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Sabena

The Societé Anonyme Belge d’Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne, (French; “Belgian Corporation for Air Navigation Services”), better known internationally by the acronym Sabena or SABENA, was the national airline of Belgium from 1923 to 2001, with its base at Brussels National Airport. After its bankruptcy in 2001, the newly formed SN Brussels Airlines took over part of Sabena’s assets in February 2002, which became Brussels Airlines after a merger with Virgin Express in March 2007. The airline’s corporate headquarters were located in the Sabena House on the grounds of Brussels Airport in Zaventem.

On this day 70 years ago a Sabena Douglas DC-4-1009 crashed into a forest near Libenge, Congo

The crash happened exactly 70 years ago, on 12 May 1948 at 11:00. The Douglas DC-4, OO-CBE, operated on a flight from Léopoldville (now...

Christian Vanbuggenhout: “Sabena could have been saved”

Christian Vanbuggenhout, who is still managing the curatorship of Sabena, strongly believes that with extra money, a good restructuring and lower wages, the airline...

[Pictures] Exclusive visit of Sabena Boeing 747-300 OO-SGC, currently stored at Pinal Airpark, Arizona

Old lady Sabena (Société Anonyme Belge d’Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne) has left a remarkable history behind, the defunct airline was an internationally renowned...
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[movie] Sabena – Delta Air Transport (DAT) Embraer E-120ER Brasilia test flight

In 1997 former DAT (Delta Air Transport) started to phase out its Embraer E-120ER Brasilia aircraft, and the new AVRO RJ-85 jets entered the...

From “Jumbolino” to firefighting aircraft: the extreme makeover of OO-DWA

OO-DWA, the British Aerospace Avro RJ100 regional jet that has been flying from Brussels Airport for almost twenty years, has reached another career level:...

Do you remember? 11 years ago a fire destroyed Sabena Technics Hangar 40

Just past midnight, 5 May 2006: a fire broke out in the Sabena Technics Hangar 40. Fire services from around the airport rescued to the...

An invitation from Sabena Aerospace for a Sabena day at the Atomium

This year, Sabena Aerospace wishes to invite all ex-Sabeniens, as well as anyone who is attached to the Sabena of yesterday and today, as...

This morning OO-DWL (Avro RJ100) performed its last commercial flight for Brussels Airlines

This morning OO-DWL performed its very last commercial flight for Brussels Airlines, operating flight SN2050 from Birmingham (BHX) to Brussels (BRU). OO-DWL - a British...

Brussels Airlines dresses flight attendants smart with new scarves and ties + collection of my Sabena ties

For the start of 2017, Brussels Airlines has introduced new scarves and ties for its flight attendants, in line with the Brussels Airlines brand colors....

In Exit Sabena kijkt Histories (Canvas) terug op de groei, de glorie en het verval

In Exit Sabena kijkt Histories terug op de groei, de glorie en het verval van de Belgische luchtvaartmaatschappij. Deze documentaire omspant een periode van...

Temporary exhibition in the Atomium: Sabena – travel in style

In a time of low cost, we would almost forget there was a time when traveling by airplane belonged to the top of glamour....

Do you remember? Exactly 15 years ago Sabena was declared bankrupt

That was fifteen years ago, on November 7, 2001. Sabena was declared bankrupt. Flight SN690, an Airbus A340-311 registered OO-SCZ coming from Cotonou and...

Who remembers this ? Sabena A330 ground collision with Sobelair 737

On the 1st September 1998, a Sabena Airbus A330-301 was being towed from a gate to a maintenance facility at Brussels Airport when the...

Passenger record for Brussels Airport: 21,637,003 !!! And counting…..

Today, Brussels Airport broke its standing record of 21,637,003 passengers, which dated from 2000. A balloon arch and a red carpet were waiting for passengers...