AAR is acquiring inventory and customer contracts from Sabena Technics Brussels. Responsibilities include power-by-the-hour support for 13 customers, which AAR’s Aviation Supply Chain division will handle from its new facility at Brussels Airport. “The move establishes a rotable pool operation covering the A330, A320 and 737NG for current and future customers,” said John Holmes, group vice president of supply chain for AAR. The 24/7 facility will support AOG and other parts requirements for AAR customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Sabena Technics have reached an agreement under which the Franco-Dutch group will take control of Barfield, the North American subsidiary of Sabena Technics. The transaction is scheduled to close in the first half, subject to regulatory approval.
Sabena Technics (Booth 1015) announced it is creating a new cabinetry shop at its Bordeaux, France VIP completion and maintenance site. This is reinforcing the company’s activities in furniture, which already includes tables, side ledges, credenzas, closets and other interior components. In the future, Sabena Technics intends to increase the shop’s size and develop new expertise in upholstery.
Sabena Technics (Stand 619) is promoting its capabilities in VIP aircraft completion and refurbishment, as company officials see the Middle East as a fertile region for its business. The company, whose parent TAT Group is based in Tours, France, also is engaged in aircraft leasing and real estate businesses. It plans to open a showroom in Bordeaux, France, where customers can plan their interiors.
The refurbishment of a government Airbus A330-200 (used mainly for the president) ran €33.2 million (about $46 million) over budget, according to a recent report from the “Cour des comptes,” the French equivalent of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Replacement of the engines and interior upgrades are listed as the primary reasons for the cost overrun.
Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) and Sabena Technics have signed an agreement designed to ensure that Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) operators have continuous and comprehensive spare-parts support. Airframe support for ACJs includes access to spare-part pools covering airframes, auxiliary power units, line-replaceable units (LRU), wheels and brakes, landing gear LRUs, and repair of said parts.
HSource One Aircraft Repair (Soar), an aftermarket AOG and field repair service, has partnered with MRO Sabena Technics to provide AOG repair services.
Piaggio Aero has signed an memorandum of understanding with Sabena Technics that sets the framework for a contract to paint part of its P.180 Avanti twin business turboprop aircraft.
Under the terms of the proposed contract, Sabena would carry out painting services on new aircraft that roll out of Piaggio Aero’s facilities in Genoa, Italy. Sabena expects to start painting its first livery by the end of next month.
Belgian regional airline Delta Air Transport (DAT) moved closer to its goal of becoming the successor to the defunct Sabena Airlines late last month, after a commercial court in Brussels decided to postpone a bankruptcy ruling on DAT creditor Sabena Interservice Center (SIC). A former wholly owned subsidiary of Sabena, SIC must issue a recovery plan sufficient to warrant a definitive suspension of debt payments.
Air Littoral, one of the three French regional airlines sold by SAirlines this summer, has filed a lawsuit in Switzerland to recover funds owed to it by the bankrupt Swiss group. Meanwhile, the French airline continues its own restructuring process and seeks to increase capital to offset an estimated 10- to 15-percent loss in traffic by the end of this year.
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