ÖREBRO, SWEDEN Swedish MRO company TAM, Täby Air Maintenance, is converting a Saab 2000 regional airliner into a freighter for the Miami-based aircraft lessorJetstream Aviation Capital.

The first Saab 2000 that will be used as a cargo carrier will feature six net-divided loading bays, in addition to the current passenger aircraft cargo compartments, where all bays will meet 9G-approval requirements.

Total cargo volume will be 55.4 m3 / 1960 cu ft, with a floor loading limit of 730 kg/m2 / 150 lb/sq ft and a target max payload of 6,622 kg / 14,600 lbs. For operations under US FAR Part 135, the max payload will be limited to 3,402 kg / 7,500 lbs.

The first aircraft is planned for conversion in the first quarter of 2022 with scheduled completion including obtaining EASA and FAA approval by the end of March 2022.

"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.

"The Saab 2000 in Cargo configuration will offer regional cargo operators the best overall performance, cargo weight, and volume value proposition on the market," said Donald Kamenz, of Jetstream Aviation Capital.

TAM is currently working on additional cargo management solutions to enhance the overall application of the larger Saab 2000 volume for US FAR Part 135 and FAR Part 121 operators.