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SAB-SABENA TECHNICS 2004-10D
FORMED IN 1923. INITIALLY OPERATED AS SABENA AIRLINES WHICH OPERATED AS A REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES. AIRLINE WENT OUT OF BUSINESS AND ONLY ITS JET AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE REPAIR AND OVERHAUL (MRO) REMAINS IN BUSINESS.
BELGIUM (KINGDOM OF BELGIUM), WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1830, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 30,519 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 10.1 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BRUSSELS, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE FLEMISH AND FRENCH.
MAY 1995: SWISSAIR (SWS) TAKES 49.5% STAKE, & INVESTED $212 MILLION, AS PART OF A $353 MILLION INJECTION IN SABENA AIRLINES (SAB). (SAB) BUYS OUT AIR FRANCE (AFA) 37.6% STAKE, FOR $202 MILLION. OWNS 100% OF SOBELAIR (SBL). THE GOVERNMENT OWNS 13%.
SEPTEMBER 1995: 23 ORDERS AVRO RJ85'S, 82 PAX, 5-ABREAST, LEATHER TO REPLACE EXISTING 8 B AE 146-200'S, 8 F28'S, & 10 EMBRAER EMB-120'S BRAZILIA, OPERATED BY SUBSIDIARY, DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT). ALSO, WILL REPLACE 3 DC-10'S, WITH 4 A340'S.
1,050 LICENSED ENGINEERS (MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS) (MT).
DECEMBER 1995: TO CODE SHARE WITH (TAP) PORTUGAL, LISBON - BRUSSELS - MACAU (A340'S).
2 DAY STRIKE, COSTING -$5.1 MILLION/DAY.
1ST 2 AVRO RJ85'S, TO BE OPERATED BY SUBSIDIARY, DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT). 2 BAC-111-500'S (SPEY 512-14E) TO EURO AIR CHARTER. 1 A310-200 (JT9D-7R4E1), EX-AIR MALTA (MLT).
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +17% PASSENGERS (PAX) (5,001): EUROPE +18.7%, BRUSSELS (BRU) - TOKYO (TYO) +17.5%, NORTH ATLANTIC +10.8%, AFRICA +9.5%. IN 7 YEARS, WENT FROM 6,500 PASSENGERS (PAX)/DAY (1987) TO 13,700 IN 1995.
WITH PARTNER SWISSAIR (SWS), TO TAKE OVER AIR ZAIRE (ZAI) OPERATIONS, INCLUDING 49.5% STAKE, AND REST IS ZAIRE GOVERNMENT OWNED.
1995 = -$17.80 MILLION (-$40.30 MILLION) (SAB GROUP). AIRLINE = -$30.05 MILLION (-$47.01 MILLION), DUE TO 29 DAYS OF STRIKES.
MARCH 1996: JAN JUYGHEBAERT, CHAIRMAN REPLACES PETER GOTFREID. PAUL REUTLINGER, CFO, EX-SWISSAIR (SWS).
CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL), BRUSSELS TO NEW YORK (JFK) (A340-200).
1 A310-200 (JT9D-7R4) (318) EX-YEMENIA (YEM), AIRBUS (AIFS) LEASED. 1 A340-200 (CFM56-5C2), EX-AIR FRANCE (AFA). 1 BAC 111-500 (SPEY 512-14DW), EX-(BWA).
MAY 1996: PETER DE SWERT, VP TECHNICS (MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING), REPLACES JEAN DELANCE.
1 A340-200 REPLACES 747-200 TO NEW YORK, EX-AIR FRANCE (AFA).
JULY 1996: TO PHASE OUT 2 DC-10'S, & 3 A310'S, LEAVING 3 747'S, AND 4 A340'S RETURNING FROM AIR FRANCE (AFA). CONSIDERING TRANSFERRING 23 NEW RJ85'S BOUGHT FOR DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT), SABENA AIRLINES (SAB) SUBSIDIARY), TO SWISSAIR (SWS) FOR ~$483 MILLION, & LEASE THEM BACK. OFFERING TO INSTALL HUSHKITS ON 727'S, & 737-200'S IN CONJUNCTION WITH ENGINE OVERHAULS.
AUGUST 1996: MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR "D" CHECKS ON 2 (KLM) 737'S. IF OK, POSSIBLE +4 LATER.
1ST 6 MONTHS = +20% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, -$64.5 MILLION (NET LOSS).
SEPTEMBER 1996: CODE SHARE WITH SWISSAIR (SWS), AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL), AND DELTA AIRLINES (DAL).
MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, FOR "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS ON 6 LUXAIR (LUX) 737'S. 1 747-300 (23030), CORSAIR (COR) WET-LEASED 2 MONTHS.
OCTOBER 1996: BELGIAN (CAA) SUSPENDED A310 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINES OPERATIONS (ETOPS) CERTIFICATE, DUE TO RASH OF IN-FLIGHT SHUTDOWNS (IFSD)'S & OTHER ENGINE RELATED PROBLEMS. A310 TO LEAVE FLEET IN EARLY 1997.
SINCE SWISSAIR (SWS) OWNS 49.5% OF SABENA (SAB), (SWS) TOOK OVER (SAB)'S CARGO OPERATIONS "TO CUT COSTS."
ERIK MOYSON, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING, REPLACES ANDRE MULLER, WHO IS NOW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, SOBELAIR (SBL).
SABENA AIRLINES (SAB) IS LOSING MONEY WITH 737'S TO LONDON, SO WET-LEASES 737-300 TO VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA). TO FOCUS OTHER (SAB) 737'S, ON HELSINKI, VENICE & BILBAO.
REGIONAL SUBSIDIARY, DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT), CHANGED 9 OF 23 ORDERS AVRO RJ85'S, 85 PAX, TO RJ100'S, 100 PAX. 1 RJ85 (LF507-1F) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1997: 6 YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, FOR (JT8D) ENGINES, FOR 160 FEDEX (FED) 727'S.
SABENA TECHNICS NOW EMPLOYS 2,500 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT) EMPLOYEES = QTR OF TOTAL (SAB) EMPLOYMENT, AND PRODUCES 2/3 SALES OF SABENA GROUP. SABENA TECHNICS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR BANGLADESH BIMAN (BNG) A310-300'S, INCLUDING LINE AND LIGHT MAINTENANCE + INSTRUCTION, AT DHAKA AIRPORT, AND ASSISTANCE WITH HEAVY MAINTENANCE.
1996 = 5.60 BILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (#46 HIGHEST WORLD AIRLINE).
TO CINCINNATI (A340).
1/5 ORDERS (SEPTEMBER 1998) A330-200.
MARCH 1997: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = -$249.2 MILLION.
1 A340-300 (CFM56-5C2), EX-AIR FRANCE (AFA).
APRIL 1997: DOING VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA) 737 "C" CHECK MAINTENANCE & ENGINES.
TO MOSCOW (737).
ANDRE MULLER, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING RETIRES (NOW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR FOR SOBELAIR (SBL).
1 RJ-85 (LF507-1F) DELIVERY. RETIRED ITS LAST DC-10-30, AFTER 24 YEARS OPERATIONS.
MAY 1997: PIERRE DESMAELE, GENERAL MANAGER LINE AND LIGHT MAINTENANCE CHAIRS 2ND, AIRLINE, LINE MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE, IN BRUSSELS, INCLUDING LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN LINE MAINTENANCE, COSTS, SCHEDULED VS UNSCHEDULED MAINTENANCE, ENGINE FAILURES ON TWINS, MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND SPARES LOGISTICS SUPPORT.
