Eastern Airways to put Saab 2000 on UK register

Eastern Airways will be the first airline to put the Saab 2000 on to the
UK register, Saab Aircraft Leasing (SAL) announced today
(30 September) in Vienna. The independently owned airline is taking an
ex-Crossair/SWISS 2000 on lease from SAL for delivery at the end of
October, to operate Eastern's Aberdeen- Norwich route.

The Saab 2000 has been part of Eastern Airways' fleet since 2003 when it
started to wet lease an aircraft from Golden Air of Sweden. Following
excellent passenger feedback on the large, spacious cabin and interior
noise levels, the airline will make it a permanent part of its fleet and
get it on to the British register.

"We are delighted Eastern is committed to the Saab 2000," said Dag
Waldenstrom, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Saab Aircraft Leasing.
"Eastern is one of the fastest growing regional airlines in Europe and
has proven that using 18-50-seaters on point-to-point markets with a
simplified fare structure and full service onboard product can be
addressed successfully. The Saab 2000 with its speed and economics is a
useful tool for further growth."

"Now we are taking the Saab 2000 into our fleet we are saluting Moritz
Suter who helped in the original design and will reintroduce the name
"Concordino". The aircraft is renowned for its jet-like performance and
comfortable cabin, offering the widest seats in its class and
importantly for us, turboprop economics. We have been pleased with the
aircraft's performance over the past 12 months and hope to have it on
the UK register by the end of October," said Richard Lake, CEO of
Eastern Airways.

Eastern Airways operates some 750 scheduled flights each week and will
carry approximately 500,000 passengers this year on a network embracing
Aberdeen, Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh,
Humberside, Inverness, Isle of Man, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted,
Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham East Midlands, Southampton,
Teesside and Wick.In addition to its scheduled passenger services,
Eastern Airways operates a special to-order passenger and freight
aircraft charter service in the UK and mainland Europe for corporate and
private clients. For further information visit the
www.easternairways.com website.

Saab Aircraft Leasing manages a portfolio of 289 Saab 340 and Saab 2000
aircraft leased to 25 customers in 13 countries. With 35 employees, the
company's head office is in Washington, DC and has regional offices in
Stockholm, Sweden; Tokyo, Japan. SAL is part of the Saab Aviation
Services Business Unit of Saab AB

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For further information please contact:
Mr. Dag Waldenstrom
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Saab Aircraft Leasing
Phone +46 87 006700


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