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Saab SF340

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The SF340 is a twin turboprop regional airliner born of feasibility studies carried out jointly between Sweden-based SaabScania and US manufacturer Fairchild in 1979. The resulting design was launched in September 1980, the first of three SF340 prototypes flew on 25 January 1983 while the first production aircraft flew in early March 1984. US and European certification was awarded in June of the same year.

The aircraft is powered by two 1,735 shp General Electric CT7-5A2 turboprops driving four blade constant speed Dowty or Hamilton Standard props. It can seat up to 35 passengers with a flight crew of two.

Fairchild was responsible for the manufacture of the wings, tail unit and engine nacelles while Saab was responsible for 75 per cent of the costs of development, system integration and certification. The SF340 shared several manufacturing and design techniques with Saab's military aircraft, one being the use of diffusion bonding rather than rivets on the aluminium structures to reduce weight.

From November 1985 Saab assumed overall responsibility for the SF340 and by 1987 Fairchild had ceased to be involved at all. Saab later changed the aircraft designation to 340A.

Deliveries of the 340B began in September 1989. The improved development had more powerful 1,870 shp CT7-9B engines for better hot and high performance, while other changes included a greater span tailplane, a higher maximum take off weight and greater range.

March 1994 saw the first delivery of the 340B Plus, where the installation of an active noise and vibration control system in the cabin reduced noise and vibration levels during cruising flight. It also had extended wingtips and a more modern interior.

Saab ceased 340 production in 1998 and a final 340 delivery took place on 8 June, 1999.

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News from Business Air News
C&L boosts Saab inventory
April 15, 2024
The Saab 340B inventory consists of over 4,500 rotable and consumable parts that are housed in C&L's Maine facility and that will be distributed to global warehouses as needed.
GE tests civil and military diagnostics system
March 17, 2023
Seventh Saab 340B sits with Florida Legends
January 20, 2023
A rise in popularity means most parked Saabs have been restored to service. Legends has taken delivery of the last of an order for seven with C&L, which in turn has completed 20 Saab 340 sales in the last two years alone.
Jetstream advises Ameriflight on Saab 340B acquisition
May 15, 2022
The first of 15 Saab 340Bs should soon join Ameriflight to support unprecedented demand for services. The freighter is a new type for the carrier, selected with Jetstream for its combination of cubic capacity and cost.
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