The history of Socata goes back to 1911 when the aircraft manufacturer Morane-Saulnier was founded. In 1966, Morane-Saulnier changed its name to SOCATA (which is an abbreviation for Societe de Construction d'Avions de Tourisme et d'Affaires, French for "Company for the construction of aircraft for tourism and business") when the company was bought by Sud Aviation to produce small aircraft. In 2000 Socata became a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS.
On 27 June 2008, EADS announced its intention to sell a controlling interest in EADS Socata to DAHER. On 3 November 2008, EADS and DAHER announced that they had reached an agreement for DAHER to acquire a 70% of Socata. On 7 January 2009, DAHER confirmed its acquisition of a majority 70% stake in SOCATA.