KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11708 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5709 times:
The Saab-340/B is a cummuter twin engine turboprop. It has been around for 20+ years. There are 2 basic models, the Saab-340A and the updated Saab-340B. Most remaining Saab-340s today are the "B" model. The Saab-2000 is a derivitive of the basic Saab-340.
In the US it is flown by American Eagle and NW's cummuter connection, maybe a few others, too.
The A-340 is a 4 engine airliner built by Airbus, and is available in 4 different versions, the A-340-200/-300/-500/-600. There is also a very long range A-340-8000 version of the -200, but I don't think Airbus has sold any of them, but one was built. There are no US airlines that fly the A-340, but US and NW fly the cousin airplane, the A-330.
Didn't you hear the news? SAAB bought out Airbus a while ago.
Nah, just kidding. The author of that article meant to say 'SAAB 340A', and was probably an unintended if odd transposition. Levent was having a laugh (and I had a chuckle, too) because technically, could've been interpreted as an Airbus 340 now being owned and sold under the SAAB name.
Being serious for a moment: originally, it was a partnership between SAAB and Fairchild, and was known as the SF340. After Fairchild left, it became the 340A. Later models were the 340B and 340B Plus, as well as military versions (340 AEW and 340C). SAAB never made a model called A340.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9286 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5640 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2): The Saab-340/B is a cummuter twin engine turboprop. It has been around for 20+ years.
With around 12 of those 20 years experience on the Saab 340 I know what one is. I've just never heard of the A340 by Saab... I know Airbus makes one.
cummuter.... a new word...??
The world wide fleet was 159 'A' Models built, and around 300 total 'B' models built. Around half of the fleet is here in the US.
Quoting Vref5 (Reply 3): it was a partnership between SAAB and Fairchild, and was known as the SF340
Correct. The wings were built on Long Island, then I think in Texas... The SF340 is only the first 60 or so planes. The only way to tell a SF340 from a Saab 340A is an up close look at the underside of the inboard wing.
[Edited 2006-12-09 15:13:12]
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DEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4427 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5475 times:
Now that we've had our fun, it seems the E170 is now turning up in diverse places other than its original North American prime target market. With a comfortable single-class seating of 72 at 32" pitch, and still minus (comparably?) the contentious clause limitations - it could be more successful in those alternative milieus.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6019 posts, RR: 55 Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4743 times:
How did SAAB 340 get its name? That question was asked by some jounalist at a SAAB press conference some 25 years ago.
The SAAB representative answered that they had proposed the name "34" since it was the passenger capacity. But it seemed a rather small number compared to other airliners, therefore they added a zero in the end.
When SAAB introduced the 50-60 pax SAAB 2000, then nobody dared to ask.
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