Jet Midwest to start Saab conversion programme

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Jet Midwest Group has signed an agreement with Sweden based Taby Air Maintenance (TAM) to launch Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved full class E cargo conversions for its B model Saab 340’s.

The Saab 340B EASA ST C has already been developed by TAM and approved by EASA and the FAA approval project will be performed at TAM’s maintenance centre in Orebro, Sweden.

Jet Midwest executive vice president, Kevin Lee, says: “With Saab 340’s history as the best-selling 30 seat turboprop with about half the operating cost of a regional jet, we believe the Saab 340 can offer service in variety of markets, whether large or small.

“This is proven by the fact that more than 275 Saab 340s are still operational in six continents and thirty countries. Utilising the existing cargo door significantly reduces the conversion costs and provides an economical solution to fill a niche between the smaller turboprops and jet freighters.”

The payload of the Saab 3408 cargo aircraft is 4,230 tonnes. It features a flat cargo floor or roller system, flexbile net installation locations and free loading with 9G cargo nets.