Fort Lauderdale-based Gulfstream International Airlines will deploy all six Saab 340Bplus turboprops on its intra-Florida and Florida-Bahamas routes, replacing smaller, 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.

Gulfstream International Airlines has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to purchase six 34-seat Saab 340Bplus turboprop regional airliners.

Fort Lauderdale-based Gulfstream International Airlines, which says it serves more destinations in The Bahamas than any other U.S. carrier, will deploy all six Saab 340Bplus turboprops on its intra-Florida and Florida-Bahamas routes, replacing smaller, 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.


“This investment will enhance our customers’ flight experiences by providing them with the premium service and comfort they value and deserve,” says Darrell Richardson, CEO of Gulfstream International Airlines.

Saab Aircraft manufactured 459 SF340 regional turboprops of all variants between 1983 and 1999, when production of the 34-seat SF340 (which became known simply as the Saab 340) ended. The final civil version produced was the Saab 340Bplus, of which 100 were built

Gulfstream International Airlines says that, in its service, the Saab 340Bplus will feature comfortable seating for 34 passengers; large, easy-to-access overhead bins; personalized flight attendant service; an active noise reduction system; and convenient on-board lavatories.

The carrier will integrate the six Saab 340Bplus regional airliners into its fleet over a nine-month period beginning in mid-November, when the first 340Bplus is slated for delivery.

According to Gulfstream International, 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 beginning scheduled passenger service.

Gulfstream International Airlines says it will announce in-service dates for its new Saab 340Bplus turboprops upon receipt of regulatory approvals.

For more information on Saab Aircraft Leasing and the Saab 340Bplus aircraft, visit www.saabaircraftleasing.com.

Officially known as VPAA Co. dba/Gulfstream International Airlines, Gulfstream International (whose IATA flight prefix is 3M) is a U.S. airline operating 100-plus daily scheduled flights to and from 29 gateways in Florida, The Bahamas, Montana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Gulfstream International Airlines operates a fleet of 21 Beech 1900Ds on scheduled services to nine destinations in Florida, 10 in the Bahamas and six in Ohio. It operates as a Continental Connection carrier but also has codeshares with United Airlines and with Pana's Copa Airlines

Fort Lauderdale-based Gulfstream International Airlines operates a fleet of 23 Beech 1900Ds on scheduled services to nine destinations in Florida, 10 in the Bahamas and six in Ohio. It operates as a Continental Connection carrier but also has codeshares with United Airlines and with Panama's Copa Airlines

The company is owned by Victory Park Capital, a Chicago-based investment firm which launched Gulfstream International in May 2011 following the acquisition of select assets from the former Gulfstream International Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2010.

Gulfstream principally operates under codeshare and alliance agreements with Continental Airlines, United Airlines and Copa Airlines.

In addition to its six newly acquired Saab 340Bplus turboprops, Gulfstream operates 21 Beechcraft 1900D regional turboprops. Each Beech 1900D seats up to 19 passengers.

For more information on Gulfstream International Airlines, visit www.gulfstreamair.com.