An area famed for aircraft production, engineering and pilot training in Poland is to create 1,000 new jobs this year – with the total likely to reach 4,000 over the next five years.
Dolina Lotnicza – Aircraft Valley – near Rzeszów, will see new jobs created at WSK-PZL Rzeszów, Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze in Mielec, The Goodrich units located in Krosno and nearby Jasionka, as well as at Hispano Suisa in Sędziszów and Vac Aero. Marek Darecki, CEO of WSK-PZL, co-creator of the whole Aircraft Valley enterprise, said the companies were currently focusing on modernisation of production processes and investment, meaning the creation of thousands of new jobs.
Three new construction centres have already been agreed, and the research and development centre in Mielec is now open. This centre uses the most modern technologies to test planes and helicopters in flight.
The factories produce key parts for some of the world’s most famous aircraft, including General Electric, Pratt Whitney, Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed. Dolina Lotnicza’s core export is the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter, and ongoing increases in export revenue was close to 3.2 billion złoty in 2012.
The growing demand for these Polish parts and products all over the world is the result of the very high quality of Polish engineering combined with competitive prices – both essential for the investors, particularly in crisis times.