SABENA

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Operated from May 1923 to Nov 2001

Country of Origin – Belgium

Founders/Directors – The Government of Belgium

As one of Europe’s longest lived airlines, SABENA had already been operating for almost 35 years before opening its own, distinct entry within SEN’s sabena-c-47-oo-auxhistory book. As the national airline of Belgium its pre-war flights had mostly concerned themselves with flying scheduled services to surrounding countries including the UK although over time, these were later expanded to take in Northern and Southern Europe as well as Africa. As war loomed, Belgium eventually found itself being occupied by German forces and while all commercial flights within the country itself were obviously brought to a halt, the airline continued to operate within its African colony of the Belgian Congo. However, by 1945 and with the war well and truly won, SABENA took advantage of the surplus C-47s that were at the time up for tender in huge numbers and quickly began to re-establish its European network.

While SABENA had no doubt flown to Southend during the airport’s earlier years, it was in 1957 that the B170 G-APAVairline’s logo would become a regular sight at SEN as it started operating its own charters to the airport. Also, having been impressed with Air Charter’s ‘Air Bridge’ success on the Ostend car-ferry service, this company decided to enter into an agreement with ACL to wet lease one Bristol Superfreighter which would then fly this route adorned in its own livery. As such, three separate aircraft would fly this service successively from April 1957 until July 1964 when the cross-Channel ferries gradually started biting into the profits of the airborne carriers, making these services increasingly uneconomical to run. Nevertheless, SABENA’s operations contributed towards ensuring that 1962 would be SEN’s busiest year ever with a total of 138 visits, the most by any international airline in one calendar year.

However, during this period leased or SABENA’s own aircraft often replaced the B170 or flew additional passenger flights. Normal operations were usually flown by C-47s although rarer types would invariably appear such as on December 3rd and 24th 1958 when two separate Convair 440ssabena-737-oo-sdf diverted in, on July 30th 1960 when a leased Dan-Air Ambassador stood in for a C-47, on September 11th 1960 when DC-6 OO-CTI flew in on a BUA sub-charter and on July 29th 1962 when a DC-7 came to SEN as a replacement for the B170. That said, by late-1965 SABENA’s aircraft had become an infrequent sight and while flights would still occur, this was more an exception that the rule. Indeed, it wouldn’t be until the late ’70s that visits would begin to pick up again, at least for a few years as a Metro, Boeing 737s and Fokker F-27s began to arrive on cargo flights, London shopping trips and charter flights respectively, some of these being operated on behalf of British Air Ferries. However, by 1986 it was all over with B737 OO-SDE making the last Sabena visit on June 19th of that year.

 

SABENA fleet from 1957 to 1965 and 1978 to 1986

Douglas C-47/DC-3

OO-AUL – 2/46 to 4/64

Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-CUL

OO-AUM – 4/46 to 8/68

DBF at Kinshasa, Congo 18/8/68

OO-AUO – 8/46 to 2/62

Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-AUO

OO-AUP – 8/46 to 2/61

Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-CUP

OO-AUV* – 2/47 to 11/59

Sold to Linair

OO-AUW – 7/46 to 7/65

Sold to BIAS

OO-AUX – 2/47 to ?/60

Sold to Air Catanga as 9Q-AUX

OO-AUY* – 2/47 to 6/66

Sold to Spantax as EC-BEC

OO-AUZ – 2/47 to 6/66

Sold to Spantax as EC-BED

OO-AWF – 8/46 to 2/61

Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-CUF

OO-AWG* – 2/47 to 6/66

Sold to Spantax as EC-BEG

OO-AWJ – 7/47 to 3/66

Sold to BIAS for spares

OO-AWK – 4/47 to 10/69

Sold to the Nigerian Air Force as NAF-306

OO-AWL – 8/47 to 12/63

Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-CUH

OO-AWM* – 2/47 to 6/69

Sold to the Nigerian Air Force as NAF-305

OO-AWN* – 11/50 to 10/69

Sold to the Nigerian Air Force as NAF-307

OO-AWZ – 4/50 to 6/69

Sold to the Nigerian Air Force as NAF-303

OO-CBB – 12/45 to 12/63

Sold to Air Zaire as 9Q-CBB

OO-CBC – 2/46 to 2/61

Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-CBC

OO-CBU – 1/53 to 3/69

Sold to Delta Air Transport as OO-VDH but reg ntu

OO-CBW – 3/53 to 4/69

Sold to the Nigerian Air Force as NAF-304

OO-CBX – 3/53 to 6/73

Sold to Kerry Management Services as N6896

OO-CBY* – 6/53 to 6/68

Sold to Belgian Int Air Serv (BIAS)

