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Jet engine designer and builder GE Aviation and MRO specialist Lufthansa Technik announced their joint venture in July 2015, at the Paris Air Show. The Polish operation is slated to operate for at least 30 years, according to the joint-venture agreement.
The Legnica Special Economic Zone, at in Sroda Slaska, Poland was chosen for its development potential, economic competitiveness, and government support, GE Aviation announced. The specific terms of the Polish authorities support for the project were not revealed.
The area also has a supply of skilled workers, and XEOS is expected to establish a cooperative training program with the Wrocław Institute of Technology and local technical schools, to train current and future employees.
"The technology that will be required to maintain the (GE9X) engine is one of the reasons why we selected this site here in Poland," stated Bill Millhaem, senior executive at GE Aviation.
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