The Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation company, Mielec Aviation Company Ltd. (Mieleckie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o.), became the new owner of the Aviation Services Department in Mielec. The transfer of ownership agreement to an organized part of the enterprise was signed with Airbus Poland S.A. on October 31, 2022. The main purpose of the acquisition of the Aviation Services Department in Mielec by the Institute’s company is to expand the possibilities in the field of commercialization of services and products as well as conducting joint research and development projects. The new unit specializes in aviation services and training, but also develops the design and production of aviation equipment and components.

The core activity of Mielec Aviation Company Ltd. will focus on continuing to provide air services to the State Forests in the field of protection against pests and fires. The company has a fleet of 40 aircraft, most of which are adapted to provide agricultural and firefighting services. In addition, the company is competent in the field of servicing General Aviation aircraft of various types and managing flight continuity. Thanks to specialized staff it runs a fully certified aviation training center.

“The purpose of establishing Mielec Aviation Company Ltd. and acquiring the Aviation Services Department by the Institute – says Paweł Stężycki, director of the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation – was to gain an industrial partner for research and implementation projects, including cooperation in the commercialization of projects developed within the competence of the Institute and the entire Łukasiewicz Research Network. Our ambition is not only to maintain and continue the existing activities of the Aviation Services Department, but also to launch production processes. We would like Mielec Aviation Company Ltd. to become a center consolidating various economic entities in the field of aviation, having high specialist competences in order to reactivate the aviation industry with Polish funds. We hope that Mielec Aviation Company Ltd., as a state-owned entity, will be able to obtain funds for investments and implementation of our projects.”

The Dromader aircraft in firefighting operation. Photo credit: Airbus Poland S.A.

Successful negotiations

Considering the need to develop the business in Mielec and the adopted development policy of the entire Airbus Group, the owner of the Aviation Services Department in Mielec decided to sell this business unit, however, maintaining the current nature and stability of its tasks. Thanks to good contacts and fruitful cooperation, the offer submitted by the Institute was received by the Airbus Group with great interest. The negotiations led to the agreement that were beneficial for both parties.

“This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Aviation Services Department in Mielec which has been continuously providing firefighting and agricultural services since 1972, mainly for the public sector in Poland. ASD is a significant part of our company with many competent and experienced employees. However, Airbus in Poland is closely related in its operations to military aviation production and maintenance services in this area. We decided to focus locally on further development of production and servicing of military aircraft fleets. We were determined that our Mielec part of the business would be taken over by a domestic investor, a stable company that could provide ASD not only with business security but also with development. We are glad that this part of our activity is now under the wings of Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation. We are convinced that within the new organization, ASD will develop and expand its activities in Poland. At the same time, thanks to this transaction, we will strengthen cooperation between the Institute and Airbus Poland on many other levels related to the aviation industry” said Johannes von Thadden, President of the Management Board and Managing Director of Airbus Poland S.A.

The Mielec Aviation Company Ltd. is located in a special economic zone in Mielec and thanks to its location in the center of the Aviation Valley, it will be a base not only for the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation, but it intends independently to enter both domestic and foreign markets with its services. Cooperation with the Institute will allow to expand the development possibilities of the company. It is also an inspiring combination of a research institution with an industrial partner.

The Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation is one of the most modern research facilities in Europe, with traditions dating back to 1926. The Institute closely cooperates with global tycoons of the aviation industry, such as: GE, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, and institutions from the space industry, including the European Space Agency. Strategic research areas of the Institute are aviation, space and unmanned technologies. It also provides research and services for domestic and foreign industries in the field of materials, composite, additive, remote sensing, energy and oil&gas technologies.

The Łukasiewicz Research Network provides attractive, complete and competitive technological solutions. It offers a unique system of “challenging” to business, thanks to which a group of 4,500 scientists in no more than 15 working days accepts the business challenge and proposes the entrepreneur to develop an effective implementation solution. At the same time, it involves the highest competences of scientists in Poland and a scientific apparatus unique in Poland. What is most important – the entrepreneur does not bear any costs related to the development of an idea for research work. Łukasiewicz meets the expectations of business in a convenient way. The entrepreneur may decide to contact us not only through the form at but also in more than 50 locations: the Łukasiewicz Institutes and their branches throughout Poland. They will receive the same – high quality – product or service everywhere. The Łukasiewicz potential is focused around such research areas as: health, intelligent mobility, digital transformation and sustainable economy and energy.

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