Japan Air Commuter starts new era with ATR aircraft
Japan is a mature, yet dynamic, market, with more than 100 regional aircraft and an average fleet age of over 10 years. Japanese airlines are expected to renew and expand their regional fleets in the years to come in order to face an increasing tourism across the country within the next years. Japan is expected to attract over 40 million tourists by 2020, and will host major events such as the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 or the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Hiroki Kato, President of Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd, declared: “The unrivalled airport accessibility of the ATRs, along with their high standards of safety and comfort, make the ATR -600s the perfect solution for our mission: connecting small communities and providing high-quality air service across the country.”
Christian Scherer, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, highlighted “the suitability of the ATR -600s to generate business opportunities and strengthen community links”. He added: “Our partnership with JAC demonstrates the capacity of our aircraft to deliver the high standard of comfort expected on one of the mature markets in the world.”
The airline and ATR started their partnership at the last Paris Airshow, in 2015, with the signature of a contract for the introduction of ATR 42-600s in Japan. The deal represented a major milestone for ATR, bringing its firm order book to 1500 aircraft sold since the beginning of the programme.
About Japan Air Commuter (JAC):
Founded in 1983, Japan Air Commuter is a JAL Group Company with Japan Airlines holding 60% as its principal shareholder, and the remaining shares jointly held by the 12 Municipalities of the Amami Islands of Kagoshima, Kyushu. Based in Kagoshima Airport, Japan Air Commuter operates 19 aircraft, 97 daily departures on 23 routes, and serves as the essential public air transport means for 1.6 million passengers annually between the beautiful Amami islands and Western Japan.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company’s employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more 140 new routes every year on average, burn 45% less fuel and emit 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.