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Aircraft of the Month: Saab 340

The Saab 340, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft, is one of the best-selling and most successful 30-seat turboprops ever built. Even though it is no longer in production it is used prolifically all over the world in aviation industries as varied as passenger transport to military use and cargo freight.

Operators: Pacific Coastal Airlines, Estonian Air, Royal Thai Air Force, Sweden Air Force
Manufacturer: Saab AB and Fairchild Aircraft
Country: Sweden
First Flight: January 25, 1983
Crew: 2 pilots, 1 flight attendant
Capacity: 37 passengers
Length: 19.73 m (64 ft 8¾ in)
Wingspan: 21.44 m (70 ft 4 in)
Height: 6.97 m (22 ft 10½ in)
Wing area: 41.81 m² (450.0 sq ft)
Empty weight: 8,140 kg (17,945 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 13,155 kg (29,000 lb)
Maximum speed: 463 km/h (250 knots, 288 mph)
Cruise speed: 467 km/h (252 knots, 290 mph) at 7,620 m (25,000 ft) (range cruise)
Range: 1732 km (935 nmi, 1076 mi)
Service ceiling: 9,450 m (31,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,000 ft/min)

Did You Know? The Saab 340 is one of the most frequently used aircraft at YVR, flying more than 2,000 routes per year, mostly for regional airline Pacific Coastal Airlines. As recently as 2009 it was reported there were more than 400 Saab 340s in operation in 60 countries and had logged 13.5 million flight hours.


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