Freight Täby Air Maintenance starts with first Saab 2000 cargo conversion

Swedish company Täby Air Maintenance has begun to convert a first Saab 200 turboprop aircraft from passenger to freight configuration.

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Täby Air Maintenance (TAM) has entered into converting a first Saab 2000 turboprop airliner from passenger to freight aircraft. The company is on-time to complete the conversion as planned within the first quarter of this year.

The development for the cargo configuration has been worked out in close collaboration with launch customer of the Saab 2000, Jetstream Aviation Capital from Miami in the United States. The operative process is managed by TAM, which is implementing design features and is managing the associated parts production for the conversion.

TAM is working out of its facilities in Örebro, Sweden. The company has been working with Saab aircraft conversions before, as it completed the first Saab 340V+ conversion in the world together with C&L Aviation in August 2021.

Pär Gulle, TAM Managing Director, confirmed: ”Based on our extensive experience of converting dozens of Saab 340 passenger aircraft to cargo configuration, we are very confident that we can meet any challenges to certify and convert that this larger and highly capable aircraft might offer.”

Donald Kamenz, of Jetstream Aviation Capital, said about the operator´s new possibilities with the aircraft: “The Saab 2000 in Cargo configuration will offer regional cargo operators the best overall performance, cargo weight and volume value proposition on the market.”

Over the course of the Saab 2000 conversion program, TAM is implementing six net-divided loading bays into the aircraft, additionally to the current passenger aircraft cargo compartments. All bays, according to TAM, will meet 9G-approval requirements.

The overall cargo volume will be at 55.4 m3/ 1960 cu ft, with a floor loading limit of 730 kg/m2/ 150 lb/sq ft and a target max payload of 6,622 kg / 14,600 lbs. For operations under US FAR Part 135, the max payload will be limited to 3,402 kg / 7,500 lbs, stated the manufacturer.

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