1 A310-322 (437) RETURNED TO (ILF).
JULY 1997: (http://www.sabena.com/technics).
1ST 6 MONTHS: +29% RPK.
TO TOULOUSE (RJ-85, 82 PAX).
AUGUST 1997: BENDIX SELECTED FOR 737 (TCAS), & MODE S TRANSPONDERS.
1ST 6 MONTHS = -$9 MILLION (-38%): 3.075 MILLION (PAX) (+29%).
SEPTEMBER 1997: $12 MILLION, SABENA TECHNICS, MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, FOR SUDAN AIRWAYS (SUD) 2 A310-200'S, & A300-600 AIRPLANES. TO SEND DEDICATED TEAM OF TECHNICIANS TO KHARTOUM, ALTHOUGH PARTS & REPAIRS, WILL BE FROM BRUSSELS. SIMILAR TO CONTRACTS FOR YEMENIA, & BANGLADESH BIMAN (BNG).
1ST 7 MONTHS = +20.3% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, -5.8% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
OCTOBER 1997: 9,766 EMPLOYEES.
NOVEMBER 1997: ACQUIRES 10-15% CITYBIRD (CBD), WITH JOINT FLIGHTS TO MONTREAL, SAO PAULO, NEWARK, IN 5/98, USING (CBD)'S 767, AND MD-11'S, CARRYING SABENA AIRLINES (SAB) COLORS, AND PILOTS, 50% EACH PASSENGER (PAX).
1ST 9 MONTHS = 5.1 MILLION (PAX), +22.5% (RPK).
SABENA (SAB) TECHNICS, $4.3 MILLION CONTRACTS, FOR TRANSAVIA (TAV) 737'S, 1 YEAR, AIR HOLLAND (HOL) 3 737-300'S, "A" & "C"'S AND 757 "A"'S, & A300 & A310'S REPAIR MODIFICATIONS MAJOR SUB-COMPONENTS FOR B AE AVIATION SERVICES.
CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL)), TO KAMPALA, UGANDA (A340).
>$1.5 BILLION 34 ORDERS A319/A320/A321'S WITH 28 REPLACING 737'S. SWISSAIR (SWS) GAVE GUARANTEE TO SABENA TECHNIKS, FOR TRAINING, AND 10 YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR AIRBUS AIRCRAFT. ALSO INCLUDED (SWS)/(SAB) AIRCRAFT LEASE-BACK COMPANY. EXERCISED 1 OPTION A330-200 AND +2 OPTIONS. 1 A330-301 (045) DELIVERY.
DECEMBER 1997: CANCELS GLOBAL EXCELLENCE ALLIANCE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL), SWISSAIR (SWS), AND AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL). ATLANTIC "EXCELLENCE" CONTINUES.
CODE SHARE WITH (TAP) PORTUGAL, TO LISBON.
34 A320 FAMILY ORDERS: 24 A319'S, 5 A320'S, 3 A321'S (1/99). SALE OF 2 747'S IN 1999. TO TAKE 2 OPTIONS A330-200'S, WILL MAKE SABENA (SAB), AN ALL-AIRBUS OPERATOR.
JAN 1998: SABENA (SAB) GROUP 1997 = +$.25 MILLION (-$120 MILLION).
1 A319-100 (26) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 1998: CODE SHARE WITH (MNR), TO TOULON, NICE, AND MARSEILLE. ALSO, COLLABORATION ON SERVICE TO FRENCH TERRITORIES, IN CARIBBEAN & PACIFIC.
1997 = +25.1% RPK, 6.9 MILLION PAX (+32.8%).
DROPS FIRST CLASS SERVICE.
$420 MILLION ORDER FOR (CFM56) ENGINES, FOR 34 ORDERS AIRBUS AIRCRAFT (SWS HARMONIZATION). SELLS 13 737-229'S TO EUROPEAN AVIATION LTD (EUL), & LEASES BACK FOR 1999 CHARTERS. 1 AVRO RJ100 (LF507-1F) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1998: TO COMBAT RITISH AIRWAYS (BAB)'S NEW "GO" LOW-FARE OPERATOR (GFL), OUT OF STANSTED, INCREASES CODE SHARE WITH VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA), TO HEATHROW, ROME GATWICK, & BARCELONA. ALSO, TO STANSTED (USING (EBA) AIRCRAFT).
1997 = -$67.8 MILLION: 6.7 MILLION PAX.
CODE SHARE WITH TURKISH AIRLINES (THY), TO ISTANBUL. JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT, INCLUDING CODE SHARE WITH VASP (VSP), TO SAO PAULO, SALVADOR DE BAHIA, AND RECIFE.
PART OF "QUALIFLYER" GROUP ALLIANCE WITH SWISSAIR (SWS), TAP AIR PORTUGAL, AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL) AND AOM (MNR).
34 ORDERS A320'S, & +2 A330-200'S. +2 ORDERS (1998) A330-200'S (PW4168).
APRIL 1998: 9,500 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.sabena.com).
CODE SHARE WITH COMAIR (COI), CINCINNATI TO 5 USA CITIES.
1ST QUARTER +30% (RPK).
MAY 1998: 75TH ANNIVERARY!
RJ100 (LF507-1F) DELIVERY.
JUNE 1998: NEW SERVICE TO BELFAST (100TH DESTINATION) (B AE 146). TO OPERATE CITYBIRD (CBD) MD-11, TO MONTREAL.
JULY 1998: SUCCESS OF CITYBIRD MD-11'S, GENERATES INTEREST IN OPERATING 3RD CITYBIRD MD-11.
AUGUST 1998: CODE SHARE WITH FINNAIR (FIN) TO HELSINKI, VIA STOCKHOLM.
SABENA (SAB) TECHNICS 3 MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS, FOR $19.6 MILLION FOR TRANSLUX A310-300, ARMENIAN AIRLINES (ARQ) A310, AT YEREVAN, INCLUDING REPAIR OF (JT9D-7R5) ENGINES, & FISCHER AIR (FIH) 737-300 (CFM56-3) ENGINES.
SELECTS ROCKWELL COLLINS, SAT-2000-3 SATCOM SYSTEM, FOR 26 A319'S, 5 A320'S, & 3 A321'S.
(SAB) GROUP 1ST 6 MONTHS = +$1.6 MILLION (1ST +VE IN 40 YEARS!) (-$27 MILLION): +46.9% (RPK) LONG-HAUL & +30.4% (RPK) SHORT- & MEDIUM-HAUL.
INCDT: A340-211 (014) RIGHT MAIN, & CENTER GEARS COLLAPSED ON LANDING AT BRUSSELS = 3 OF 10/255 MINOR INJURIES.
SEPTEMBER 1998: CODE SHARE WITH COMAIR (COI), ACCESSES BOSTON - MONTREAL, CINCINNATI - BIRMINGHAM, CHARLOTTE, INDIANAPOLIS, KALAMAZOO, ST LOUIS, TOLEDO, & TORONTO.
SABENA AIRLINES (SAB) FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = -$54.9 MILLION.
INCDT: A330-301 (030) STRUCK PARKED SOBELAIR (SBL) 737-329, DURING TAXIING BY MECHANICS = ALL OK, SUBSTANTIAL 737 DAMAGE.
1ST 6 MONTHS = +$1.7 MILLION. A330-223 (230) DELIVERY.
1 A340-312 (036), EX-GULF AIR (GUL), AIRBUS SIX MONTH LEASED.
OCTOBER 1998: IN 1999-01, SABENA TECHNICS BECOMES SEPARATE BUSINESS UNIT.
DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) CODE SHARE, ON A330-200 FLIGHTS, TO BRUSSELS AND COTONOU, BENIN.
