The Saab 340 Turboprop "1983"

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The Saab 340 Turboprop

The Saab 340 is a Swedish twin-engine turboprop aircraft designed and initially produced by Saab AB and Fairchild Aircraft. It is designed to seat 30-36 passengers and, as of July 2018, there were 240 operational aircraft used by 34 different operators.

Under the production arrangement in which production was split 65:35 between Saab and Fairchild, Saab constructed the all-aluminium fuselage and vertical stabilizer along with final assembly of the aircraft in Linköping, Sweden, while Fairchild was responsible for the wingsempennage, and wing-mounted nacelles for the two turboprop engines. After Fairchild ceased this work in 1985, production of these components was transferred to Sweden.


During the 1970s, Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab AB became increasingly interested in the civil aircraft market. In 1974, the company decided to proceed with developing its first major civilian aircraft, having previously focused almost entirely upon military aircraft. During the late 1970s, internal studies had determined that a short-haul airliner should be optimised to seat around 30 passengers. Likewise, it was decided to make use of turboprop propulsion, which was slower but more economical than turbofan engines, and to optimise the airliner to take advantage of this type of powerplant; this decision may have been influenced by high oil prices during that decade, such as the 1973 oil crisis


Saab 340

Role Turboprop regional airliner
National origin Sweden
Manufacturer Saab
First flight 25 January 1983
Introduction 1984
Status Out of production, In service
Primary users
Regional Express Airlines
Silver Airways
Produced 1983–1999
Number built 459
Variants Saab 340 AEW&C
Developed into Saab 2000

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Saab 340 Turboprop "Airliner"


Saab 340A
30- to 36-seat commuter airliner, powered by two 1,735shp (1215kW) General-Electric CT7-5A2 turboprop engines. (340A-001 to 340A-159) available in passenger, VIP and cargo.
Saab 340AF
a modified commercial cargo version of the Saab 340A
Saab 340 AEW&C
Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) version
Saab 340 MSA

340 Airliner "1983": Specifications

  • Crew: 2 pilots, 1 flight attendant
  • Capacity: 34 passengers
  • Length: 19.73 m (64 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 21.44 m (70 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 6.97 m (22 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 41.81 m2 (450.0 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 8,140 kg (17,946 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 13,155 kg (29,002 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CT7-9B turboprop engines, 1,305 kW (1,750 hp) each for take-off
  • Maximum speed: 502 km/h (312 mph, 271 kn) IAS VMO
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.5
  • Cruise speed: 467 km/h (290 mph, 252 kn) at 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
  • Stall speed: 164 km/h (102 mph, 89 kn) flaps down
  • Never exceed speed: 522 km/h (324 mph, 282 kn)
  • Range: 1,732 km (1,076 mi, 935 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,010 ft/min)

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