Aircraft of the Month: Pacific Coastal Airlines Saab 340B

Our good friends and partners at Pacific Coastal Airlines recently unveiled a couple new aircraft for their fleet that are outfitted with some snazzy new liveries.

Our good friends and partners at Pacific Coastal Airlines recently unveiled a couple new aircraft additions to their fleet that are outfitted with some snazzy new liveries. One of those aircraft is a Saab 340B which features a bold, orange stripe that makes the plane stand out both on the ground, and in the air.

The Saab 340 variants are a twin-engine turboprop aircraft and are one of the best-selling and most successful 30-seat turboprops ever built. Even though they are no longer in production the plane is still used prolifically all over the world in aviation industries as varied as passenger transport to military use and cargo freight.

Operators: Pacific Coastal Airlines, Estonian Air, Royal Thai Air Force, Sweden Air Force
Manufacturer: Saab AB and Fairchild Aircraft
Country: Sweden
First Flight: January 25, 1983
Crew: 2 pilots, 1 flight attendant
Capacity: 34 passengers
Length: 19.73 m (64 ft 8¾ in)
Wingspan: 21.44 m (70 ft 4 in)
Height: 6.97 m (22 ft 10½ in)
Wing area: 41.81 m² (450.0 sq ft)
Empty weight: 8,140 kg (17,945 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 13,155 kg (29,000 lb)
Maximum speed: 502 km/h (271 knots, 312 mph)
Cruise speed: 467 km/h (252 knots, 290 mph) at 7,620 m (25,000 ft) (range cruise)
Range: 1732 km (935 nmi, 1076 mi)
Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,000 ft/min)

Did You Know? The Saab 340s are one of the most frequently used aircraft at YVR, flying more than 2,000 routes per year, mostly for regional airline Pacific Coastal Airlines! As recently as 2009 it was reported there were more than 400 Saab 340s in operation in 60 countries and had logged 13.5 million flight hours.

Photo credit Kevin Boothroyd, link to Pacific Coastal news release.
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