ATR has forecast a need for around 100 turboprop
aircraft in Japan up to 2025.
The aircraft will be used to upgrade
existing fleets and open up new routes both domestically and
ATR is the leading regional aviation
manufacturer with over 1700 aircraft sold and more than 200
operators in more than 100 countries.
ATR delivered its 1500th aircraft, an ATR 72-600
to Japan Air Commuter (JAC) last October. The first ATR delivered
to Japan was an ATR 42-600 to Amakusa Airlines in 2015.
Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR, said, “The ATR is
now well established in the Japanese regional aviation market and
we see an important growth potential for the next decade.
Connecting smaller, isolated communities, increased local tourism
and flights to world heritage sites as well as the celebration of
two major worldwide sports events will boost regional travel in
Japan and ATR is the ideal tool for offering country-wide
ATR aircraft are ideal for opening new routes
with an average of about 100 new connections per year and a record
of 155 new routes globally in 2017.