Saab Aircraft Leasing demos Saab 340 Cargo Version during North American Tour

Saab Aircraft Leasing demos Saab 340 Cargo Version during North American
Tour

Saab Aircraft Leasing will soon complete a two-week North American
demonstration tour of its first dedicated Saab 340A all-cargo version to
existing and prospective customers.

Full FAR/JAR Class E certification (cargo only operation) was granted at
the end of September 2002. The conversion, consisting of 13 Service
Bulletins, was developed jointly by Saab Aircraft AB and Field Aviation
Company of Canada.
Serial Number 069 was converted during a three-month period at Field
Aviation's maintenance facility in Calgary. The Cargo version carries
8,500 lbs maximum payload a distance of 300 nm. The demonstrator
aircraft sports a brand new Saab livery and is equipped with optional
window blanks.
Modifications of the popular 30-seat turboprop include:
· A smoke curtain installed aft of the cockpit area to protect the
Flight Crew compartment
· Retained cabin airflow throughout to permit the transportation of
temperature-sensitive goods
· Roller system aisle which, combined with the removal of the rear
bulkhead, allows quick and efficient movement of cargo via the original
large rear cargo door
· Six barrier net divisions

"The Saab 340A has proven itself as a workhorse since entering service
in 1984. This new configuration offers yet another option to fully
utilize its current design life of 90,000 flights," underlines Saab
Aircraft Leasing President and CEO Michael Magnusson. "Built to last,
with the ability to operate in a number of challenging environments, the
Saab 340A Cargo version will be a welcome option to existing Saab
operators as well as to new customers looking for a reliable cargo
aircraft."

Saab Aircraft Leasing manages a portfolio of about 300 Saab 340 and Saab
2000 aircraft leased to 28 airlines around the world. With 38 employees,
its head-office is in Washington, DC. Saab Aircraft Leasing is part of
the Saab Aviation Services Business Area of Saab AB.

Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its
main operations focusing on defense, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capability in systems
integration.

For further information:

Michael Magnusson, Saab Aircraft Leasing
Tel: 703 406-7220; Fax: 703 406-7227
Michael.Magnusson@sal.saabus.com

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diane.carr@sal.saabus.com

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