Sabena technics (formerly TAT Industries) is the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) arm of the French TAT Group family of aviation services companies. It provides a range of aviation maintenance services to European regional carries, independent aircraft operators, and the military aircraft of several European nations. Services include engineering and technical data management, airframe maintenance, aircraft painting, component repair and overhaul, mechanic training, and spare parts sales and distribution. Customers include Borajet, AER Lingus, and the French Ministry of Defense. It operates through about 15 sites primarily located in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region, serving customers around the globe.
Sabena technics also offers services through partnerships with Messier Services (landing gear and hydraulic component services for regional and business aircraft and helicopters) and Magellan Air. The company is one of four members of IAMCO (International Aerospace Management Company), a joint venture that provides fleet maintenance for NATO's Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) and Trainer Cargo Aircraft.
Additionally, Sabena technic's component repair business Barfield, with locations in Florida, Arizona, and Kentucky, services Airbus and Boeing, as well as regional aircraft. It provides ground support test equipment, and repair and line parts distribution.
The company forges joint ventures to expand its geographic presence. In mid-2009, it partnered with Al Wazzan Group to provide MRO services to operators in the Middle East and Kuwait City, including light and heavy aircraft maintenance and logistics support. Also that same year, the European Union approved a joint venture between Sabena technics and TNT Airways (freight air transport). Under the name X-Air Services, the companies will provide maintenance for the TNT fleet in Belgium.
TAT acquired Belgian aircraft MRO company Sabena Technics in 2005. Sabena Technics is the former subsidiary of Belgian airline Sabena that filed for bankruptcy in 2001. The move makes TAT one of Europe's strongest aircraft MRO players.