NOVEMBER 1998: TO NUREMBERG (DHC-8) & VALENCIA.
SABENA TECHNICS $4.2 MILLION MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, FOR LITHUANIAN (LIJ) 737'S "D" CHECKS, AND (CFM56)/(JT8D) ENGINES.
AVRO RJ100 (LF507-1F) DELIVERY.
DECEMBER 1998: AS PART OF 75TH ANNIVERSARY, INTRODUCES NEW LIVERY WITH DARKER BLUE AND STYLISED "S" LOGO ON TAIL.
JANUARY 1999: CODE SHARE WITH EL AL (ELA), TO TEL AVIV.
1998 = 8.78 MILLION PAX (+27.3%), PROJECTS >10 MILLION FOR 1999; 68.1% LF (+2.5); INTERNATIONAL 71.4% LF; +44.4% PAX; DOMESTIC +24.4% PAX. .
REORGANIZED TO 5 BUSINESS UNITS: SABENA AIRLINES (INCLUDING FLIGHT OPERATIONS, COMMERCIAL) SABENA TECHNICS (MAINTENANCE); BRUSSELS HUB (GROUND HANDLING, CARGO, CATERING, INFO); SOBELAIR (SBL), AND (DAT) (REGIONAL AIRLINE).
NEW SERVICES TO CATANIA (SICILY), PALMA DE MALLORCA, & FARO.
1 B AE RJ100 (E3342, OO-DWI) DELIVERY, OPERATIONS BY DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT).
FEBRUARY 1999: 1998 = +$34.5 MILLION. SABENA (SAB) GROUP = +$20 MILLION (-$70 MILLION).
83% OF ROUTE NETWORK HAS LITTLE ASIAN EXPOSURE. IN 1998, 10 NEW DESTINATIONS. PART OF ITS SUCCESS FROM WET-LEASING CITYBIRD (CBD) AIRPLANES, FOR ROUTES TO MONTREAL, NEWARK, AND SAO PAULO. EUROPE = 63% LF (+4.5), & INTERNATIONAL = 72.2% LF (+1.3).
A321-211 (970) DELIVERY. +3 ORDERS A330-200'S. 1 ORDER (4/99) A330-300, (ILF) 70 MONTH LEASED.
MARCH 1999: 1ST A321 DELIVERY. IN 1998, SOLD 24 737'S, 2 747 -300'S, & ITS LAST 7 EMBRAER TURBOPROPS. BY END OF 1999, ITS SUBSIDIARY, REGIONAL DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT) WILL OPERATE 26 AVRO RJ-85/-100'S, & 6 B AE 146-200'S. 737-229 (351-20907), SOLD TO AIGLE AZUR (AZU).
APRIL 1999: 9,500 EMPLOYEES. (email@example.com).
A340-212 (036) RETURNED TO AIRBUS (EDS), & LEASED TO SRILANKAN (LNK). EXTENDED LEASE OF 3 A330-300'S (CF6-80E1) (030; 037; 045) TIL 2007. A330-322 (96, OO-SFX), ILF LEASED. A321-211 (995, OO-SUB), DELIVERY. 737-229 (20911) RETIRED.
MAY 1999: A321-211 (1012, OO-SUC) DELIVERY.
JUNE 1999: TO SELL ITS 11.2% STAKE IN CITYBIRD (CBD).
1998 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC (RPM) (BILLION):
31 SVA 11.69; 32 ASA 11.27; 33 ANZ 11.15; 34 ANS 10.14; 35 SAA 9.85; 36 SAB 9.53; 37 BEJ 9.07; 38 JAS 8.77; 39 THY 8.10; 40 EAD 8.07; 41 AIN 7.68.
AUGUST 1999: IN 1999-10 TO BREMEN, VERONA, & SEVILLA.
DIRK WERQUIN, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, EX-GENERAL MANAGER COMPONENT WORKSHOPS, REPLACES ERIK MOYSON, NOW HEAD STRUCTURES ENGINEERING.
SABENA (SAB) GROUP FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = +$20 MILLION (-$64 MILLION): 15.34 BILLION (RPK) (+36.1%), 8.75 MILLION (PAX) (+27.3%), 67.3% LF (+1.7). 1ST 6 MONTHS = -$14 MILLION: +19.7% (RPK), 4.7 MILLION (PAX) (+15%), +75% FUEL COSTS, AFFECTED BY PRICE WAR ON USA, & AFRICAN ROUTES, + (ATC) DISORGANIZATION, KOSOVO CRISIS, & MODERATE GROWTH OF BUSINESS-CLASS (C) MARKET. 1998 (SAB) = +$34.8 MILLION (-$54.9 MILLION): 9.53 BILLION (RPM) (+36.1%), 1.27 BILLION (FTM) (+33.3%).
A319-112 (1068, OO-SSB), & A330-223 (290, OO-SFQ) DELIVERIES. 737-229 (20910) AND 747-329 (24837) RETIRED.
SEPTEMBER 1999: REDUCES ITS STAKE IN CITYBIRD (CBD), TO 2.99%, & MAY SELL ALL SHARES.
TO BREMEN AND VERONA. IN 1999-10, TO SEVILLE.
SABENA TECHNICS: CONTACT: JEAN PIERRE GIELEN, MANAGER SALES; 3 HANGARS; "A" - "D" CHECKS FOR 707'S, 727'S, 737'S, A310'S, A320'S; "A" - "B" CHECKS FOR A330'S & A340'S; INCLUDING AVIONICS UPGRADES, COMPOSITES REPAIRS, INTERIORS, STRIP/PAINT, & VIP REFURBISHMENTS.
A319-112 (1086, OO-SSC) DELIVERY. 1ST A320 (CFM56-5B) DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 1999: (SAB) TECHNICS, 5 YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT, FOR 2 AXON (AXO) 737-700'S, & (CFM56-7) OVERHAUL, BY JOINT SNECMA/SABENA ENGINE SERVICES.
A319-112 (1102, OO-SSD), A320-214 (1081, OO-SNF), AND A330-223 (296, OO-SFR, (ILF) LEASED) DELIVERIES.
NOVEMBER 1999: TO MADRAS (CHENNAI) NONSTOP (A330-200).
747-329 (23439, 58 10) RETIRED.
DECEMBER 1999: PAUL REUTLINGER, CEO TO RESIGN BY THE END OF 2000.
MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) 4/4 ORDERS A340-300'S (CFM56-5C4), 44C, 234Y, (2001-01), TO REPLACE 2 A340-200'S, & 2 -300'S.
JANUARY 2000: 1999 = 10.03 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+13.9%), 66.5% LF (LOAD FACTOR).
3 NEW ROUTES: CODE SHARE WITH UKRAINE INTERNATIONANL (UKR), TO KIEV (737); TO SHEFFIELD, UK; & TO LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA; AS PART OF STRATEGY TO SERVE ALL CAPITAL CITIES OF EXISTING & FUTURE MEMBER STATES OF EUROPEAN UNION (EU).
SABENA (SAB) AND SWISSAIR (SWS), SIGN ON WITH "europebyair.com."
PETER DE SWERT, PRESIDENT & CEO, SABENA TECHNICS.
A319-112 (1160, OO-SSG) DELIVERY. 2 737-229'S (20912; OO-SDF; 1135, OO-SDG) RETURNED TO EUROPEAN AVIATION (EUL), & 1 737-229C (21139, OO-SDP) RETURNED TO (EUL). 1 A330-200 (PW4168) (300), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED.
FEBRUARY 2000: 10,238 EMPLOYEES.
