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The Saab 2000

The Saab 2000 is a twin-engined high-speed turboprop airliner built by Saab. It is designed to carry 50–58 passengers and cruise at a speed of 665 km/h (413 mph). Production took place in Linköping in southern Sweden. The Saab 2000 first flew in March 1992 and was certified in 1994. The last aircraft was delivered in April 1999, a total of 63 aircraft being built. By July 2018, 24 Saab 2000s were in airline service.

Design

n December 1988, Saab decided to build a stretched derivative of its successful Saab 340 twin-turboprop regional airliner. The new aircraft was planned to meet a perceived demand for a high-speed 50-seat turboprop with good climb performance which could operate over short- and medium-range routes with similar block times to jet aircraft while retaining the efficiency provided by turboprop engines. The new airliner, called the Saab 2000, was formally launched in May 1989, with Saab already having firm orders for 46 aircraft and options for a further 147.[3] The aircraft was assembled at Saab’s Linköping factory, with major subcontractors including CASA, who built the aircraft’s wings, Short Brothers, who built the rear fuselage and Valmet who built the aircraft’s tail surfaces.[

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Saab 2000

Role Turboprop Regional airliner
Manufacturer Saab
First flight 26 March 1992
Introduction 30 August 1994
Status In service
Primary user Eastern Airways
Produced 1992–1999
Number built 63
Developed from Saab 340

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Saab 2000 Turboprop "Airliner"

Variants

  • Saab 2000: 50–58 seat regional airliner.
  • Saab 2000FI: Flight inspection aircraft for the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, two produced.
  • Saab 2000 AEW&C: Airborne early warning and control variant fitted with Erieye active electronically scanned array radar and associated mission systems.
  • Saab 2000 Airtracer: SIGINT aircraft
  • Saab 2000 MPA: Maritime patrol aircraft

Saab 2000 "1992": Specifications

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 50–58 passengers / 5,900 kg (13,007 lb) payload
  • Length: 27.28 m (89 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 24.76 m (81 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 7.73 m (25 ft 4 in) [4]
  • Wing area: 55.7 m2 (600 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 13,800 kg (30,424 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 22,800 kg (50,265 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce AE 2100P turboprop engines, 3,096 kW (4,152 hp) each
    • Cruise speed: 665 km/h (413 mph, 359 kn)
    • Range: 2,869 km (1,783 mi, 1,549 nmi)
    • Service ceiling: 9,450 m (31,000 ft)
    • Rate of climb: 11.4 m/s (2,240 ft/min)

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