Overhaul of the newest GE engines in Southwestern Poland
XEOS is a joint venture company between Lufthansa Technik (51 percent) and GE Aviation (49 percent). It will operate a state-of-the-art engine service center for the newest GE aircraft engines: GEnx-2B, and - in plans, later on - also GE9X. The joint venture partners are investing some 250 million euros in the new engine overhaul facility in the Legnica Special Economic Zone in Środa Śląska in Southwestern Poland. The factory is scheduled to become operational in 2019 and will have a workforce of around 600 employees. In addition to disassembly and assembly of engines, there is also a plan for XEOS to have its own engine test facility.
Part of a big network
Alongside Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey, N3 Engine Overhaul Services and the Hamburg-based engine shop, XEOS represents a further important element underpinning Lufthansa Technik's engine overhaul network. At the same time, XEOS will also be closely integrated in engine manufacturer GE Aviation's network. As a Part 145 repair station, XEOS will observe the strict quality requirements of its two parent companies.
Know-how of two major players
Both joint venture partners will contribute their know-how and experience to the setting up of the new facility and will use the latest methods. XEOS will incorporate and continue to enhance the GE Aviation concept in its work processes. Every employee will bear individual responsibility for his or her work within flat hierarchical structures under the leadership of a small management team.
Lean structures for success
The design and layout of the new facility embody the principles of lean production. Once completed, the XEOS facility will be the most efficient engine shop in the world thanks to streamlined and efficient administration and short communication channels.
Continuous enhanced development
When production commences in the beginning of 2019, XEOS will initially repair GEnx engines for Lufthansa and other airlines and cargo operators. Capacity will be increased gradually and own repair capacities will be developed. There are also plans for XEOS to provide technical support for the GE9X, one of the largest and most modern engines on the market, when it enters flight operations in late 2019.