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Saab Aerotech Broderna Ugglas gata Aircraft Services Division,
581 88, Linkoping, Sweden
Tel: +46 13 18 2000
Fax: +46 13 18 4495

Saab Aerotech

Saab Aircraft provides support and service for operators of the Saab 340 and Saab 2000 regional aircraft.

In 1936 the Swedish Government decided to promote the establishment of a domestic defence industry.

The formation of Svenska Aeroplan AB, a new company with registered offices at Trollhättan and later to be known as Saab, was announced in April 1937. The new company first started constructing aircraft from Junkers and Northrop under license, designating the aircraft with their own identification marks. Saab concentrated on military aircraft throughout the war and beyond, with the exception of the Scandia, a commercial passenger aircraft which was cancelled in the early 50's, after only 18 aircraft were built.

On 25 January 1980, Saab and Fairchild Industries of the USA announced their decision to go ahead with joint definition of a twin-turboprop regional airliner seating about 30 passengers. Preceded by several years of project and market studies by each partner, this decision led directly to development of what was then called the Saab-Fairchild SF-340.

A work-split between the partners was agreed at an early stage. Fairchild was responsible for design and manufacture of the wings, engine nacelles and empennage, with Saab taking responsibility for fuselage design and manufacture, systems integration, flight testing and certification.

The first prototype made its maiden flight on 25 January 1983. The aircraft went into service with Crossair of Switzerland in 1984.

The same year, following Fairchild's withdrawal from the project, Saab assumed overall control of what was now known as the Saab 340. To date, more than 400 aircraft have been delivered to 39 operators all over the world.

On 15 December, 1988, Saab presented the new Saab 2000 high-speed turboprop. The Saab 2000 can carry up to 58 passengers at a cruise speed of 670 km/h, with a range of 2,340 km. The prototype Saab 2000 was rolled out at the end of 1991 and the first production aircraft was delivered in August 1994 for airline service with launch customer Crossair.

In April 1998, the Wallenburg family holding company, which wholly owns SAAB Aircraft AB, announced it would sell 50% of its stake to its shareholders and subsequently float SAAB on the stock market.

At the end of 1997 Saab Aircraft announced its intention to cease manufacturing the Saab 340 and Saab 2000 aircraft. Production ceased in May 1999 and Saab Aircraft now focuses entirely on customer support. Saab Aircraft AB was renamed Saab Aerotech on 1 January 2006 when Saab Aviocomp, Saab Nyge Aero AB, Saab Military Aircraft and Saab Aerosystems were merged into it.



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