LONDON – Ameriflight and Jetstream Aviation Capital announced the lease and future delivery of 15 Saab 340B(F) cargo aircraft for the US largest Part 135 Cargo airline. New typed will arrive to meet growing demand in the e-commerce and the express cargo market. The addition represents another step forward in a multifaceted corporate strategy shift for Ameriflight.
Paul Chase, Ameriflight CEO said: “We are proud to partner with Jetstream on the venture of operating the Saab 340B at Ameriflight. This aircraft offers the market the best combination of cubic capacity and cost, which will be best suited for our customers and their increasing needs for years to come.”
“Expanding our fleet and ultimately our business is a great opportunity not only for our customers but for our hardworking employees on the front line as well.”
First Of New Aircraft Expected in Q4 of 2022
It is understood that the carrier is expecting its first aircraft will start operations in the fourth quarter of this year. This latest fleet type will be used to meet growing demand in e-commerce and support unprecedented demand for the company’s services, including Ameriflight’s expedited supply chain services, dedicated operations, and regional feeder service for the world’s largest overnight express carriers.
After careful consideration and examination of a number of cargo aircraft platforms, the airline decided on the Saab 340BF as the aircraft perfectly suited for airfreight, noting its outstanding safety, reliability and operating economy. The maximum payload of this aircraft is 3 tons 850 kilograms, and the volume of cargo that can be carried at one time is 35.8 m3. The unit can take onboard packages weighing up to 70 kilograms each.
Stuart Klaskin, Jetstream Aviation Capital CEO said: “We are pleased that Ameriflight, one of our longest-standing customers, has selected the Saab 340B freighter to be provided by Jetstream.”
“The 340B’s combination of operational capability, economic efficiency, and ongoing support from our partners at Saab for the airframe and General Electric for the engine continue to make this the aircraft of choice for express and integrator-support cargo operators worldwide. It is our privilege to welcome Ameriflight to the Saab 340 community.”
Who is Ameriflight?
Ameriflight is the US largest Part 135 cargo airline. Founded in 1968, Ameriflight has grown from a small air charter and cargo service carrier to an international operator with 15 bases, 1,500 weekly departures, and 200 destinations.
The current Ameri fleet consists of 131 aircraft: 25 Beechcraft 1900, 52 Beechcraft 99, 13 Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia and 41 Fairchild Sa-227 Metroliner.
It’s worth adding that in the last months Ameriflight launched Ameriflight Components and Exchanges, a parts trading company. The wholly-owned subsidiary supplies aviation component solutions to a large network of customers around the world.
The new company provides aircraft inventory for sale and exchange through major aviation marketplace platforms. With an increasing demand for aftermarket parts forecasted, the company is positioned for success with its in-demand expertise and niche in the turboprop and regional cargo markets.