Hokkaido Air System (HAC), a JAL Group company,
has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ATR for the purchase
of two ATR 42-600s with an option for a third.
The aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery
in 2020, will replace HAC`s fleet of
Saab 340s taking advantage of the superior economics of the
cutting-edge ATR -600 series.
Yoichiro Kuwano, President of HAC, said, "The
ATR 42-600 benefits from a wide cabin, comparable to that of a
medium-sized aircraft, and will significantly improve the cabin
comfort for our passengers. Also, the aircraft has extensive
experience with operations in cold winter, which will increase the
reliability of the operations in Hokkaido. With this new aircraft
and the safe operation system we`ve established, we will continue
to provide reliable and comfortable travel to local businesses and
ATR Chief Executive Officer, Christian
Scherer, added, "We are delighted to see that ATR is the right
aircraft for Japan. With economics that are unmatched by any other
aircraft, the ATR makes perfect sense financially but beyond this,
JAL Group`s endorsement is testimony to the relevance of our
product in a most advanced society that is concerned with comfort, environmentally-friendliness and the benefits of regional
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