Japan Airlines’ regional unit Japan Air Commuter (JAC) has taken delivery of the first ATR 72-600 to be operated in the country.
JAC converted one of its orders for an ATR 42-600 for the larger 70-seat variant in June.
“The performance of our existing ATR fleet has been highly satisfactory and this acquisition of an ATR 72-600 will allow us to be more flexible with our operations, matching capacity to demand more efficiently,” says the airline’s president, Hiroki Kato.
“The aircraft’s blend of one of the most modern cabins in regional aviation with excellent economics allows us to deliver the high standards of comfort that our passengers expect.”
Kagoshima-based JAC took delivery of its first ATR aircraft in 2017, and Flight Fleets Analyzer shows it now operates four ATR 42-600s with three more on order. It also holds options on 15 more ATR aircraft.
In addition, it flies two Bombardier Q400s and six Saab 340Bs.