TAM carries out first flight for Saab 2000 freighter conversion
09 / 03 / 2023
Saab 2000F. Photo: TAM
Taby Air Maintenance (TAM) has carried out the maiden flight of its new Saab 2000 freighter conversion.
The Swedish MRO said in a press release that the 45-minute Saab 2000F flight took place on March 6.
The freighter conversion has been developed in close collaboration with Miami-based launch customer Jetstream Aviation Capital.
Air Cargo News reported in January 2022 that scheduled completion of the conversion was due at the end of March last year, however, TAM stated in its March 6 press release that there had been “delays in the conversion process”.
This first flight was a post-maintenance flight, focusing on systems tests, as the aircraft had been in the workshops since last autumn for the extensive rebuild as a freighter and regular maintenance and avionics upgrade, said TAM.
All systems on the aircraft are working as expected and further flight testing will take place in the middle of March, added the company.
“Despite some delays in the conversion process, I am glad to see that we now are back on track with the Saab 2000F,” said Pär Gulle, TAM managing director.
“We are very much looking forward to adding this new aircraft to our long line of Saab 340 cargo conversions that continue to attract operators worldwide, with a vast number of additional conversions in the coming 12-18 months. With the Saab 2000F, we can meet any need for a profitable regional cargo aircraft.”