1999 = -$14 MILLION, DUE TO MORE COMPETITION ON NORTH ATLANTIC, (ATC) PROBLEMS DURING KOSOVO WAR, & HIGHER FUEL COSTS: +13.9% (RPK), 65.6% LF (-1.9). +20.7% (ASK), LONG-HAUL.
SABENA TECHNICS HAS MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS, FOR OMAN AIR (OMR) 2 A310-300'S (PW4000), & CITYBIRD (CBD) 2 737-400'S. SABENA TECHNICS OPENS 7,078 SQ M, LOGISTICS FACILITY, AT BRUSSELS, WITH AUTOMATED BINNING, & RETRIEVAL SYSTEM. SABENA TECHNICS PROVIDES MAINTENANCE TO >140 CUSTOMERS, & INCREASED PRODUCTION +6.7% MANHOURS, & +16.4% REVENUE.
737-229C (20915) RETIRED. A330-223 (322, OO-SFT) DELIVERY.
MARCH 2000: 1999 = 17.69 BILLION (RPK) (+15.4%); 9.97 MILLION PAX (+13.9%).
IN 2000-06, TO CHICAGO (ORD), AND WASHINGTON DULLES (DAILY). IN 2000-08, TO DALLAS/FORT WORTH (DFW) (A330, DAILY) BY CODE SHARE WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL).
A319-112 (1184, OO-VLO) DELIVERY. (LOI) 2 A340-211'S, LEASED TO KHALIFA (KHZ).
APRIL 2000: NEXT MONTH, CODE SHARE WITH LOT POLISH (LOT), TO WARSAW.
NOW FLIES TO >100 DESTINATIONS, IN 50 COUNTRIES.
SAIRGROUP (SWS) TO INCREASE STAKE IN SABENA (SAB), FROM 49.5% TO 85%.
MAY 2000: 747-329BC (24837) RETURNED TO UNICAPITAL (USG), LEASED TO ATLAS AIR (TLS). A330-223 (324, OO-SFU) DELIVERY.
JUNE 2000: TERMINATES PLAN TO LEASE 2 A340-200'S (414, 30), TO KHALIFA (KHZ). 737-229 (JT8D-15A) (21136, G-CEAG), TO EUROPEAN AIR CHARTER (EUL).
JULY 2000: CHRISTOPH MULLER, PRESIDENT & CEO, REPLACES PAUL REUTLINGER, WHO RESIGNED TO JOIN NEW FRENCH AIRLINE, "AIR LIB" FORMED BY MERGER OF AOM (MNR), AIR LIBERTE (ALB) & AIR LITTORAL, STILL PART OF THE SAIRGROUP AND QUALIFLYER ALLIANCE.
2ND Q = 2.95M PAX (+13%), +13.2% RPK, +3% ASK, 72% LF.
1 DH-8-100, SCHREINER AIRWAYS (SCH) WET-LEASED FOR OPERATIONS TO SHEFFIELD.
AUGUST 2000: DAILY CODE SHARE WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL), TO DALLAS/FORT WORTH (DFW) (A330-200), AND TO 81 USA DESTINATIONS BEYOND NEW YORK, WASHINGTON, BOSTON, CHICAGO (ORD), & (DFW).
1999 = -$14.1M (+$19.8M): 17.69B RPK (+15.4%); 9.97M PAX (+13.9%); 10,638 EMPLOYEES (+11%). 1ST 6 MONTHS = -$78M: 5.30B RPK (+11%), 65.1% LF.
1 A340-211 WET-LEASED TO AOM (MNR) (14, OO-SCW). GROUNDED 2 A340'S. A319-112 (1283, OO-SSI) DELIVERY. 737-229 (418-21135) TO (EUL).
SEPTEMBER 2000: TO MIAMI.
A319-112 (1305, OO-SSJ) DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 2000: 1ST 6 MONTHS TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC RPK (B):
19 AAT 9.47; 20 ASA 9.43; 21 SAB 9.27; 22 BEJ 8.26; 23 FIN 7.35.
TO CONAKRY, GUINEA - MONROVIA, LIBERIA (MD-11). TO BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI (A330-200). CODE SHARE WITH (LOT) POLISH, TO GDANSK. CODE SHARE WITH CSA-CZECH AIRLINES (CSA), TO PRAGUE.
3RD Q = 3.04M PAX (+8.4%), 75.5% LF (+1.7).
A319-112 (1336) DELIVERY.
NOVEMBER 2000: 12,717 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 702 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 1,907 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 2,551 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)) (+6%).
A319-112 (1364, OO-SSL) DELIVERY.
DECEMBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH (KLM), TO AMSTERDAM. STOPS ITS WEEKLY SERVICE TO BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI, AFTER ITS A330-200 WAS SHOT AT BY GUERRILLA GROUPS, AND A CABIN ATTENDANT AND PASSENGER WERE SLIGHTLY WOUNDED. CODE SHARE WITH (LTU), TO DUSSELDORF, FRANKFURT, MUNICH, AND STUTTGART.
RETIRED ITS LAST 737-300. CANCELS 4 ORDERS A340-300 AS PART OF "OPERATION BLUE SKY" COST ANALYSIS PROGRAM. ORDER WILL BE TAKEN OVER BY ONE OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE QUALIFLYER GROUP. EARLIER HAD PUT UP ITS 2 A340-200'S FOR SALE, AS IT REDUCED ITS CAPACITY ON
ITS LONG-HAUL ROUTES. THE AIRPLANES ARE STILL IN STORAGE AWAITING DISPOSAL. FOLLOWING TERMINATION OF ITS JOHANNESBURG AND NEW YORK/NEWARK SERVICES, IT WILL ALSO DISPOSE OF EITHER 2 MORE A340'S, OR 2 OF ITS 10 A330'S. A319-112 (1388, OO-SSM) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 2001: 2000 = +10.3% RPK; +8% ASK, 67.5% LF (+1). UNFORTUNATELY, GROWTH WAS NOT ENOUGH TO TURN AROUND THE FINANCIALLY STRUGGLING CARRIER. ONLY 17.7% OF PASSENGERS (PAX), ARE IN BUSINESS (C) CLASS, ALTHOUGH 55% WERE IN TRANSIT AT BRUSSELS. EUROPEAN PAX +9.8%, NORTH ATLANTIC +6.1%, AFRICA +9.7%.
PLANS TO GROUND 2 MORE LONG-HAUL AIRPLANES, IN ADDITION TO 2 A340-200'S, WHICH ARE ONLY USED AS A BACKUP. A320-214 (1370, OO-SNG) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 2001: CUTS -700 JOBS, AS SABENA (SAB) GROUP REDUCED TO 12,000. WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO PAY ITS BILLS BY END OF MONTH, UNLESS UNIONS & SHAREHOLDERS, ACCEPT THE RESTRUCTURING PLAN. NEEDS $231M, CAPITAL INJECTION BY SAIRGROUP, AND BELGIAN GOVERNMENT. SHAREHOLDERS PROCEED WITH RECAPITALIZATION PLAN WITH SAIRGROUP, PUTTING IN #150M EUROS, & BELGIAN GOVERNMENT #100M. UNIONS AGREE TO CUTTING OF -700 JOBS, TO SAVE A RECURRENT #52M EUROS. SAIRGROUP MAY INCREASE ITS STAKE TO 85%.
3 ORDERS (3/01) A320'S (CFM56) (1413; 1439; 1450), SALE (SIL) LEASED.
MARCH 2001: 2 737-429'S (2106-25247; 25248) RETURNED TO (TCI), LEASED TO JAPAN TRANSOCEAN AIR (SWL), + (25226) TO (SWL), IN 5/01. A340-211 (022, OO-SCX) RETURNED FROM AOM FRENCH (MNR).
