Saab Airliner Spotting Guide
Saab Group (originally Svenska Aeroplan AB, later SAAB and Saab AB) is a Swedish aerospace and defence company, founded in 1937. Today, Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions from military defence to civil security. It has manufactured aircraft since the 1930s. Saab has about 15,000 employees.
Saab designed and manufactured the Saab 340 and Saab 2000 mid-range turboprop-powered airliners, with final assembly done at Linköping.
The Saab 340 is a Swedish twin-engine turboprop aircraft designed and initially produced by a partnership between Saab AB and Fairchild Aircraft.
The first flight of the Saab 340 was in January, 1983, with final assembly being done in Sweden. A total of 522 340s were built, incluing the 340A, 340B and 340B-Plus models. Production ended in 1989.
Most models featured seating for 34 passengers, although configurations with 30 and 36 seats were also produced.
Since its entry into service, more than 200 operators in 60 countries have operated the Saab 340, primarily for regional passenger service.
|Saab 340 of Air New Zealand|
|Saab 340B of Eznis Airways, Registration JU9901|
|Saab 340B of Hokkaido Air System, Registration JA-02HC|
|Saab 340 of Regional Express, Registration VH-KDK|
In 1994 an enlarged derivative of the 340, designated the Saab 2000, was introduced. Since its entry into service it has established itself as a unique 50-seat aircraft combining high speed with excellent airfield performance.
It could carry 50-58 passengers. Production ended in 1999 after 63 units were assembled.
|Saab 2000 of the German regional airline OLT|