A Saab 340 series

The Saab 340 series

The US-based Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified an aircraft to be used by Seaborne Airlines to serve its Dominica/San Juan route set to begin on April 1.

Seaborne has described the recent certification of its new Saab 340B as a “new milestone.”

“After eight months of incredible work by the Seaborne operations team, we are happy and proud to introduce the 34 passenger Saab 340B aircraft to the Caribbean,” said David Ziemer, Chief Operating Officer of Seaborne Airlines. “I want to personally thank the Seaborne team, especially our Director of Operations, Shawn Lewis, Saab Fleet Manager Dan Auslander and Maintenance and Inspection Directors, Mark Dyson and John Harrison for their incredible efforts over the past several months. This truly marks a major milestone in Seaborne Airlines history.”

Recently the St. Croix-based airline announced that it will be offering daily flights between Melville Hall Airport and Luis Muñoz Marín Airport in San Juan. This, after American Eagle said it would be suspending flights from San Juan in 2013 to a number of Caribbean destinations as it attempts to shave US$75-million per year in labor costs.

The new aircraft will be used in six routes in the Caribbean announced by Seaborne, including the one between Dominica and Puerto Rico.

According to Seaborne the 34-seat Saab 340B “has the comfort of most modern jetliners and the increased speed will provide the fastest overall journey on all routes Seaborne flies. And the Saab’s fuel-efficient aircraft will help keep Seaborne competitive and eco-friendly.”

The aircraft operates with two pilots and a flight attendant providing in-flight service, and has a lavatory.

“With the addition of the Saab 340B, Seaborne is poised for even greater growth throughout the Caribbean and will add needed lift for local inter-island travel as well as easier ways for tourists to connect to the Caribbean worldwide,” the company said.

Seaborne has also made  trial flights to Dominica.