APRIL 2001: 2000 = -$288M. 12,717 EMPLOYEES.
FERDINAND CHAFFART, PRESIDENT. CHRISTOPH MUELLER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, (SAB) GROUP.
EXPECTED TO CANCEL 14 AIRBUS A320 FAMILY ORDERS. 1 A319-112 (1429) DELIVERY.
JUNE 2001: 1 737-329 (23774) WET-LEASED TO SOBELAIR (SBL).
JULY 2001: 1 A319-112 (1494, OO-SSO) & 1 A320-214 (1429, OO-SSN) DELIVERIES.
AUGUST 2001: DRASTIC RESCUE PLAN WILL CUT -1,600 JOBS.
1ST 6 MONTHS = -$123M. CLOSE TO BANKRUPTCY.
1 737-529 (2165-25419), RETURNED TO (TCI), LEASED TO UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL (UKR).
SEPTEMBER 2001: EUROPEAN COMMISION (EC) IS INVESTIGATING RECENT AGREEMENT, WHERE THE BELGIAN GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE 40% OF TOTAL #EUR430M RESCUE PACKAGE, WHILST SWISSAIR GROUP (SWS) WILL CONTRIBUTE 60%, PROVIDING (SWS) DOES NOT HAVE TO RAISE ITS STAKE IN SABENA (SAB), FROM 49.5% TO 85%, AS PREVIOUSLY AGREED TO.
UNIONS AGREED TO -1,400 JOB CUTS, FLEET AND NETWORK REDUCTION.
OCTOBER 2001: AFTER FILING FOR LOCAL EQUIVALENT OF BANKRUPTCY, APPEALS FOR PRIVATE INVESTORS "WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THE RE-LAUNCH OF AN AIRLINE COMPANY IN BRUSSELS." EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) OK'S A "RESCUE AID" BRIDGE LOAN FROM GOVERNMENT OF #EUR125M. LAST GOVERNMENT CASH INJECTION WAS IN 1991.
SABENA TECHNICS WILL NOT FILE FOR CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION.
NOVEMBER 2001: SUSPENDS OPERATIONS. TO FILE FOR LIQUIDATION.
PLANS TO SELL SOBELAIR (SBL) AND SABENA TECHNICS. SABENA (SAB)'S REGIONAL SUBSIDIARY, DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT), RESUMED FLIGHTS AND AIMS TO SERVE 35 EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS. DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT) BECOMES MEMBER OF (IATA).
DIRK WERQUIN, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, TRANSFERS TO DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT) AS DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT. GUY SCHEPERS, INTERIM DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.
1ST 9 MONTHS = 1.39B RPK (-23.6%); -16.4% ASK; 69.1% LF (-6.5) 29.57M FTK.
SABENA TECHNICS REDUCES ITS WORKFORCE BY -700 (-30%). SABENA TECHNICS HAS MAINTENANCE SUPPORT CONTRACT FOR ISLANDSFLUG (ISF) A310-300F.
JANUARY 2002: DELTA AIR TRANSPORT (DAT), NEW OWNERS, AIR HOLDING NV/SA, SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH THE RECEIVERS OF SABENA (SAB) TO BUY THE NAME "SABENA" FROM THE FAILED AIRLINE. THE DEAL ALLOWS ROOM FOR SABENA TECHNICS TO KEEP ON USING THE NAME.
737-500 (25249) SOLD, TO A FIRM IN DALLAS, TEXAS.
SABENA TECHNICS REDUCES ITS WORKFORCE BY -740.
June 2002: 3 A319-112's (1068; 1145; 1388), sold to Margritte Aircraft Leasing.
July 2002: Sabena Technics (SAB) is doing keel beam replacement for Air Gabon (GBN) 767. A321-211 (1012) sold to Margritte Aircraft Leasing.
October 2002: 2-year contract to Sabena Technics (SAB) with Virgin Express (EBA) for "C" checks on 14 737-300/-400's. (SAB) already has responsibility for component overhaul and engineering for (EBA)'s fleet.
TO ORDER MIX OF AVRO RJ100'S, A319'S & A320'S BY END/97, TO REPLACE 14 737-200'S.
DESPITE PHASE OUT PLAN BY 2000, IS STILL HUSHKITTING & ADDING AVIONIC MODIFICATIONS TO 737'S. 1ST OF 3 A330-301 (CF6-80E1), EX-(ANT), 268 PAX (030). A330 OPERATING ON WEST AFRICAN ROUTES 50C, 218Y.
December 2002: 2-year maintenance contract to Sabena Technics (SAB) to provide full support for Sobelair (SBL)'s 737-800. "A" check maintenance contract to Sabena Technics for European Air Transport (EPT) 12 A300B4/F4's.
January 2003: 5-year, exclusive contract with Europe Airpost (EUE), for landing gear Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on 2 737-200's and 14 737-300's. "C10" check maintenance contract to Sabena Technics (SAB) for Yemenia (YEM) A310 at Sana'a airport, Yemen.
March 2003: Sabena Technics (SAB) contract with Cyprus Airways (CYP) for "C" checks and phase-out of 4 A310's. Sabena Technics (SAB) has 4-year SN Brussels (DAT) contract to provide component support for 3 A319's, including providing line and light maintenance for 6 months, before (DAT) assumes the work itself.
June 2003: Sabena Technics agreement with Rotable Asset Management (RAM) for maintenance of Airbus components for 6 years. Has flight hour contract with Volare (VLR), for test, repair, & overhaul of components for 18 A320's, 2 A321's, & 6 A330's.
March 2004: Sabena Technics 5-year contract with Air Luxor (LXA) for components and heavy maintenance (for 1 year) for 5 A320's and components & heavy maintenance for 1 A330.
April 2004: Contract with Luxair (LUX) covering components for 3 737-700's. Sabena Technics (SAB) will provide component maintenance, pool access and consignment stock in Luxembourg.
June 2005: TAT Industries will purchase Sabena Techniccs (SAB). In 2004, (SAB) had 1,150 employees, and revenue of # EUR 125M/$153.6M. TAT Industries is the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) arm of the French TAT Group, who posted sales of # EUR 184M in 2004, with its main sites in Dinard, Nimes, & Marseille, with 1,250 employees. Christophe Bernardini, Managing Director of TAT Industries will become Chairman and Managing Director of (SAB).
November 2005: Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) said Virgin Express (EBA) ordered four 737-300 Blended Winglet shipsets, the first of which will be installed by Sabena Technics (SAB) in December. The carrier leases its 737s from GECAS (GEF) but will purchase the winglets directly.
May 2006: Sabena Technics (SAB) hangar at Brussels Airport was destroyed Friday by a heavy fire that damaged three A320s plus a C-130 belonging to the Belgian Air Force, that were in the shop for heavy maintenance. One A320-211 (632, EK-32010) belonged to Armenian airline Armavia (ARZ), which had lost another A320 two days earlier when it crashed into the Black Sea. Additional A320s reportedly were owned by an Armenian entrepreneur and Hellas Jet (HEJ), which was operating them with Volare (VLR) titles - see photo (SAB-ARZ-HANGAR FIRE MAY06).
"All four airplanes, that were in hangar 40, which is used only for heavy maintenance, are very badly damaged," Sabena Technics (SAB) spokesperson Carla Daniels confirmed. The Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) provider's offices also were located in the hangar. Authorities launched an investigation into the cause. "We don't exclude anything, but we do not suspect at this moment any malicious intent," Daniels said.
