With a 2,000 m² workshop in Warsaw, CEES is a joint venture between LOT Polish Airlines and General Electric Company (GE). The company's core service is modular engine maintenance: removal, installation, refurbishment and overhaul. CEES is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency and FAA, the American civil aviation authority for commercial aircraft. These approvals opened up a broad market for CEES, which brought about its cooperation with GE on-wing support (GE OWS), a fast-response service for clients in critical need.
“We receive an email in the morning, we dispatch a team of two to three people in the evening and start the job the next day,” explains CEES President Wieslaw Wypych. “GE OWS is a very important partnership for us, and I believe we have become quite an important player in this market. We are conveniently located for our European customers which means we can respond incredibly quickly. GE OWS is a worldwide network and we also support customers in the USA, the UK, Qatar, China and Malaysia - our people work wherever the client needs them.”
With its origins in the LOT Polish state airline, the company's road to success began when the airline switched from Russian to western production airplanes. The Boeing 767 was chosen, in which GE engines were installed. Further planes were added until the fleet totalled 30 aircraft – 60 engines which LOT decided to maintain itself. This formed a close partnership between LOT and GE, which lead to the foundation of CEES in 1999. Today LOT is the 51% shareholder and GE 49%.
Over the coming years CEES plans to broaden its service to new types of engines. Finding technicians is not a problem – the technical school in Warsaw provides a steady flow of qualified aviation graduates who join CEES for specialist training.
“We need at least ten new mechanics every year for the next five years,” adds Mr. Wypych. The on-wing market is also a key focus for the future. “We are aiming to strengthen our position in this sector,” he says. “We are more flexible than the giants, no big organization, no bureaucracy, we receive an order and our guys are immediately on their way. Of course, we also offer a competent service which means customers get a fast turnaround and top quality work.”
The company motto is 'your engines are in good hands!' - maybe fewer hands than the large corporates, but clearly with significant advantages.