation. Our combined capabilities and technological knowledge have merged to create one of the most advanced MRO facilities in the world for the GEnx-2B and GE9X engines."
GEnx-2B engines power the Boeing 747-8 and GE9X engines power the 777X.
LHT and GE Aviation made the decision to jointly develop a modern service center for these engines in June 2015 at the Paris Air Show.
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. Staff will be trained at the XEOS Training Center in Bielany Wrocławskie and in similar facilities of LHT and GE Aviation in Germany and the UK.