June 2006: The (TAT) Group will adopt Sabena Technics (SAB) as the single brand for its civil and military aviation maintenance activities. The (TAT) Group acquired Sabena Technics (SAB), a subsidiary of the former Belgian flag carrier, one year ago. The rebranding "underscores the group's strategic ambition to be one of Europe's leading independent operators of maintenance services," the (TAT) Group said in a statement.
January 2007: Sabena Technics (SAB) acquired EADS (EDS) Barfield, extending its Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) offering across North and South America. Barfield counts 250 employees at its Miami, Phoenix and Louisville facilities, with a total turnover of €50 million/$64.7 million. Following several recent acquisitions, the maintenance activities of TAT Group now generate a turnover of €450 million and employ some 3,300 people worldwide. Its brand portfolio includes Sabena Technics (SAB), Sogerma Services, Sogerma Tunisie and Barfield.
February 2007: Sabena Technics (SAB) and Taneja Aerospace & Aviation (TAAL) intend to establish a joint venture to respond to "the demands of the growing Indian aviation market." The Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) activity will take place at (TAAL)'s private airfield in Tamil Nadu some 50 km southeast of Bangalore. Initially, the (MRO) provider will target regional turboprop airplanes such as ATR 42s/72s and eventually will ramp up to narrowbodies.
Sabena Technics (SAB) signed a three-year contract with Martinair (MTH) covering Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on (V2500)-powered A320-200s. Sabena Technics (SAB) will provide full support as well as component repair services, comprising pool access and consignment stock.
March 2007: (KLM) Engineering & Maintenance appointed former Sabena Technics (SAB) President & CEO, Peter de Swert as Senior VP Operations.
October 2007: Sabena (SAB) Flight Academy acquired a Level D 737-700/-800 full flight simulator.
Sabena (SAB) Flight Academy and GMR Group signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to create a joint venture aviation training academy at New Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, by January 2009. The academy will offer "complete training packages for aviation-related activities" covering pilot (FC) and cabin crew (CA) training, engineers (MT), technicians (MT), and aviation consultants. Training for airport operations staff such as passenger and ramp services agents also will be provided. The companies will invest more than +€80 million/$114 million over the next three years in infrastructure, including accommodation for more than >200 trainees per year, six full flight simulators, cabin trainers and engineering tooling.
November 2007: Sabena Technics (SAB) renewed its contract for line and light maintenance of Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW)'s six A320s. The initial agreement was signed three years ago, and now is extended for an undetermined period. Sabena (SAB) also has a five-year contract for component support of (TCW)'s A320s.
April 2008: Sabena Technics (SAB) signed a three-year airplane maintenance services agreement with Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) covering its 10 737s and four A330s. The agreement includes line and light maintenance support, outstation services for long-haul operations and component support services. By year end, Brussels (DAT)/(EBA) aims to conduct its own line maintenance on its 737s. It already does so on its B Ae 146s and A320 family airplanes.
Sabena Technics (SAB) signed a 10-year base maintenance contract with Aer Lingus (ARL) to perform "C" checks and structural checks on its A320 family and A330 airplanes.
May 2008: Sabena Technics (SAB) appointed Willy Buysse Managing Director of its Brussels site.
September 2008: Sabena Technics (SAB) signed a three-year contract with Swiftair (SWF) to perform component support and overhaul services on its five 737-300F freighters.
June 2009: Sabena Technics (SAB) and Al Wazzan Group will set up a joint venture (JV) to provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services to operators in the Middle East from Kuwait City. The (MRO) facility will offer proximity services such as line, light and heavy airplanes maintenance, pooling and logistics support. The investment will include a new hangar that is expected to be operational next year. The (JV)'s first customer will be Kuwait-based premium carrier Wataniya (WYA), which already is supported by Sabena Technics (SAB).
October 2009: Sabena Technics (SAB) signed a two-year integrated services contract with Mistral Air (MSA) covering the Italian cargo operator's fleet of ATR42s.
December 2009: Belgium initiated proceedings against Switzerland before the United Nations (UN) International Court of Justice regarding its longstanding dispute over the 2001 bankruptcy of Sabena (SAB), in which SAirGroup (formerly Swissair (SWS)) and its SAirLines subsidiary held a 49.5% stake. Belgium claimed that Switzerland violated the Lugano Convention, "in particular in the judicial domain, [and relating to] the decision by Swiss courts not to recognize a decision by Belgian courts and not to stay proceedings later initiated in Switzerland on the subject of the same dispute," according to the filing. Cases have been heard in both countries concerning accusations that the SAirGroup (SWS) defaulted on payments.
January 2011: The SAirGroup (formerly Swissair (SWS)) was responsible for the bankruptcy of Sabena (SAB) in November 2001, a Belgian court ruled, although it ordered a much lower payment than the claimants had sought. It said the Swiss group, which held a 49.5% stake in the Belgian flag carrier (SAB), did not respect an August 2001 agreement to provide 60% of a €430 million/$589.4 million cash injection needed to keep Sabena (SAB) in business.
The court ordered SAirGroup (SWS) to pay Sabena (SAB)’s creditors, its liquidator and the Belgian state €18.3 million in provisional damages. The liquidator had requested €2 billion in damages and the Belgian state €1 billion.
February 2011: Barfield won a 10-year contract from Avianca (AVI) - TACA (TAC) to provide full component support for the A320 fleet operated by the group’s four airlines, Avianca (AVI), TACA (TAC), Aerogal (ERG), and Ocean Air (now Avianca Brazil) (ONE). Barfield’s Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) support includes an option to provide logistics in Miami as well as the supply of consumable items. As part of the agreement, Barfield, which is the USA subsidiary of Sabena Technics (SAB) committed to setting up specific repair capabilities in Bogota to better support Grupo Avianca-TACA’s airlines. The facility will also support other operators in South America.
Sabena Technics (SAB) CEO, Christophe Bernardini called the contract a “milestone” for Barfield. “We are proud of the trust (AVI) - (TAC) has extended to our group and will do our utmost to ensure that our customer’s operations are near perfection,” he said.
Sabena Technics (SAB) won a five-year contract from Thomas Cook Airlines (GUE)/(JMA) covering line and light maintenance of its seven A320s, as well component support and pool access.
April 2011: Sabena Technics (SAB) confirmed that Barfield Bogota, the Colombian subsidiary of Barfield Miami, is expected to open in mid-year 2011. The new subsidiary follows the signing of a 10-year Airbus (EDS) A320 component services contract with Avianca (AVI)/Taca (TAC) (for subsidiary carriers Avianca (AVI), TACA (TAC), Aerogal (ERG) and Avianca Brazil (ONE) (formerly Ocean Air). The “fast shop” will initially focus on avionics testing and repair with plans to expand its capabilities to service a larger array of components. The shop will also provide services to other operators in South America.
“I am very pleased to see how our group has developed service proximity to our customers,” said Sabena Technics (SAB) CEO, Christophe Bernardini. “The launch of our Colombian subsidiary, backed by Sabena Technics (SAB)’s group of experts, has all the resources required for it to be a success.”
December 2011: Sabena Technics (SAB) has named Jacques Bernardi as Executive VP Component Services. Bernardi joins (SAB) from Goodrich Actuation Systems (BFG) where he served as Director Aftermarket & (MRO).
February 2012: The VIP Business Jet completion branch of Sabena Technics (SAB) has entered into a licensing agreement for the modification of Boeing Business Jet (BCJ) airplanes. The new license comes as part of the ramp-up of the VIP business jet completion and upgrade activity at the Bordeaux, France facility of Sabena Technics (SAB).
