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JAC unveils a special heart design on ATR 42-600 JA11JC “ecoPROP”


Japan Air Commuter-JAC has added a special design to its ATR 42-600 (JA11JC).

According to the airline (translated):

With the message of valuing nature, we decided to design a special painting in the shape of a heart with “leaves” that symbolize the environment (leaves of “Kaikouzu”, a prefectural tree in Kagoshima Prefecture).

With this introduction, JAC will be the 11th ATR aircraft in total, including the two ATR72-600 aircraft.

JAC operates in many areas rich in nature, including Yakushima, Amami Oshima / Tokunoshima, and Okinawa Island, which are registered as World Natural Heritage Sites. Turboprop aircraft with lower CO2 emissions are nature-friendly and eco-friendly aircraft. is. With the idea of ​​valuing nature and passing it on to the next generation, we designed the aircraft with the letters “ecoPROP” and leaves in the shape of a heart.

JAC will continue to pursue the maintenance of the remote island network and further convenience as a wing of the region, deliver safe and secure air travel, and work on regional promotion.

Akira Uekawa reporting from Japan.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL – Japan Air Commuter ATR 42-600 JA11JC (msn 1611) ITM (Akira Uekawa). Image: 957904.

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JAC expands its regional fleet

Japan Air Commuter (JAC) and ATR today announced the delivery of the company’s 9th ATR 42-600 to its fleet of 11 ATR aircraft. The latest ATR 42-600 will undertake the first leg of its ferry flight from Toulouse to Japan with a blend including Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

This new ATR 42-600 sports a specific livery representing the leaves of Kaikouzu, the tree of Kagoshima Prefecture. These leaves are the symbol of the preservation of nature in this country. It represents JAC’s commitment to connect areas that coexist with nature, operating the lowest CO2 emissions and most fuel efficient aircraft. The Japanese airline flies Yakushima, Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima, Okinawa, which are all World Natural Heritage Sites, as well as many other areas rich and diverse in wildlife.

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ATR delivers its 1,500th aircraft

First ATR 72-600, delivered on October 30, 2018

ATR on November 29 celebrated its 1,500th aircraft delivery with the entire ATR employee community.

The ATR 72-600 (JA06JC) was delivered to Japan Air Commuter at the end of October. This represents the latest in a year of milestones for the market-leading regional aircraft manufacturer, after the delivery of the 1,000th ATR 72 in July and the 500th ATR -600 Series in August. Since its first delivery, over 30 years ago, ATR has become the leader in regional aviation.

Since 2010, 75% of turboprop sales have been ATRs and the company currently has the largest market share of all regional aircraft. Nearly 500 50-seat ATR 42s and over 1,000 72-seat ATR 72s have been delivered to more than 200 operators in 100 countries. The company’s first aircraft programme, the ATR 42, was launched with the first delivery to French regional operator Air Littoral. ATR subsequently launched a larger version of the aircraft, the ATR 72, which was first delivered to Finnair. Since their respective launches, the ATR 42 and 72 have evolved with important improvements. The latest and most modern version of the aircraft, the -600 series, was launched in 2009, with the first delivery to Royal Air Maroc in 2011.

ATR’s prolonged success is a consequence of this policy of continuously developing its product and striving to go further with its customer service offer. The aircraft provides operators with unbeatable economics, operational flexibility, and state-of-the-art avionics, while passengers can enjoy the widest and most comfortable cabin in regional aviation. ATR’s recent innovations such as its Standard 3 avionics, ClearVision™, and Cabinstream™ ensure that its products continue to be the most advanced regional aircraft in the market. In addition to developing its products, ATR continues to concurrently strengthen its customer support, innovating new methods to lower Direct Maintenance Costs whilst increasing its Training footprint and offering a Customer Care Center that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And looking forward, ATR is also exploring the opportunities and impact of new propulsion technologies in the regional aircraft ecosystem.

Regional aviation provides vital connectivity and delivers significant economic advantages to communities worldwide. ATR’s market forecast predicts the need for over 3,000 turboprops in the next 20 years, in part to cater for nearly 3,000 new routes. A 10% increase in regional flights contributes an additional 5% of tourists, increases regional GDP by 6% and Foreign Direct Investment by 8%. This in turn leads to further social-economic development and more employment.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL – Japan Air Commuter ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWED (JA06JC) (msn 1524) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943849.

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Japan Air Commuter takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600

First ATR 72-600, delivered on October 30, 2018

Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd (JAC) took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 (JA06JC) following the conversion in June of one of its orders of an ATR 42-600 to its larger 72 version. The aircraft will have a 70-seat configuration.


The first ATR 42-600 entered service with JAC in early 2017 and the up-gauging of this order reflects the -600’s ability to effectively open and grow routes with the lowest possible risks, thanks to its 40% fuel burn advantage over its turboprop rival. The delivery of this larger aircraft allows JAC to fly more passengers to airports with shorter runways that are only accessible by turboprop. JAC have already taken delivery of five ATR 42-600 aircraft and they are going to introduce first ATR 72-600 in Japan with this delivery. With the delivery of the ATR 72-600 they will benefit from the commonality between the models. The ATR 42 and 72 share a Single Type Rating and 90% of spare parts. The versatility of the ATR -600 Series allows it to go where other aircraft simply cannot follow, performing a variety of operations with unbeatable economics.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by ATR): JAL – Japan Air Commuter ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-600) F-WWED (JA06JC) (msn 1524) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943849.

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Japan Air Commuter orders eight ATR 42-600s

Japan Air Commuter ATR 42-600 (11)(Flt)(ATR)(LR)

Japan Air Commuter Company, Ltd (JAC) (Kagoshima) – a JAL Group Company and ATR announced the signature of a contract for the purchase of eight firm ATR 42-600s, plus 1 option and 14 purchase rights.

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The signature of this deal represents a major milestone for ATR, as it represents the 1500th ATR aircraft sold since the beginning of the program. It is also the first contract signed between ATR and a Japanese airline.

The operations with these new 50-seat ATR 42-600s will start in 2017 with the remaining aircraft to be delivered over the next three years. With its brand new fleet, Japan Air Commuter will replace its current regional aircraft on its main routes as well as on operations to smaller islands of the country. The state-of-the-art ATR42-600 turboprop is equipped with a glass cockpit incorporating the newest navigation technologies, -also available on the A380-. The aircraft are also equipped with the new ‘Armonia’ cabin, featuring the latest standards of comfort, including large overhead bins, LED lightening and more legroom for passengers.

Japan Air Commuter logoFounded in 1983, Japan Air Commuter is a JAL Group Company with Japan Airlines holding 60 percent 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 21 aircraft, 141 daily departures on 27 routes, and serves as the essential public air transport means for 1.8 million passengers annually between the beautiful Amami islands and Western Japan.

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JAL produces a fiscal year operating profit but falls back into the red in April

Japan Airlines Corporation (Tokyo) reported a $2.3 billion operating profit in its fiscal year but fell back into the red in April due to the drop in tourism to Japan.

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