The SAAB 340 is a twin-engine transport aircraft with a max payload of 3200 kg or up to 3 crew and 35 passengers.
Development of the SAAB 340 started in 1980 as a cooperative venture between SAAB-Scania from Sweden and Fairchild
Industries from the USA. Development studies on a 30 to 40-seat commuter airliner resulted in the SF340 design that
was launched in September 1980. Within the 65/35 SAAB/Fairchild partnership SAAB was responsible for the fuselage,
fin and final assembly, while Fairchild was responsible for the wings, tail surfaces
and the engine housings. The two companies selected the General Electric CT7 turboprop engine to power the new
airliner. SAAB was also responsible for the systems integration, and flight-testing. The first SF340 prototype,
s/n 001 SE-ISF, was flown on 25 January 1983. The first production aircraft, s/n 003 SE-ISB, was flown on
25 August 1983. Certification was completed on 29 June 1984. SAAB SF340A s/n 005 was the first delivered,
and it went to Crossair on 6 June 1984. From 1 November 1985, SAAB assumed overall responsibility for the SF340
following the decision of Fairchild to divest itself of its aircraft divisions. SAAB initially retained the SF340
designation but later changed it to 340A. The aircraft was offered in an air transport configuration and an
executive version. From the first deliveries, SAAB has continually developed and improved the aircraft. In 1985,
an upgraded 340A version with increased MTOW was offered, and provision made for existing aircraft to be modified.
In 1987, a freighter version 340QC (Quick Change) and the 340B were introduced in 1989. The 340B again
features upgraded engines, increased MTOW, and enlarged tail surfaces. For the Swedish military the
SAAB-340AEW Erieye version was developed. Further developments include larger wings, and a 50 seat follow on
version, the SAAB 2000 that flew in 1992. The last development of the 340 was the 340B Plus that introduced
changes developed for the larger SAAB 2000. The first 340B Plus was delivered in March 1994. Production of the
340 ended in 1999, with a total of 459 airframes built.
Golden Air AB operates a number of SAAB 340 and 2000 aircraft out of Trollhattan in Sweden. Next to scheduled
flights to destinations in Finland and Sweden Golden Air operates charter and air taxi flights.
On 16 October 1999, SAAB 340B SE-ISG (s/n 162) came in at Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands
with guests for the launching of a cargo ship at one of the shipyards in Groningen. The aircraft returned to Sweden teh next day.
The SAAB 340B c/n 162 was flown first on 5 September 1989, and registered SE-ISG with Golden Air AB on 27 October 1989. On 30 December
2003, the registered owner name of SAAB 340B SE-ISG was changed to Golden Air Flyg AB, Lidköping. On 30 March 2009, the registered
ownership changed to Erik Thun AB, Lidköping, with Golden Air Flyg AB, Lidköping, as operator.