Air International 1997-01
K.van der Plas - Flying together
Before Sabena’s Flying School moved to the United States, apprentice pilots were trained on the SIAI Marchetti SF 260 Warrior. Seen here is OO-SMM at the international air meeting on June 24. 1990 at Bierset.
Sabena Boeing 747-300
Airbus A340-211 OO-SCX, delivered in June 1993 and seen here at Brussels in July 1996, is one of two currently leased to the airline as part of its long-haul fleet. A further two Srs 311s were acquired on lease in 1994 but both have been sub-leased to Air France until March 1997.
Douglas DC-6B OO-SDF was the first of the improved B-series for the company. It was ordered by Sabena in 1951 and delivered on March 8, 1953, but only used for a year, being sold to Aeromaritime in France on May 28, 1954.
Sikorsky S-58 OO-SHK was used on routes between city centres in the 1950s and 1960s.
No less then 30 Fokker FVIIb/3ms were ordered by Sabena between 1929 and 1932. Twenty-eight were built by SABCA.
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 OO-SLH. Note the Swissair logo above the rear windows and the slogan ‘Flying together with Swissair’.
Delta Air Transport EMB-120ER Brasilia OO-DTG is one of two DAT examples operated in full Sabena colours and is seen here at DAT’s Brussels base during October 1996.
Avro RJ85 OO-DJR was the seventh example acquired by Sabena and following delivery on July 31, 1996 it entered service on August 3 on the Brussels-Amsterdam-Brussels route. As with the rest of the RJ fleet, it is operated on lease by subsidiary DAT in full Sabena colours.
Boeing 737-329 OO-SDX is one of six Srs 300s delivered between 1987 and 1989. The 737 is the mainstay of the medium-haul fleet, also currently including 13 Srs 200s, three Srs 400s and six Srs 500s.
Handley-Page W8f Hamilton O-BAHO Princess Marie-Jose being prepared for flight. Sabena acquired ten Handley-Page W8fs and one W8e. The latter was later adapted to the f-standard which featured a heated cabin and improved sound muffling.