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GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik (LHT)'s confirmation that they have selected Poland as the location for their new engine repair services joint venture, with plans to invest around €250 million ($267 million) in the project, is a show of faith in the burgeoning Eastern Europe aviation market.

First announced as a memorandum of understanding at the 2015 Paris Air Show, the XEOS JV will focus on maintenance services for two specific engine types: the in-service GEnx-2B used on Boeing 747-8 aircraft from 2018, and the next-generation GE9X variant for the Boeing 777X, with capabilities available from 2021.

When the XEOS facility becomes operational in September 2018, the 350,000m2 center in the Legnica Special Economic Zone, Sroda Slaska is expected to bring 500 new jobs to Poland once operating at full capacity. The move will also be pleasing to the Polish government, which has been actively trying to bring more technology-driven projects with skilled specialist roles to the country since its election last year.

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The Eurozone has had a pretty tough few years following the economic downturn with debt crises, austerity measures and geopolitical unrest, all of which has impacted the commercial aviation sector. But better times are around the corner according to industry experts presenting at the opening session of MRO Europe in Madrid yesterday (October 7).

The message was clear, European MROs are in a great position to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the unprecedented growth being seen in aviation globally, if they take the time to understand and adapt to new and evolving markets.

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