C&L Aviation Services completes world’s first Saab 340B+ cargo conversion

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C&L Aviation Services, a C&L Aviation Group company, has completed a cargo conversion on a Saab 340B+ at the company’s Maine-based MRO facility.

This is the first B+ model in the world that has been converted for cargo operations.

The Saab 340B+ models are aircraft with production serial numbers from 340-360 to 340-459. With low acquisition costs, and a maximum cargo volume of 1,280 cu ft, and a maximum payload of 9,325 lbs., the Saab 340B+ is an ideal aircraft for cargo operation.

“We have been pleased with the way this first B+ model project has come together,” said C&L CEO Chris Kilgour.

For the conversion, C&L utilised an EASA- and FAA-approved conversion kit provided by Sweden-based Täby Air Maintenance’s (TAM’s), C&L’s partner in conversions since the two companies signed an agreement in 2018.

The operator Legends Airways, which has taken possession of this aircraft, has signed an agreement with C&L to complete an additional 5 conversions in 2021 and 2022.

“We came to C&L not only because they had the aircraft inventory we needed, but also because they have the in-depth knowledge and experience needed to support the Saab 340,” said Jon Hierl, CEO of Legends Airways. “It just made sense to partner with the world’s leader in Saab 340 sales and support.”

C&L, who is converting all 6 aircraft for freighter operations, has delivered the first two Saab 340 aircraft, with the remaining 4 to be delivered by the end of 2021. C&L is also supporting Legends with parts and technical expertise.

For over 20 years, C&L has been a leader in the aftermarket sale and support of the Saab aircraft. The company stocks Saab inventory in their globally located warehouses and provides a one-stop solution for operators at the MRO facility offering heavy maintenance, aircraft paint, avionics upgrades, structural modifications, engineering support, and interior refurbishment.

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