Japan Air Commuter (JAC) has taken delivery of
its first ATR 72-600 following the conversion in June of one of
its orders for an ATR 42-600 to the larger 72 version. The
aircraft has a 70-seat configuration.
The first ATR 42-600 entered service with JAC in
early 2017 and since then the airline has taken delivery of
five ATR 42-600 aircraft. With the delivery of the ATR 72-600 JAC will benefit from the commonality between the models
as the ATR 42 and 72 share a Single Type Rating and 90% of spare
Hiroki Kato, President of Japan Air Commuter,
said, “The performance of our existing ATR fleet has been
highly satisfactory and this acquisition of an ATR 72-600 will
allow us to be more flexible with our operations, matching
capacity to demand more efficiently. The aircraft’s blend of one
of the most modern cabins in regional aviation with excellent
economics allows us to deliver the high standards of comfort that
our passengers expect.”
Founded in 1983, Japan Air Commuter is a JAL
Group company with Japan Airlines holding 60% as its main
shareholder, and the remaining shares jointly held by the 12
Municipalities of the Amami Islands of Kagoshima, Kyushu.
Kagoshima Airport, Japan Air Commuter operates 14 aircraft, 70
daily departures on 18 routes, and serves as the essential public
air transport means for 1 million passengers annually between the
beautiful Amami Islands and Western Japan.
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