Japan Air System (JAS) has confirmed a firm order for three Airbus A300-600Rs to replace ageing A300B2/B4s. Subsidiary Japan Air Commuter (JAC) has meanwhile ordered five Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s plus one option to replace NAMC YS-11s.

The Pratt & Whitney PW4158-powered A300s, which will be delivered between August and November next year, are the first passenger A300-600Rs to be ordered in more than four years.

Deliveries of JAC's five Q400s will begin in the fourth quarter of 2002. The 70 to 78-seat Q400s will be used to replace some of the carrier's 12 ageing domestically made YS-11s, which seat 60. JAC aims to replace all its YS-11s by 2006.

Source: Flight International