OO-SBC – 9/49 to 4/65

Leased from Sobelair – Ret to lessee 7/59 to 2/61

OO-SBE – 1/53 to ?/60

Leased from Sobelair

OO-SBH – 9/61 to 3/69

DBR in forced landing while on lease to BIAS 28/3/69

OO-UBJ – 3/47 to 2/61

Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-CUS

OO-UBT – 4/47 to 7/65

Sold to BIAS

Douglas DC-6

OO-CTH – 4/53 to 2/63

Sold to Transair Sweden as SE-CCY

OO-CTI*– 4/53 to 2/63

Sold to Transair Sweden as SE-CCZ

OO-CTK*– 5/53 to 10/69

Sold to Inair

OO-CTL – 5/53 to 6/66

Sold to Sobelair

OO-CTM – 1/54 to 5/65

Sold to the Luftwaffe as CA+024

OO-CTN – 2/54 to 8/71

WFU 10/70 – Sold to Gabonair as TR-LQD

OO-CTO – 5/54 to 12/59

TFR to the Belgian Air Force as KY-3

OO-CTP – 7/54 to 12/59

TFR to the Belgian Air Force as KY-4

OO-SDD – 5/50 to 12/65

Sold to Aerofina Luxembourg 1/58 – Leased back from 1/58 to 12/60 – Repurchased 4/62 – Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-CLA

OO-SDE – 6/50 to 7/65

Sold to Aerofina Luxembourg 1/58 – Leased back from 1/58 to 12/60 – Repurchased 4/62 – Sold to Air Congo as 9Q-CLB

OO-SDG – 4/53 to 4/65

Sold to the Luftwaffe as CA+023

OO-SDQ – 5/55 to 6/69

Sold to Jean-Claude Bergey as TR-LOX

Convair 440

OO-SCJ* – 6/56 to 6/59

Sold to Aviaco as EC-APT

OO-SCK – 6/56 to 11/59

Sold to Aviaco as EC-APV

OO-SCL – 7/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73160

OO-SCM – 8/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73161

OO-SCN – 9/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73162

OO-SCO – 10/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73163

OO-SCP* – 10/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73164

OO-SPQ – 10/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73165

OO-SCR – 11/56 to 12/59

Sold to Aviaco as EC-APU

OO-SCS – 11/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73166

OO-SCT – 12/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73167

OO-SCV – 12/56 to 9/67

Sold to Frontier Airlines as N73168

Bristol 170 Superfreighter

G-AOUV* – 6/57 to 11/59

Leased from Air Charter Ltd

G-APAU* – 11/59 to 5/62

Leased from Air Charter/Channel Air Bridge

G-APAV* – 5/62 to 7/64

Leased from Channel Air Bridge

Douglas DC-7

OO-CFF – 1/57 to 1/64

Leased from IALCO Bell Inc

OO-CFH – 3/58 to 1/63

Leased from IALCO Bell Inc

OO-CFJ – 3/58 to 5/63

Leased from IALCO Bell Inc

OO-SFB – 12/56 to 4/61

Sold to Persian Air Services as EP-AEP

OO-SFC* – 12/56 to 9/69

Sold to Spantax as EC-BSQ

OO-SFD – 1/57 to 3/62

Crashed at Douala, Cameroon – 4/3/62

OO-SFE – 1/57 to 12/57

Sold to Locavia (Luxembourg)

OO-SFG – 2/58 to 1/66

Sold to Caledonian Airways as G-ARYE

OO-SFK – 4/58 to 10/69

Sold to Spantax as EC-BDM

Swearingen Metro

OO-JPK* – ?/79 to ?/86

Leased from European Air Transport

Fairchild FH-227

OO-DTC* – ?/80 to ?/81

Leased from Delta Air Transport

Boeing 737-200

OO-SDA – 4/74 to 3/92

Sold to Sobelair

OO-SDB – 5/74 to 3/88

Sold to Trans European Airways

OO-SDC* – 5/74 to 4/88

Sold to Trans European Airways

OO-SDD – 6/74 to 9/99

Sold to European Air Charter as G-BYRI

OO-SDE* – 6/74 to 6/99

Sold to European Air Charter as G-CEAC

OO-SDF* – 7/74 to 1/00

Sold to European Air Charter as G-CEAE

OO-SDG – 6/75 to 8/00

Sold to European Air Charter as G-CEAH

OO-SDJ – 7/75 to 7/00

Sold to European Air Charter as G-BZKP

OO-SDK – 3/75 to 11/99

Sold to European Air Charter as G-BYYK

OO-SDL – 6/75 to 6/00

Sold to European Air Charter as G-CEAG

OO-SDM – 7/75 to 9/99

Sold to European Air Charter as G-CEAD

OO-SDN – 12/75 to 2/01

Sold to European Air Charter as G-CEAI

OO-SDO – 12/75 to 11/00

Sold to European Air Charter as G-CEAJ

OO-SDP – 11/75 to 12/99

Sold to European Air Charter as G-BYZN

OO-SDR – 5/79 to 11/99

Sold to European Air Charter as G-BYYF

 

 Recorded SEN Movements for SABENA Aircraft

Douglas C-47/DC-3

OO-AUY

1962 Visits

Daily from 8/6 to 13/6 (OST-OST) – 14/6 (OST-BRU)

OO-AUZ

1962 Visits

29/6 – 30/6 (All OST-OST)

OO-AWG

1962 Visits

15/6 – 16/6 – Daily from 18/6 to 21/6 – 23/6 – 24/6 – 25/6 (All OST-OST)

Douglas DC-7

OO-SFC

1962 Visit

29/4 (OST-OST)

 

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