"The attribution of this license is the first step toward becoming a licensed completion center, which we expect to happen sometime in late 2012 or early 2013," said Christophe Bernardini, (CEO) of Sabena Technics (SAB). He added "The BBJ operators worldwide can now benefit from Sabena Technics (SAB)'s recognized expertise for maintenance and modifications while our dedicated VIP cabin team performs a touch-up, upgrade or full refurbish of their VIP or corporate cabin."
May 2012: Sabena Technics (SAB) subsidiary, Barfield has extended a full support contract with SATENA (STN) to include an additional three ATR42-500 and ATR72-500 airplanes. Barfield will provide nose-to-tail component support, including engines Line Replaceable Units (LRU)s and propellers, pool access and main base inventory located in Bogotá, Colombia.
June 2012: Sabena Technics (SAB) named Rodolphe Marchais as Chairman & (CEO), following a Sabena Technics general shareholders meeting where the (TAT) Group changed the by-laws governing the company and its subsidiaries.
September 2012: Sabena Technics (SAB) signed a five-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract with Israir Airlines (ISA) to support its fleet of ATR airplanes. (ISA) added two new ATR72-500s to its fleet in 2011 and signed (SAB) to a short-term contract in June 2012.
(SAB) will perform component repair and overhaul services, including pool access with advanced standard exchange component services.
October 2012: (TAME) (TAM) has extended its contract with Sabena Technics (SAB) Barfield to include the support of two additional A319s. This builds on an existing six-year contract between (TAM) and Barfield for the full support of six A320 family airplanes.
Sabena Technics (SAB) signed a five-year full support contract with Donbassaero (UDC) for its fleet of A320s. (SAB) will provide (UDC) with component support, logistics services, as well as pool access and implementation of a main base kit.
December 2012: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded Sabena Technics (SAB) with an Airbus A380 base maintenance rating, allowing the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider to perform structural repairs, modifications and upgrades for A380 operators at its Bordeaux France facility. (SAB) now has base maintenance rating on every flying Airbus (EDS) airplane type.
“Our dedicated A380 hangar is already fully booked until the third quarter of 2014 and we are now ready to take orders for 2015 and beyond, for which we expect the demand for 2, 4 and 6 year checks to bring a sustained level of business,” said Jean-Luc Fournel, (COO) Customer Operations at Sabena Technics (SAB).
The A380 base rating, gives Sabena Technics (SAB) its fourth new capability for providing airplane maintenance in 2012.
January 2013: Sabena Technics (SAB) subsidiary, Barfield opened a new airplane maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Bogotá, Colombia, this month.
Barfield said the new facility will focus on avionics testing and repair, eventually expanding its capabilities to support a larger range of airplane components. The company did not say what airplane types the facility will specifically be supporting.
Barfield (CEO), Frederic Denise said the new facility will provide similar services to the Barfield shops located in Phoenix and Louisville, Kentucky. “The opening of Barfield’s third subsidiary in Colombia highlights our group’s ambition to further develop customer proximity, allowing us to offer nose-to-tail services that match our customers’ needs and expectations,” said Rodolphe Marchais, (CEO) of Sabena Technics (SAB).
March 2013: Spanish charter carrier Swiftair (SWF) is extending its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services contract with Sabena Technics (SAB) through 2016. Under the contract, (SAB) will provide Swiftair (SWF) unlimited pool access to components, repair and overhaul services for its fleet of ATR airplanes.
“Sabena technics’ support for Swiftair’ ATR fleet has been a success for ten years. That is why today we are pleased to announce the extension of our ATR Integrated services contract for four more years at least,” said Ignacio Gonzalez-Aller, logistics director of Swift Global Logistics.
Sabena Technics (SAB) has been selected by Airbus (EDS) for wing-rib retrofits on 13 A380s. The first retrofits have already been performed and work will continue at Sabena Technics’ Bordeaux, France, facility until the last quarter of 2014.
July 2013: Sabena Technics (SAB) and Avionics Services Worldwide, a Thales (THL)’s Avionics unit responsible for support of civil aerospace, has signed a five-year maintenance services agreement. Sabena Technics (SAB) gets access to Thales (THL) technical and parts support for in-house maintenance, while (THL) offers repair service with guaranteed turnaround times. The agreement covers mainline and regional airplanes, narrow body, and long-range airplane models.
October 2013: Mauritania Airlines (MAR) signed a five-year integrated services contract with Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) firm Sabena Technics (SAB). Under the terms, (MAR) will outsource maintenance support and spare parts to Sabena Technics (SAB) for its fleet of 737 fleet until 2018.
Sabena Technics (SAB) will also provide Mauritania Airlines (MAR) with unlimited pool access 737 components, repair and overhaul services, engineering and maintenance, as well as a dedicated main base kit to ensure the continuity of its flight operations, anywhere in the world.
November 2013: Sabena Technics (SAB) and Island Transvoyager have signed a five-year integrated services contract for ATR airplanes until 2018. Island Transvoyager of the Philippines will outsource maintenance support and spare parts to Sabena Technics (SAB). (SAB) will provide Island Transvoyager with pool access as well as repair and overhaul of ATR42-500 components. Additional services will also be provided to improve reliability of Flight Operations.
January 2014: Airbus (EDS) has selected Sabena Technics (SAB) to build two A320 painting hangars in Toulouse.
March 2014: Barfield Phoenix, a Sabena Technics (SAB) company, is expanding its Phoenix, Arizona facility to offer proximity calibration and repair services for (TT1000A) & (TT1200A) ground support test equipment.
May 2014: Sabena Technics (SAB) has signed a five-year integrated services contract with Cebu Air (CEB). The Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) provider (SAB) will provide (CEB) with a range of solutions, including pool access, repair and overhaul of rotable components, for eight ATR72-500s.
August 2014: Barfield, a new AirFrance Industries (AFI)-(KLM) Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) subsidiary, following its recent acquisition from Sabena Technics (SAB), has installed Johann Panier as its (CEO).
September 2014: Sabena Technics (SAB) has signed a heavy maintenance contract with Air Tahiti Nui (NUI). (SAB) will perform heavy maintenance on two of (NUI)’s Airbus A340s in Bordeaux starting in November.
November 2014: Sabena Technics (SAB) is extending the scope of its activities to overhauls of Boeing 777 airplanes. Sabena will do checks, structural modifications, painting and cabin refurbishment of 777s.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Sabena Aerospace (SAB) has accomplished another step in its international-growth strategy for Africa, concluding an agreement with ECAir Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECA) that would create a joint venture (JV) for maintenance services at European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards in the Republic of Congo. The (JV) (called sa@ec, for sabenaaerospace@ecair) will be majority controlled by the Belgian Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) provider.
News Item A-2: Sabena Technics (SAB) has been approved to provide aircraft maintenance consulting, aircraft maintenance, advanced composite work, airworthiness management, and approved modification design on the Airbus A350.
January 2016: Sabena Technics (SAB) will perform cabin and systems modifications on two Air France (AFA) Boeing 777s. Modifications will include integration of Air France (AFA‘s "BEST" cabin and installation of a new In-flight Entertainment system.
February 2016: Sabena Technics (SAB) has opened a component repair shop in Singapore. With the first certified equipment planned to be released in September 2016, the 2,600-sq-m facility will be focused on technologies such as avionics, hydraulics, fuel, electro-mechanics, cabin equipment, oxygen, pneumatics and aircraft-structure components.
March 2016: SwiftAir (SWF) has extended its cooperation with Sabena Technics (SAB) for support of 27 ATRs. Support includes access to rotable components, test, repair, overhaul and modification of rotables and lease of worldwide line stations kits of rotables.
