ATR 72-600 receives Japanese certification

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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.