Japan Air Commuter Takes Delivery of Their Ninth ATR 42-600 Aircraft
Japan Air Commuter, the regional carrier of Japan Airlines, has taken delivery of their ninth ATR 42-600, expanding their ATR fleet to 11 aircraft. The new aircraft’s livery features the leaves of Kaikouzu, the official tree of Kagoshima Prefecture.
On Monday (May 9, 2022), ATR announced the delivery of Japan Air Commuter’s (JAC’s) ninth ATR 42-600, expanding the carrier’s ATR fleet to 11 aircraft. The new aircraft will perform its first ferry flight leg from Toulouse to Japan with a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend. Japan Air Commuter’s newest ATR 42-600’s livery features the leaves of the Kaikouzu, the official tree of Kagoshima Prefecture, a symbol of the preservation of nature in Japan. JAC is the regional carrier of Japan Airlines, and offers service to World Natural Heritage Sites including Yakushima, Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima and Okinawa.
In Monday’s announcement, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Bortoli, said,
“We are proud to see that ATR aircraft continue to support our Japanese long-standing customer JAC in its mission to connect communities and remote places, as well as propelling local economy. Thanks to the unrivalled versatility of our aircraft and its responsible performance, ATR aircraft are the perfect choice for this country.”
Over their last 40+ years building efficient turboprop regional aircraft, ATR has reached major milestones including 1,800 aircraft orders and 1,600 deliveries. ATR sees strong potential for growth in regional aviation, including a replacement wave of over 900 turboprops in the 30-50 seat categories. The company’s turboprop aircraft represent the optimal and most sustainable choice for regional deployment at the lowest operating costs, and offer the ability to serve isolated communities living near challenging airfields. Over the last decade, ATR has held 75 percent of the turboprop market and 36 percent of the overall regional aircraft market.