October 2017: Sabena Technics (SAB) was selected by Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) to perform cabin and systems modifications on 7 Lufthansa (DLH) Airbus A330s; Lufthansa Technik will supply the modification kits.
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Sabena Technics (SAB) now only exists as a jet airplane Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) company. Sabena Technics (SAB) is a leading independent (MRO) provider, offering services to civil and military airplane operators. The group’s (MRO) activities are located across 17 sites worldwide and count more than >3000 employees.
Sabena Airlines (SAB) was previously the national flag carrier of Belgium and operated the following airplanes:
0 737-2M8 (JT8D) (2017-25040, /91 OO-SBX), (BBB) LSD, WET-LST (SBL).
0 737-229 (JT8D) (20907 TO (AZU) 1999-03), (21136, RTND (EUL) 2000-06) (21135 TO (EUL) 2000-08) (431-21176, /75 OO-SDN; 3-21177, /75 OO-SDO), (EUL) LSD. 21176 TO (EUL) 2001-03.
0 737-229C (JT8D) (401-20915, /75 49 45, RTND (EUL) 2000-07) (576-21738 /79 OO-SDR).
6 737-329 (CFM56-3) (1412-23775, /87 OO-SBZ; 1430-23771, /97 OO-SDY; 1432-23772, /87 OO-SDW; 1431-23773, /87 OO-SDX; 1433-23774, /87 OO-SDY; 1709-24355, /89 OO-SYA; 1711-24356, /89 OO-SYB). 23774 WET-LST (SBL) 2001-06.
2 737-429 (CFM56-3) (2104-25226, /91 OO-SYC; 2106-25247, /91 OO-SYD; 2120-25248, /91 OO-SYF; 2217-25729, /92 OO-SBM). 25247; 25428; RTND (TCI), LST (SWL) 2001-04. 25226 LST (SWL) 2001-05.
0 737-448 (CFM56-3) (1742-24474, OO-SLW), NTU, LST (SBL) 2001-09.
1 737-46B (CFM56-3) (1844-24573, /90 OO-SBJ), EX-(SBL).
5 737-529 (CFM56-3) (2111-25218, /91 OO-SYE; 2145-25249, /91 OO-SYG; 2163-25418, /91 OO-SYH; 2165-25419, /91 OO-SYI; 2296-26537, /92 OO-SYJ; 2298-26538, /92 OO-SYK). 25419 RTND (TOM) 2001-08, LST (UKR). 25218 WFU 2001-04, RTND (TCI). 25249 WFU. 26537 LST (UKA) 2001-12.
0 747-228BC (CF6-50E) (661-23676, /86 49 09), RTND (AFA).
0 747-329BC (810-24837, /90 N24837), RTND UAG, LST (TLS) 2000-05.
0 MD-11, (CBD) WET-LSD 1998-04, 2 RTND (CBD).
2 A310-200 (JT9D-7R4E1) (EX-(MLT) & EX-(YEM) 318).
0 A319-112 (CFM56-5B) (1048, OO-SSA; 1068, OO-SSB; (1160, OO-SSG) (1184, OO-VLO; 1207, OO-SSI, 2000-08) (1336, 2000-10). 1618, OO-SSP, NTU. 1048; 1086; 1124 TO (KHZ) 2002-07. 1068; 1145; 1388; ST MARGRITTE A/C LSG 2002-06. 9 RTND.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B) (1054, OO-SNE, 1999-08). 1054 TO (KHZ) 2002-07.
0 A320-214 (CFM56) (1413; 1439; 1450), SIL LSD 2001-04 (OO-SNH; OO-SNI; OO-SNJ), RTND (SIL) 2001-11.
0 A321-211 (CFM56-5B) (970, OO-SUA; 995, OO-SUB; 1012, OO-SUC). 1012 ST MARGRITTE A/C LSD 2002-07.
0 A330-223 (PW4168A) (230; 290; 296; 300, 305; 322; 328; 324, OO-SFU, 2000-05).
0 A330-301 (CF6-80E1), EX-(ANT) (030; 037; 045).
0 A330-322, (ILF) 70 MTH LSD (096, OO-SFX), 1999-04, RTND.
0 A340-211 (CFM56-5C2), EX-(AFA) (014) (36 RTND, LST (LNK) 1999-07), (414, OO-SCW; 430) (422, OO-SCX; RTND FROM (MNR) 2001-03). 2 GROUNDED (IN STORAGE, SPARE APLS).
0 A340-311 (CFM56-5C2), EX-(AFA) (OO-SCY).
0 +0/0 ORD A340-300 (CFM56-5C4), 44C, 234Y PAX, CANCELED 3 ORDERS 2000-12. 385, OO-SQA, NTU.
17 +2 ORDERS AVRO RJ85 (LF507-1F), (DAT) OPS, 85Y.
3 +3 ORDERS AVRO RJ100 (LF507-1F) (E3342, OO-DWI). (DAT) OPS. 100Y.
7 B AE 146-200, (DAT) OPS.
4 DH DASH 8-300 (DAT) OPS.
2 BAC-111-500 (SPEY 512-14E) (LST EURO AIR CHARTER).
2 ATR 72-210 (DAT) OPS.
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SAB-3-JACQUES BERNARDI - 2012-02
CHRISTOPHE BERNARDINI, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR (2005-06).
SEE ATTACHED - - "SAB-1-CHRISTOPHE BERNARDINI-2012-01-A/B/C."
RODOLPHE MARCHAIS, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) SABENA TECHNICS (2012-03) & (2012-06).
MICHEL MARCHAIS, PRESIDENT SUPERVISORY BOARD (TAT) & (SAB) (2007-01).
VALERE CROES, CHAIRMAN.
CHRISTOPH MUELLER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, (SAB) GROUP (2001-04).
WILLY BUYSSE, MANAGING DIRECTOR BRUSSELS (2008-05).
FERDINAND CHAFFART, PRESIDENT (2001-04).
FREDERIC DENISE, (CEO) BARFIELD (SABENA TECHNICS SUBSIDIARY).
JEAN-LUC FOURNEL, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) CUSTOMER OPERATIONS, SABENA TECHNICS (2012-03).
PHILIPPE ROCHET, (COO) PRODUCTION, SABENA TECHNICS (2012-03).
STEPHANE BURTON, (COO) SUPPLY CHAIN & SUPPORT, SABENA TECHNICS (2012-03).
JEAN-MARC SCHAEFER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) SABENA TECHNICS (2007-01).
JACQUES BERNARDI, EXECUTIVE VP COMPONENT SERVICES (2011-12).
Sabena Technics has added strength to its management with the nomination of Jacques Bernardi as Executive VP Component Services within the Group's Executive Committee. He will be responsible for improving turn around times and prices through optimized processes and will also be in charge of developing Sabena Technics component repair capability.
Jacques began his aviation career in 1986 with (UTA) and then joined AirFrance Industries (AFI), where he reorganized the company's logistics and set up provisioning maintenance contracts with major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)s. Jacques then integrated the Purchasing departments of two major French companies in 1998, as VP Purchasing & Logistics, followed by VP Procurement for the airline Air Liberte and later in 2003, as Purchasing Director for (EADS) Sogerma Services. In 2006, he joined Goodrich Actuation Systems as Director Aftermarket & Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO).
GUY SCHEPERS, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (INTERIM) (2001-11).
ERIK MOYSON, HEAD STRUCTURES ENGINEERING (BRUMTSN) (1999-08).
NORBERT VAN REYTEN, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (1998-10).
JOHAN MEGANCK, DIRECTOR LINE & LIGHT MAINTENANCE (BRUMBSN) (1999-08).