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Saab SF-340 - brighter day dawning.

Saab SF-340--a brighter day dawning

According to Saab-Scania A.B., its manufacturer, the SF-340 program is well on its way to total control by Saab, a job that has taken some doing after former partner Fairchild Industries relinquished its share in the partnership Nov. 1 last year.

Saab expects its share of the delivered new-generation world commuter market to stabilize at about 35%, or maybe even grow slightly. With five competing programs running at the same time (de Havilland Dash 8, Embraer Brasilia, Aerospatiale /Aeritalia ATR 42 and CASA/Nurtanio CN235), Saab's share seemingly indicates strong consumer confidence.

And with the day of full in-house production less than a year away, Saab's sales staff continues to exhibit its confidence in a future with a disproportionate share of SF-340s plying the skies.

High ratings

As of April 30, 1986, 45 SF-340s were flying in revenue service. Flight time exceeded 75,500 hours, with an average daily utilization of 6.7 hours, spread across nine flights averaging 48 minutes each.

General Electric reports the following 12-month figures (per 1,000 hours), as of April 30: engine-caused shop visit rate, 0. …

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