Posted on September 20th, 2022
The Saab 340 is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft designed and produced by Saab AB and Fairchild Aircraft. It is a passenger aircraft that seats 30 to 36 people. Today, 240 Saab 340s are in service, and 34 operators operate the aircraft.
The Saab 340 first entered commercial service with the regional subsidiary of a larger airline. Typically, this would be Air France-affiliated Regional Airlines or British Airway’s CityFlyer. Initially, Saab used the aircraft to transport up to 50 passengers on short-haul routes. The aircraft was also used on long-haul, typically European domestic flights.
The 340B was also adapted for VIP and corporate airliner missions. The company partnered with Field Aviation Company in Calgary to develop the conversion. The first conversion was completed in April 2004 when Saab Aircraft Leasing delivered the aircraft to launch customer Castle Aviation. Saab Aircraft Leasing completed its first commercial service in April 2004.
In addition to military use, the Saab Airliner has proven its worth in the airfield inspection role. Its low stall speed and relatively slow airspeed made it an excellent choice for this role. In addition, the Saab 340 and 2000 have also proved to be highly successful in military service. The aircraft has also been used in airborne early warning and control systems.
The Saab 340 was a popular regional airliner that helped pioneer the 30-seat turboprop class.