The SAAB 2000 was designed when fuel prices were high in the mid 80'es.
Then fuel prices dropped and created the rush for RJs.
Now fuel prices are high again, and if they stay high, then regional turboprops will sell better again.
SAAB chose to discontinue airliner production because they could not make much profit on them. Labor costs are very high in Sweden. When they closed they were able to transfer production capacity to SAAB JAS-39 Gripen fighter planes.
The SAS DCH-8-Q400 problems are multiple:
1. Airspeed indicator (pitot tube). They bent two Q400s on hard landings caused by faulty airspeed indication.
2. Several faulty fire warnings in baggage compartment which caused diversions and evacuations.
3. Engine problems: Excessive oil consumption. They had one engine fire which started on spilled oil.
Some of them fly at the moment while others are being modified.
The last thing I read in the newspaper was that SAS has refused to take delivery of the last 18 Q400s on order until a string of shortcomings have been corrected satisfactorily.
Somebody said that inter-Scandinavian routes are short. Well, everything is relative. But the vast majority of inter-Scandinavian routes and domestic routes in especially Sweden and Norway, and also to a minor extent in Denmark, are serviced by B737-300/-500/-600/-700/-800 and DC-9/MD-80/-90. The Q400s will only exchange old F50s on very short and thin routes. Also on non inter-Scandinavian routes like Copenhagen to Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Hamburg and such.
Best regards, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs