Saab acquires Lufthansa Technik Saab 2000 parts

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Saab has acquired Lufthansa Technik's (LHT) stock of Saab 2000 spare parts.

The inventory will remain at its current location at Basel-Mulhouse Airport, with the German maintenance provider acting as distributor on the manufacturer's behalf.

The stock originates from the former Basel-based regional carrier Crossair, which operated a fleet of Saab 340s and 2000s. The turboprops were sold when the airline, which had temporarily become parent of Swiss International Air Lines, was taken over by Lufthansa in 2005.

LHT inherited the inventory and added additional Saab 2000 spare parts in the meantime, said Lars Brännström, head of Saab's aircraft services division.

Today this comprises a broad scope of components mainly for the 2000 model, ranging from consumables and line replaceable units to auxiliary power units and spare engines.

Saab took over the inventory and inked a logistics agreement with LHT to store and distribute the equipment from Basel-Mulhouse Airport.

Saab now wants to move almost all its spare parts for the 2000 and 340 models from different European locations to Basel-Mulhouse.

Only large "slow moving" items, such as fuselage parts, are to remain at the manufacturer's Swedish base, Brännström said.

The company's main European customers are Carpatair in Romania with eight 2000s, Switzerland's Darwin Airline with six and UK-based Eastern Airways with seven, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.