The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau has issued certification to the ATR 72-600, paving the way for the type’s entry into service in Japan.
As part of the certification process, the Japanese regulator approved the -600's key systems, such as the multipurpose computer, as well as the new autopilot, communication, navigation and flight management systems, says ATR.
Japanese start-up carrier Air Link will be the first operator of ATR aircraft in Japan. It inked a deal last October to lease three ATR 72-600s, the first of which is scheduled to be delivered in November 2013.
“With the forthcoming introduction of the first ATR 72-600 into Japan, ATR is about to gain a foothold in one of the few countries in Asia where its aircraft had not operated so far,” says ATR.