TAM starts first market Saab 2000 cargo conversion
05 / 01 / 2022
By Rebecca Jeffrey
TAM is converting the high-speed turboprop Saab 2000 regional airliner into cargo configuration. Photo: TAM, Täby Air Maintenance
Swedish company Täby Air Maintenance (TAM) is converting the high-speed turboprop Saab 2000 regional airliner into cargo configuration, to offer commercially for the first time.
The conversion project is spearheaded in close collaboration with launch customer Jetstream Aviation Capital, LLC, based in Miami, Florida.
The first aircraft, s/n 037, is now at TAM’s workshops at Örebro Airport. Conversion is due to take place in the first quarter of 2022 with scheduled completion, including obtaining European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval, by the end of March 2022.
Design work, led by TAM’s design organisation, and associated parts production is being managed at TAM’s facilities.
Total cargo volume will be 55.4 cu m, with a floor loading limit of 730 kg and a target max payload of 6,622 kg. For operations under US Federal Aviation Regulations Part 135, the max payload will be limited to 3,402 kg / 7,500 lbs.
The Saab 2000 Cargo will feature six net-divided loading bays, in addition to the current passenger aircraft cargo compartments, and all bays will meet 9G-approval requirements.
“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,” said Pär Gulle, TAM managing director.
Founded in 1989, Täby Air Maintenance, TAM, is one of Europe’s leading MRO-providers, specialising in premium regional airliners such as the Saab 340/2000 and ATR72 families. In addition to traditional maintenance, modifications, repairs and support, TAM also offers a comprehensive cargo conversion program for the Saab 340.