Gulfstream International Airlines (VPAA Company dba) (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced it reached an agreement with SAAB Aircraft Leasing to purchase six 34-seat SAAB 340B turboprops. Gulfstream will deploy all six SAAB 304Bs on its Florida-Bahamas routes, replacing smaller 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.
Gulfstream will integrate the six SAAB 340B aircraft into its fleet over a nine-month period beginning in mid-November 2011 when the first 340B is slated for delivery. Each aircraft will be subject to a period of inspection and certification under U.S. and Bahamian aviation regulations to ensure full compliance with all safety and operational requirements prior to initiating scheduled passenger service. In-service dates for the new aircraft type will be announced upon receipt of regulatory approvals.
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