StandardAero Announces 10-year Agreement with Sabena technics to Support CT7-9C Engines Powering the French Army’s CASA 235 Fleet

StandardAero and Sabena technics proudly announce a 10-year agreement that designates StandardAero to provide engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services as well as in-field support for the GE CT7-9C and CT7-9C3 turboprop engines powering the French Army CASA 235 operations.

StandardAero is a leading provider of world-class maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) services for the GE Aerospace CT7/T700 family, supporting the type from overhaul facilities in Canada and the United Kingdom.  The company supports operators of the Airbus CN235 tactical transport and the Saab 340 regional airliner from its UK facility, which has held GE Aviation approval on various models of the CT7/T700 series since 1984.  StandardAero provides a full range of MRO services for all variants of the CT7 turboprop family, including engine testing. 

“We have developed a reputation for quality workmanship, exceptional customer service, industry-leading turnaround times, and competitive pricing,” said Simon Jones, group managing director for StandardAero.  “As a GE-authorized CT7 MRO provider, our services meet or exceed OEM standards and we look forward to applying our experience and know-how to partner with Sabena technics and ensure the mission success of the French Army’s fleet of CASA 235 aircraft.”

Sabena technics, based in Dinard, France, is an independent MRO provider that offers services to civil and military aircraft operators and will be managing the maintenance of the French Army CASA 235 fleet of 27 aircraft including the engines.  The MRO services to the French Army’s CT7 engine fleet will be taking place out of StandardAero’s UK facilities in Portsmouth and Fleetlands.  

The CASA 235 is used for tactical missions to drop paratroopers or equipment and for public service operations such as medical evacuation and can be deployed rapidly into theatres of operations.  The aircraft’s new state-of-the-art and intuitive avionics will meet the standards of the Single European Sky and enable French forces to integrate into non-segregated airspace with no restrictions and conduct their missions quickly and efficiently.  The improved reliability of the new equipment suite will also improve fleet availability and extend the service life of the aircraft.

 “Having a reliable partner such as StandardAero, is a key factor for Sabena technics in order to provide the best dispatch reliability to our end customer.  This long term Agreement for the next ten years confirms our positive and successful cooperation with StandardAero on CT7 engines during the last twelve years.  This visibility will also engage StandardAero to enhance all the current and future supply chain issues in order to reduce the turnaround time of our engines” said Philippe Delisle, chief Executive oficer of Sabena technics DNR.