Brussels Airlines intends to carry out its own daily maintenance of long-distance fleet
Brussels 26 August 2010 –– Brussels Airlines intends to carry out its own daily maintenance (‘Line and Light Maintenance’) of its long-distance fleet. With the aim of in-sourcing this important activity, the Light Maintenance Department of Sabena technics will be integrated into the Brussels Airlines Maintenance Department.
Over the last few years, it was decided that in addition to the maintenance of the regional AVRO fleet, the ‘line and light maintenance’ activities of the Airbus A 319 and the ‘line maintenance work’ of the Boeing 737 would be looked after by Brussels Airlines’ own Maintenance Department.
Now, this strategy will be taken further with the integration of the ‘line and light maintenance’ activities of the Airbus 330-300 long distance fleet and the ‘light maintenance’ of the Boeing 737. Till now, these tasks were entrusted to Sabena technics, by means of a contract valid till end this year.
In order to make this in-sourcing possible, Brussels Airlines intends to “take over” employees from the Sabena technics Light Maintenance department, as well as those from hangar infrastructure. Furthermore, employees from Sabena technics who were on board the Airbus A 330 flights will also be integrated.
Brussels Airlines will continue to use Sabena technics for Support activities whereby Sabena technics will deliver and fix various aircraft parts for the A 319, B 737 and A 330 fleet. Sabena technics will also lend its support in the components pool. The existing partnership agreement for these Support has been extended till 2013.