ATR enters the Japanese market

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European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR and Japan’s new regional carrier LINK have announced the introduction of the first ATRs that will fly in Japan. LINK will start operations in 2013 with the introduction into its fleet of three leased ATR 72-600s. The aircraft will be delivered starting in late 2013.

The commercial announcement was made yesterday at the Japan Aerospace Airshow, held in Nagoya (Japan).
“The arrival of these three 70-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft into the Japanese market represents a major milestone for ATR, which is already well established all over Asia and the Pacific region, with 250 aircraft currently operated by some 50 airlines over 25 countries,” ATR said. “These ATR 72-600s will be equipped with new Pratt & Whitney 127M engines and new full-glass cockpit developed by Thales. They will also be equipped with the new Armonia cabin.

Commenting on the announcement, Koichi Sugiyama, Chief Executive Officer of LINK, said: “The ATR 72-600 perfectly fits with our requirements in terms of low operating costs, most updated technologies and optimal comfort. This is the most-recently certified 70-seat aircraft on the market, and we are proud to start our operations with such a modern, successful and well-reputed aircraft”.



Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, said that: “We are entering a new and huge market which may bring us substantial commercial opportunities in a country with some 130 million inhabitants.”