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PICTURE: Japan Air Commuter begins ATR operations

Japan Air Commuter (JAC) operated its first ATR 42-600 flight on 26 April, deploying the aircraft on the return Kagoshima-Yakushima and Kagoshima-Okinoerabu services.

The Japan Airlines subsidiary took delivery of the aircraft in January. It is also the second Japanese operator to operate the turbopro type after Amakusa Airlines.

In a statement, ATR says that as 35% of the Japanese domestic routes are less than 300nm, its turboprops are suited to further develop regional connectivity in the country.

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Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the airline operates one ATR 42-600, and has orders for seven more. Besides the ATR, JAC operates eight Bombardier Q400s and nine Saab 340s.

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