Saab has made what it describes as a significant breakthrough in the Japanese market, with the placing of an order by the Japanese transport ministry for two Saab 2000s. The order, worth $60 million, is for the first two of what is expected to be a total of five new flight-inspection aircraft for the Civil Aviation Bureau.

The Saab 2000s will replace six NAMC YS-11s - the first such direct replacement for the YS-11 in Japan. Saab hopes that the order will lead to other 2000 sales.

Source: Flight International