The entrepreneurial spirit is embedded within our DNA and has manifested itself throughout our history. From the outset, it has facilitated our ability to adapt to the numerous changes in our environment.
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Sabena technics launches iGO Solutions
Along with Air France and Dubreuil Group, Sabena technics launched iGO Solutions, a joint-venture dedicated to line & light maintenance operations. Based at Paris Orly airport, the company will provide support for Airbus A350 and A330 as well as Boeing 737 aircraft.
Sabena technics opens a component repair shop in Singapore
One year after the opening of its ATR component warehouse, Sabena technics continues its expansion in Asia with a brand new component repair shop in Seletar Aerospace Park. The 2600 sqm² facility is focused on technologies such as avionics, hydraulics, fuel, electro-mechanics, cabin equipment, oxygen, pneumatics and aircraft structure component maintenance for several aircraft types.
Sabena technics acquires Blue Green Technology and its innovative Vigiplane
Formerly owned by Blue Green Technology, Vigiplane has been acquired by Sabena technics, which becomes the world’s exclusive provider of the device. Using the latest technologies, the Vigiplane guarantees 24/7 monitoring of the aircraft on ground and protects it from a variety of risks.
Sabena technics opens new paintshop in Toulouse
In June 2013, Sabena technics has been selected by Airbus for the construction and operation of a painting facility dedicated to their Airbus A320 aircraft. After less than a year of work, Sabena technics, celebrated in January 2015 the grand opening of the brand new facilities based on Toulouse Blagnac airport. With the support of its current painting subsidiaries, based in Dinard and Bordeaux, Sabena technics painting TLS is able to accommodate and paint over 80 Airbus A320 aircraft per year within the 15-year contract signed with Airbus.
Sabena technics becomes a BBJ completion center
Boeing selected Sabena technics for the design and VIP cabin integration on a brand new Boeing Business Jet 737-700, allowing the French company to officially become a “BBJ Completion center”.
Sabena technics Brussels is no longer part the Group
In May 2014, Sabena technics Belgian branch has been bought out by a local company and renamed Sabena Aerospace by its new shareholder. The Belgian company evolves now independently under the steering of its new management and is no longer part of Sabena technics Group.
Sabena technics creates X-air services
Launched in November 2009, the Belgian certified PART 145 joint venture, X-air services, offers line, light, base maintenance services & technical support from its facilities located at Liège & Brussels Airports.
Sogerma services becomes Sabena technics
The Bordeaux site adopts the single brand Sabena technics, token of high-quality service and expertise, a high level of recognition on the international markets.
From its growth, the Sabena technics Group leverages the substantial experience of former operators – the French airlines TAT, AOM and the former Belgian national airline Sabena – which have contributed to its history and its development. The company therefore possesses the required expertise to meet the demands for flexibility, reactivity and profitability, expected by airlines today. Furthermore, its independence enables it to offer its customers customized solutions which fulfill their expectations to the greatest extent possible.
Sabena technics acquires the EADS Sogerma sites in Mérignac and in Tunisia
Sogerma services (1924), originally the MRO services provider at EADS Sogerma and based in Bordeaux, brings to the group a new structure capable of providing further support to both civil and military customers as well as an important design office and an entity dedicated to the training and certification of technicians working on all types of Airbus.
Sabena technics becomes the sole MRO brand of TAT Group
In June 2006, Sabena technics, a high-ranking brand recognized internationally, becomes the group’s sole brand.
TAT Industries acquires Sabena technics Brussels
Sabena Technics, the maintenance department of the former Belgian national airline, based in Brussels and specialized in the maintenance of narrow and widebody aircraft, gives TAT Industries the opportunity to extend its offer, to develop its manufacturing base and to secure a strategic opening into central and Northern Europe markets.
TAT Industries acquires AOM Industries
The acquisition of the maintenance and engineering company AOM Industries, based in Nîmes and originally the maintenance department of the AOM airline, allows TAT Industries to develop its activities in airframe maintenance as well as its presence in the military sector.
Founding of TAT Group
TAT finally let go of its airline company in 1996 to focus on industrial activities: aircraft maintenance (TAT Industries) and leasing of aircraft (TAT leasing) provided to third-party airlines. As well as its two major activities in the aviation industry, TAT Group also developed a real estate activity.
Founding of Touraine Air Transport by Michel Marchais
The air transport company Touraine Air Transport (TAT) was born in 1968 thanks to Michel Marchais, a French pioneer and visionary in the developments which were to lead the way in the air transport sector. TAT was to become the first independent regional company in Europe.